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Exhibition Opening Reception: November 9th, 5:00-7:00 PM

Special Guest Speaker: Joshua Barr, Director of the Des Moines’ Civil and Human Rights Department, Friday, Nov. 16th at 6:00 PM in the Turner Jazz Center.

Our Town: Reclaiming the Narrative, curated by Lenore Metrick-Chen

This exhibition celebrates the works of people whose individual choices and agency has led them to civic engagement and community building. Their initial act may have been solitary but their contributions have mattered. Our Town can only offer a sampling of these acts of agency and everyday bravery in Des Moines. The exhibition features short video interviews of local individuals including Drake students and alumni, and includes a timeline formed by newspaper articles on the Black Panther Party’s initiative of the breakfast program for children and its adoption and expansion by CFUM. Also, the exhibition houses a smaller exhibition which contains eight pairs of artworks. One image in each pairing shows a situation where agency was denied. In the companion artwork, the artist has deliberately addressed this same emblem of denied agency and, taking ownership of it, turned it on its head. The exhibition provides space for your comments and photos about your own acts of agency or for honoring actions by other members of the Des Moines community.

Please join us for the opening reception on the 9th from 5:00-7:00 and the evening guest speaker event with Joshua Barr on the 16th at 6:00 in the Turner Jazz Center. Light refreshments will be served.

For information or to arrange a class visit, please email or phone 515-271-1994.