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Youth Rising amplifies teen voices engaging the current political climate

This weekend, young people from eastern Iowa — 10 writers, 11 spoken word performers and 16 dancers — will present Youth Rising, an exploration of politics, community and their place in it all. The event is presented under the auspices of the Open Doors Dance Festival, a summer-long dance intensive for students ages 12-22. […]

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Five for Five Seasons: Five women at the helm of area arts and culture organizations

Gail Naughton has announced she will retire in June 2018 from the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, an organization she has led since 2002. She is one of several female leaders who have been setting the course of some of the Cedar Rapids area’s most robust and innovative arts and culture organizations. Here are five of them. […]

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Artists unite for The Hook’s ArtLOUD debut tonight

The Hook’s ArtLOUD!: Stories of Loss and Found Cedar Rapids Museum of Art — Saturday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. One year ago, Cedar Rapids poet Akwi Nji had a GoFundMe campaign and a wild dream to unite writers and performers across eastern Iowa in The Hook, a creative storytelling platform that, according to its […]

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Crowdfund the arts in Eastern Iowa: Initiatives by Akwi Nji and Anaïs Duplan take to the web

Artist Anaïs Duplan has a fundraiser scheduled for tonight, Thursday, Jan. 28 at 9 p.m. at The Mill in Iowa City (Little Village is a sponsor of the event). But that’s not the only avenue she’s pursuing to raise money and awareness for the new Center for Afrofuturist Studies coming to Public Space One this […]

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