April 16, 2015

View the BETSY! Photo Contest Submissions on Our Diverse America Identity

OUR DIVERSE AMERICAN IDENTITY

Considering the complicated DNA made visible by the mapping of the human genome, students were invited to submit photography about their family’s cultural roots and how they think of their own diverse American identity in terms of race and ethnicity.

This web-based exhibit coincides with the April 9-26 musical production of BETSY!, which tells the story of a Puerto Rican Latin Jazz singer forced to confront family secrets about her Scotch-Irish and Appalachian roots. As folklorist Dr. Maribel Álvarez observes of BETSY!: “The complicated sensuality of being two things at once – of acknowledging with dignity the two places that inhabit you – remains one of the universal challenges of all times.” Student photographers took up the task of representing this dialogue through a range of photographs that capture their own identities, experiences, and histories.

Roadside Theater and Pregones Theater/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater co-created the musical, and the Joy of Giving Something Foundation is generously sponsoring this virtual photography exhibit.

More About the Organizations

The Official Logo-01Imagining America is a consortium of more than 100 colleges and universities across the country advancing publicly engaged arts, humanities, and design.

 

 

 

JGS_logo_compact-copyJoy of Giving Something Foundation has partnered with Imagining America since 2011 to elevate photography and digital media as a pathway for students to pursue their careers and make a difference in their communities.

 

 

 

PrintPregones Theater/ Puerto Rican Traveling Theater is home to a multigenerational network of Latino artists in the South Bronx and Manhattan that have developed more than 80 plays about Latino history, migration, and identity.

 

 

 

 

Roadside LogoRoadside Theater based at Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY, is one of a handful of professional rural theaters in the U.S. and has created more than 60 plays, including the single largest body of drama about Appalachia.

April 15, 2015

3rd Annual Imagining America Organizing Institute in Baltimore

Baltimore, MD
June 12-14, 2015

Hosted by the MICA Office of Community Engagement and MICA PLACE
in partnership with UMBC and Alternate ROOTS

The 2015 Imagining America Organizing Institute offers institutional and organizational teams from around the country the unique opportunity to explore broad based and cultural organizing praxis as a vehicle for achieving large-scale transformational goals. The 2.5-day institute will focus on three initiatives that have used different organizing strategies in their efforts to develop the relationships and build the infrastructure needed for long term culture change – on their campuses and in their communities.

Through storytelling, performance, discussion, and other workshop activities, participants will learn about each project in depth and then, in the style of a charrette, engage project leaders and one another to understand the many complex challenges of each effort. Participant teams will then be led through a process intended to help translate what they’ve learned into their own institutional, organizational, or community context. Teams will share their ideas with the group, receive feedback, and begin to articulate a strategy for moving forward with their work.

The 2015 Imagining America Organizing Institute is open to teams of at least 3 people from IA member institutions, other higher education institutions, or community organizations. Teams that include people from across sectors is encouraged.

Learning and Action Objectives

  • Learn different organizing models, philosophies, traditions, and literatures
  •  Learn and rehearse specific broad-based and cultural organizing practices
  • Learn and experience collaborative art making processes that deepen understanding of a topic of common concern.
  • Reflect on and strategize about using cultural organizing in participants’ campus, community, and cross-sectoral efforts.

Leadership Teams

Imagining America (IA) is a national consortium of publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, and community activists working toward the democratic transformation of higher education and civic life. The members of IA create democratic spaces to foster and advance publicly engaged scholarship that draws on arts, humanities, and design. Our members catalyze change in campus practices, structures, and policies that enables artists and scholars to thrive and contribute to community action and revitalization.

The MICA Office of Community Engagement is the center of MICA’s engagement initiatives. Their four major programs are: the Community-Based Learning program, the Baltimore Art + Justice Project, the Community Art Collaborative, and the Community-Engaged Grants program.

MICA PLACE, where the institute will take place, is a hub of engagement in East Baltimore that prepares students for civic-minded careers in action-oriented community arts and social design work. It supports community development, revitalization, and health and well-being in East Baltimore and beyond through community/college engagement, educational programs, and the development, documentation and dissemination of new knowledge and resources. MICA Place is one of the three initiatives participants will learn about at the organizing institute.

Alternate ROOTS is a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the Southern U.S., creating a better world together. Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition or spirit. The organization’s 2011 partnership with Baltimore-based CultureWorks, and residents of West Baltimore, led to ROOTS Fest, a massive festival responding to the 1.4 mile “Highway to Nowhere,” and celebrating the cultural heritage of West Baltimore. The festival attracted over 11,000 people. ROOTS Fest is one of the three initiatives participants will learn about at the organizing institute.

