Detailed Descriptions of Sessions and Events

The national conference enables people to build and sustain relationships that link stories, fulfill the democratic purposes of higher education, and address collective challenges. Check out the 2017 conference session and event descriptions.





Welcome and Opening Plenary
Conference Center Ballroom, UC Davis

Conference Welcome:

Erica Kohl-Arenas, Imagining America Faculty Director
Milmon Harrison, Associate Professor and Director of the African American and African Studies Program, UC Davis

Opening Plenary Session:

The opening plenary of the conference marks IA’s move to its first west coast home at UC Davis. UC Davis Provost Ralph Hexter and Chancellor Gary May will welcome conference participants to the region and to UC Davis’ campus, the new home of IA.

Community and indigenous leaders will lead a ceremony connecting to the space and the land upon which conference participants will engage through the conference. This ceremony is to ask the blessing of our elders and ancestors. It is a coming together of carrying our differences into solidarity work and to recognize the legacies we inherit as we work towards nourishing our future generations. By honoring and learning from our ancestors we are empowered to transform our world.

Timothy K. Eatman and Scott Peters will share creative lessons from their tenure as IA faculty directors and pass the torch of IA leadership to Erica Kohl-Arenas, the current faculty director of IA, and Lisa Lee, the chair of the IA national advisory board.





UC Davis Imagining America Welcome Luncheon (Presidents’ Forum)
Founders’ Board Room, Alumni Center, UC Davis
The annual Presidents’ Forum is organized by Imagining America’s Presidents’ Council, which includes presidents and chancellors from all member institutions. The Council is a brain trust to increase the commitment to and visibility and impact of publicly engaged scholarship that draws on arts, humanities, and design. This year’s Presidents’ Forum is co-hosted by the UC Davis Office of the Chancellor and Provost.




The Sustainable Living and Learning Communities at UC Davis
UC Davis Domes/SCHA housing cooperative, Student Farm, and Experimental Community Garden
The Sustainable Living and Learning Communities (SLLC) is a collaboration of student-driven initiatives focused on experiential learning. It is also beloved place, a 40-acre corner of the UC Davis campus known for its quirky informality and experimental character. Anchored by the Student Farm, the Experimental Community Garden, and the Domes/SCHA housing cooperative, the SLLC supports immersive and multi-disciplinary projects that are focused on sustainability, culture, and leadership. This workshop will highlight the value that the SLLC brings to campus through a guided tour and communal lunch in the ecological garden, and it will culminate in an interactive design workshop focused on the physical site of the SLLC and its prospects for the future.




“A Través de Mis Ojos:” Phototestimonies, Mobilizing & Community Activism
Knights Landing One Health Clinic, 9586 Mill St, Knights Landing
In this site visit, attendees will be able to view and discuss with the community the fototestimonios from both 2009 and 2016. Attendees will learn from the farmworker mothers themselves how they challenged in 2008 the imminent closure of their children’s and their families’ sense of belonging. Similarly, in the fall of 2016, the youth of Knights Landing showcased their own view of the ongoing issues through their own series of fototestimonios. The workshop will be located at the Knights Landing One Health Clinic, a student-run clinic with a rural focus, where volunteer medical and undergraduate students will be present to answer any questions attendees might have following the community speakers. Finally, two Ph.D. students will briefly describe their community-engaged research and how it emerged from the needs of the farm working community in Knights Landing around cancer.





Mapping Routes & Roots
Conference Center Ballroom C
This experiential mapping workshop focuses on community-building through place-making. By walking as a performance practice, we will re-map routes and roots of belonging, re-tracing important turning points in our existence as embodied connections with place and space. This year has brought on changes that have heightened the need to transform our relationships to the earth and its inhabitants. I invite you to experience Davis by moving through the landscape in new (re-creative) ways, acknowledging the indigenous territory we stand on. We will layer observations, meanings, memories, desires, and possibilities, in a palimpsest of diverse and interconnected viewpoints on what it means to meet here and now, recording our journeys through tasks that place our perspectives in dialogue. Plotting our trajectories in a collective logbook, we may discover how they intersect, how we are changed by our encounters, and where we are going.
Please come prepared to move.

Sarah Hart, PhD Candidate in Performance Studies, UC Davis




Looking and Learning in the Landscape
Conference Center Meeting Room B
In our reliance on cell phones, the prevalence of social media, and a tendency to stay indoors, opportunities to learn about the places we inhabit are lost. This session will illustrate how everyday environments can inform our contemporary and historical understanding of a place and its people. Through an interactive walk, lead by UC Davis students, small groups of participants will venture into the local landscape and acquire skills to “read the landscape.” Whether we are in our own neighborhood or visiting a new city, we can learn a great deal about a community by opening our eyes to our surroundings. Our performance walk will include several stopping points where participants will be prompted with questions about what they see or don’t see, and they will be given an opportunity to sketch, journal, ask their own questions, and share with one another.




Root Tongue: Sharing Stories of Language Identity and Revival (Media Presentation)
Conference Center Ballroom A
This 90-minute Media Session begins with viewing excerpts from Tongues of Heaven, a collaborative documentary featuring four young indigenous women from Taiwan and Hawai‘i who use video as the primary medium of expression to share the challenges in learning the languages of their forebears before they go extinct. They ask themselves, their families and peers: What do you lose when you lose your heritage language? Their experiences serve to prompt a larger conversation about language revitalization on the interactive documentary web application Root Tongue: Sharing Stories of Language Identity and Revival. Following the viewings and using their mobile phones, audiences have the opportunity to explore the challenges of language endangerment and preservation on a personal level by sharing their own perspective through dialogue and creative expression. Time is allocated for participant uploads, networking, and discussions, including how to improve the beta version as we develop the final web application.

Anita Chang, assistant professor, CSU East Bay; Independent Filmmaker
Michella Rivera-Gravage, Interactive Producer






A Land for War (Media Presentation)
Conference Center Ballroom B
A 90-minute session including a screening and discussion about experimental documentary as a form of placemaking and depicting military landscapes with the filmmaker and composer ‘A Land for War’. Total running time, 50 minutes.

Artist Enid Baxter Ryce has been documenting the lands and the ruins of the historic Fort Ord decommissioned military base where, for over a decade, she has lived and worked. A Land for War weaves together hundreds of long-hidden murals painted by former soldiers stationed at the base, archival training footage from the Vietnam War era (when Fort Ord was active), wind-swept landscapes from one of the last stretches of California coastal wilderness, and portraits of homeless veterans occupying the land today. This nearly silent and poetic documentary portrays the impact of the military on the land and the people.

A Land for War premiered at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. with an accompanying exhibition at the Library of Congress in March, 2017.

A Land for War is part of the Planet Ord project.






Afro-futurism and Radical Geography
Conference Center Meeting Room A
This pecha kucha presents the potential of radical geography to liberate black American communities. It will consider how mapping their own territory has served black communities historically and how it will do so in the future. These questions are approached through the lens of afro-futurism.

An afro-futurist aesthetic combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, and magic realism with non-Western cosmologies to critique contemporary dilemmas faced by black people. This pecha kucha will consider extra-terrestrial imagery in afro-futurism, showing how those in this tradition have eloquently expressed the experience of being aliens in their own homes. Afro-futurism and cartography are brought in conversation to consider how an afro-futurist geographer can subvert our perceptions of the globe and can illustrate geographies of hegemony, violence, and alienation. The relevance of this work to the black freedom struggle in the U.S. will be explored.

Mia K. Dawson, MA Student, UC Davis Geography Graduate Group





Diversifying Place: Art & Design Engagement to Amplify Voice
Conference Center Meeting Room A
Historically, low-income neighborhoods are perceived negatively by outsiders and ignored by revitalization efforts. When communities engage with neglected neighborhoods, they frequently find distrust of community leadership. This session focuses on the methods of a new creative engagement program’s exploration of community development. An art and design studio course was created as a part this multi-phase community engagement effort. This course included interdisciplinary students collaborating on effective community engagement methods that used art, design, and culture to build understanding among diverse populations by giving neighborhood residents a voice, to address neighborhood perception. This program’s exploration of community development engagement has led to the inclusion of multidisciplinary partners in order to address long-term disenchantment and neglect by utilizing art and design engagement techniques as a phase in long-term engagement. Participants will be able to utilize the best practices, lessons learned, and next steps to implement or improve upon their own engagement strategies.

Jennifer Drinkwater, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Visual Culture, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach

Lisa Bates, Extension Specialist, Art and Design Applications, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach






Collective Wisdom Bridge to IA Futures –An All-Star Leadership Discussion
Moderated by Vice-Chair Kal Alston
Conference Center Ballroom A
Join us for a conversation sponsored by the IA National Advisory Board

Collective Wisdom Bridge to IA Futures –An All-Star Leadership Discussion
Moderated by Vice-Chair Kal Alston

We have invited the former faculty directors and NAB chairs to discuss the projects and initiatives that have resonated for the Consortium and for them as leaders and to share lessons learned. We also invite you to join in the conversation about what inspires us and propels any and all of us to take up the leadership of the organization as we enter this latest incarnation.






PAGE Lightning Talks (Workshop)
Conference Center Ballroom C
Imagining America will feature the “PAGE Fellows Lightning Talks” as part of the 2017 Annual Conference in Davis, California. In this session, the newest cohort of PAGE Fellows will deliver 5-minute talks on their current work. Fellows may discuss a specific project, methodology, or motivations for publicly engaged scholarship. The presentations will be divided into 2 groups, with a 15-minute Q/A session following each group.

Presented by Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE)





VTArtWorks (Media Presentation)
Conference Center Ballroom C
Community Cultural Development (CCD) practitioners face social, technical, and geographic barriers as they voice cultural narratives across America. The VTArtWorks Initiative applies innovative technologies to provide social justice practitioners with a platform to share knowledge, research, and best practices, and to provide vital connections with each other.

Featuring “first voice” content, the Initiative’s Hub offers unique interactivity between its communication platform and its digital repository. Making crowd-sourced content accessible and engaging for a wide range of user groups, the Initiative brings artists together with non-artists committed to socially and economically healthy communities.

Bob Leonard, Andi Ogier, Amy Brooks and Rylan Peery will demonstrate how the Initiative’s Hub is used to support Talking Band’s Marcellus Shale Project about the impacts of fracking and Appalshop/Roadside’s Performing Our Future project, a growing network of multimedia artists, publicly engaged scholars, and culturally-rooted community leaders across the country.

Bob Leonard, Professor – Directing, Performance, Virginia Tech
Amy Brooks, Program Director and Dramaturg for Roadside Theater
Andi Ogier, University Libraries, Virginia Tech
Rylan Peery, Founder, Colab Cooperative, Inc.






The Possibilities for Civic Engagement Pedagogy through the Arts and Humanities (Workshop)
West Room, Alumni Center
In this workshop we will work with participants to reimagine or create a course they have taught in the past or hope to teach in the future. What would it look like if it was built around the principles and practices of well designed civic engagement? Williams and Miller will briefly share their own years of trials and tribulations collaborating with a women’s correctional facility and a long-term shelter for teen mothers. We will also enlist the stories of other workshop participants to enrich our discussion. Then we will share a set of practices that can help people who are new to engagement pedagogy. We will create time lines, discuss ways to talk about risk and reward with agencies and institutions, think through purpose, ethics, and learning goals, and introduce a few tools that can help to develop strong planning and assessment practices. Participants will work in small teams to brainstorm and plan. When participants leave the workshop they will a net work of peers, the basic bones of a syllabus that they can flesh out in the future, and a set of tools that can help them plan and execute their idea in collaboration with a community partner. Participants should bring a syllabus or idea for a class, the name and some basic information (mission, goals, and who they serve) about one or two agencies that they hope to approach, or who have approached them or their institution, some paper and a pen, and a willingness to share, work, and discuss. Prior to the workshop we will share one or two short readings so that we can spend our time productively, move past basic discussions about civic engagement, and have a shared understanding of vocabulary, definitions, and best practices.

Rachel Williams, Ph.D., The University of Iowa
Wendy Miller, Ph.D. The University of Northern Iowa





From the Ground Up: Fighting for a Liberatory Education (Workshop)
Meeting Room C, Student Community Center
Philadelphia residents have long been in a struggle against the privatization of education, school closures, and budget austerity. In 2016, a citywide network of school/community/higher education stakeholders implemented a community education program, with a living curriculum in several regions of the city, representing different place-based histories and demographics. We introduced a Critical Participatory Action Research (CPAR) component in order to revise and strengthen our curriculum to develop education justice leaders to defend public education as a fundamental right. This session invites IA attendees to engage in participatory analysis of data toward the aim of troubling and clarifying our language and vision for this moment in the changing local and national landscape.

