Imagining America is calling all students, faculty, staff, and community members to share their take on the state of our union. This Friday, January 27th, Imagining America at UC Davis will hold an event in coordination with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture’s People’s State of the Union. You are invited to share your challenges, hopes, and visions for our collective future by participating in a story circle workshop from 3:00-6:00 p.m. in Memorial Union II.
UC Davis was recently selected to be the institutional home of Imagining America starting in fall 2017 and will host the 2017 national conference from October 12-14. The Imagining America consortium, currently based at Syracuse University, is a movement of publicly engaged artists, designers, students, scholars, activists, and community members working towards the democratic transformation of higher education and civic life in pursuit of equity and social justice.
“During these contentious political times, we’re excited to see a global movement for equity and social justice reflected in the energy of students, faculty, community, and our partnership with Imagining America,” said Brett Snyder, Assistant Professor of Design at UC Davis.
All are welcome to join! Refreshments provided, please RSVP to IA graduate student lead, Stephanie Maroney (firstname.lastname@example.org).
About the People’s State of the Union
The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) is not a government agency, rather it is a people-powered department—a grassroots action network inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging. USDAC hosts the People’s State of the Union as an invitation to supplement the President’s stories by coming together in homes, schools, houses of worship, and community organizations to share our own take on the state of our union. More than 120 communities have taken part for each of the last two years. In Presidential inauguration years like 2017, there is no official State of the Union Address. According to USDAV, after this campaign cycle, “We the People” are likely to have even more light than usual to shed on this nation’s recent past and immediate future. Every time a new President is elected, a Transition Team of experts is assembled to advise on the new administration’s directions and strategies. But a handful of experts can’t represent all of us.
For the Story Circles workshop, here are a few prompts to encourage storytelling:
- Share a story about something you have experienced that gave you insight into the state of our union.
- Share a story about a time you felt a sense of belonging—or the opposite—to this nation.
- Share a story about a time you broke through a barrier to connect with someone different from yourself or with whom you disagreed.