National Conference

Thank you to those who attended the 17th Annual National Conference in Davis, California, October 12 – 14, 2017, hosted by UC Davis.

The members of Imagining America advance a vision of the world in which publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, students and culture workers play critical roles in enacting the promise and ideals of a democratic society. Together, at the annual conference, 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.

Call for Participation

The 17th Annual National Imagining America Conference has ended.

The location of the next conference will be announced soon.

Thank you for your participation.


Discover sessions, workshops, seminars, and performances for our 2017 conference in Davis. The conference enables people to build and sustain relationships that link stories, fulfill the democratic purposes of higher education, and address collective challenges.

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2017 Call for Participation | C.A.L.L. [Communities. Arts. Lands. Learning.]

We are in a period of pervasive polarization, in which fundamental issues of equity and inclusion are at stake. This extraordinary moment calls for an extraordinary vision of the future.

This gathering will create a space for all to come together and explore: What does democracy, social justice and equity mean to “us” – in an inclusive and fully participatory sense?

We are seeking your thoughtful, critical, and artistic responses to the C.A.L.L. of our time.

Call For Participation

The proposal submission portal for the 2017 IA conference is now closed. Conference sessions are as interactive as possible, and provide opportunities for sharing and co-creating practical and theoretical frameworks that guide our understanding of engaged art, scholarship, and design.

  • Pecha Kucha
  • Performance & Dialogue
  • Roundtable
  • Workshop
  • Media Session
  • Poster
Session Formats Submit A Proposal

Summer Institute

Imagining America Summer Institute on Organizing


Each summer, Imagining America invites scholars, artists, and citizens with a stake in the democratic future of higher education to participate in our cultural organizing institutes. Participants explore the theories and practices of broad-based and cultural organizing, and develop creative strategies for realizing the civic purposes of higher education.

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