(Recently I wrote about my work with the US Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC), a bold new people-powered national movement dedicated to cultivating equity, empathy, and social change through creative, cultural action. Below is a call to action to DC Citizen Artists.)

Citizen Artists,

It's 2034. What do you hope to see, right here in Washington, DC? What would DC look like if we brought our full creative selves to envisioning and building it? How might we go about imagining who we are and what we're capable of in a fresh, new way? When is a community meeting not another boring meeting? When it’s a lively, arts-infused gathering known as an Imagining!

Hello! I'm Jess Solomon, one of the 17 Founding Cultural ImageAgents volunteering around the country to launch this idea.On Saturday, July 12th from 1pm to 4pm right here in DC, we'll be hosting one of the 17 Imaginings unfolding across the U.S. in July. Imaginings bring community members to 1) envision their towns and cities in the year 2034, when art’s power to engage, connect, uplift and transform has been fully integrated into all aspects of society and 2) to spark creative ideas about how to get there, starting now.

It’s all part of a bold new people-powered initiative called the US Department of Arts and Culture, helping spark imagination and connection on the local level and then taking what we learn to the national level where we can amplify our visions and begin to make them real.

I’m so proud that the Imagining here in DC will be one of the first; in coming months, you’ll be hearing about dozens—maybe hundreds—of similar events occurring all across the U.S. We promise serious fun, lively performance, good company, delicious snacks, and a chance to consider and create something that can make a real difference in all our lives.

This is one of the most exciting projects I’ve encountered in a long time. I’d be thrilled to talk with you, answer questions, hear your ideas. Save the date and stay tuned for exciting updates.

If you are interested in joining the DC Imagining Core Planning Team or participating as a Imagining Facilitator join me at the next planning meeting:

Imagine the Imagining

Thursday, May 29th 6:30 - 9pm

Coffy Cafe (upstairs) | 3310 14th Street, NW

RSVP: jess@artinpraxis.org

In Creative Cahoots,
P.S. Announcing the DC Imagining location soon! Share this invitation with your creative collaborators, colleagues, dance partners :)

"Think there might be an Imagining closer to you? Check out this map and email usdac.us@gmail.com to find out how to contact a different Cultural Agent."