The IMPACT Conference brings together college students, nonprofit professionals, campus administrators, and team of service members to share experiences, stories, and resources in their work for social change. Quality workshops are pivotal to the program, and conference organizers now seek workshop facilitators for this year’s conference. Workshop categories include Service-Learning & Community Based Research, Community Service Programs, Issues & Advocacy, Leadership & Professional Development, Alternative Break Programs, Spirituality/Faith & Service, Volunteer Management, and an Administrators Area. The deadline for this opportunity is December 1, 2014.
The theme of the 2015 Rural Arts and Culture Summit, which will take place on June 2-4, 2015 at the University of Minnesota, Morris, is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People and Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future? The 2015 Summit will gather artists, arts organizations and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories “from the ground up,” and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities. The deadline for this opportunity is December 1, 2014.
The Program for Writing and Rhetoric at University of Colorado Boulder is proud to host the first Conference on Community Writing — a forum for scholars, teachers, program administrators, and community members to share scholarship and examine the theories, technologies, and best practices shaping Rhetoric and Composition, related disciplines, and the communities that house our institutions. We call together innovators and scholars who push a range of social boundaries in their use and study of rhetoric and writing (broadly conceived) in community settings, and teachers who encourage students to approach the act of composing as participatory members of publics beyond the classroom. The Deadline for this opportunity is December 5, 2014.
Journal editors invite submissions that consider resonances and differences between public scholarship and practice foregrounding civically engaged arts, humanities, and design in one’s home country and when working elsewhere. Some of the questions to consider include: In what discourses and for what purposes are the principles of what we in Imagining America call ‘engaged’ research, student learning, and creative practice being enacted in sites across the globe? In what contexts do you see your international engaged initiatives? What antecedents inform you? What are the gaps or pitfalls between scholarship and practice? How can/do/should we shift our pedagogical approaches when involving students in international engaged work? What do we want our students to learn related to the international context? What are ways to build and sustain relationships with international partners in arts, humanities, and design endeavors? Submissions will be accepted between January 15 and February 15, 2015.