UMBC’s BreakingGround, developed collaboratively by a wide range of campus partners, is a platform for making visible UMBC significant commitment to campus and community engagement, celebrating UMBC’s innovators and change agents, and inviting everyone in the UMBC community to get involved in this movement. Through courses, community events, and forums for sharing and deliberation, BreakingGround helps to bring people together and facilitates everyone’s creative contributions to the common good. BreakingGround is one of the three initiatives participants will learn about at the organizing institute.

Cost and Time Commitment

IA Consortium Member Team (Team of 3)………………………………………………….. $450.00
    Each Additional Team Member $100.00
Non-Member Higher-Ed. Affiliated Team (Team of 3)…………………………………… $525.00
    Each Additional Team Member $100.00
Community Organization Team (Team of 3)………………………………………………. $225.00
    Each Additional Team Member $  50.00

 

Travel expenses and hotel accommodations are NOT included in this fee, and must be paid separately by each participant. The institute will begin at 6pm on Friday, June 12; convene from 9am – 5pm on Saturday; and end on Sunday at 3pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday.

We invite a wide a range of stakeholders working in or connected to higher education, from all sectors and disciplines. We especially hope to work with community-based and student artists, humanists, and designers with an interest in exploring higher education’s role in a democracy.

Accomodations

A special hotel room block has been reserved for attendees of the 2015 organizing institute, at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Downtown Baltimore, on the nights of June 12 and June 13, 2015

To reserve a room, call Toll Free Reservations at 855.539.1928. Ask for the Imagining America rate or Group ID “1506IMAGAM.”

You may also go to the hotel website, click on reservations, and enter the group ID “1506IMAGAM.”

Requests for special room arrangements must be made at the time of booking. In order to qualify for the Group Room Rate, attendees must make their reservations by Wednesday, May 13, 2015.

Directions to the hotel can be found here.

How to Apply

P1010480-1Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 45 people. If you are interested in participating please complete the application and brief letter of interest below, no later than Friday, May 22, 2015. One application and letter per team. The letter of interest should explain, in as much detail as possible, how the team feels the institute will benefit the work they are trying to accomplish within their institution, organization, or community.

The planning team will review and respond to all applications.  All questions should be directed to IA Associate Director, Kevin Bott, at kbott@imaginingamerica.org or 315-443-8590.

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April 14, 2015

Call for Applications to the 2015-2016 PAGE Summit and Working Group

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PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) is Imagining America’s network for publicly engaged graduate students in humanities, arts, and design. PAGE enhances the theoretical and practical tools for public engagement; fosters a national, interdisciplinary community of peers and veteran scholars; and creates opportunities for collaborative knowledge production. The PAGE consortium, made up of alumni and allies of the program, promotes opportunities for mentorship and peer support from IA’s network.

Imagining America (IA) invites graduate students with a demonstrated interest in public scholarship and/or artistic practice to apply for a 2015-2016 PAGE Fellowship. Awardees receive $500 to attend a half-day Fellows Summit on September 30th and the 2015 Imagining America national conference, October 1-3 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Fellows also commit to participating in a yearlong working group to promote collaborative art-making, teaching, writing, and research projects. PAGE alumni and Fellows will work together to organize monthly conference calls around themes and questions relevant to the needs of publicly engaged graduate students. In doing so, PAGE looks to foster a cohort of Fellows interested in pursuing collective and innovative scholarly practices. Fellows are asked to be active participants in the Imagining America network through writing for the IA blog and related journals and presenting at regional meetings, campus workshops, or other related professional convenings. Additionally, each Fellow will be tasked with co-facilitating a webinar or workshop during the 2015-2016 academic year. Past examples include: book group discussions, virtual dinner parties, guest lectures, skill-building demonstrations, and music performances.

Graduate students at all stages of their MA/MFA/PhD programs may apply to be PAGE Fellows. Applicants must be graduate students during the entire 2015-2016 academic year, but do not have to be planning a career within higher education. This award is open to all graduate students within the Imagining America network; we do not require U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency to be a PAGE Fellow. Note: Only students who are affiliated with Imagining America member institutions are eligible for this award. For a list of member institutions, and more information about Imagining America, visit www.imaginingamerica.org.

2015 IMAGINING AMERICA CONFERENCE

This year’s conference theme, America Will Be! The Art and Power of “Weaving Our We” presents an opportunity to think through the intersections of community, mentorship, diversity, real-world interaction, student success, and scholarship. The members of Imagining America advance a vision of the world in which publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, and culture workers play critical roles in enacting the promise and ideals of a democratic society. Together, we explore the power of shared identity — of understanding who we are and what we stand for, and therefore, what we are called to do.

The purpose of this conference is to facilitate bold, creative and effective work that enables people to build and sustain the relationships that will link our stories, fulfill the democratic purposes of higher education, and address our collective challenges.

Deadline and Dates

***The submission deadline is Monday, May 18th***

Applicants will be notified by June 30th. Participation in the program begins with an informal webinar in August Applicants must be available to attend the PAGE Summit on September 30th and the IA Conference on October 1-3 in Baltimore, Maryland. If you cannot attend the PAGE Summit and IA Conference, you will not receive your stipend.

