“Future Proofing” Public Engagement

As a public-facing scholar who is dedicated to revitalizing the relevance of the university in today’s world, I am researching what publicly engaged work means post-pandemic and how arts-based approaches to public engagement work could help facilitate conversations about the “future proofing” of community engagement.

The African American Museum of Iowa’s Virtual Writing Project gathers stories about 21st century activism

Think about current events taking place in our nation and our state. What does present day activism look like to you? What different types of activism have you seen and practiced in recent weeks or months? The Virtual Writing Project…

A History of Dancing as Community with Hancher Auditorium

As a creative wing of a University that “seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavors through leading-edge research and artistic production,” Hancher has done much to assist the creation of new pieces of performance art. It has commissioned more than 100 new works in its nearly 50 years of existence and its initiatives—such as the recent Embracing Complexity program—work to bring diverse voices to the stage.

Supporting Black Lives Through the Arts

This summer, I began my work as a summer intern at the Center for Afrofuturist Studies (CAS), an artist residency program that reimagines the futures of marginalized people by creating dynamic workspaces for artists of color. This new experience coincided with a pandemic, along with protests for racial justice and calls for the dismantlement of institutionalized racism.