2019 Community Partners and Projects

Imagining America Community Engaged Design

The Imagining America consortium (IA) brings together scholars, artists, designers, humanists, and organizers to imagine, study, and enact a more just and liberatory ‘America’ and world. At the 20th anniversary, the IA National Gathering reflected on the organization’s past and future of promoting public scholarship, cultural organizing, and campus change that inspires collective imagination, knowledge-making, and action on pressing public issues. The Mellon Public Scholar undertook research along with members of IA’s Commission on Publicly Engaged Design.

California Food Policy Advocates — Faces of California Hunger

California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA) has earned its reputation as the go-to source for policy expertise and advocacy on issues related to improving access to nutritious, affordable food for low-income Californians. Entering their twenty-sixth year of doing advocacy work, they sought to broaden their impact by engaging a larger community of supporters who may not grasp the wonkyness of policy. The Mellon Scholar helped CFPA grow their impact and captivate a wider audience by improving their communications through human-centered narratives.

California Department of Education – Native American Model Curriculum

The California Department of Education is developing a Native American Model Curriculum, which, like the 2020 Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, will offer a flexible framework on which districts can build meaningful, interdisciplinary courses relevant to their students’ experiences. The Mellon Public Scholar worked collaboratively with the CDE’s Curriculum and Instructional Resources Division to research current Native American and Indigenous studies best practices, including a literature review centered on the recommended coverage of U.S. and California Native American history and educational best practices. 

California Arts Council – Arts & Culture Landscape Study Framework

The California Arts Council (CAC) is a state agency dedicated to advancing California through the arts and creativity. One of the primary ways that it serves the arts and culture field is through its eleven competitive grant programs. Mellon Public Scholars have evaluated the coverage and reach of the CAC’s grant programs, and assisted in developing an updated portrait of arts and culture organizations across the state.

Public Scholars Launch Event The Humanities Engaged Pond Farm Pottery
California Arts Council Yolo Food Bank CA Department of Education
California Humanities Essie Justice Group Positive Youth Justice Initiative
Asociación de Comunidades
Campesinas Indígenas para
el Desarrollo Integral de Petén
EastSide Arts Alliance Experience Akwesasne