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The Indigenous Imagination Initiative is a series of one-week, non-residential summer programs at the ASU Tempe campus. The programs are open to American Indian high schoolers living in the Valley. The programs engage youth in projects that ask them to imagine futures for themselves and their nations, and connect them to the creativity and inspiration of their people.
In the summer of 2019, the Indigenous Imagination Initiative will offer two programs: 1) Graphic Novels, the Future, and You, and 2) Engineering the Homeland in 3001.
Both programs will take place on the ASU Tempe campus on July 8-12, 2019. The programs run concurrently, so students choose to attend one program.
Participants in Graphic Novels, the Future, and You will learn about storytelling, art, and futurism through the production of a graphic novel. In the program, students will participate in workshops, lectures, and lab time with faculty, staff, and community members. The program is organized so that participants learn about stories, the purpose of story, and creating stories in the Indigenous context. The program participants will also participate in art sessions (painting) and produce their art for their graphic novels.
Participants in Engineering the Homeland in 3001 will learn about design, nation-building, and futurism through an engineering based project. In the program, students will participate in workshops, lectures, and lab time with faculty, staff, and community members. The program is organized so that participants learn about engineering principles, the purpose of imagination and design in creating solutions, and the application of engineering and imagination in nation-building efforts.
Although both programs share the themes of imagination and futurism, the difference between the programs is that Graphic Novels, the Future, and You is focused on art and storytelling and Engineering the Homeland in 3001 is focused on design and engineering. Put another way, Graphics Novels, the Future, and You is humanities oriented and Engineering the Homeland in 3001 is STEM-based. We encourage you to select a program that aligns with your interests.
Registration for the summer 2019 Indigenous Imagination Initiative has ended.