Kendra Brooks, Consultant in Restorative Practices, Parents United
Pep Felton, PhillySUN Coordinator, Media Mobilizing Project
Zakia Royster-Morris, Organizer, PhillySUN
Caitlin Fritz, K-16 Partnerships Manager, Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development
Kristen Goessling, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State University-Brandywine
Edwin Mayorga, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies, Swarthmore College
Shivaani Selvaraj, Director of Urban Engagement, Penn State Center- Philadelphia





Building and Sustaining Support for Community-Engaged Graduate Education: A View from across the University of California (Workshop)
Conference Center Ballroom B
In this hands-on workshop, participants will discuss models to expand support for community-engaged teaching, research, and professional development in graduate programs and humanities centers across the University of California system. Following brief presentations, facilitators will lead a workshop addressing challenges that impact this work, with a focus on strategies for developing and sustaining programs that value the assets of all stakeholders. In advance of the workshop, attendees are invited to visit to view a growing list of topics for discussion and contribute additional questions/challenges to help guide the conversation. Following the workshop, participants will have access to an online toolkit of resources, plans, pitches, rationales, funding strategies, and the like–in the hope that participants will continue the conversation and add new resources as they work to develop coalitions of support for engaged graduate education on their own campuses, within their regions, and across the IA network.

Kelly Anne Brown, Assistant Director, UC Humanities Research Institute
Elizabeth Goodhue, Associate Director for Engaged Teaching, UCLA Center for Community Learning
Molly McCarthy, Associate Director, UC Davis Humanities Institute





The Art of Transformation: Cultural Organizing and Mapping (Workshop)
Conference Center Ballroom B
Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop if possible
Art of Transformation (AoT) is a multi-year, action research, public media project being developed at UMBC. It weaves community arts with culture mapping and community organizing to create and amplify culture, and, in the process, strengthen and expand human networks for deliberating, clarifying values, making personal and collective decisions, and envisioning the design of more just and equitable communities and social systems.

Participants in this workshop will:
–Learn digital skills to begin to document their own engaged work using AoT on the MapTu software.
–Reflect on AoT as a tool of inquiry for engaged scholarship and action research
–Think together about how it might be further developed for cultural organizing and public scholarship.

AoT hopes to establish a persistent, digital, public space for cross-boundary collaborations that promote shared culture, building consensus about challenges, and co-creating detailed visions for the future and the strategies needed to get there.

Bev Bickel, Clinical Associate Professor, Language, Literacy and Culture, UMBC
Lee Boot, Director, Imaging Research Center, UMBC
Steve Bradley, Associate Professor, Visual Arts, UMBC
Sherella Cupid, Doctoral student, Language, Literacy and Culture, UMBC
Denise Johnson, Director, CultureWorks and Field Agent, USDAC
Chris Kozjar, MFA student, Intermedia and Digital Arts, UMBC
Leah Michaels, MFA student, Intermedia and Digital Arts, UMBC
William Shewbridge, Professor of the Practice, Media & Communication Studies, UMBC






One Room, Many Voices: Engaging Multilingual Communities (Workshop)
Meeting Room D, Student Community Center
The multiracial, multi-issue alliances we need to effect systemic change rely on people being able to talk to each other — sharing our stories and dreams, strategizing together, and taking action. How is this collaboration possible between people who use different languages? This workshop draws on the successes of the emerging language justice movement to explore best practices for inclusive, effective multilingual space where people can engage in dialogue and collaboration in an environment in which one language is not privileged over another. Whether your work involves conferences, rallies, trainings, focus groups, summits, or board meetings — One Room, Many Voices will provide practical tools that you can apply immediately to connect people across language barriers and cultivate insight about advocating for language access in the systems you seek to change. After all, our collective dreams of a just world can’t be realized unless all voices can be heard.

Alena Marie, Community Development Graduate Group, University of California, Davis
Viviana Rennella, Executive Director of the Windcall Institute






Seed Cabinet (Media Presentation)
Conference Center Meeting Room B
Seed libraries function as repositories of genetic diversity and local knowledge–important as our society wrestles with food security. We will present Seed Cabinet, a repurposed card catalog filled with seed specimens and images of local fruits and vegetables. Opening the drawers triggers the playing of video and audio narratives of our community’s lived experience of these foods: their cultivation, preparation, and history onto a monitor embedded into the top of the card catalog. We will discuss the project, showing footage of audience interaction with the work within the context of community workshops on seed saving at our rural county’s public libraries and other community venues. Seed Cabinet informs and problematizes seeds, inviting the audience to reflect upon their role in global and local food systems. Finally, we plan to facilitate a discussion of how art, technology and storytelling can inspire the public to cultivate a personal relationship with local agriculture.

Katerie Gladdys, Associate Professor Art + Technology University of Florida
Anna Prizzia, Campus Food System Coordinator, University of Florida and Co-founder of Forage Farm





Conference Center Meeting Room B
“If anything can save the world, I’d put my money on beauty.” Doug Tompkins

AND BEAUTY FOR ALL ( is a new national campaign to heal America’s urban/rural divide by restoring its landscape and revitalizing the economies of our rural communities, farms, suburbs, and cities alike. Using current examples and Lyndon Johnson’s Beautify America campaign of the 1960s, we will advocate:

New CCC-type efforts to restore our nation’s wetlands, streams, grasslands, and forests and Appalachian mountaintops; Alternative energy production in rust belt cities; Human-friendly urban design and urban farming; Urban and small-town community arts and mural projects; Training new small, sustainable urban and rural farmers; A preference for poor and underserved communities

Using a cross-disciplinary approach, universities throughout the country would be tapped to provide ideas and research oriented toward developing this campaign. Through audience brainstorming, this workshop will explore creative ways to develop, promote, and fund such a program.

Presenter: John de Graaf, filmmaker, author of AFFLUENZA and WHAT’S THE ECONOMY FOR ANYWAY






Imagining a CoPED Knowledge Base (Roundtable)
Founders Boardroom, Alumni Center, UC Davis
Each faculty member teaching in architecture and design-based programs across Imagining America’s consortium is dedicated to developing projects that directly engage the public. However, current academic models present several hurdles against the successful execution of these important community endeavors. IA’s Commission on Publicly Engaged Design (CoPED) seeks to draw upon the collective knowledge of faculty and students to build more efficiency into academy/community design projects. This session will be a first step toward achieving this goal.

Thomas Maiorana, UC Davis
Sara Khorshidifard, Bowling Green State
Crystal Sandmire, UC Davis (Design For America student organization)
Mallika Bose, Penn State
Elizabeth Chin, Art Center College of Design
Kevin Lair, Iowa State
Brett Snyder, UC Davis, Co-Chair CoPED
Sekou Cooke, Syracuse, Co-Chair CoPED






The Long Table: Scholars as Humans, Together (Roundtable)
Meeting Room B, Student Community Center
“Scholars as Humans: Enacting the Liberal Arts in Public,” this year’s Cornell Mellon Diversity Seminar, convened 15 faculty and graduate students for weekly deliberation, culminating in several public events (cabaret, community festival, speakers, etc.), a website, a “found poetry” volume, and an anthology.

As academics in a culture that privileges doing over being and technical over relational ways of knowing, we explored theory and practice of consciously, generously, complexly integrating our personal and professional selves. Such work, we find, makes us better scholars, alone and together: the very humanity so often undervalued in academic environments is in fact catalytic of our own solo and collaborative scholarship.

We will use Lois Weaver’s “Long Table” method to continue these conversations, inviting participants to share with us perspectives on selected words (e.g., human, scholar, fear, generosity, division, collaboration, networks). Facilitated deliberation will lift up strategies for connectedness, network-weaving, cultural change, and mutual support.

Anna Sims Bartel, associate director, Office of Engagement Initiatives, Cornell University
Debra Castillo, professor of Comparative Literature, Cornell University
Caitlin Kane, doctoral student in Performing and Media Arts, Cornell University
AT Miller, associate vice provost for academic diversity; senior lecturer in English, Cornell University
Carolina Osorio-Gil, executive director of Cultura! Ithaca
Sara Warner, associate professor of Performing and Media Arts, Cornell University







What does equity look like? Reflections and Insights from Bay Area Artists and Community Leaders (Roundtable)
Multipurpose Room, Student Community Center, UC Davis
In 2016, San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts gathered 30 artists, researchers, educators, and organizers from a broad range of sectors to explore what equity looks like. We explored questions that unsettle the boundaries between knowledge, institutions, and public life. How do we foster a sense belonging and inclusivity in our COMMUNITIES along the lines of race, gender, sexuality, disability, and class? What is the role of ARTS in civic engagement and imagining new spiritual, political, and social worlds? How are our relationships to LANDS complicated through creative placemaking, property ownership, and environmental justice? What are the opportunities and challenges of LEARNING, and how can we inform our creative and collaborative processes? In this Imagining America session, our cohort will discuss outcomes, attitudes, challenges, and opportunities that emerged from our year-long gathering. We will engage participants through media, performance and dialogue, and interactive workshop.

Shalini Agrawal, Director, CCA’s Center for Arts + Public Life
Trisha Barua, PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies, UC Davis
Ugo Edu, Postdoctoral Fellows, Health Equity Institute; Playwright
Noah Frigault, Policy Analyst, San Francisco Human Rights Commission; Tenant Representative, Oakland Housing Residential Rent and Relocation Board





Challenged and Constructed Realities: How Lived Experiences of the McCarthy Center/ Engage San Francisco Inform Work in the Community (Roundtable)
Allewelt Room, Alumni Center
In this interactive session, we will share experiences and questions related to our work with San Francisco writ large & the Western Addition neighborhood specifically. Overall, this session focuses on campus-community partnerships with particular attention toward power, identity, individual, and institutional transformation.

The historical and current context of San Francisco and the U.S. impacts the all of our day to day experiences and sets a stage ripe for hopelessness, divisiveness, and mistrust. However, in our work we find ways to be effective, build trust, and build long-term partnerships. We will share the core values and ideological underpinning of our work with community while we discuss how individual identities inform our work and how we work to evolve our understandings of self, community, privilege, oppression, and justice.

Michael Anderson, VISTA, Engage San Francisco & Success Center SF
Fernando Enciso-Marquez, Assistant Director of Community-Engaged Learning, McCarthy Center for Public Service
Karin Cotterman, Director, Engage San Francisco





Building a Cultural Atlas of California Agriculture (Roundtable)
Conference Center Ballroom C
The image of California agriculture often focuses on science and technology at the expense of the human story. The aim of our Cultural Atlas of California Agriculture is to build a resource that can showcase the varied cultural communities that have worked the land, and shaped our history over the last 150 years. We seek to develop an interactive map to expose the archives of California agricultural cultures hidden in libraries, and to integrate these historical sources with exciting documentary initiatives, like the Pioneering Punjabis Digital Archive, and the Welga! Filipino American Labor Archives initiated here at UC Davis. This roundtable brings together historians, ethnographers, archivists, and experts in the digital humanities to develop shared solutions to the challenges associated with creating, preserving, and making these stories available. Join us as we strategize how to reach new audiences and survive in times of fast-changing technologies and uncertain long-term economic support.

David Michalski, Social and Cultural Studies Librarian, Library, UC Davis
Nicole Ranganath, Historian, Middle East/South Asia Studies Program, UC Davis
Robyn Rodriguez, Professor, Asian American Studies, UC Davis
James Grieshop, Professor, Human Ecology. UC Davis





Immigrant Children: Resilience and Coping with HeART
Meeting Room E, Student Community Center
The national impasse to resolve the undocumented status of 11 million people has placed 4.5 million children of immigrants at risk for family separation (Suarez-Orozco, 2015; Yoshikawa, 2014). The combined stressors of migratory status and poverty can have long-term detrimental consequences for youth (Yoshikawa, 2011). Already, children in urban areas exhibit signs of post-traumatic stress disorder at twice the rate of soldiers returning from war (Tucker, 2007). My aim is to understand the experiences of children in immigrant families growing up in harsh conditions through artistic pedagogies that provide tools to cope with their daily stressors. This project highlights the understudied preadolescent children of immigrants through an innovative theater class at a local elementary school in Los Angeles, California. Recently arrived immigrant children ages 11 to 13 from Mexico and Central America will participate in a Theater of the Oppressed class. Through an artistically engaged methodology using Freirean epistemologies like problem posing, dialogue, and praxis, this study will highlight children’s experiences with “illegality” and deportability (De Genova, 2002). This project fills the gap on the experiences of preadolescent immigrant children and contributes to the fields of Interdisciplinary Education, Ethnic Studies, and Immigration Studies by helping scholars, policy makers, and educators understand the current demographic shift that is happening in the country. Particularly, this project will bring to light the cultural, emotional, academic, and creative experiences of Mexican and Central American immigrant children and families in the U.S.




