The People’s State of the Union in Central New York

By Imagining America | January 26, 2015

Last week, the President delivered the annual State of the Union Address. Each year, this speech is meant to highlight important national issues from the past year and suggest priorities for the coming year. It’s a broadcast from one to many. But what if, once a year, we could all speak and listen to each other?

Imagining America in affiliation with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture* invites you to play a role in creating the People’s State of the Union. Join us as we come together to tell our own stories using a simple method called “story circles,” filling in some of the things that didn’t make it into the official speech. Stories will be shared with a diverse group of poets to create the 2015 People’s State of the Union Address. This address will be delivered as a poem, live streamed and shared online via text and video. 

It’s been a challenging year. What stories do you think need to be told?

Where: Community Folk Art Center, 805 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13210

When: Thursday, January 29 (7:00-9:00pm)

RSPV: Email to sign-up, as space is limited.


*The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is not an official government agency, but a people- powered movement dedicated to cultivating empathy, equity, and social imagination.