UC Davis Imagining America Invites Exchange of Stories to Create Mural

Community Chalk Mural Will Celebrate ‘People’s State of the Union’ Friday

Flying Flatland mural
"Flying Through the Flatlands" is a community mural created by artist Danielle Fodor at F and 3rd streets, Davis. It was painted with more than 200 participants in summer 2013. Photo courtesy Danielle Fodor.

On Friday (Feb. 2), three days after the president's State of the Union address, University of California, Davis, students, faculty, staff, and community members will join a national movement. They will gather to exchange stories to help a Davis artist create a chalk mural expressing community feelings for a “2018 People’s State of the Union.” The mural creation will follow with storytelling circles on the state of Davis and the nation.

The community event is part of a national event held since 2015 in more than 300 locations. The event is being organized nationwide by the nonprofit U.S. Department of Arts and Culture and taking place at UC Davis this year through the leadership of campus-based Imagining America. Other locations throughout the United States will hold story circles, write poetry or invite people to share stories in other ways. 


Friday, Feb. 2, 3-4:30 p.m., mural creation


Imagining America offices, 207 Third St., Suite 120, Davis 


Artist Danielle Fodor, a UC Davis graduate, will create a chalk mural on a wall at the Imagining America location. Fodor is a painter and social practice artist, specializing in community-designed and community-painted murals. She has created work throughout the region, including on the UC Davis campus. She earned both a bachelor’s degree in plant biology (1999) and a master’s degree in community development (2012) from the university.


UC Davis is the headquarters for Imagining America, a national organization that advances a vision of the world in which publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, students and culture workers play critical roles in enacting the promise and ideals of a democratic society. The organization represents much of what the university has long embraced: interdisciplinary cooperation that is transformed into community action. 

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Jeremy Truong, Imagining America, 530-297-4644, jgtruong@ucdavis.edu

Karen Nikos-Rose, News and Media Relations, 530-219-5472, kmnikos@ucdavis.edu

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