Simulation as Starting Point: Introducing Students to Civic Engagement through Interdepartmental Collaboration
Meeting Room E, Student Community Center
In this Pecha Kucha, I propose that Imagining America (IA) faculty and staff use simulation as a training tool to prepare students new to community engagement. The health professions have a robust pedagogy dedicated to training students, socially and culturally, prior to their clinical work. I argue that, with 104 undergraduate majors and 99 graduate programs, the University of California Davis (UCD) IA program can adapt a similar model to maximize its potential in civic work. I ask the questions: Are there ways in which drama students can use their skills to help train fellow students interested in community engagement? How can community partners participate in training and development? Attendees will leave this presentation with knowledge of potential pitfalls in student engagement, solutions to overcome them, and ideas for future projects.

Presenter: Jennifer Jarin





Community and Citizen Science: A Chance to Rekindle Relationships with the Nature World?
Meeting Room E, Student Community Center
Citizen and community science (CCS) is a collaborative movement of public involvement in and contribution to the scientific endeavor, such as monitoring of species’ populations or air and water quality. Some CCS projects are also designed by community members to address community and environmental needs. This session will use an illustrative example from a local fourth grade class to investigate how CCS projects use understandings generated from local environments and species to inform careful environmental action. CCS is an important approach for learning about the natural environment and our effect on it. Can it also be a means for (re)establishing nurturing relationships with the environment and (re)membering kinship ties? Inspired by the Winnemem Wintu tribe who draw on their knowing of the winter-run Chinook salmon to inform recommendations for the proposed Shasta Dam extension and fish ladder, this pecha kucha session asks: what is required to make public involvement in environmental monitoring a means for rekindling relationships with the natural world?

Erin Bridges Bird





Opening Night Reception
Moss Patio, Alumni Center
Please join us for a gathering to celebrate with drink and hors d’oeuvres as we acknowledge the 2017-18 PAGE and JGS Fellows. In addition, the UC Davis Creative Documentation Fellows will be recognized by Joanna Regulska, Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor of Global Affairs and Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. UC Davis Emerita Associate Vice Chancellor Griselda Castro will open the reception by sharing the history of activism that led to the creation of the Voice of Lupe sculpture in the Moss Patio garden.





Main Theater, Wright Hall


(an inside/outside dance collaboration)

During the spring of 2017, a group of student dancers and a dozen incarcerated men spent seven Friday afternoons dancing together inside the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC), a medium-security prison in Norco, CA. We warmed up, danced, moved and improvised together. We shared stories of our names and of the people and ideas that sustain us. We transformed those stories into gesture and movement. We laughed and cried together. We developed a community through this intimate work.

This residency also developed into a critical dialogue about freedom, confinement and how we survive restriction, limitations and denial of liberty. Through the medium of movement and dance, we are capable of deeply feeling physical freedom, even if for only a short period of time in the context of a prison gymnasium. We travelled together through the intense reality of constant surveillance and lack of physical contact. We became deeply aware of the vast dichotomy of the student’s freedom to walk out of the prison, and the incarcerated participant’s inability to dance, or even listen to music, until we came back together the following week.

The resulting performance, SUSTAIN, is imbued with the voices and movement of those who created it, despite the fact that the creative collaborators on the inside are unable to physically join us in performance outside the prison walls.

Choreographers: Suchi Branfman, in collaboration with the performers and the dancing collaborators at CRC

Performers: Caroline Bourscheid, Nia-Renee Cooper, Olivia Howie, Cynthia Irobunda, Anna Paz with Ernst Fenelon Jr. and Suchi Branfman

Collaborators: Albert, Raynall, Rahman, Michael, Tieja, Mark Anthony, Aaron, Isia, Chris, William, Isaac, Cameron, Ryan, Kevin, Eden, Maile, Rae.

Music: Steve Reich, Ben Harper

Text: Words by CRC collaborators, spoken by Ernst Fenelon Jr.

Visuals: Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

Thanks to CRC’s Coach Henderson, Ernst Fenelon Jr., the Prison Education Program, Scripps College Dance Department and to our incredible brothers on the inside.

Suchi Branfman, choreographer, educator, curator and activist, has had the honor of working for many years, both nationally and throughout Canada, Europe, the Soviet Union, Cuba, Brazil,

Nicaragua, Mexico, Uganda and South Africa. She has danced from the war zones of Managua to Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre and from California’s women’s prisons to NYC’s Joyce Theatre, as both soloist and with Wallflower Order, Crowsfeet Dance Collective, Harry Streep’s Third Dance Theatre, Katherine Litz, Gus Solomons Jr., Dan Wagoner and Martha Bowers. In community-based partnerships, her work has addressed issues of immigration, prison abolition, environmental devastation, aging, institutionalized racism, HIV/AIDS and veteran affairs. Branfman currently serves on faculty at Scripps College, in addition to having taught at City University of New York Queens College, Long Island University, UC Irvine, Cal Poly Pomona and Art Center College of Design. She is a Santa Monica community gardener and former chair of Santa Monica’s Arts Commission. For more information: contact






An Emerging Curriculum for Locally and Globally Engaged Arts Educators
This poster presentation will introduce the dynamic new MA program in Interdisciplinary Arts Infusion at Towson University. As a program designed largely for educators, the poster focuses on the ways we are shaping our curriculum to foster locally and globally engaged arts educators and arts integration specialists. Supplemented with visuals, this poster highlights the learning objectives and rationale for three particular courses. The first has graduate students working alongside of refugee youth, designing an afterschool arts enrichment program. The second course invites students to conduct a survey that looks locally, nationally and globally to examine the many ways that artists are engaging with a wide range of vulnerable and marginalized populations. A third course, involves a study abroad program in Berlin, Germany that allows students to learn about the ways artists, arts organizations, and schools are employing the arts in innovative ways to support and integrate the significant refugee population.

Kate Collins, Visiting Assistant Professor, Program Director, M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts Infusion, Towson University





StoryCenter’s [] Executive Director, long time community arts activist, and founder of the international Digital Storytelling movement, Joe Lambert, will be demonstrating their newest tool for oral history an community-based media projects, the Listening Station app and iPad-based recording unit. The unit is being used by educators, public health activists, and community artists around the country to integrate recording, metadata management and transcription into one integrated and automated process. Lambert will also be there to sign copies of his newest book, Seven Stages: Story and the Human Experience, and provide material on StoryCenter’s projects in the humanities, social sciences and human rights.





The UC Davis GATEways Project: Democratizing the Campus Landscape
The UC Davis GATEways (Gardens, Arts, and the Environment) Project envisions the campus landscape as a free and welcoming forum where the public is invited in to engage with the academic work of UC Davis. For over 10 years, the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden has collaborated with faculty, staff, students, and community members from diverse disciplines to co-create academic engagement gardens, outdoor exhibitions, and free educational programs to share the work of UC Davis with the public we serve. Through their experiences in bringing these sustainable gardens and programs to life, Learning by Leading student interns and community volunteers are empowered to lead environmental change in their own communities beyond the campus. As universities become more exclusive, the UC Davis GATEways Project presents a unique and timely model for increasing access to a public university starting with the campus landscape.

Emily Griswold, director of GATEways horticulture and teaching gardens, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden
Carmia Feldman, assistant director, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden
Katie Hetrick, director of communications and marketing, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden






Photographing Small Town Values
Taking inspiration from phrases like small town values, I use photography to investigate the complexity of rural identities and aesthetics. My poster presentation will include two related bodies of work. One series: “Village”, documents painted backdrops used for a Christmas Village in Wisconsin. The nostalgia and warmth rendered on these flattened architectural spaces suggests a particular vision of rural utopia. At the same time, the photographs show their artifice and flatness. Considering rural space and identity from another perspective, the series “Small Town Sex Shops” explores adult video stores across the central United States, often located just outside of towns, tucked away behind gas stations and truck stops. Instead of representing these spaces as eyesores, I photograph them as symbols of proud deviance. My goal in sharing this work is to talk with others about the role of photography in discussing rural communities and identities.

Michael Borowski, Assistant Professor of Art, Virginia Tech





Edible Toledo: Design for Food Insecurity
Imagine America where ex-decrepit landscapes are food-generator containers. The project suggests new ways to see, interpret, and transform built environments through architectural design. The poster prompts imagination to see optimism amid/beyond a twofold imperfection in urban-rural continuum environments: food insecurity epidemic and spaces with latent capacities, trapped and plagued with abandoned, idled and dormant sites. It identifies trances of possibility, former dilapidation standing as vigorous food-productive vessels. The exhibit includes three-D visualizations, annotated with maps/sketches/diagrams and investigative substance, bent on alleviating hunger and blight. With optimism, architecture, too, can espouse meaningfulness, attempting to address social problems. Yet, doubts subsist: does architecture have a chance? Elicited archetypes could reframe questions: Can architecture, through its particularities, react and innovate in realms of stern social complications? How can design (and construction) more methodically affect food-security outcomes? Contexts are Northwest Ohio, measured as a food-insecure region, and the Rust-Belt Toledo with copious blight.






Regard-Disregard introduces a design based strategy intended to stimulate dialogue among communities impacted by deadly police enforcement action. Extreme social dialogue is adversely influencing the conversations that need to occur among the affected parties. Deadly police enforcement actions and protest aftermath have resulted in significant social angst and loss of economic prosperity.
This program will aid in identifying police departments and social justice organizations committed to change.
The police mindset must be changed from “shoot first – ask questions later” to “ask first, ask again, ask again”. A mindset that inventories non-lethal options to resolve dynamic situations. A mindset that emphasizes respect for individuals to exercise free speech, assembly and values human life irrespective of color or creed.
Implementation of Regard-Disregard by police departments will demonstrate that they are willing to embrace unconventional methods to convince the general public that they are serious about avoiding the use of deadly force.

Robert Wertz, Independent Artist





Breakthrough Communities: Growing Resources and Building Solutions for Climate Justice






Participatory Media
The poster will focus on community co-creation and participatory design in the development of Participatory Media, an online project that interactively engages with and presents participatory community media from the 1960s and 1970s. The project features media from organizations and independent filmmakers who began using newly affordable film and later video cameras and public grants to document people and places neglected or stereotyped by commercial media. The poster will focus on three challenges:

(1) how to use the digital, public humanities to provide access to community-made moving images and their related archives;

(2) setting up a process for working with community film organizations and filmmakers to identify, digitize, and determine copyright for films and related primary sources as well as co-create content; and

(3) determining how to build in digital participation into the user experience by employing innovative technologies such as video annotation and metadata co-creation.









Main Theater, Wright Hall
This one woman show presents the story of Harriet Tubman reimagined as a young woman growing up in Harlem through a theatrical lens. Harriet Tubman is a heroine and American legend in her own right. This session will take the story of Harriet in the 19th century and places her in the 21st century; laced with the problems facing African-American youth all over the country. And especially focusing on the mistreatment of black girls in schools. What would happen if a young woman like Harriet became a leader in this new world? Would her struggle be the same? Would she know her power? This play examines the centuries old fight with race, gender, and equality through a theatrical lens centered around the most influential woman leaders in American history.





Performance Plenary: Imagination and Radical Presence
Ballroom, Conference Center

“People might think we’re crazy, but I like it.” – a TimeSlips storyteller

In this interactive plenary, a collaborative team shares both the story of what happens when people thought incapable of imagination take it up, and some tools for how to facilitate expression through words, sound, and movement. Over the past year, Anne Basting, recipient of the inaugural 2016 Randy Martin Spirit Award, worked with both the non-profit TimeSlips and UWM student artists to train and facilitate creative storytelling at 50 nursing homes across Wisconsin. UWM student artists worked with elders to choreograph and read the stories aloud. The short performance here features dancers Linda Bair, Diego Campos, Sarah Gould, and Amy Sutheimer, highlighting some of the stories and dances created by participating elders. UWM Art & Design faculty Jessica Meuninck-Ganger worked with her students to create print images inspired by the stories as well, on display in book form, and student Adam Wertle created karaoke-style animations. You are invited to join in and learn part of the creative process. Basting opens the session with a brief overview of the training model and the infusion of storytelling service learning programs across Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the country.





