Artists and Scholars in Public Life

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We are artists, humanists, & designers who are tapping the bold power of the cultural disciplines to animate an emerging movement & create transformation within higher education & society.

Attended a past IA national gathering and interested in having one in your home city? Looking for a new way to build deeper connections across the IA national consortium and within your home community? Then consider applying to serve as a host partner for a future national gathering. More

Now accepting applications for our graduate and undergraduate student fellowships! Read about the two opportunities for students to participate in these vibrant networks. More

“Imagining America creates spaces where hearts and spirits meet minds for deep, impactful, and sustained knowledge­making and healing.” ­
~Former IA Director Timothy K. Eatman

“I love that IA is content neither to do without imagining nor to imagine without doing.”
~Former IA Director/Public Co-Founder Jan Cohen-Cruz

How are you an agent of change in your community?

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Mighty Dreams:

Designing and Fostering
Belonging in ‘America’

October 18 – 20, 2019
Albuquerque, New Mexico

In partnership with the University of New Mexico
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Imagining America is a thriving consortium of colleges, universities, and cultural organizations. Our members strengthen the public roles of arts, humanities, and design fields through research and action initiatives, coalition building, and leadership development.

Signature Stories

When IA was created at a 1999 White House Conference, there was recognition of a movement growing among artists, humanists, designers, and other scholars in the cultural disciplines who passionately wanted to claim engagement at the core of their professional identities.

The Story of IA

Graduate and undergraduate students from Imagining America member institutions are fostering a vibrant network with meaningful opportunities for students to convene, share their work, and re-think the possibilities of higher education.

Student Stories