20th Anniversary
National Gathering

The Imagining America National Gathering is an annual gathering of public scholars, artists, students, designers, and cultural organizers who are addressing the nation’s most critical issues.


In partnership with the University of New Mexico.
Press Release

Photo credit: Sarah Beidatsch Photography

Mighty Dreams:

Designing and Fostering
Belonging in ‘America’


October 18 – 20, 2019

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Early bird rates in effect until September 6.
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Discover sessions, workshops, seminars, and performances at the IA Gathering.

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Imagining America’s 20th Anniversary

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 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.

The IA Gathering enables people to build and sustain relationships that link stories, fulfill the democratic purposes of higher education, and address collective challenges.


Call for Participation

This year Imagining America (IA) celebrates twenty years of supporting publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, and organizers who imagine, study, and enact a more just and liberatory America and world. Inspired by the cultural landscape of New Mexico and the upcoming 2020 U.S. presidential elections, IA’s 20th Anniversary National Gathering will consider how we define, design, and foster belonging in our home communities and as a nation state.


Call for Participation

Sessions are interactive and provide opportunities for sharing and co-creating practical and theoretical frameworks that guide our understanding of engaged art, scholarship, and design.

• Performance & Dialogue
• Roundtable
• Workshop
• Exhibition and Installation
• Media Session
• Pecha Kucha

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