|CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Public: A Journal of Imagining America
“Recognizing Knowledge in Arts and Design Practice”
The Submission Deadline for Vol. IV, Issue I has been extended to September 15, 2015
This issue will challenge assumptions and politics that do not recognize knowledge production in arts and design practice. Contributions will demonstrate instances of the arts and design as forms of creative research, and both pathways to and carriers of ideas and revelations.
The issue will also honor our late, beloved colleague, Randy Martin, member of Imagining America’s National Advisory Board and a great friend of Public. We welcome pieces that evoke, recognize, and honor his work, particularly as he broke barriers between practice and theory-based generation of knowledge.
Some of the questions to consider include:
This issue will be co-edited by Aimee Cox, Kim Yasuda, and Jan Cohen-Cruz, and designed by Kathleen Brandt and Brian Lonsway. We especially seek submissions that take advantage of our multi-modal format as an e-journal.
Public is contextualized by IA’s vision: publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, and others, in and out of the academy, enriching civic life for all. We request the integration of the arts, humanities, or design in submissions and welcome contributors from academic, cultural, or community contexts.
For the journal’s mission statement, submission guidelines, and a description of the peer review process, please visit public.imaginingamerica.org.
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A Future-Oriented Democratic Revival (Volume 2, Issue 1)
The first issue of Public: A Journal of Imagining America has issued a call for proposals and is accepting submissions for Vol.1 No.1—Linked Fates & Futures: Communities & Campuses as Equitable Partners?—now through February 15, 2013.
More details can be found here.
The first issue of Public is rooted in the 2012 Imagining America conference, an occasion to reflect critically on the shared predicaments of democratically-oriented cultural work in higher education and cultural and community-based organizations; to articulate languages and practices of public scholarship and creative practice; and to develop and strengthen cross-sectoral networks committed to moving such work forward. What makes for effective and sustainable partnerships between higher education and cultural and community organizations? Who is involved in teaching, learning, and curriculum design? Where and for whom are programs designed, and what is their long-term impact? How might resources be pooled and shared more effectively? How might scholarly research and investigative capacities be channeled to respond to the needs of community organizations and independent artists and scholars, and reciprocally, how might community-based expertise be integrated more deliberately in colleges and universities? We welcome ideas and experiences integrating the arts, humanities, and design drawn from academic, cultural, and community contexts.
Public is the e-journal of Imagining American: Artists and Scholars in Public Life. It promotes public and engaged forms of scholarship and practice across arts, humanities, and design, including texts, literature, video, photography, performance, sound, historical representation, and interactive media. It focuses on ways that such expressions are integrated with other forms of knowledge to animate and deepen engagement with civic life. The journal encourages public discussion and resource sharing through innovative uses of online and new media, including an interactive interface in addition to a growing archive. We are committed to interdisciplinarity and multi-vocality – that is, a focus on cross-sector contexts such as the arts in economic development, humanities and social justice, design and environmental stewardship, and the presentation of more than one perspective on subjects and projects.
By Gregg Gregg Kaufman, ADP Campus Coordinator and Instructor in Dept. of Government & Sociology, Georgia College
Georgia College, like many universities, offers a variety of engaged learning opportunities. The 2012 Engaged Learning Quilt project served to visually “stitch together” endeavors that reflect student and professors’ applied scholarship in community settings. The three, four-by-four foot fabric quilts hang in the new Center for Engaged Learning at Georgia College (GC) house adjacent to campus and the corresponding digital quilt provides a portal to a variety of engaged learning programs.
The Engaged Scholars Quilt reflects Georgia College Academic Affairs’ civic engagement and community-based scholarship endeavors. The digital quilt replicates three fabric quilts that hang in the new center for Engaged Learning at Georgia College. Many people contributed to the quilt project including Autumn Day, Senior Art Major, Professor Michael Murphy, Art Deparment, Mark Misinco, GC Web Site Department and last, but not least, Terri Taylor, the incredibly gifted quilter who created the fabric quilts.
You can view the digital quilt here. Hover over the various quilt panels to learn more about the organization or initiative or click a patch to visit its website.
The quilt not only represents particular GC American Democracy Project work but partnerships and alliances with academic affairs initiatives across the campus, including:
- Times Talk – a weekly current events discussion hour.
- Public Achievement – a two-semester course promoting active citizenship where college students coach 100 4th and 5th grade public school students.
