Join the 17th Annual National IA Conference

By Imagining America | October 01, 2017

C.A.L.L. [Communities. Arts. Lands. Learning.]
This is a call for participation
A call for your ideas
And a call for our collective engagement

Davis, California | October 12-14, 2017
Hosted by UC Davis | #IACALL2017
Online registration for the 2017 conference ends Thursday, Oct. 5​. On-site registration will be available during the conference.

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.

Higher education is well positioned to be a champion of engaged knowledges and learning. It offers the potential for community and higher education partnerships, the space for critical dialogue, and a platform for the cultural works and activism necessary for democracy. How can we answer the call to challenge inequities and work together toward co-creating the future we envision?

As a movement of publicly engaged artists, designers, students, scholars, and community members, the Imagining America consortium works towards the democratic transformation of higher education and civic life in pursuit of equity and social justice. This work draws on the bold power of the humanities, arts, and design—but welcomes all fields of interest—to address the pressing issues of our time: including, but not limited to, environmental justice, health access, homophobia, immigration, Islamophobia, labor equality, misogyny, class concerns, globalization, racism, transphobia, and xenophobia.

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? How do we ensure a constructive relationship between knowledge and democracy? Whose lived realities become our shared her/histories? How can we challenge some of the conventional relationships that exist among knowledge, institutions, communities, and public life?

As Imagining America moves to UC Davis—a public land-grant founded with a mission to engage with its communities and to serve the public good of all Californians—we acknowledge that the university itself sits within indigenous Patwin territory. Furthermore, the UC Davis community has been known for its value towards expression and activism with strong ties to local, regional, and national conversations in the public realm.

The conference is a three-day immersive experience. Participants, from throughout the nation, will learn from one another around how the arts, humanities, and design are being leveraged locally, regionally, and nationally toward transformative action.

Come join us and experience over 50 workshops, 10 site visits, a media salon at the Manetti Shrem Museum, public reception, evening performances, and many more interactive learning opportunities.



Conference Schedule


About Imagining America. Imagining America creates democratic spaces to foster and advance publicly engaged scholarship that draws on the arts, design and humanities. As a consortium of 100 colleges, universities, and cultural organizations, Imagining America catalyzes change in campus practices, structures, and policies that enables artists and scholars to thrive and contribute to community action and revitalization.

About conference host and region. The city of Davis sits within indigenous Patwin territory in Northern California, 20 miles from the state capitol of Sacramento, in the northernmost part of California’s Central Valley. UC Davis was established in 1905 by the California Legislature as a state agricultural school, and in 1959 it was incorporated into the general University of California system. The University of California’s fundamental missions are teaching, research and public service.