Student Farms as Sites for Social Justice Work
Student Farm, UC Davis
Student Farms (SFs) can be land-based community spaces which facilitate connections to land, food, culture, and one another. Because, historical and current relationships to land and food differ depending upon our unique identities, SFs may also re-enact and reinforce oppression. The UC Davis Student Farm’s Community Table Project (CTP) works within the UC Davis community, organizing trainings and partnering with food-related projects and classes to expand the awareness of food access and social justice issues. This workshop will explore the question: In what ways can experiential education in agriculture and food spaces be anti-oppression work? We will begin with a walking tour of the farm, exploring relationships to land, food, and production through tasting, planting, and harvest. Next, participants will engage with one another to discuss personal reaction to the activities and guide conversation around inclusive outdoor education. Results will be shared with other UC Student Farms and the Global Food Initiative.

Marisa Coyne, UCD Graduate Student Researcher, Student Farm Community Table Project
Carol Hillhouse, UCD Student Farm Associate Director, Children’s Garden Program Director
Abraham Cazares, UCD Student Farm Program Representative
Dr. Natalia Deeb-Sossa, UCD Chicanx Studies
Dr. Melissa Moreno, WCC Ethnic Studies Chair
Jim Muck, UCD Student Farm Field Operations Coordinator
Dana Ng, Global Food Initiative Student Ambassador




Fire and Water: Examining Our Region as a Tribal Advocate
UC Davis Native American Contemplation Garden within the Arboretum, Mrak Hall Drive
The Fire and Water Workshop will begin with an orientation that introduces the living culture of Northern California tribes. Participants will then walk through the UC Davis Arboretum with a guide from a Northern California Tribal Community and learn about the traditional ecological history of the area. The Native plant gardens will facilitate the exploration of native and non-native plants and how non-native species have changed the cultural practices of Tribes. Participants will be invited to ask questions from a panel comprised of Tribal voices and to engage in interactive demonstrations like the Fire and Water Role-play simulation. With the goal of facilitating empathy for the issue(s) of the Tribal perspective, participants will work together to solve real-life issues. Participants will learn ways they can take action to support the goals of Northern California Tribes. Finally, participants will create personal manifestos that lead them from personal commitments to public action.





Take the Yes Creative Writing Workshop
The Imaginarium, 3301 37th Ave, Sacramento
Participates will gather at the designated Arts Wing at the Maple Neighborhood Center located in the heart of a neglected community off Franklin Boulevard in South Sacramento. 916 Ink Youth Writers, La Familia Counseling Center and Fairytale Town, plus other nonprofit and arts organization sublessees offer a variety of arts classes and experiences at little to no cost for low-income families and youth who have little exposure to the arts. The workshop will include an introduction to the Arts Wing and Writer’s Garden, followed by a creative writing experience in the 916 Ink Imaginarium, where participants will be asked to explore and create, followed by a time of sharing and positive feedback within the group. The workshop will end with a Question and Answer session with 916 Ink’s Founding Executive Director

Katie McCleary – Executive Director
Nikki Cardoza – Director of Programming
Henry Stroud – Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator
Maribella Smith – Workshop Facilitator





Cultivating N.O.P.A.L. (Neighborhoods Owning Power, Action and Leadership): An Encuentro
Woodland Community College
The NOPAL Collective (Neighborhoods Owning Policy Advocacy and Leadership) is a cross-regional collaborative of community and university partners, including Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño (Madera and Fresno), Faith In Merced (Merced), Fathers & Families of San Joaquin (Stockton), MILPA (Salinas) and UC Davis Center for Regional Change. The mission of NOPAL is to foster healthier, more equitable Central California communities by cultivating next generation leadership, building community power, and pioneering collaborative research utilizing a culturally-based healing informed framework.

This interactive workshop will provide a space in which participants will 1) Gain an orientation to culturally rooted approaches that support organizing, advocacy, and systems-change (including formerly incarcerated and system-impacted youth and young adults) 2) Develop a decolonized perspective and practice towards community-university collaboration, and 3) Learn to use a healing-informed approach towards building people power and civic health.

Leoncio Vasquez, Executive Director, Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño
Juan Gomez, Director, MILPA
Nancy Erbstein, Researcher in Human Ecology, UC Davis
Emily Borg, Policy Director, Fathers and Families of San Joaquin





Infrastructure as Action: Collaborating, Imagining, Experiencing, Transforming (Bus Tour)
Begin at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, then Stone Lock, and the town of Hood, CA
Our workshop will consist of a guided tour of three different landscapes close to UC Davis. Each of these locations will provide access into the extensive and unique water infrastructure that plays a prominent role in the communities of California’s central valley and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. All sites are differently connected to the Sacramento River and range from current infrastructure (Yolo Bypass), to past (Historic Stone Lock/Sacramento Deepwater Shipping Channel), to potential futures (proposed delta tunnels/Waterfix). In the tour, we focus on this temporal quality of infrastructure and the dynamic relationship they co-create with local communities. At each tour stop we will be joined by a variety of local stakeholders, experts and public agencies who will share their stories, perspectives and expertise. These will be combined with envisioning exercises, exploration, and role playing. Active engagement from tour participants is welcomed.

Brett Milligan, UC Davis; Professor of Landscape Architecture and Sustainable Environmental Design; faculty member of Community and Regional Development and Geography Graduate Groups; Cofounder of the Dredge Research Collaborative and Director of the Metamorphic Landscapes Lab.

Javier Arbona, UC Davis; Assistant Professor of American Studies and Design; Geography and Cultural Studies graduate groups affiliate faculty; Demilit Collective

Yolo Basin Foundation
Executive Director: Martha Ozonoff

City of West Sacramento
Katie Yancy, Senior Program Manager, Economic Development and Housing

Delta Protection Commission
Blake Roberts, Senior Environmental Planner





Silk-Screening as a Political Movement
TANA Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer, 1224 Lemen Ave, Woodland
Participants will receive a tour of the studio space and view a silkscreen demonstration led by TANA cofounder and UC Davis professor emeritus, Malaquias Montoya. Participants will then view posters created by local youth and engage in an interactive dialogue examining how different graphic elements – color, layout, text, etc. – can effectively speak to an issue. Afterwards, participants will work alongside a student intern and collaborate on a one-color poster. The poster concept/design will focus on one symbolic image or word/phrase. The end goal is to engage people in an alternative educational and cultural space that fosters community engagement and imagination.

Drucella Miranda: Art Community Center Manager
Maceo Montoya: Director of TANA; Chicana/o Studies Faculty
Malaquias Montoya: Co-founder; Professor Emeritus





Co-Creating Place and Impact through Engaged Learning at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden
Arboretum and Public Garden, UC Davis
Tour the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden to learn how we are engaging students, faculty members and the community in co-creating our place, the UC Davis campus, through the GATEways Campus Initiative and growing the impact beyond our borders. See our new Environmental GATEway gardens that are being developed through our partnership with the School of Veterinary Medicine and Hummingbird Health & Conservation Program. Visit innovative art installations created through our partnership with the Art/Science Fusion Program. Meet our leadership students who are helping us redesign our landscapes and programs to address real-world issues such as climate change, plant conservation, habitat loss, water quality and environmental literacy. The tour will be moderated by Bob Segar, Assistant Vice Chancellor in Campus Planning and Environmental Sustainability, and Kathleen Socolofsky, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.






She Who Is (Media Presentation)
Conference Center, Ballroom A
Kemp and Wyman present their new short film, “She Who Is” (working title): an interpretation of stage directions as written by Adrienne Kennedy for her play “The Owl Answers.” Performed within an actual teaching theatre where typically scientists lecture on their findings, this work poses a dialogue between African-American social dance and artistic practice as an accumulated knowledge bank. This bank can be, like these sometimes contradictory stage directions, ignored, overwhelmed by the colonization of the body, imagination and intellect, or just plain lost over time. Dressed in a ‘see -through’ Victorian Costume, Kemp continues a creative exploration of what abolitionist called ‘ the slow process of emancipation’ as it relates authorship, spatial awareness, and cellular memory. Wyman and Kemp explore shared interests in duration, gesture, and materiality, combining lens and live performance to allow the performer and viewer to consider what it means to be alive in a body that is not your own.

Julie Wyman, Associate Professor of Cinema and Digital Media, UC Davis
Margaret Laurena Kemp, Associate Professor and Theater and Dance, UC Davis





Constructing a Community-Generated Poem (Workshop)
Conference Center, Meeting Room A
In this workshop, participants will both learn the methodology for constructing community generated poems and participate in the construction of such a poem designed specifically for the Imagining America Conference. The poem we create – a sort of new American monument in words – will be read on Saturday afternoon at the closing Plenary. To expedite our poem construction work during the workshop, bring something to write with, your poetic imagination, and your very best vision for America.

Workshop leader: Andrew Sullivan, poet, teacher, and alternate reality adventure designer in Sacramento, CA






Making Mobility Justice (Workshop)
Conference Center Meeting Room A
What is mobility justice, and how can we implement it in the communities where we live, work, and play? This workshop will introduce participants to the Mobility Justice Principles and invite them to apply these principles in their own communities. These principles were drafted using perspectives gathered at The Untokening: A Convening for Just Streets and Communities held in Atlanta, GA in November 2016. This gathering brought together leaders of color and advocates whose voices have been marginalized to create new visions for mobility advocacy. Based on the rich expertise shared at this event, we created the Mobility Justice Principles. They provide guidance for anyone who believes that a range of perspectives and experiences should be at the heart of social movements and public policy changes. Instead of offering ready-made solutions, these principles outline recommendations for mobility justice that are rooted in the liberation of historically marginalized communities.

Sarah Rebolloso McCullough, Associate Director of the Feminist Research Institute, UC Davis; Co-Founder, Bicicultures
Adonia Lugo, Coordinator of the Global Sustainability Resource Initiative, UC Irvine, Co-Founder, Bicicultures





New Neighbors, New Voices: Art, Storytelling, and Expression in Refugee Communities (Roundtable)
Conference Center, Meeting Room B
The purpose of this session will be to bring together a number of individuals across the country who are working at the intersection of refugee resettlement, storytelling, art, and social justice for a roundtable discussion. At this moment in our history, we as a nation are struggling with the acceptance, support, and understanding of refugees and asylum-seekers in the United States. With the recent attempts at travel bans and constraints placed on refugee entry to the US, it is clear there is a disconnect between the realities and perceptions of refugee resettlement and the lived experience of community members who are dedicated to the support of refugees as a moral and civic duty. In this session, a diverse group of stakeholders will discuss their experiences, lessons learned, opportunities, and the importance of and mechanisms to shift the narrative.

Sarah Stanlick, Professor of Practice, Director of the Center for Community Engagement, Ph.D., Lehigh University






Southern California Cluster Organizing in Higher Education
Conference Center Ballroom B

Lead Presenters: Maria Avila (California State University, Dominguez Hills), George Sanchez Rissi Zimmerman (University of Southern California), Celestina Castillo (Occidental College), Elizabeth Chin (Arts Center College of Design), and Kim Yasuda (University of California, Santa Barbara).

At the 2016 Imagining America National Conference members of the Southern California Cluster participated in a plenary session, and led a panel presentation that focused on the story of who and why we decided to start a regional cluster focused on organizing in higher education. We also explained how we are combining broad-based organizing practices such as building collective leadership on our campus and region, with cultural organizing practices related to arts and design. This year, we focus on an update on our cluster, particularly in the context of the current political climate.

Format: Roundtable discussion.


  • Framing talk on the relevance of Imagining America for California in the current political context, by George Sanchez. The focus of this talk is about the leading role that California is taking on issues that have gained significant attention under Trump’s administration such as the environment, undocumented college students, and immigrants in general.
  • In the spirit of building collective leadership, faculty, students, program directors, and community partners from institutions that are part of the Southern California cluster will share stories relevant to Dr. Sanchez talk about whether and how their campuses are affected by issues and themes covered by this talk. This round of stories will be facilitated by Celestina Castillo.
  • To ensure participation from all attending the session, through the use of cultural organizing practices other participants will be invited to share brief stories from their campuses and regions.
  • Closing/summarizing/next steps (Maria Avila, Kim Yasuda, and Elizabeth Chin)






Win-Win: Board Games for a Collective Future (Workshop)
West Room, Alumni Center
Join us to play board games that stage competitive and cooperative scenarios in the face of climate risk. These games—part of a series called Win-Win—model interactions among players, objectives and resources to test the social justice implications of sea level rise mitigation schemes. Equally important, they model the space of cities, offering unique ideas about the built environment in direct relationship to such dynamics. Together, these two interpretations of a ‘model’ serve as a new kind of decision-making tool for a warming world: one that imagines new relationships among economies, publics and architectural design.

One game, called “Barterland,” was commissioned by the Bay Area Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) for use with other government agencies and members of the public. As tools for public engagement, these games imagine opportunities for cooperation alongside a frank recognition of the trade-offs and conflicts among diverse interests. They move between individual concerns and systemic effects, and they test the direct role of design within economic and political forces.