PAGE Application

March 10, 2015

Inviting Student Photography Submissions For Exhibit about Our Diverse American Identity

Here’s an example of a submission from Macalester College undergraduate student Will Matsuda. Will’s photograph illustrates an ongoing effort to explore his own identity through family, race, and nationality. He hopes to challenge the colonial practice of using photography to index race, and to document the complexity and individuality of the human experience.

Students, submit your photographs for a virtual exhibit about our diverse American identity! Considering the complicated DNA made visible by the mapping of the human genome, we invite student photography about your family’s cultural roots and how you think of your own diverse American identity in terms of race and ethnicity.

The submission window to be part of the physical exhibition in Manhattan’s Broadway district has now closed, but we are still accepting submissions for a virtual display of photographs. This web-based exhibit will coincide with the April 9-26 musical production of BETSY!, which tells the story of a Puerto Rican Latin Jazz singer forced to confront family secrets about her Scotch-Irish and Appalachian roots. Roadside Theater and Pregones Theater/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater co-created the musical, and the Joy of Giving Something Foundation is generously sponsoring this exhibit.

Why Participate?

All photos received will be showcased on websites and social media of the participating organizations, which boast national audiences of more than ten thousand people.

Submit Your Photography

To participate, please complete the form below. Upload 1-3 images (saved as JPEG or JPG files, 1600 x 1200 minimum pixel resolution, and no larger than 5MB) and a short artist statement (less than 300 words) about the connection between your image(s) and the exhibit themes.

Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Special consideration will be given to high school and college students in New York. For more information, contact Holly Zahn at hjzahn@syr.edu.

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More About the Organizations

The Official Logo-01Imagining America is a consortium of more than 100 colleges and universities across the country advancing publicly engaged arts, humanities, and design.

 

 

 

JGS_logo_compact-copyJoy of Giving Something Foundation has partnered with Imagining America since 2011 to elevate photography and digital media as a pathway for students to pursue their careers and make a difference in their communities.

 

 

 

PrintPregones Theater/ Puerto Rican Traveling Theater is home to a multigenerational network of Latino artists in the South Bronx and Manhattan that have developed more than 80 plays about Latino history, migration, and identity.

 

 

 

 

Roadside LogoRoadside Theater based at Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY, is one of a handful of professional rural theaters in the U.S. and has created more than 60 plays, including the single largest body of drama about Appalachia.

 

License, Representation and Warranty: By submitting a photograph for jurying, each artist grants Imagining America (“IA”) a perpetual, worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, fully paid-up license (i) to reproduce and to display the photograph in various sizes (and to modify the same through cropping, in IA’s sole discretion) for the purposes of publicizing the award and IA’s activities, (ii) to reproduce the photograph for purposes of distribution to the jury and (iii) to display the photograph on the IA, Joy of Giving Something, Inc. (“JGS”), Pregones Theater/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, and Roadside Theater websites. Artist grants the foregoing license without the requirement of further contact or compensation from IA. Artist represents and warrants that it has all rights necessary to grant the foregoing license to IA and, to the knowledge of the Artist, the exercise of the License by IA will not infringe the rights of any third party including any intellectual property rights, rights of privacy, rights of publicity or other proprietary or contractual rights.
January 29, 2015

Imagining America Remembers Dr. Randy Martin

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Randy Martin, a long-time advocate and ally of Imagining America, passed away on January 28, 2015 after a two-year battle with cancer. 

Randy’s impact on IA and everyone involved with IA is difficult to capture in words. His intellect kept us alert, his generosity gave us hope, his clowning made us human.

The loss of Randy is hard for us to comprehend and the mourning will continue. We will find ways to commemorate and remain true to his legacy. 

Today, we simply stand in solidarity and compassion with those Randy touched and influenced through his life and work. 

Below, we have compiled several powerful examples of Randy’s work:

2012 IA Conference Opening Plenary Session – featuring Dr. Marta Moreno Vega,  Sonja Manjon, Randy Martin, and Jack Tchen.

LATERAL MOVES – ACROSS DISCIPLINES – is an edited conversation with Randy Martin and three members of the Cultural Studies Praxis Collective: Miriam Bartha, Diane Douglas, and Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren. The original conversation took place at the University of Washington’s Simpson Center for the Humanities in 2007. The transcript of the conversation was reworked and revised by the interlocutors and Bruce Burgett, the current chair of the IA National Advisory Board.Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 4.10.56 PM

Linked Fates and Futures: Communities and Campuses as Equitable Partners? - is a piece written by Randy Martin for the first issue of Public: A Journal of Imagining America, following the 2012 IA Conference in New York City. It is a brief reflection on some dilemmas facing higher education, nonprofit organizations, and culture and community before considering a few ways in which Imagining America might address these challenges through its own efforts.Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 4.12.05 PM