#DareToImagine on Penn Ave is a collection of pop-up Imagination Stations as per the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture(USDAC). The 5100 block of Penn Ave plans to organize three stations as Emissaries engage passersby in exercising social imagination, envisioning the world we wish to inhabit. The cohort of Imagination Stations includes Assemble, BOOM Concepts, and Bunker Projects.
USDAC will dispatch “Emissaries from the Future” to create pop-up Imagination Stations nationwide. Through a range of creative activities, the 5100 block of Penn Ave will engage residents in Garfield and beyond in exercising social imagination, envisioning the world they wish to inhabit. The resulting media will all be uploaded to an online national platform, yielding a crowd-sourced vision of the future, inspiring art, policy, and community action. The 5100 Block of Penn Ave will present their Imagination Stations from 6pm – 9 pm October 16, 2015. Promotion for the events will be collaborative and direct participants to move from one space to the next experiencing what each station imagines for the future. Though unified in delivery of the event, each organization will have their own unique Imagination Station.
Assemble will provide a small range of activities. Plan on utilizing the suggested activities from the USDAC for the Imagination Station. Some of those activities include a Map of Your Community, Looking Forward/Looking Backward, New Monuments, and Futureviews. Map of Your Community encourages people to redraw their community map to reflect things they value most and want to shape the future, tying into the impact of community development. This activity shows how communities could look if everyone were part of those choices, encouraging people to take their agency and vision into their own hands. Looking Forward/Looking Back is a jumpstart to people’s imaginations, getting them comfortable with occupying different spaces in time. New Monuments encourages people to be in the future mindset of 2035 to design a monument for a local park to commemorate all that was done to repair our social and environmental ruptures, reiterating public space as sites of public memory. Still based in the year 2035, Futureviews gives people a chance to interview each other about life in the future.