Elizabeth Felter, Research Program Specialist, SF Bay Conservation and Development Commission
Janette Kim, Assistant Professor and co-Director of the Urban Works Agency, California College of the Arts





IDEA Hub for Creative and Social Entrepreneurship at University of California Santa Cruz (Workshop)
Conference Center Meeting Room A
What are the Challenges of Creative and Social Entrepreneurship Programs on College Campuses? Examine with us best practices for diversity, inclusion, networking, social equity, assessment, and public engagement.

Jennifer Parker, MFA Professor Art and Digital Art and New Media, founding Director UCSC OpenLab Art & Science Collaborative Research Center at the University of California Santa Cruz

Chris Benner, Ph.D. Professor Environmental Studies and Sociology, Dorothy E. Everett Chair in Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship, Director, Everett Program–Digital Tools for Social Innovation at University of California Santa Cruz
Parul Wadhwa, graduate student in the Digital Arts and New Media Program, University of California Santa Cruz
Monica Gutierrez-Lopez, Everett Program Impactathon Coordinator, undergraduate, University of California Santa Cruz
Dominique Mayden, Everett Program, Current Fellow, Undergraduate, UC Santa Cruz.





Finding Common Ground: Creative Placemaking through Narrative Co-Inquiry (Workshop)
Meeting Room E, Student Community Center
This workshop explores the ways in which creative placemaking through narrative co-inquiry (storytelling) can facilitate meaningful learning connections across communities of difference to breakdown barriers and effect positive, emancipatory social change. Presenters begin with a brief (15 minute) discussion on their research and how they have used narrative co-inquiry to build community. A movement and visual arts workshop demonstrating the concepts discussed will follow. Participants will: explore each of the facets of narrative co-inquiry (oral, written, visual and performed) as a means of developing empathy in education and community practice; understand how the arts and visual culture can be used to unpack privilege and increase cultural equity; and provide participants with arts-based tools and resources to explore and integrate within their own practice and discipline.

Pamela Harris Lawton, associate professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Chaz Barracks, doctoral student, Virginia Commonwealth University





Equity, Social Justice, and Inclusion in the Age of White Supremacy: “Still I Rise” (Workshop)
Conference Center Ballroom B
This interactive workshop will utilize historical story telling, safe space dialogue between participants, and research steeped in the humanities and academia, to inspire and empower people to transform themselves and impact our communities. Through creative call and response lecture format, sage “Elder truth telling” music, and the visual mapping of historic and systemic policies, constructs, and practices, which have created what we see in society today, participants will explore the best way to be change agents in a chaotic and unstable world. White Supremacy and its pervasive role in inequities in the U.S, and the resurgence of sanctioned White Nationalism, will be explored so that our solutions directly address the root cause of challenges we face in our democracy and communities. Self Care will be emphasized throughout the workshop. This workshop will empower participants in creative ways and you do not want to miss it. Participants will leave with a sense of hope, ideas for impact and change in their communities and new connections for partnership and collaboration.

Angel Angel, Department of Public Health
Nicole Martinez, The Sol Collective
Marilyn Hays, Director of WE People
Jay Robb, President of Black Student Union
Sandy Holman, Director of The Culture C.O.-.O.P and United in Unity
Mark C Miller, Stem Professional





Toolkit for Resilience (Workshop)
Community Education Classroom, Manetti Shrem Museum
“Toolkit for Resilience” is a workshop which explores community problem solving methods. Focusing on current events and climate change issues, the workshop connects large-scale challenges with on-the-ground action. Through conversation and collaborative explorations we will develop tools for participation and resilience in an uncertain time.

“Toolkit for Resilience” is a sequel that continues the development of an earlier project titled “Toolkit for Peace”. Through two workshops, one in San Jose, California and the other in Colombia, South America, the project explored methods for community problem solving including the creative acts of listening, shared narratives, object making, and collective/shared visioning of possible futures.

Authors leading workshop, Imagining America 2017:
Beth Ferguson, assistant professor, University of California, Davis
Sara Dean, assistant professor, California College of the Arts
Jiayi Young, assistant professor, University of California, Davis

Additional authors involved in previous workshops:
Glenda Drew, professor, University of California, Davis
Thomas Maiorana, assistant professor, University of California, Davis





Demystifying Environmental Racism (Workshop)
Meeting Room A, Student Community Center
The focus of this workshop includes discussing how environmental issues affect communities disproportionately and how the groups that cause the most damage feel the least repercussions. This workshop seeks to focus on the different experiences of environmental injustices and the costs imposed on the livelihood of these injustices. Creating an educational space surrounding these issues is a way to resist erasure of the communities’ truths and experiences with environmental injustices. Discussion of these issues acknowledges the struggles that exist and the intersectionality that these communities have with other multiple systems of oppression. Outcomes are to provide spaces for folks to share and learn about the environmental injustices marginalized communities face and the importance of continuing these conversations as well as validating their experiences.





Mapping Fototestimonios (Photo-testimonies) (Workshop)
Meeting Room D, Student Community Center
Which spaces that we traverse daily are safer than others, and what makes them safer? Which spaces that we tread are riskier than others, and what makes them so? What do we need to be able to navigate the harmful spaces we pass through? How can we change the spaces to feel safer? How can we get more safe spaces? These questions animate our workshop, which will be structured as a collaborative photos + testimonies+ map-making event.

Fotos (photos) and their accompanying testimonios (testimonies) are used by undergraduate students as they favor their real experiences, voices, and knowledge while demanding attention and action.

First, we will share what inspired this undergraduate student led project on campus and share initial findings.

Second, the audience will be encouraged to create their own fototestimonios and upload them as part of the hands-on workshop on mapping. As new fototestimonios are collected, the map changes and morphs.

Finally, as part of the Imagining America conference, this workshop is an ideal space for a discussion on the systemic changes necessary to promote safer spaces for all.

Natalia Deeb-Sossa – Associate Professor, Chicana/o Studies, UC Davis
Nancy Erbstein – Assistant Research Professor, Human Ecology, UC Davis
Sergio Cuellar – Center for Regional Change, UC Davis
Brandon Louie – Center for Regional Change, UC Davis
Students from CHI 141





Approaches to Multimedia Documentation of Engaged Learning and Public Scholarship (Workshop)
Conference Center Meeting Room B
How can scholars make their research accessible and relevant to audiences within and beyond academia? How can they incorporate different voices of society in the co-production of knowledge and understanding of the world? How can such documentation be a tool for others to develop their own practice? In this workshop, we will introduce, discuss, and share strategies and resources for those involved in social engaged and public scholarship to better document their work. This is important not only for academics whose work must be assessed within often narrow evaluation frameworks, but also for students, partners, and communities as a critical form of public engagement itself.

This workshop is organized by the team leading The New School’s Collaboratory, which has aimed to foster meaningful, efficacious, and sustainable engagement between academia, external partners, and various publics to build the capacity of all stakeholders to be active citizens in a thriving democracy.

Michele Kahane, Associate Dean, Educational Innovation and Social Engagement, Schools of Public Engagement, The New School and Professor of Professional Practice, Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy
Nelesi Rodriguez, Doctoral student, University of Pittsburgh





Exploring History and Place through Community Scholarship
Founders Board Room, Alumni Center
What enables a community partnership to grow and flourish over time? This panel brings together partners from an unusual collaboration at the University of California, Berkeley: a writing instructor; a curator from the special collections library; and a water activist from a native California tribe.

Since 2011, Pat, Harry, and Theresa have worked together in a collaborative partnership which began in Pat’s class “Researching Water in the West.” As a community partner and scholar, Harry provides an essential corrective to California water history, teaching students about indigenous water practices like the ancient Paiute irrigation system still visible to this day in the Owens Valley. Historical documentation for this ancient system resides in the special collections library at Cal’s Bancroft library. The panelists will speak to the essential role each has in this collaboration and will also explore the issues of historical tension between the university and Native communities.

Pat Steenland, Lecturer, College Writing Programs and American Cultures Program, University of California, Berkeley
Theresa Salazar, Curator of Western Americana at the Bancroft Library , University of California, Berkeley
Harry Williams, American Cultures Engaged Community Scholar, University of California, Berkeley; Owens Valley Paiute tribal member and water activist.





Democracy Colleges as Citizenship Schools: The first year Augsburg experience of Civic Studies (Roundtable)
Meeting Room C, Student Community Center
Many are discussing the concept of “democracy colleges,” institutions that are “citizens of a place, not on the sidelines studying it.” Based on the belief it takes organizing, discussion, debate, and a heightened level of seriousness to create such democracy colleges, a group of faculty, staff, and community members at Augsburg College have come together as “Civic Fellows” to engage this project. The Civic Studies Fellows initiative views the campus not only as a “partner with” communities but as “part of” communities, a community itself, where people from different cultures, views, interests, and epistemological approaches interact, the campus as a place where people learn to live, learn, and work together. Democracy colleges as citizenship schools requires epistemological humility, recognition of the limits as well as the resources of different disciplines. This roundtable will discuss progress and challenges and create an opportunity for learning from colleagues from other institutions.





Sanctuary, Solidarity, and Resistance (Roundtable)
Multipurpose Room, Student Community Center
This workshop highlights sanctuary and immigrant solidarity movements that have emerged since Trump’s election, involving immigrant rights, interfaith,
and antiwar activists, in tandem with the “refugee crisis” in Europe that sparked organizing in solidarity with migrants and refugees from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. The workshop will 1) provide a transnational dialogue among activists from the Bay Area and from Europe about this global crisis of immigration and borders, and 2) explore similarities and differences between local and international immigrant rights movements. The activists will discuss how these new solidarities emerge from longer histories of resisting Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, racialized securitization, and xenophobia and reconfigure an older tradition of solidarity with those seeking refuge; how schools can be a site of sanctuary and solidarity; and how the facilitation of flight can make migrant journeys less dangerous. The participants will address these questions through their reflections, analyses, and audiovisual materials.

Lara Kiswani, Executive Director, Arab Resource and Organizing Center (San Francisco)
Sagnicthe Salazar, Xicana Moratorium Coalition (Oakland)
Maurice Stierl, Alarm Phone/Watch the Med (Germany)
Charandev Singh is a human rights advocate, educator and paralegal in Australia who has worked with organizations such as RISE (Refugees Survivours and Ex-detainees), Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance (WAR), and Sisters Inside. He has been a leading thinker and activist at the intersection of refugee detention in Oceania, the prison industrial complex, colonial violence, and most importantly, peoples’ grassroots resistance and organizing against state violence.





Winter Design Project: Reimagining the Winter Campus (Roundtable)
Meeting Room A, Student Community Center
The environment is a global concern especially global warming and its impact in the north. Art can contribute to increased awareness, and can be an effective way for addressing and exploring socially relevant environmental issues. The University of Alaska Anchorage Winter Design Project was created to provide faculty and students an opportunity to explore and create an outdoor winter space, and to envision “ice and snow” in a new perspective. This session will begin with a short presentation, and then will invite participants (1) to look at sustainable medium from a new perspective, (2) to reflect on our relationship with the winter environment, and (3) to explore ideas to inspire further artistic creation and creative solutions. The session will discuss how to engage a place making creative initiative, and how art can be used to create a strong statement to address climate change. Concluding the session will be a discussion of how to implement an innovative curricular approach to provide a blueprint for transforming a campus’s physical and social landscape.

Herminia Din, Professor of Art Education, University of Alaska Anchorage
Darrell Bailey, Professor of Music, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis





Performing Our Future, Part I: Stories from Eastern Kentucky (Media Presentation)
Conference Center Ballroom A
Across the U.S., there’s a growing recognition that art and culture can drive community and economic development. But it’s still hard to find development initiatives that include artists, rural communities, and their colleges, or focus on bringing together all parts of a community, including its poor and working class residents, for development that is equitable. Performing Our Future, a new initiative launched by IA member and partner, Appalshop, has been building and testing a model for how to do just that, in what some might find to be an unlikely place: the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky.

Through video interviews and stories from community leaders, this session will explore how broad-based cultural organizing in Letcher County, Kentucky, is awakening individual voice and collective agency, building power, and unbounding a community’s imagination in order to create the conditions for equitable economic and civic development.

