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Say It Forward: Jen Knights serves as sinew connecting Iowa City-area creatives


“Say It Forward” is an exploration of community and the people who shape it.

Little Village starts here, with Jen Knights, familiar to many for her work with Mission Creek Festival and at the University of Iowa School of Social Work.

“When people talk about love they often say ‘love is a verb.’ And I feel that way about community, too,” Knights says. “Community is something that you do together. It’s a daily choice to engage with other people, to consider the needs of other people and to make sure that everybody is included at the table.”

“While I’m often not in a super visible role on the stage or at the podium, I like to make sure that everybody knows what’s going on and people who are doing cool stuff are connected to each other. It’s really important to me to be the sinew between the bones to help that structure of community hold up.”

In future videos, we follow the trail where it leads as our interview subjects “say it forward” to lift up, highlight and platform the community members who most inspire them. Watch to see who Knights chose for the next edition!

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