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IAStoryShare is a podcast from Imagining America, where publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, students and community members share stories about their life and work.

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IAStoryShare is a podcast from Imagining America, where publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, students and community members share stories about their life and work.

    11. Denise Johnson, Beverly Bickel and Lee Boot

    11. Denise Johnson, Beverly Bickel and Lee Boot

    Denise is a Cultural Organizer who has worked to develop and enhance art and cultural assets in southwest and west Baltimore. She’s a co-founder of CultureWorks and currently uses the group’s practices in her work with Baltimore’s historic Arch Social Club, where she’s director of the Arch Social Community Network. The club has been a fixture of Black Baltimore’s civil society for over 100 years and has served as a hub of community action.


    Beverly and Lee are on the faculty of UMBC, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


    Lee is an experimental media artist working to develop new and effective ways to use digital media to spread knowledge for pro-social outcomes. He has assembled widely interdisciplinary teams from the sciences, arts and humanities to explore the potential of an artist’s perspective to address vexing social issues.


    Beverly’s research aims at highlighting the essential role of building sustained relationships across differences while negotiating diverse knowledge sources, experiences, discourses and intellectual practices to address local and trans-national transformational challenges.


    Lee and Bev got to know each other when they traveled to the 2013 Imagining America conference in Syracuse, New York. They met Denise when she joined the effort to organize the 2015 IA conference in Baltimore.


    The three discuss how creating change can only be done by connecting people and listening. They also talk about how they connected and how Denise started out skeptical about the role U-M-B-C would be able to play planning IA’s Baltimore conference.

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    9. Lacresha Berry and Castel Sweet

    9. Lacresha Berry and Castel Sweet

    Lacresha, better known as Berry, is a singer/songwriter, actress, poet, educator and writer from Queens, New York, by way of Lexington, Kentucky. Her latest one-woman show, TUBMAN, is a re-imagining of Harriet Tubman’s life as a young girl in Harlem. She performed it to great acclaim at the IA conference.


    Castel is a sociologist who explores the intricacies of community, culture and race. She is currently the Coordinator of Community Engaged Learning and Scholarship at the Fitz Center for Community Leadership at the University of Dayton.


    The two met at the conference, and as they describe it, they bonded.


    Lacresha and Castel discuss their professional journeys, the complexities of cultural identity and finding opportunities to communicate across cultural barriers.

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    8. Robin Hill and Andrew Sullivan

    8. Robin Hill and Andrew Sullivan

    Robin is an artist whose work focuses on the intersection between drawing, photography and sculpture. She is on the art studio faculty at UC Davis, where she teaches sculpture and drawing, as well as special topics courses, including one on Public Art.


    Andrew is a poet who facilitates community generated poems — he helped construct one at the I-A conference. He also teaches humanities at a Waldorf high school in Sacramento. He and Robin met when one of Robin’s kids took one of Andrew’s classes. And, the two have since collaborated on visual art and poetry projects.


    About halfway through their discussion, you’ll hear a third voice chime in. That’s the IAStoryShare facilitator who recorded the session asking a follow-up question.


    Robin and Andrew discuss challenges to developing one’s consciousness in academia, finding spaces for creative practice and the importance of “finding your people."

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    4. Danielle Fodor and Meaghan Brady Nelson

    4. Danielle Fodor and Meaghan Brady Nelson

    Danielle is an artist, teacher and community organizer living in Davis, CA. She creates artworks that transform people, places, and communities by working in a variety of mediums, including murals, ‘zines, performance, audio and posters.

    Meaghan is an arts educator at Belmont University in Tennessee.  She collaboratively created a huge Kids’ Arts Festival south of Nashville, that in its recent year attracted 6,000 attendees.

    The two met for the first time at the Imagining America conference about an hour before they sat down to record their conversation.  They quickly bonded over talking about the art they do in communities.

    They talk about the role of the arts in building kids’ identities, how art can be inserted into non-art areas of learning, the value of families making art together and how most artists are uncomfortable with the chaos of creating in community.

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    2. Amy Shimshon-Santo and Brittany Fields

    2. Amy Shimshon-Santo and Brittany Fields

    Amy is Head of Arts Management for the Sotheby's Institute of Art, Los Angeles at Claremont Graduate University.  And, at the time of the recording, Brittany was a student, just a couple months away from completing the program and figuring out what to do next.  Brittany now holds a Master's Degree in Arts Management. 

    Amy was Brittany’s thesis advisor, and in Brittany’s words, quickly turning into a mentor for her.  They discuss what it means to be an American, how to live as an artist, barriers and challenges in higher education and how to bring values and creativity to management.

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    12. Carol Mancke, Trena Noval and Hannah Adamy

    12. Carol Mancke, Trena Noval and Hannah Adamy

    Carol is an architect, artist and educator who has worked in architecture practices in London, San Francisco and Tokyo. Through her work at the intersection of art and cities, she seeks to create thought-provoking interventions in situations and places of everyday life. In recent years, her art practice has focused on models of collaborative thinking, questioning, sharing and playing. 


    Trena is an artist and educator. Her creative practice engages participatory research, generosity, cross-disciplinary platforms, food adventures and social engagement. At the heart of her work is the investigation of the intersections of social and natural ecologies, exploring the role of collective thinking and actions in a variety of contexts. Collaboration is an important part of her work process.

    Trena and Carol are friends and have collaborated on several projects.

    They discuss their professional and creative paths, the need to be proactive to connect with people and how art can change people and place.


    When Trena needs to leave the conversation early, IAStoryShare facilitator Hannah Adamy steps in to continue the exploration.


    Hannah is a Ph.D. student in ethnomusicology at UC Davis and served as a Graduate Student Researcher for Engaged Scholarship and Engaged Learning at the university.

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