Holly Zahn, Communications Director, Imagining America
Scott Peters, Professor, Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University
Amy Brooks, Roadside Theater/Appalshop
Ben Fink, Appalshop
Letcher County community leader
Fluney Hutchinson, Lafayette College





Local Efforts and Global Inquiries- Introducing the Community Arts Caucus and the Creative and Scholarly Contributions of its Members: A Pecha Kucha Presentation
Allewelt Room, Alumni Center
This session introduces the efforts of the Community Arts Caucus (CAC), a special issues group of the National Art Education Association (NAEA). Through a series of individual Pecha Kucha presentations, this session will highlight the creative work and scholarship of the CAC leadership (past and present) as well as some of our active members – all of whom operate from university settings. We seek to provide visibility for our burgeoning group, share our work, and offer a forum for critical discussion for artists and scholars invested in community arts. Using the highly visual Pecha Kucha format, presenters will describe project rationales, theoretical framing, partnership building, and art making practices and products. As well, we will invite discussion and reflection on the critical challenges, opportunities and questions that rise out of these efforts, with a particular interest in inviting dialogue around the ways in which equity can be advanced through community arts.

Kate Collins, Visiting Assistant Professor, Graduate Director, M.A. Interdisciplinary Arts Infusion, Towson University
Ross Schlemmer, Assistant Professor of Art Education, Southern Connecticut State University
Ken Krafchek, Graduate Director, MFA Community Art, Maryland Institute College of Art
Ahran Koo, Assistant Professor of Art Education, California State University Fresno
Allison Paul, Graduate Associate in Arts Administration, Education and Policy, Ohio State University
Meaghan Brady Nelson, Assistant Professor of Art Education, Middle Tennessee State University
Diane Kuthy, Lecturer of Art Education, Towson University




Public Salon: Calling for Your Engagement
Manetti Shrem Museum, UC Davis
This extraordinary moment calls for an extraordinary vision of the future. Hosted at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, this public salon features creative and interactive presentations and installations addressing climate change, local histories, community problem solving, the reclamation and celebration of bodies, and publicly-engaged design. Free and open to the public.





There’s Nothing More Californian Than Ketchup: How the Invention of the Mechanical Tomato Harvester Transformed an Industry and Launch California’s Food Movement
This live performance of the Cal Ag Roots podcast, “There’s Nothing More Californian than Ketchup” will tell the story of the invention of the mechanical tomato harvester, achieved at UC Davis, which was an incredible feat of engineering that had tremendous impacts on the tomato industry. Today, the mechanical tomato harvester allows California’s Central Valley to play a critical role in ensuring that one of America’s favorite condiments—ketchup—remains in plentiful supply. On the surface, this cheap condiment might not seem to have anything to do with the type gourmet cuisine California is known for, but a backlash to the machine’s invention among activists sparked the early California food movement. When it was released, in 1964, the machine put tens of thousands of farmworkers and 95% of tomato farmers out of work and led to national debates about the role of land grant universities in developing industry-altering technologies that benefit a select few.

Ildi Carlisle-Cummins, Cal Ag Roots Project Director, California Institute for Rural Studies
Aubrey Thompson, Communications Director, Agricultural Sustainability Institute; UC Davis




Prototypes of the Future: Experiences of Possible Climate Change Scenarios
Climate change, while real, often feels like an abstract idea. Long time horizons, complex feedback loops, and interconnected ecosystems make it hard to truly understand this existential threat. This installation acts as a bridge between the abstract and the visceral. Temperature-controlled booths create an experience of these possible futures through the use of simulated temperature and future “newscasts”.

The installation was made possible by the combined efforts of faculty and students at UC Davis who connected around the belief that collaboration (across everything from disciplines to nations) will be key to solving the world’s most complex challenges.





Cliteracy works to reclaim the most resilient part of Mother Nature herself, her vagina*. Manifested in honeycomb-shaped, glowing, fluorescent pink plexiglass frames, Cliteracy weaves together images of female genitalia found in nature (kiwis, oranges, orchids…) and on our selves, with empowering quips (“You are what you eat,” “Vadge of honor,” “Don’t panic, it’s organic”…). Using the traditionally domestic craft and traditionally female visual language of embroidery, Cliteracy serves as a practice of creativity and tool for the reclamation and celebration of our bodies. Much like the female worker-bee channeled through this work, vaginas are ever-busy and essential, though often shamed, censored, and at the root of why those who have them are called “Nasty Women.”

Cliteracy is project of “The Cliterates,” a collective of Davis-based artists with community organization partner, Social Creativity Labs/Hey Baby!. Cliteracy at Imaging America includes a wall-based installation, public participatory activities and salon-style events.

glenda drew, Associate Professor, Design, UCD
Manuel Abril, Social Creativity Labs/Hey Baby!
Alyssa Goldsmith, Independent Artist/Designer
Julia Boorinakis Harper, Cinema and Digital Media undergraduate, UCD
Belinda Huang, Design recent alum, UCD
Naomi Acuña Pryor, Design undergrad, UCD
Ariel Robbins, Technocultural Studies recent alum, UCD
Sinead Santich, Cinema and Digital Media undergraduate, UCD
Liz Constable, Professor of Women & Gender Studies and University Writing Program, UCD
Robin Hill, Professor of Art, UCD
Denise Hoffner, Lesbetarian comic
Daria Taback, MFA student in Design, UCD
Julie Wyman, Professor of Cinema and Digital Media





A Land for War
Artist Enid Baxter Ryce has been documenting the lands and the ruins of the historic Fort Ord decommissioned military base where, for over a decade, she has lived and worked. A Land for War weaves together hundreds of long-hidden murals painted by former soldiers stationed at the base, archival training footage from the Vietnam War era (when Fort Ord was active), wind-swept landscapes from one of the last stretches of California coastal wilderness, and portraits of homeless veterans occupying the land today. This nearly silent and hauntingly poetic documentary portrays the impact of the military on the land and the people. Original musical score by Lanier Sammons.

Enid Baxter Ryce, Artist and Professor of Experimental Arts and Environmental Studies, California State University Monterey Bay
Lanier Sammons, Composer and Assistant Professor of Music and Recording Technology, California State University Monterey Bay
Zane Adamo, Cinematographer
Joanne Storkan, Producer, Honest Engine Films





Can we design Freedom?: A Toolkit




Feminist Pedagogies and Participatory Media Workshop
Room 106, Olson Hall
What, if anything, is inherently feminist about participatory media? Can participatory media practices be used to reanimate or enact feminist futures? What reimagined feminist pedagogies are opened up (or closed down) by participatory media across various platforms, spaces, scales, and practices? These questions animate our workshop, which will be structured as a collaborative media maker event. The workshop will thereby invite participants to crowdsource strategies, tools, and resources for using participatory media to integrate technology and feminist praxis in production and teaching. Workshop facilitators are currently collaborating on a project for Routledge titled Feminist Interventions in Participatory Media: Pedagogy, Publics, Practice, and will lead participants through abbreviated versions of the participatory media exercises we have used in a wide variety of settings, from queer youth media workshops to university classrooms to public radio storytelling projects to international study abroad programs.

Lauren Berliner, assistant professor, University of Washington Bothell
Ron Krabill, associate professor, University of Washington Bothell
jesikah maria ross, senior community engagement strategist, Capital Public Radio
Ivette Bayo Urban, doctoral candidate, University of Washington Seattle
Angelica Macklin, doctoral candidate, University of Washington Seattle




The Living News Project: Making Theater, Investigating News (Workshop)
Conference Center Meeting Room A
The Living News Project (LNP) is inspired by the 1930’s WPA Federal Theater Project’s “living newspapers”. In Chicago, the LNP initiated a complex collaboration between Columbia College students, community artists and journalists, and staff and residents at a homeless shelter, to create a bold documentary play examining the causes of homelessness and the nature of “news”. Airing on pubic access television and performed at the Chicago Cultural Center, SHELTER/CHICAGO sparked vibrant community dialogue.

The LNP process holds great pedagogical value. Students in a “Living News” course analyze WPA scripts as stylistic models, “map” issues, conduct interviews, collaborate with community, and create and perform original plays to stimulate civic dialogue. The LNP curriculum blends history, research, analysis, community engagement and empathy — it does what theater does best: invites us to walk in each other’s shoes.

This workshop will include: a presentation about the LNP, opportunities to experiment with the LNP process, and open discussion.

Discussion questions:
• How is the nature of “news” being examined on college campuses?
• How can we cultivate civic engagement, empathy and direct, civic
• How could the LNP serve to create a network for civic dialogue across college campuses?

Presenter: Lisa DiFranza, Founder, The Living News Project





Write 2 Live: Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS) (Workshop)
Conference Center Ballroom C
Founded in 2009 at UC Davis, SAYS strives to change the world through education and empowerment. Building on a foundation of critical literacy and spoken word performance poetry, SAYS breaks the chains of underachievement by elevating the voices of young people and creating spaces for students to become authors of their own lives and agents of change.

SAYS engages in four domains of work:
I) The Griot performance showcases student poetry in rapid, lively succession throughout the room.

II) Brief Testimonials: A cross section of photos and poster of SAYS participants (teacher, students, and community poets.

III) SAYS Writing Workshop: Participants will experience an interactive writing workshop and create spoken word performance poetry pieces.

IV) Closing. SAYS will demonstrate some of our strategies from the last eight years that we have used to successfully reimagine the learning process for/with urban youth.

Denisha Coco Blossom, Operation Manager/ Teaching Artist
Patrice Hill, Director
Laura Cook, Lead Poet-mentor Educator




Mounting a National Educational Campaign: PBS “Chinese Exclusion Act” Documentary (Workshop)
Conference Center Ballroom B





Great Community Partnerships: What does it take? (Workshop)
Conference Center Meeting Room B
This session addresses what it takes to develop community partnerships grounded in relationships of trust, mutual benefit and collaboration. Presenters and participants will enact, discuss and share strategies and approaches used with communities, including: 1) movement based activities that model elements of an embodied and participatory approach for facilitating activities with off-campus partners, 2) planning and design thinking strategies and documents for building reciprocal relationships and programs with arts institutions, and 3) participation with tools drawn from work with a local community partner. Participants will leave with an enhanced toolkit, embodied experience and new network of colleagues to address the critical issue of how to develop great partnerships forged across and with different communities. The session shares the perspectives and experiences of staff and faculty at a large public university who engage with communities in urban and rural areas across Colorado and beyond in diverse social, political and economic contexts.

Beth Osnes, associate professor, director of graduate studies, Theatre and Dance, University of Colorado, Boulder
Margaret “Peg” Posnick, outreach coordinator, Theatre and Dance, University of Colorado Boulder
Jeremy Blair, Academic Liaison & Public Engagement Curator, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder
Nii Armah Sowah, senior instructor, Theatre and Dance, University of Colorado Boulder





Exploring Collective Knowledge through Metaphor of Learning (Roundtable)
Room 146, Olson Hall
Can building a collective creative practice merge cultural thinking? 3rd Space Lab is a collective of women artists and designers from Bangalore, India and San Francisco Bay Area. As a collective entity from two different countries, how does a practice of knowledge-sharing contribute to our learning communities and beyond? How do our individual lived experiences contribute to this learning? Using metaphor as a tool, we will share our experiences with our collective that has helped us to find common ground and construct new relationships between knowledge and democracy with our academic institutions, individual and collective practice.

We will engage in a discussion and hands on process about how using metaphors as a common creative entrypoint can lead to new and engaged understanding our communities where we practice and can help to redefine, reposition and reconnect oneself in relation to others.

Trena Noval, 3rd Space Lab Collective / Adjunct Professor California College of the Arts, Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studies /

Shalini Agrawal, 3rd Space Lab Collective / Director, Center for Art + Public Life at California College of the Arts / Adjunct Professor, Interior Design, Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studies





(Epi) Centers for the Engaged Humanities–Programs, Practices, and Public Space (Roundtable)
Conference Center Ballroom A
On campuses, humanities centers, advanced studies centers, and public engagement centers are often de facto epi-centers for publicly engaged arts, design, and scholarship and strong advocates for publicly engaged work. But in the rush of organizing projects, we often neglect to capture and communicate accomplishments. In this working session we will share data and case studies for two purposes. 1) We’ll collect new ideas and practices to take back to our campuses. Having participants from a variety of centers will enrich the discussion and variety of programs and practices. 2) While each center wrestles with local communication issues, we hope to develop collaborative strategies for advertising the multiplicity and volume of engaged projects nationally as well as locally. Our goal is to leave with a plan for an experimental campaign to share centers’ engagement stories, beginning with a closing Tweetstorm from our IA session. All are welcome.

