Emmissary Spotlight: Getting Ready to #DareToImagine

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Kimberly C. Gaines is a photographer, media educator, and the chief curator of her own firm, sondai expressions creative, in Washington, DC. Melanie Ariens is a Milwaukee-area mixed-media artist who uses creative work to communicate about issues surrounding the Great Lakes, serving as artist-in-residence for the Milwaukee Water Commons, “a cross-city network that fosters connection, collaboration and broad community leadership on behalf of our waters,” promoting “stewardship of, equitable access to and shared decision-making for our common waters.”

Both are Emissaries from the Future in the USDAC’s #DareToImagine National Action, taking place nationwide from 10-18 October. Read on to learn what Kimberly and Melanie are imagining, and join people across the U.S. in signing up now to be an Emissary.

Anyone can step up as an Emissary from the Future. We’ll send you a Toolkit that includes Imagination Station plans; PDFs for signs, badges, and creative exercises; how-tos for organizing and promoting local events; checklists; an easy way to upload events to a national map, and much more. USDAC trainers will provide online video workshops for Emissaries and one-to-one technical assistance as needed.

Taken together, these two Emissaries hint at the many possible themes on which #DareToImagine can advance vision and activism. Kimberly blogs at sondai expressions. Below, we reprint her post describing a building in her community, the Strand Theater, an historic neighborhood landmark that has been closed for more than half a century. Kimberly will use #DaretoImagine to bring light to the history of the neighborhood.

Today’s blog features photos that Melanie has been uploading to CTZN, a platform and app released by GOOD Worldwide Inc. to bring groups of changemakers together in a dedicated space where they organize and tap into technology’s potential to connect, inspire, and make a difference in local and global communities. The USDAC is partnering with CTZN to host an Emissary social media community: when Emissaries sign up, they join CTZN (fast and free), and everything tagged #DareToImagine they post to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram feeds into one stream of images, texts, and video clips. When #DareToImagine is in full swing in October, you’ll be able to visit the website to see the stream of visions shared by the public. Right now, Emissaries are using CTZN to update each other on what they’re doing and to share inspiring posts.

Read the article at the link below:

Milwaukee Water Commons is a cross-city network that fosters connection, collaboration and broad community leadership on behalf of our waters. We promote stewardship of, equitable access to and shared decision-making for our common waters.