Imagine America

 If you were to imagine your idea of a perfect America what would it look like?

The Imagine America Project asks you to do just that.

We are living in times of political and social polarization and many people of good will are searching for common ground, depth of meaning and how best to realize this grand experiment called America.

We are asking as many people as possible to contribute their thoughts and visions of their ideal America.  Please respond in the box below.

We would also love to have you send us an image that you feel represents your vision.  Please email a jpeg attachment to:  

Selected responses will be shown at Manna Gallery in Oakland, California during the month of July, 2017. Responses will also be available to view on this website.

Thank you.

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                                        Visions of America

My ideal America would be a safe place where people of diverse race, culture, religion, gender and politics could live peacefully with each other. Wealth would be equated with a kindness quotient. We would learn from each other through respectful communication and exchange of ideas. We would have opportunities to hear the back-stories of each other’s lives and find how alike we are in our wish for peace, safety, harmony and happiness. I want to believe it can still happen.

                                               Rose Mark

 My vision of America is a country that continues to respect the dreams of people from other parts of the world who wish to find a better life in the United States. 

                                            Ron Tanovitz

In my vision of a perfect America, we have amended the Constitution to state our "Right to Remain Human," reframing the concepts behind the 5th Amendment to shepherd humanity, integrity, and relationship to each other. To this effect, I have rewritten the Miranda Warning, to illustrate what Justice might look like under this system: "You have the right to remain human. What you say can and will be heard by people who care about you. You have the right to kindness, dignity, and connection to others. If you have caused harm through criminal intention or negligence, you have the following obligations: to listen and make reparations to the extent that you’re able; to reveal your life openly to assist in preventing future harm; to commit yourself to a path that prevents repeat offense. If you are not willing or able to meet your obligations, your freedoms will be restricted to ensure public safety. Do you understand these rights and obligations? With these in mind, do you wish to speak openly about what happened and why?" If anyone wishes, please feel welcome to reprint the Right to Remain Human text. No permission is required. 

                                 Kim Vanderheiden

My ideal America would be inclusive, not only of peoples and cultures from around the world, but also of the natural environment that surrounds each of us. My watercolor paintings focus on nature in all it's wild and untamed beauty. Nurturing an appreciation of our diverse planet, and a commitment to sustainability are integral to my vision of of the ideal America.

                                     Eve Tanovitz

Batgirl and Robin, Oil on canvas, 72x48” 2016 is my vision for America. I raise my daughters to embrace friends of all color, work together like strong superheroes, and fight for goodness in the world.

                               Christine Ferrouge

First of all, I'm a big Game of Thrones fan. So "head on a spike" is the norm in Game of Thrones!!

To start...
ALL lobbyists will be a "head on a spike". Period.

All political parties will be banned.
Every politician will no longer be a republican or democrat or ??
They will all have a number from one to ten behind their name.
One being the most conservative and ten being the most liberal.
This will eliminate the stalemate in Washington.
The high numbers and the low numbers will always vote to their beliefs, but the numbers in the middle will be able to swing their vote either way with no repercussions from any political party.

Now that I've fixed Washington, in my ideal America, there's food on every table, a job for every American, and a poodle in every home!

                                   Derek Van Beers

My personal vision of America is one where all people are given the opportunity to succeed and better their lives. A quality public education system would be one way of reaching that goal. Free secondary education would be another way. My vision of America would also be a nation that goes to "war" against poverty, homelessness and racism. My vision of America is one where housing, food and health care are a given, a right of every person. My vision of America is where no one is left out, every person is valued and encouraged to be the person they dream of being. 

                                         Dan Weber