Hello! I am your host, Laura Milkins. I am producer of In Search of the Great America.
Thank you so much for your interest. I really just wanted to start this project to help to ask as many people as possible, from a broad range of experiences and backgrounds, what their Great America looks like! The goal of this project is to ask people what their vision is for America and who we are at our best as a people and a nation.
- My interest in asking these questions is to find out what people wish for our country, because I am curious and excited to hear their answers. I also feel like this question has not been asked enough in simple, relatable terms. I just want to know, what does your Great America look like?
In Search of the Great America
What is the goal of this site?To find out what people really want for America, outside of the framework of politics and the media.
What I wish that you will take away from this site: a hopeful vision for America from a broad cross-section of the population.
I am a multimedia, interactive performance artist, living in Tucson and teaching Art and Visual Culture at Pima Community College since 2012. I received an MFA in painting from University of Arizona in 2008. In 2009, I was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico City. For this public performance, “Walking Stories: Mexico”, I walked across Mexico City in the company of strangers, posting the stories they shared each night on a BLOG.
My recent work includes “The Depression Session” , a website to help people understand the concept of depression. I’ve been depressed since my dad died in 2011, and a lot of people have approached me to say, “Oh well, you know, maybe it’s just grief.” But grief feels different than depression. I grieved very hard and felt deeply saddened, and it’s not that I don’t miss my dad (and my step-dad who also died the same year), it’s a different feeling. When I was feeling grief, it was as if the color went out of the world and everything looked gray. I didn’t want to go anywhere, or do anything, and I felt destroyed, which was really, REALLY oppressive. The Depression Session website was a way for me to relate to others, to understand my own depression, but more importantly, to give back in providing a source for others to find connections.
I was also fortunate enough to have finished “The Kindness Project”, spending a year contemplating kindness, and “Walking Home: stories from the desert to the Great Lakes”, in which I walked 2,007 miles from Tucson to Michigan wearing a live webcam. In 2014, my friend Gina Cestaro and I founded Spiral Journey School of Movement, a school dedicated to teaching authentic movement in Tucson.
Since 1993, I have been organizing art shows, performances and festivals, and have received grants, awards and international recognition for my work. My performances focus on community and social interactions, and the role that technology plays in both.