As co-chair of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) fellowship program, I feel like an art mom when the other fellows come to me with cool project ideas. The IDA is a space that houses overlapping identities – queer, black, femme, indigenous, and others. It’s complicated to define the space. The IDA spring class consistently brings truly life-changing guest speakers like like Native Poet, Musician, and Playwrite Joy Harjo, who is one of the artists I helped bring to campus. Her poetic voice is so powerful and when you listen to her work, there’s no way you can believe that artwork is an appendage to other work.
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