- Public Deliberation – a first-year student course that incorporates National Issues Forum materials and deliberative democracy methodology.
- The Public Voice Partnership – PVP works with community partners to apply deliberation to community issues in which students have an opportunity to participate. Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want? will be a featured forum throughout the year in campus/community forums.
- The Georgia College Annual Global Citizenship Symposium – a three-day symposium organized by the International Education Center and the GC ADP in conjunction with academic departments and student affairs. Literacy, Learning and Leading: Education for a 21st Century World will feature Georgia College’s new president, Dr. Steve Dorman as well as Dr. John Saltmarsh, NERCHE and Dr. Timothy Eatman, Imagining America.
- The Innovative Course-building Group – IC-bG is a cohort of faculty members dedicated to designing courses to address civic issues.
- Georgia College Annual Student Research Conference – The conference now includes a “Citizen Scholar” category for showcasing public scholarship.
By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project
Many of you will remember documentary filmmaker Claire Andrade-Watkins who was a Featured Speaker at last year’s American Democracy Project National Meeting in Providence. Claire’s documentary “Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican?”: A Cape Verdean American Story is the popular and critically acclaimed depiction of the Cape Verdeans in Fox Point, Providence and the first in a trilogy of documentaries about the Cape Verdean community. The documentary first aired on WSBE in May and July 2010. Those who participated in Claire’s session at the ADP Meeting found her documentary to be both thought provoking and inspiring. Please see below for a description of Claire’s talk.
Lessons Learned from Displacement: The Role of Documentary and “First Voice” Narrative in Rebuilding and Reconstituting a Community
The discussion focuses on communities displaced by urban renewal and gentrification. The presentation includes documentary clips, and begins with “Hi, Neighbor,” an imagined conversation between a little Cape Verdean girl and John N. Brown who were neighbors in the Fox Point section of Providence, Rhode Island. Told over photographs of her neighborhood, home and family, she wonders why John N. Brown still had his house and she didn’t.
Claire’s documentary brings much needed attention to this often forgotten group of people. This story is about the tragedy and scandal of urban renewal and gentrification that displaced generations of immigrants from the Cape Verde islands from their community in the Fox Point section of Providence, Rhode Island. Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican chronicles the history of the community up to the point of the destruction and displacement caused by urban renewal. Since the 2006 world premiere of SKFPR at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, the documentary has enjoyed a remarkable journey connecting audiences around the globe with the universal themes of immigration and displacement.
As part of her work with the documentary, she has launched an online fundraising initiative for completion funds for Atlantic Portals. A Kickstarter project was launched on Monday, March 21 to raise the post-production funds to complete ATLANTIC PORTALS. Kickstarter a new online fundraising tool for artists that directs people to the project page where donations can be made to the project. The goal of this fundraising initiative is to complete ATLANTIC PORTALS in time for the fall 2011 RI PBS/WSBE TV 36 line up and the October 2011 Cape Verde/world premiere at the Cape Verde International Film Festival on the island of Sal, Cape Verde.
To make a donation to the Cape Verdean project, please visit this website. All contributions through Kickstarter go to the 501c3 fiscal agent for ATLANTIC PORTALS and are tax-deductible. This is a 45-day campaign so please consider making a donation today!
If Claire’s work inspires you, I hope you will consider making a donation. I also encourage many of you to consider showing her documentary to students on campus. It can be used to frame a discussion about social justice, gentrification, and the importance of honoring diversity in a democracy.
Please see below for additional information about Claire and her inspiring work.
By Claire Andrade-Watkins, President, SPIA Media Productions, Inc.
We are excited to bring the project for these documentaries to this level: one broadcast, one in the can and ready for post-production and the third coming close behind with the successful completion of Atlantic Portals.
This journey from “Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican?” to this point has been almost ten years, and I want to thank the dedicated group of friends, colleagues, supporters who have been there since day one, and to my wonderful friends/media professionals (editors, graphics, web, post-production, sound design) from across the country who have been working together on the series since the beginning-largely on a volunteer basis or at a dramatically reduced fee as well as generously pulling in their extended network of friends and colleagues. We are at this moment today because of you all.
P.S. the KICKSTARTER goal MUST be reached within 45 days!! Make your donation today!
For more information about Some Kind of Funny Porto Ricans, please visit this website.