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Meet Our Facilitators

Facilitated learning is the Artist INC Des Moines methodology. Six local artists are selected to serve as Artist Peer Facilitators for the cohort.

The three-hour, weekly fast-paced seminar, lead by peer facilitators, is structured to provide multiple means of engagement to tap into artists’ interests, challenge them appropriately, and motivate them to learn. Using a flipped classroom model, artists participate in hands-on activities, large group discussions, multimedia presentations, games, small group conversations and weekly challenges focused on direct application of class concepts.

Artist INC Des Moines facilitators were selected through an interview process and represent a variety of creative disciplines and cultural backgrounds.

Kristian Day

Primary Discipline: Filmmaker/Producer
Secondary Discipline: Photographer/Writer

Bio: Kristian Day is a filmmaker, writer, and radio host based in Des Moines, Iowa

Kristian's independent filmworks have been screened in festivals around the world including Cuba, Poland, Japan, Mexico, Germany, and China. He has produced projects for Crypt TV, Investigative Discovery, PBS, NHK, and Hulu. He is a member of Film Independent, International Documentary Association, and Location Managers Guild International.

He has written for several publications including: Fangoria, Horrorhound, and locally with Cityview DSM. Since July of 2018 he has hosted the radio program Iowa Basement Tapes that is syndicated statewide on community and public radio stations.

Julia Franklin

Primary Discipline: Visual Arts
Secondary Discipline: Professor/Consultant

Bio: Julia Franklin is a 2018 Iowa Artist Fellow and installation artist who uses found objects to tell stories about what we leave behind. Julia creates immersive environments that are rooted in nostalgia and multi-sensory experiences. These installations have evolved into sets for collaborative performances in her most recent body of work, "Belonging(s)," which re-examines and re-frames her father's 1990 suicide to address loss, identity, and mental health.

Franklin received an MFA from TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, worked at the Dallas Museum of Art, and served as Professor of Art at Graceland University for 18 years, where she received awards in both Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship. At Graceland, she taught studio and art history courses and founded Art Academy, a summer art camp for children. Franklin now resides in West Des Moines, Iowa, and works at Drake University as the Anderson Gallery Manager. She also assists arts nonprofits with grant writing, leads business of art sessions, juries exhibitions, and maintains a studio where she works on new projects and commissions.

Franklin earned a residency at the Vermont Studio Center and has exhibited artworks in over 85 shows across the nation including the Dubuque Museum of Art, City Museum in St. Louis, the Arlington Museum of Art, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Mat Greiner

Primary Discipline: Art admin/consultant/curator/academic
Secondary Discipline: Visual arts

Bio: Working as an artist, planner, educator, and consultant, Mat advocates for artists and for the inclusion of arts and culture in more places, more often. He works in the public sphere with governments, companies, and nonprofits to prove that art is both functional and integral to the human experience by facilitating public art projects, writing grants, and developing public art and cultural master plans. Mat has a BFA from Drake University and a MFA from Iowa State University.

Tiffany Johnson

Primary Discipline: Theater/Performing Arts
Secondary Discipline: Art Administration

Bio: Acting has always been a passion of Tiffany's as she feels it gives her a unique opportunity to ask tough questions, raise awareness on issues and many times walk right up and touch the elephant in the room.

Her selected acting work includes, Good People/Stagewest 2013; The Jack Trice Story/Juneteenth 2014; Clybourne Park/Stagewest 2014; Fences/DSM Social Club 2014; The Mountaintop/Westminster Presbyterian-Intergal Arts 2015; Silent Victory/Pyramid Theatre Company 2015 and Amen Corner/Pyramid Theatre Company 2017. She was recognized by Broadway World as the 2014 best actress in Des Moines, IA with her role as Rose in Fences directed by Ken-Matt Martin. She then stepped into Directing and Production working as the Associate Director on the 2015 production of A Soldier’s Play.

In August of 2015, Tiffany became one of the founding members of Pyramid Theatre Company which was established to serve as gateway to the arts and to enhance the experience by illuminating the presence of black artists and providing opportunity for more diverse artistic expression.

More than anything Tiffany loves to give of herself to her community as she firmly believes in “as you empty your vessel, your vessel is filled”. She also believes it takes a village to raise our children, to support our communities and to nurture our tomorrows, and intends to use her gifts to make room for others to utilize theirs.

Beau Kenyon

Primary Discipline: Composer & Consultant
Secondary Discipline: Lecturer of Arts Administration & Cultural Entrepreneurship

Bio: Beau Kenyon has cultivated a deeply collaborative creative practice, making interdisciplinary dialogue fundamental to his approach to music composition. His award-winning collaborations have produced permanent and temporary multimedia installations, site-responsive immersive performances, and chamber music works. Kenyon has installed and staged his work at art institutions, such as the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and SITE Santa Fe but is most frequently drawn to the public art landscape, staging immersive performances and installing multimedia sculpture at parks and public institutions throughout the country. He is currently on faculty at Northeastern University College of Arts, Media + Design, where he teaches graduate level courses in arts advocacy, audience engagement, and strategic planning.

Kenyon’s consulting practice intersects with arts organizations and educational institutions, leading strategic initiatives for private and public entities throughout the country. He engages a curiosity-led process and leverages creativity and collaborative strategies (such as Design Thinking) to produce plans of equal parts research, interviews, and relevant application. His contracts have included system-wide strategies for Social Emotional Learning in public libraries, integrated curriculum development for elementary-aged students, and professional development strategies for artists.
Beau Kenyon received his composition degrees from Berklee College of Music (B.Mus. 2004) and Tufts University (M.A. 2007) and has actively pursued experiential training in music cognition, curriculum design, and arts leadership since 2005. www.beaukenyon.com

Dr. A'ndrea Wilson

Primary Discipline: Writer
Secondary Discipline: Professor

Bio: Dr. A’ndrea J. Wilson is a multi-medium, award-winning, creative writer, educator, and speaker. She has earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology; Marriage and Family Counseling, a second Master's degree in Dramatic Writing, and a Ph.D. in Global Leadership; Educational Leadership.

As a writer, she expresses herself most often through books, stage plays, and screenplays. Her continuously growing body of work often integrates her clinical background, interest in interpersonal/intrapersonal development, and love for the African-American community with storytelling. As an educator, A’ndrea is an Assistant Professor and the Braida Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. She also holds the position of Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at Grand View, and frequently delivers keynote addresses, workshops, and seminars/webinars on race-relations, writing, and personal/professional development.
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