Teresa Mangum Director, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa
Sophia Accord, Acting Director, Center for Humanities and Public Sphere, University of Florida
Susan Derwin, Director and Professor of Comparative Literature and German Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, University of California, Santa Barbara
Cora Fox, Director, Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State University
Mona Frederick, Executive Director, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Vanderbilt University
Jennifer Gunn, Director, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota
Molly McCarthy, Associate Director, Humanities Institute, University of California-Davis
Sheri Parks, Associate Dean and Director, Arts and Humanities Center for Synergy, University of Maryland
Georgia Warnke, Director, Center for Ideas and Society, University of California at Riverside





Engaging California’s Latino/as Through Community, Immigration, and the Classroom (Roundtable)
Room 101, Olson Hall
This roundtable will present three different projects in southern California that each collaborate with particular Latino/a communities through engagement projects that connect the past to present struggles in immigration, community gentrification, and educational attainment. Rather than take the model of separation between town and gown, each project utilizes Latino/a college students as a bridge between the university and the community, with research engagement as the model of retaking the community’s history as a way to empower Latino/a neighborhoods in the present. History not only comes alive in these projects, but also acts as a guide to how current activists, both young and old, may create a new politics of the present for the future survival of Latino/as in the state of California.





Performing Our Future Part II: Building a National Network (Roundtable)
Room 141, Olson Hall

Part 2 of a 2-part series. See part 1 here.

INSTITUTIONS can be prisons that destroy communities, or free spaces that build them. NETWORKS can exclude us from the centers of power, or they can link us in a struggle to imagine and build a more just world.

PERFORMING OUR FUTURE is a new national project, started in 2015 by Imagining America, the Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project at Lafayette College, and Appalshop, an arts and humanities center in the coalfields of east Kentucky. The project aims to support and unite communities in bringing artists, scholars, organizers, and community leaders together to build organizations and networks that turn common cultural values and assets into equitable, sustainable wealth and power. In this session, led by project leaders, participants will learn more about the project, share stories, and imagine how Performing Our Future could support civic and economic development efforts in their own home communities.

Ben Fink and Dudley Cocke, Appalshop, co-facilitators






Supporting the Democratic Transformation of Higher Education through External Partnerships (Roundtable)
Conference Center Ballroom C
The Center for Art + Public Life is an independently operated department of California College of the Arts that facilitates mutually beneficial learning opportunities for art and design students with and for communities partners. The Center has assembled an advisory council of outside professionals who are committed to furthering social impact work, and bring their expertise to further the growth, design and support of the Center’s programs. We will engage with council members in a discussion that explores how a partnership between an academic institution and external practitioners with shared values can work together to support the democratic transformation of higher education and civic life. We will discuss how we harness council members’ collective knowledge, values and efforts to broaden internal work at the Center, and collectively address areas of organizational needs in areas such as marketing and communications, fundraising, metrics and evaluation and program and partnership development.

Center for Art + Public Life Advisory Council Members:
Shalini Agrawal, Director, Center for Art + Public Life at California College of the Arts
Michele Carlson, Executive Director, Daily Serving and Art Practical
Meghann Farnsworth, Engagement Editor, Recode
Andy Fisher, former Managing Director and Head of Technology Equity Capital Markets, Goldman Sachs
Clark Kellogg, Lecturer, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
Bryan Malong, Project Director, T Lab at Tipping Point Community
Ebony McKinney, Program Officer, San Francisco Arts Commission
Brianna Moore-Trieu, Institutional Research & Planning Analyst, University of California Office of the President
Siouxsie Oki, Communications and Engagement Manager, KQED
Amy Ress, Program Director, Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge
Ted Russell, Associate Director of Arts Strategy and Ventures, Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Tia Woodward, Vice President, Creative & Strategic Director, Ketchum IDea





Digital Storytelling as Community-Based Research (Media Presentation)
Room 147, Olson Hall
This session will create a space to screen and discuss 5 different digital storytelling projects: “DACAmented”, “Humanizando la Deportación”, “Moving Stories: Latinas in Baltimore”, “Queer Utopias: Constructing Digital Spaces for Sexual Dissidence in Cuba and Mexico.” and “Literatura y Narrativas Digitales en Puerto Rico”. Each project will screen an excerpt that exemplifies the project and describe the particularities of the collaboration. After the presentations we will start a conversation about the challenges of community-based research, the process of trust-building, as well as the advantages/drawbacks of audiovisual objects. Audience is welcome to intervene, ask questions, and participate in the conversation. This session’s goals are to make explicit the heterogeneity of digital storytelling as both a method and a genre, and to have an open conversation about the challenges of using audiovisual methodologies and objects as part of our research projects.





Digital Storytelling as Place-Making: Multimedia Tools for Public Scholarship (Media Presentation)
Location TBA





Real Raw and Rural: Feminisms of the Eastern Coachella Valley (Media Presentation)
Room 105, Olson Hall
Rural Womxn: How has the rural landscape and rural development influenced femxle agency in California? This panel will look at different manifestations of femxle agency present in rural communities of Southern California, specifically the Coachella Valley. Panelist will present their work through short films, social media, performing arts, as well as discuss the ways in which they have collaborated with other community members. Topics of discussion after media presentations include rural community organizing, capacity building, activist and organic intellectuals, and the ways in which immigrant women can and should be centered in rural spaces of development.





Students Express Community Learning through Socially Engaged Art
Room 125, Olson Hall
A photography and Labor Studies instructor adapted socially engaged art to be a method of community learning in several courses. Community leaders acted as teachers to communicate how poor public policy and then gentrification affect residents and workers in the areas surrounding our University, and how people were organizing for their rights. Students expressed their understandings of the issues through images and posters that were exhibited in the community and the university and at a cultural art center. During the session we will share our experiences in creating these classes and exhibits, and engage participants in thinking through how public pedagogy functioned for our activities and to reflect on their own experiences of public exhibits and their impact.

Ellie Zenhari, Assistant Professor, Art and Design
Vivian Price, Professor, Interdisciplinary and Labor Studies





ART with HEART Project
Room 125, Olson Hall
This session will discuss curriculum and show visual media of an art project with children inspired by BLACK LIVES MATTER, in order to enrich public schools and after school programs on tight budgets, and to build healthier community.

Curriculum is four lessons implemented over four weeks,
class size 5-20 children. Optimal age groups- 2nd through 5th grade.
Average length of lesson and activities- 50 minutes
Final products-
1. Framed 8×10 works of art by individual children which travel to public showings throughout community.
2. Curriculum available for others to use and adapt.

Piloted as a stand alone, one month program in cooperation with staff of the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) and it’s after school programs. Showings took place in Coffee shop and Public Library with future possible venues.
Presenter: Emme Edmunds





Making Brighter Connections: Theatre Camp for Youth on the Autism Spectrum
Room 125, Olson Hall
Brighter Connections Theatre and the University of Dayton Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology Program collaborate each summer to provide a theatre summer camp for youth and young adults on the autism spectrum. The culmination of the 6-week summer theater camp is a fully produced weekend of shows featuring their original work in short skits. This is a fruitful collaboration for students and community members, resulting in a mutual reciprocity of discovery.





Preparing for the 2020 Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement
Room 118, Olson Hall
This workshop is designed to assist campuses preparing for the Carnegie Community Engagement classification. It will address preparation for both first-time applicants and campuses that are reclassifying (those classified in 2010). The workshop will address:

  • An orientation to both the classification and reclassification frameworks
  • An overview of the 2020 process
  • Additions and changes to the documentation framework
  • Review of the documentation framework and complete application
  • Strategies that have been effective for successful application
 Opportunity will be provided for participants to have questions addressed.




Imagining America Campus Liaison Lunch
Ballroom A & B, Conference Center
All campus representatives and individuals from prospective member institutions, as well as community partners, are invited to bring their lunches to this conversation. Connect with new and returning members from across the IA network to discuss issues of importance to you, and network by interest area and regional geography. Let’s organize together to begin building regional hubs for coalescing Imagining America leaders across the country.






PUBLIC Open Session (Workshop)
Conference Center Ballroom A





#OurChangingClimate: Digital Networks for Community Resilience (Workshop)
Conference Center Meeting Room A
#OurChangingClimate is a participatory design project that seeks to expand and diversify our understanding of climate change by building a network that shares the nuanced and everyday ways in which community members are experiencing vulnerability and resilience to related impacts. It tackles the subject of climate change through the intersection of science and humanities by connecting climate data with lived experiences, provides alternative educational opportunities for youth by integrating activism with social media, and empowers communities to advocate for their own resilience through local observations of global phenomena.

N. Claire Napawan, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture + Environmental Design Program, Department of Human Ecology, University of California Davis

Sheryl-Ann Simpson, Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture + Environmental Design Program, Department of Human Ecology, University of California Davis





Assessing Practices of Public Scholarship; APPS (Workshop)
Room 118, Olson Hall
Assessment is always undergirded by values, but which values and who determines them? Do we default to or let ourselves be pressured into alignment with them, or deliberately choose them?
Members of Imagining America’s research group on “Assessing the Practices of Public Scholarship” (APPS), will explore tactical approaches to what we have begun referring to as “values-engaged assessment” – assessment that is explicitly in dialogue with the (contested) values of democratic civic engagement. Participants will consider two specific assessment models that demonstrate the possibilities and challenges of walking the talk of the values of democratic engagement in assessment practices. First, the ASU Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts presents on their formative socio-ecological theory of change/scaled impact (drawn from public health protocols) developed with stakeholders through critical response processes. Second, the University of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement will demonstrate their “data lab,” a participatory assessment method that cultivates inquisitive communities, playfully.

Joe Bandy, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching; Affiliated Faculty, Departments of Sociology and American Studies, Vanderbilt University
Anna Sims Bartel, Associate Director for Community-Engaged Curricula and Practice, Office of Engagement Initiatives, Cornell University
Stephani Etheridge Woodson, Director, Design and Arts Corps, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University
Sylvia Gale, Director, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, University of Richmond
Patti Clayton, Practitioner-Scholar, PHC Ventures; IUPUI; UNC-G; K-State; UAA





Crossing Boundaries, Changing Culture: One Story at a Time (Workshop)
Conference Center Meeting Room B
How can academic institutions use stories to flatten hierarchies and cross boundaries both within the academy and in relationship with communities? Emory University has developed several strategies that emerged from IA Cultural Organizing Institutes as well as other community organizing practices. This workshop will begin with brief descriptions of some of these strategies as they have been used within the university, in community engagement, and in courses as effective pedagogical tools. We will then demonstrate the approach by facilitating a story circle with a prompt that elicits narratives about encounters with other people that unexpectedly changed perceptions of the world or one’s own beliefs. Finally, participants will reflect on the institutional spaces in which they work, and how story circles and art-inflected narrative might help them develop strategies for cultural change relevant to their local context.

Vialla Hartfield-Méndez, Professor of Pedagogy, Spanish; Director of Engaged Learning, Office of the Provost, Emory University
Kim Loudermilk, Senior Lecturer, Institute for Liberal Arts; Director, IDEAS (Interdisciplinary Exploration and Scholarship) Fellows Program, Emory University
Kate Grace, Director, Community Building and Social Change Fellows Program, Emory University
Shan Mukhtar, Assistant Director, English as a Second Language Program, Emory Writing Program, Emory University
John Wang, Undergraduate IDEAS Fellow, Emory University
Julia Munslow, Undergraduate IDEAS Fellow, Emory University





Let’s Get in Formation for a New Revolution of Art and Politics
Conference Center Ballroom B
This session explores the re-ignition of art as politics and activism in the aftermath of Trump’s election. The roundtable will address the aims of this kind of art making beyond protest art, social practice, and relational aesthetics; the ambivalent role of relaying information about race, gender, class, and sexuality; the multivalent forms it engenders in protesting policy, building coalitions, pushing forward redress and collective claims, and the art world’s fraught reliance with the market and corporate institutions including the university.

Drawing from Joseph Beuys’ concept of social sculpture and the activities of Alliance for Cultural Democracy, Group Material, and REPOhistory, the roundtable will also address the current challenges in calling for collective engagement among disparate and diverse communities, and the way the university and the art world perpetuate an outmoded politics of representation and identity politics that results in the maintenance of hierarchal divisions among different constituencies and disciplinary categories.

Manuel Abril, artist; prevention educator in video/art programming and community organizing at Our Family Services
Michele Carlson, Associate Professor, CCA; Executive Director of Daily Serving and Art Practical
Ala Ebtekar, artist; director of Art, Social Space, and Public Discourse, Stanford University
Susette Min, Associate Professor, UC Davis; independent curator
Jeffrey Skoller, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley; filmmaker and writer
Weston Teruya, artist; founding member of Related Tactics
Leila Weefur, media artist; founding member of The Black Aesthetic





Exploring Tools for Difficult Conversations, Healing, and Possibility
Conference Center Ballroom B
In this particular era, now more than ever, we must leverage best practices, tangible examples, and stories of our successes and failures about having difficult conversations around race, class, and gender through the arts. The purpose of this roundtable is to have participants share tools and examples of how they have used various arts-based practices as interventions for creating the world we wish to live in and see. Participants will also engage in telling stories about inspirations from the field — places where courageous dialogue and art intersected and offered new possibilities for students, the campus, and local communities.

