Creative Response Criteria

Formats for Creative Responses

We invite teams of two individuals and larger to collaborate on a creative project in response to Through Tumultuous Times: Reimagining and Rebuilding ‘America’, a Collective Creative Engagement hosted by Imagining America. Creative responses are welcome in the following formats and modalities:

• Community Memorial Quilt: These responses invite poems, short stories, and other written or visual reflections on individual and community experiences as impacted by COVID-19 that will be woven together in a digital memorial.

Community Meals: Through one or more community meals, these responses will create space for a facilitated and documented discussion around a community topic, issue, or action related to the theme and questions articulated in the Call for Participation in the 2020 Collective Creative Engagement. Submitted documentation of the meals, which may take place online or in-person using social distance practices, should include the group’s vision of how their community would look if the selected topic/issue was addressed along with an action agenda. Documentation may be in oral, written, visual, or performative formats.

• Paired Dialogues: This response pairs individuals located in different communities, cities, or regions in a dialogue in response to the Collective Creative Engagement theme and questions articulated in the call.

We particularly welcome projects and dialogues that envision and open pathways for individuals and communities from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to participate in a restructuring of American life.

Project Criteria & Documentation

A few notes before you get started. As a values-driven organization, Imagining America seeks to undertake, support, and promote creative work and scholarship that further a just, equitable, and liberatory America and world. To be eligible for inclusion in the October program for the 2020 Collective Creative Engagement, creative responses and documentation must align with the values of Imagining America and its collaborating partner institutions Tulane University and the Ashé Cultural Arts Center.

While not required, participants are invited to document their creative response in a written, visual, or audio-visual format and share them with IA. These responses will be listed on IA’s dedicated event page, with responses meeting project and documentation criteria included on IA’s website, Youtube channel, and/or other social media and audio-visual platforms in October 2020 alongside curated live streamed and recorded programming.

Project documentation should be in the following formats:

• For written documentation (e.g. poems, manifestos), submissions should be no longer than one page in length (using your font and spacing of preference)

• For visual documentation (e.g. photographs of an event or visual art piece), submissions are limited to three photographs, which should be uploaded in JPG, PNG, TIFF or PDF format with a minimum size of 800 px.

• For audio and audio-visual documentation (e.g. video or film), submissions are limited to one piece no longer than 3 minutes in length. These submissions should be in MP3 format for audio and MP4 for video.

If you are using audio or video from others, be sure you have permission or legal rights of use.

Throughout the project period, participants are also invited to share their responses on social media using the #ReImaginingAmerica20.

Registering your Creative Response & Project Documentation

Formed a team and starting to plan your creative response? Complete this Google form to place your project on the event map and let others know you are participating.

Once you’ve completed your project, we invite you to share documentation of your creative response with the IA community. Click here for instructions on how to share your creative response.

Further questions? Contact Imagining America staff by email at We look forward to dreaming and building an equitable new world with you.