About the Imagining America National Gathering

Imagining America believes that the arts, design, and the humanities provide us with tools and practices that can free our imaginations as to what is possible.

The Imagining America National Gathering is an annual convening of public scholars, artists, students, designers, and cultural organizers who are addressing the nation’s most critical issues. The gathering offers participants a three-day immersive experience in which to connect, dialogue, learn, and strategize around the ways in which the arts, humanities, and design build public knowledge and collective imagination towards transformative action.

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 gathering, 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.


Meet the 2019 Steering Committee

Monica Kowal Director, Community Engagement Initiatives
Mariah Harrison Program Manager, Office of Community Engaged Learning and Research
Cristina Baca Visit ABQ (Convention & Tourism Bureau)
Winoka Begay Santa Fe Art Institute (UNM Doctoral Candidate)
Hakim Bellamy City of Albuquerque (Cultural Services)
Kevin Brown University of New Mexico (Indigenous Nations Library Program)
Sherri Brueggemann City of Albuquerque (Public Art Urban Enhancement)
Rosa Isela Cervantes University of New Mexico (El Centro de la Raza)
Renee Chavez La Plazita Institute
Amy Cisneros Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Felipe Colon Institute of American Indian Arts
sheri crider Sanitary Tortilla Factory
Doris Fields Retired adjunct faculty
Albino Garcia La Plazita Institute
Tina Garcia-Shams Street Food Institute
Alyosha Goldstein University of New Mexico (American Studies)
Hotvlkuce Harjo
Laura Harjo University of New Mexico (SAAP)
Mariah Harrison University of New Mexico (CELR)
Adam Horowitz U.S. Department of Arts & Culture
Allison Johnson University of New Mexico (iD+Pi)
Brandon Johnson New Mexico Humanities Council
Rafael Alejandro Martinez Orozco University of New Mexico (Doctoral Student)
Michelle Melendez City of Albuquerque Office of Equity & Inclusion
Bianca Mitchell Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Robert Nelson The Grants Collective
Tey Marianna Nunn National Hispanic Cultural Center
Tryphenia Peele-Eady University of New Mexico (Multicultural Education Center, College of Education)
Kathy Powers University of New Mexico (Political Science)
Michelle Quisenberry New Mexico Humanities Council
Cristina Rogers
Shelle Sanchez City of Albuquerque (Cultural Services)
Michaela Shirley University of New Mexico (iD+Pi)
Gabrielle Uballez U.S. Department of Arts & Culture
Irene Vasquez University of New Mexico (American Studies)