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Monday, June 22 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Got Bias with Black Benatar

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This lunchtime event - part performance, part cultural equity training - will be led by social justice drag queen and JEDI trainer Beatrice Thomas from Authentic Arts and Media. As their fierce and fabulous drag persona, Black Benatar, they will explore the role bias plays in our lives, how privilege impacts us, and how we can use it to create positive change in the world. Jonny Stax will gather ingredients from this performance to lead people in making potions throughout the week. This virtual performance promises to be fun, interactive, and stimulating as we journey together toward creative justice and equitable love.

Join us this summer as we learn about bias and make potions to transform Iowa’s artistic practices and creative communities to be more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive (JEDI). We are kicking off a virtual potionmaking process at Des Moines Art Week during lunchtime sessions and continue throughout the summer. Creative Iowans will be encouraged to make and share potions leading up to the Iowa Arts Summit August 7.


This session is sponsored by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, as a preview for the Iowa Arts Summit on August 7, 2020. The summit brings together artists, filmmakers, creative entrepreneurs, non-profit professionals and community leaders for a day of networking, learning and celebrating the arts in Iowa. Learn more at iowaculture.gov.

Monday June 22, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Iowa Arts Council

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