|Imagining America (IA) is pleased to announce that “Organizing. Culture. Change.” goes live May 14th. The first section grows out of the 2014 IA Conference on the same theme:
- the keynote, “Words Changing the World: The Power of Personal, Communal, and Allegorical Stories in Bringing Dreams to Reality,” by Doug Shipman;
- a response to Shipman’s presentation by a cadre of IA PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) Fellows;
- Erica Kohl-Arenas’ conversation with long-time IA friend and civic engagement leader Harry Boyte and executive director of Alternate ROOTS Carlton Turner; and
- an inside look at how the 2014 conference was organized by IA associate director Kevin Bott, community organizer Maria Avila, and Emory University faculty member and administrator Vialla Hartfield-Mendez.
This new issue of Public then features a piece by Marion Wilson on the integration of art as social practice with her teaching, followed by a conversation with McArthur winning artist Rick Lowe.
A broad range of case studies provide examples of integrating culture and organizing:
- “Public Life through a Prison/University Partnership,” by David Coogan;
- “ART CART: Saving the Legacy” by Joan Jeffri;
- “Lost Stories and Cultural Patrimony” by Pat Steenland;
- “Citizen Stories: A New Path to Cultural Change ” by Alexander Olson, Elizabeth Gish, and Terry Shoemaker; and
- “Reimagine A Lot” by Claudia Paraschiv.
The issue ends with Ben Fink’s review of Harry Boyte’s Democracy’s Education.
You can access the journal at public.imaginingamerica.org.