When I was a 2017-18 Public Imagination Fellow at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, I discovered a worksheet I completed when I was 7 years old and a recent immigrant to America – asked “If I were the President, I would change…”, I wrote that every family has a home.
This discovery spurred a trip to K-12 schools across America with filmmaker Aimee Hoffman where we interviewed 120 young people between the ages of 5-19 years old, asking them what they would change if they were the President of the United States.
In addition to creating the film as an artifact of this performance, I created a social media campaign on @ifiwerethepresident_ with participant portraits and their “If I Were The President” statements. I also collaborated with teachers and community activists to create K-12 curriculum that grounds this project in a discussion of civic engagement and art as a tool for change and correlates to National Common Core Standards. All of this and more is housed on the website – ifiwerethepresident.org – which serves as the digital home and archive for the performance.