Carina Buzo, The HUB Department Lead and Program Coordinator, Sonoma State University.

heather c. lou, ​assistant director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Charlene Martinez, Associate Director, Diversity & Cultural Engagement, Oregon State University.





Social Innovation of the opioid crisis through Transdisciplinary Collaboration (Roundtable)
Room 105, Olson Hall
Join faculty from the University of Dayton, an institution consortium member for both Imagining America and Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), in a bold collaboration between art and public scholar design, entrepreneurial mindset, and engineering. This roundtable is seeking out best practices, case studies and more intentional nation partners in the transdisciplinary approach to the opioid crisis at the intersections of STEM and Humanities policies and practices. As Dayton embarks on a transdisciplinary social innovation hub with initial focus on this national crisis the vision for this exploratory discussion would be to create tangible and actionable next steps for this social innovation hub based on national institutional examples, seek out potential new Inter-institutional partnerships within the hub and begin a dialog for Case Study development between IA and KEEN that would lead into Roundtable #2 at KEEN National Conference early in 2018.

Roundtable Guides: Brian LaDuca (Executive Director – Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation, University of Dayton), Rebecca Blust (KEEN Faculty Fellow, School of Engineering – University of Dayton), Michelle Hayford (Faculty Director, Theatre & Dance – University of Dayton)





We Have a Language Problem! Intergenerational Views On 50 Years of Linguistic Practice, Challenges and Opportunities in Community-University Engagement (Roundtable)
Room 141, Olson Hall
In 1995, service-learning “pioneers” came together to share their experience of trying to integrate student service activities with academic learning during the field’s first 30 years. In May 2017, another meeting brought together early pioneers with “Next Gen” practitioners from the US and overseas to engage in cross-generational review and reflection on how the field has evolved since. Our session will focus on one topic of intense discussion at both meetings: how the language we use to describe our goals, commitments and values has both shaped and hampered our field’s evolution, providing space for programmatic diversity but also fragmentation. The presentation will include data and short narratives from these meetings designed to engage session participants in a conversation about the ways that our language both expresses and clouds our practice, research and imagination.

Dick Cone, University of Southern California (retired)
Sylvia Gale, University of Richmond
Elaine Ikeda, California Campus Compact
Chris Nayve, University of San Diego
Tim Stanton, Stanford University (retired)





Public Memory and the Private University: Untold RVA and the University of Richmond’s Race and Racism Project (Roundtable)
Room 106, Olson Hall
The University of Richmond’s (UR) Race & Racism Project and Free Egunfemi’s Untold RVA share the goal of recovering the histories of marginalized communities which have been shut out of traditional archives and thereby the historical record. In the summer of 2017, they teamed up, with five undergraduate researchers mentored by Egunfemi, and UR faculty and archival staff. Student research will contribute to a public mural project, directed by Egunfemi, to celebrate Richmond’s self-determined communities.

In this session, team members will reflect on their collaboration, then facilitate discussion with round-table attendees. In break-out groups, participants will discuss questions such as:

  1. What practices optimize student learning in collaborative, archival research? What research methods uncover suppressed histories of race and racism?
  2. How can public art reshape the ways citizens understand their land and its histories?
  3. What can the university offer to community-based subject matter experts so that the voice of the descendant community can be examined alongside that of the institutions who have dominated the historical record?

Victoria Charles, Post-Baccaulaureate Fellow, Race & Racism at University of Richmond Project, University of Richmond
Jordana Cox, Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Humanities, Dept. of Rhetoric and Communication Studies, University of Richmond
Free Egunfemi, Founder and CXO, Untold RVA
Patricia Herrera, Associate Professor, Theatre & Dance, University of Richmond
Nicole Maurantonio, Associate Professor, Rhetoric & Communication Studies, University of Richmond
Bedelia Richards-Dowden, Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Richmond
Irina Rogova, Project Archivist, Race & Racism at University of Richmond Project, University of Richmond





Mapping Self-Determined Futures (Roundtable)
Conference Center Ballroom C
“Mapping Self-Determined Futures” considers the ways university partnerships with indigenous communities can focus academic research in the service of Native self-determination initiatives, with attention to the power of visualizing space, the necessity of indigenizing maps to re-claim indigenous spaces, and the challenges and potentials of forming enduring community-university collaborations. This roundtable begins with presentations by a community and a university representative from each of two distinct projects that revolve around the digital humanities and decolonized cartographies of Native space. Presenters will share current map products and discuss how community partnerships lead to more engaged scholarship that speaks directly to tribal communities’ needs, exploring how visualizations of indigenous space reinforce Native sovereignty. Additionally, we consider how community partnerships shape academic research methodologies and outcomes in ways that foster the development of a more inclusive university that recognizes and respects indigenous epistemologies.

Beth Rose Middleton Manning, Associate Professor of Native American Studies, UC Davis
Loren Michael Mortimer, PhD Candidate, History Dept. UC Davis
Lorena Gorbet, Secy-Treasurer, Maidu Summit Consortium & Conservancy
Brendan F. White, Director of Communications, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe





Foraging Notes – Turning Into Place and Local Knowledge (Media Presentation)
Room 125, Olson Hall
In a hybrid presentation we will describe foraging as a process of creative inquiry and aesthetic interpretation addressing ideas for rural culture and ecology. This includes the categories of A) community, B) place, and C) experiences. We will share stories that demonstrate “common ground among uncommon partners.” Regarding place we will discuss the connection between rural and urban conditions and how foraging can be a revitalizing enterprise. We will present background work for context, but we plan to focus on our recent working correspondences, exchanges, documentations, drawings, and other means of experiencing foraging (45 minutes.) We will engage participants in discussion and exercises related to our investigations (45 minutes.) We hope “foraging notes” motivates our audience to further explorations and actions. It is our mission to support new foraging initiatives with the potential for future collaborations.

Kevin Lair, Lecturer, Architecture, Iowa State University
Clark Colby, Lecturer and Design Extension Program Specialist, Iowa State University
Adam Wilke, Natural Resource Specialist, Westbrook Artists’ Site





Building Sound Communities: Musical Engagement as Cultural Activism
Room 147, Olson Hall
How can music be used to build more equitable and inclusive communities? How can ethnomusicologists help communities harness music to tackle social issues such as creative aging, inclusive education, and racial equality? This panel brings together ethnomusicologists interested in questioning how their discipline can facilitate culture change both within and outside academia. Gubner will discuss a service learning/filmmaking course she designed in connection with Music & Memory℠, an organization that distributes iPods to elders with dementia. Carlson will speak about the Santa Monica Youth Orchestra (SMYO), a non-profit music organization that strives to promote socioeconomic and cultural diversity. Peach will address his collaborations with Gullah Geechee communities in South Carolina leveraging music as a tool for placemaking to challenge stigmas of racial violence and legacies of oppression. At a time when the value of the arts are being questioned nationally, these presentations position music as a tool for rethinking, rebuilding, and reimagining communities.

Jennie Gubner, Visiting Lecturer of Ethnomusicology, Indiana University Bloomington
Julius Reder Carlson, Assistant Professor of Music, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles
Douglas Peach, Doctoral Student in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University Bloomington





Foregrounding Women Behind the Turntables
Room 147, Olson Hall





Negotiating the Ethos of University-Community Collaborative Filmmaking (Media Presentation)
Conference Center Meeting Room A
What does it mean to co-construct story and to collectively restitch narratives into cultural consciousness? How do we ethically negotiate the inherent power dynamics that exist in particular storytelling partnerships including university-community collaborations? What are the promises and problematics associated with notions of creating shared identity? And how do we engage in these discussions in a democratic and empowering manner? This session will attempt to create a collaborative atmosphere in which to begin unpacking these questions. Specifically, after watching a ~15 minute film made by Native youth in collaboration with university graduate students which tackles issues of contemporary indigeneity, session participants will engage in collaborative storytelling exercises that interrogate the ethos of narrative co-construction and instigates collective discussion. We hope these activities will provide a generative environment for both the presenting team and the conference participants to work through these ideas and strengthen their respective collaborative-based artistic research agendas.

Caroline Collins, Doctoral Candidate, UC San Diego, Department of Communication; Executive Producer, Native Like Water: We’re Still Here
Nalini Asha Biggs, Doctoral Student, UC San Diego, Department of Communication; Director & Lead Editor, Native Like Water: We’re Still Here





Challenging the Rural Narrative through Artist-led Rural Community Development (Media Presentation)
Room 106, Olson Hall
Springboard for the Arts has just celebrated 5 years of work from our office in Fergus Falls, MN – a micropolitan town of 13,000 on the edge of the prairie in West Central Minnesota. To mark the occasion, Springboard for the Arts commissioned artist Nik Nerburn to create a documentary film, Prairie Dreamers, to highlight the programs and partnership that are in taking place in western Minnesota, including the Hinge Arts Residency, the Kirkbride Art and History Weekend, the Rural Arts & Culture Summit, and workshop offerings around artists’ professional development and creative placemaking. This combined media and roundtable session will use excerpts from that film to launch discussion with Michele Anderson, Rural Program Director, and Springboard’s artists and partners around the possibilities in artist-led rural community development, barriers and opportunities around engagement and funding, urban/rural exchange, and challenging dominant narratives about what it means to live and work in rural America.

Michele Anderson, Rural Program Director, Springboard for the Arts
Ashley Hanson, Theater Artist; Founder, Public Transformation
Laura Youngbird, Artist; Director of Native American Programs, Plains Art Museum





Democracy and the Transformative Story (call to adventure: tension and conflict: growth and resolution)
Room 146, Olson Hall
This media presentation focuses on a Service-­Learning class for pre-­service teachers that used stop motion animation to create stories about transformation. College students guided fourth graders at a local Title I school in creating stories, fostering teamwork and imagination. While crafting their own stories of struggle motivating their aspiration to be teachers, they explored the complexities of educational equity issues impacting Latino immigrant students. Parallels are drawn between personal and collective transformation as witnessed in a story arc and in community-based learning where diverse narratives are shared and become a starting point for deeper democratic participation. Through transformative partnerships, Service-Learning faculty and students are aware of the structural barriers that further marginalize vulnerable communities. Stories make the power imbalances real. We will share the animations and invite participants to brainstorm ways to design similar collaborative exchanges that use digital storytelling to increase civic learning, deepen partnerships, value community voice.

Lynn Sondag, Associate Professor, Dominican University of California
Julia van der Ryn, Associate Professor, Director of Service-Learning, Dominican University of California





Ferguson Voices: Teaching, Learning, and Storytelling
Room 146, Olson Hall
This session brings together a student, a professor, an activist, and a designer to share the work of the Moral Courage Project: an innovative program that combines experiential learning, academic research, and human rights storytelling to confront pressing political issues. Launched in 2016 through a partnership between the University of Dayton Human Rights Center and PROOF: Media for Social Justice, the first project convened a team that traveled to Ferguson, Missouri to investigate the 2014 unrest following the death of Michael Brown. These efforts produced a multimedia exhibit, “Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame,” and a storytelling website featuring photography and podcasts is in development.

We will engage our audience with a multimedia presentation that includes interactive role play, podcasts, photography, and graphic design. Role play will demonstrate our methodology for preparing students to conduct field research. Podcasts were produced from our interviews, collaboratively among students, faculty, and practitioners. The visual design elements were generated for use in the exhibit and on the website, inspired by the team’s work.





Closing Plenary Session, Intergenerational Justice: Community Engaged Teaching and Learning from the Central Valley to the National IA Network
Ann E. Pitzer Center

The closing plenary of the IA conference will gather together experienced and youthful publicly engaged students, teachers and scholars to explore the conference theme C.A.L.L. [Communities. Arts. Lands. Learning.]. IA Faculty Director, Erica Kohl-Arenas will facilitate three mini dialogues to discuss the rich histories, challenges, and joys involved in working outside the bounds of traditional academic practice. The first dialogue will celebrate the work of Isao Fujimoto, legendary UC Davis Community and Regional Development faculty emeritus and regional organizer. Fujimoto will be joined by Jonathan London, Director of the Center for Regional Change. The second dialogue will celebrate the work of Malaquias Montoya and Taller Arte Del Nuevo Amanecer (TANA), the community based art center in Woodland, California. Montoya will be joined by TANA coordinator, Drucella Miranda and Elyse Doyle-Martinez, a youth participant in TANA’s programs. The final dialogue will engage current and past co-directors of Imagining America’s Publicly Active Graduate Education fellowship program.

We close the conference with a community-generated poem that is collaboratively composed by Andrew Sullivan and conference attendees, and a performance of John William’s Air and Simple Gifts led by Susan Lamb Cook.