Joining Johnson County’s Annual Banner Project

Since 2015, Johnson County has maintained its Welcoming America Banner Project which embraces newcomers to the area with banners hung throughout Iowa City, Coralville and Kirkwood Community College. As a part of this project, the banners for 2021 will include…

“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.