IA Welcomes Holly Zahn to the Staff
By Imagining America | September 02, 2014
Imagining America welcomes new Communications Coordinator, Holly Zahn, to the staff, where she will play a key role in sharing stories from the consortium through media, web, and face-to-face communications, as well as develop a network of publicly engaged media makers.
Upon graduation from Syracuse University’s B.F.A. Film program, Holly was selected as a 2012 Imagining America Engagement Scholar, during which time she worked for Syracuse University’s community-engaged arts presenting office and collaborated with Imagining America Assistant Director, Jamie Haft, to produce The New Activists: Students in the Community, a web-series featuring students bringing their knowledge to collaborations with community members in order to address important community-identified problems and opportunities.
In the past year, Holly continued her work with the organization as head of media and special projects, which has involved capturing video interviews with consortium members, managing the JGS Photography and Digital Media Fellows program, and producing videos related to IA’s mission, like the Call for Participation video to the 14th Annual National IA Conference in Atlanta.
While reflecting on her experience with IA thus far, Holly recalled, “During the 10 Years of PAGE anniversary celebration at the 2013 Imagining America conference, PAGE Co-Director and IA Board Member Alexandria Agloro said something that struck me, ‘This is my home. This is definitely my intellectual home.’ Similarly, Imagining America has served as my creative home. For the past two years, it has provided a space to create work in service of democracy through documentation, storytelling and engagement.” Holly is excited to delve deeper into Imagining America’s work and explore the challenges, opportunities, and rich stories of higher education and publicly engaged scholarship.