Proposal Submissions Now Open: 2015 National Conference

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America Will Be!

The Art and Power of “Weaving Our We”
Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life
2015 National Conference

September 30 – October 3, 2015
Hosted by UMBC
Baltimore, MD

The members of Imagining America advance a vision of the world in which publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, and culture workers play critical roles in enacting the promise and ideals of a democratic society. Together, we explore the power of shared identity – of understanding who we are and what we stand for, and therefore, what we are called to do.

The purpose of this conference is to facilitate bold, creative and effective work that enables people to build and sustain the relationships that will link our stories, fulfill the democratic purposes of higher education, and address our collective challenges.

Proposed sessions should be as interactive as possible, and provide opportunities for sharing and co-creating practical and theoretical frameworks that guide our understanding of engaged art, scholarship, and design. Those proposing sessions should note that significant energy and interest within the consortium is focused on:

  • The Bold Power of Arts, Humanities, and Design
  • The Power of Story/Narrative
  • Institutional and Community Transformation

The conference planners envision our time in Baltimore as an opportunity to move beyond our individual comfort zones and to expand our circles of relationships and our ways of knowing and doing as we attend to the urgent task of transforming the culture of higher education in ways that are relational, inclusive, democratic, and just.

Click here to read the full Call for Participation.

The submission platform is open as of March 2, 2015.
The deadline to submit proposals is April 3, 2015.
Proposal guidelines can be found here.

If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact Kevin Bott at



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