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2023 Imagining America National Gathering

Radical Reckoning: Invoking the Elements for Collective Change

October 20, 2023 October 22, 2023

Location: Providence, Rhode Island

In partnership with College Unbound, AS220, the City of Providence, and a diverse local Steering Committee, Imagining America (IA) invites participants to gather in Providence, Rhode Island for the in-person 2023 IA National Gathering. Invoking the cleansing work of fire, the changing form of water, the steadiness of the earth, and the ethereal nature of air, the 2023 IA National Gathering conjures the elements to guide the radical work of reckoning with the past to create a future of collective liberation.



About the Organizers 

Imagining America (IA) is a national consortium that brings together scholars, artists, designers, humanists, and organizers to imagine, study, and enact a more just and liberatory ‘America’ and world. Efforts are currently underway to reckon with legacies of racial injustice in Rhode Island and enact a new cultural plan for the City of Providence. Through this unique collaboration with College Unbound, AS220, and the City of Providence, the IA National Gathering invites participants to reckon with past harms and draw upon the power of intergenerational arts and education for collective change. AS220 teaches us that art making is community building; the City of Providence models how to collectively imagine a process and practice of reparations and cultural transformation; and College Unbound, a school for adults who have been harmed by traditional educational systems, reimagines the radical potential of higher education. For more information visit: iagathering.org