(click on the date to view)August 9, 2022 conversationHealing Through Art
This session will focus in on the important role art plays in healing and empowering people who are incarcerated, as well as how art influences the re-entry process. Leadership from The Justice Arts Coalition and artists who are part of the program will share their experiences and how their art practices impact their daily lives.
Panelists: Wendy Jason, The Justice Arts Coalition (JAC) founder/co-director, Carole Alden, artist, JAC Advisory Council member, and founder of Desert Shelter + Healing Art Project, and Brett Gonzalez, artist and JAC Board Chair.May 3, 2022 conversationLatino Heritage and the Influence on American Art and Culture
Prepare for Cinco de Mayo with an exploration of how naming and identity impact art and culture.
Panelists: Sesó Marentes (multi-disciplinary artist) and Michael Nuñez (musician)February 3, 2022 conversationBLM Today and Tomorrow: Pain and Healing through Art
A look back (and forward) on how the arts give way to communication and healing. The expression of remembrance through visual art, dance, music, and words. Panelists include Cadex Herrera
, Emmett Phillips
, and Jill Wells
.November 11, 2021 conversation
Kate Hightshoe and Kelly Montijo Fink
led an open dialogue from the American Indian perspective about cultural equity regarding American Indian art, and the influence of American Indian culture on American art.May 26, 2021 conversation
In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, our May conversation included topics of positive/negative stereotypes, the "model minority" and breaking the "bamboo ceiling." Panelists includes Clarence Padilla (educator and Des Moines Symphony Member), Christine Her (Executive Director of Art Force Iowa), and Pragnya Yogesh (owner of Indian Dance Academy and CultureAll ambassador)– facilitated by Kate Hightshoe.February 11, 2021 conversation
Thanks to those who joined us on for a conversation in celebration of Black History Month: Transforming Barriers into Opportunities
. Expert panel included local community creative and educator Emmett Phillips , artist H.C. Porter
, and Des Moines Symphony member, Jason Wells. This conversation will be facilitated by Kate Hightshoe.December 17, 2020 conversation
Expert panel included Executive Director of the Des Moines Art Festival, Stephen King, Executive Director of BRAVO Greater Des Moines
, Sally Dix, and Des Moines Artist INC facilitator
Beau Kenyon and Dr. A'ndrea Wilson; facilitated by Kate Hightshoe.