A Future-Oriented Democratic Revival (Volume 2, Issue 1)
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:
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.
By Chad M. Kahl, Illinois State University
Milner Library hosted the Thoughts on Democracy: Reinterpreting Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms Posters Exhibit from February 12 to May 7, 2010. The exhibit consists of over eighty graphic works created by contemporary artists and designers that responded to The Wolfsonian’s invitation to express ideals at the core of American democracy. Each artist was asked to consider Norman Rockwell’s visually moving paintings from 1943 that conveyed the meaning of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” speech to Congress and the American people – Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear.
This exhibit was organized and made possible by The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida. It is sponsored by Funding Arts Network in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; American Express; Continental Airlines; and The Miami Herald. The exhibit received funding from Illinois State University’s American Democracy Project and The Friends of Milner Library.
The Exhibit co-coordinators, Chad Kahl and Dr. Janet Paterson, were inspired to bring it to campus after they viewed a selection of the Thoughts on Democracy posters at last year’s American Democracy Project National Meeting in Baltimore, MD.
An opening reception featured the entire exhibit, as well as forties-era food and drink.
The Exhibit also featured three speakers:
Dr. Robert C. Bradley
“The Impact of Fear on Contemporary Political Dialogue”
February 18, 2010
Dr. Ross Kennedy
“A Manifesto of Power and Ideals: FDR’S Four Freedoms Speech in Historical Perspective”
March 3, 2010
Dr. Melissa Johnson
“Norman Rockwell: The Life and Reception of the Four Freedoms, 1943-2010: Making Sense of the Times April 6, 2010″
The exhibit also attracted the attention of teachers at the Jefferson Park Elementary School, in the El Paso-Gridley School District. Third grade students had recently written essays on two of their favorite Four Freedoms. These essays were reviewed by cadets in ISU’s ROTC Redbird Battalion as part of the “Cadets Helping Kids” program. The project has been coordinated by Mrs. Mary Sadoun, CDT Sean Thomas, and Mrs. JoAnn Briggs. You can read more about it in articles from the Vidette and The Pantagraph.