15 episodes

Turnaround Arts, a Kennedy Center program, brings arts education resources into Priority – and Focus- designated schools as a strategic tool for targeting larger school challenges and opportunities. Turnaround Arts Des Moines includes the following elementary schools: Findley, Cattell, Moulton, Madison, Oak Park and Harding Middle School. TurnAround Arts Des Moines Podcast began with the question of – who is telling our story? Over the years we have heard many stories about our students. We realized that their voices were missing from the narrative. This podcast flips the script.

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Turnaround Arts, a Kennedy Center program, brings arts education resources into Priority – and Focus- designated schools as a strategic tool for targeting larger school challenges and opportunities. Turnaround Arts Des Moines includes the following elementary schools: Findley, Cattell, Moulton, Madison, Oak Park and Harding Middle School. TurnAround Arts Des Moines Podcast began with the question of – who is telling our story? Over the years we have heard many stories about our students. We realized that their voices were missing from the narrative. This podcast flips the script.

    Episode 3 Language and Activism: An Interview with Emily Lang about the power of spoken word poetry

    Episode 3 Language and Activism: An Interview with Emily Lang about the power of spoken word poetry

    This episode is full of love and features an interview with the co-founder of Run DSM and Movement 515, Emily Lang. This Des Moines-based program offers opportunities for students to demonstrate leadership skills and mentorship through an anti-racist, student-centered lens.  We talk to Emily and the other guests about the importance of creating brave, safe spaces for students to explore expressing their voices, identities, and opinions. The episode also features the creative works of DMPS students and graduates Champagne Harrington, Victor Caldwell, and Tierre Turner who have all had experience in DMPS and Movement 515. This episode is full of love, joy, and inspiration. Listen to learn more about the power of spoken word poetry in and out of the classroom. Enjoy!

    The episode contains a clip from Anderson Cooper's interview with Amanda Gorman on CNN.  

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 3 (Preview) Language and Activism: An Interview with Emily Lang about the power of spoken word poetry

    Episode 3 (Preview) Language and Activism: An Interview with Emily Lang about the power of spoken word poetry

    This episode is full of love and features an interview with the co-founder of Run DSM and Movement 515 Emily Lang. This Des Moines-based program offers opportunities for students to demonstrate leadership skills and mentorship through an anti-racist, student-centered lens.  We talk to Emily and the other guests about the importance of creating brave, safe spaces for students to explore expressing their voices, identities, and opinions. The episode also features the creative works of DMPS students and graduates Champagne Harrington, Victor Caldwell, and Tierre Turner who have all had experience in DMPS and Movement 515. This episode is full of love, joy, and inspiration. Stay tuned for the full episode tomorrow (3/3/21) to learn about the power of spoken word poetry in and out of the classroom. Enjoy!

    • 1 min
    Season 3 Episode 2 (Full Episode) VTS: A conversation with our partners at the Des Moines Art Center about the exhibit Black Stories

    Season 3 Episode 2 (Full Episode) VTS: A conversation with our partners at the Des Moines Art Center about the exhibit Black Stories

    Episode 2 explores a favorite arts integration tool, visual thinking strategies or VTS! The Des Moines team took a virtual field trip to the Des Moines Art Center for the exhibition Black Stories co-curated by Jordan Weber and Mitchell Squire. The exhibition presents artwork created by Black and African artists from the museums permanent collection. The group explores the question, how can viewing and discussing artwork support anti-racist work in our schools and classrooms?

    SHOUT OUT! to Mia Buch, Museum Educator, and Jill Featherstone, Director of Education, for developing and facilitating this opportunity with our team and teachers!

    SHOUT OUT! To the following Madison Elementary students for providing their voices...

    5th Grade:

    Raul, Sai Khaue, Danaya, Julie

    4th Grade:

    Nadya, Blake, Jacob, Paw Lay

    Artworks discussed in this episode:

    Wigs, Lorna Simpson, 1994

    Iago's Mirror, Fred Wilson, 2009

    ...among the blades between the flowers... while the horse watches... for those who bear/bare witness, Ebony G. Patterson, 2018

    Gladiators, Mitchell Squire, 2013

    The Means to an End, ...A Shadow Drama in Five Acts, Kara Elizabeth Walker, 1995

    Untitled,  Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1984

    Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Samuel Adoquei

    • 1 hr
    Season 3 Episode 2 Preview VTS: A conversation with our partners at the Des Moines Art Center about the exhibit Black Stories

    Season 3 Episode 2 Preview VTS: A conversation with our partners at the Des Moines Art Center about the exhibit Black Stories

    Episode 2 explores a favorite arts integration tool, visual thinking strategies or VTS! The Des Moines team took a virtual field trip to the Des Moines Art Center for the exhibition Black Stories co-curated by Jordan Weber and Mitchell Squire. The exhibition presents artwork created by Black and African artists from the permanent collection at the museum. The group explores the question, how can viewing and discussing artwork support anti-racist work in our schools and classrooms?  

    SHOUT OUT! to Mia Buch, Museum Educator, and Jill Featherstone, Director of Education, for developing and facilitating this opportunity with our team and teachers! 

    • 51 sec
    Season 3 Episode 1 (Full): Arts for Anti-Racists Schools Conversation with Winston Cox

    Season 3 Episode 1 (Full): Arts for Anti-Racists Schools Conversation with Winston Cox

    To kick off our third season in  the 20-21 School Year, we gather our team of arts- integration instructional coaches and host Winston Cox, Implementation Director of Turnaround Arts National at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. to dig into the root of our work to be anti-racist organizations and use the arts to amplify the voices of our students and communities. This episode also features a clip of DMPS grad, Robert, during an AntiRacist Town Hall to inform Des Moines Public Schools anti-racist work to better our organization for students.

    This episode was recorded October 30, 2020. 

    • 56 min
    Season 3 Episode 1 Preview: Arts for Anti-Racists Schools Conversation with Winston Cox

    Season 3 Episode 1 Preview: Arts for Anti-Racists Schools Conversation with Winston Cox

    To kick off our third season in  the 20-21 School Year, we gather our team of arts- integration instructional coaches and host Winston Cox, Implementation Director of Turnaround Arts National at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. to dig into the root of our work to be anti-racist organizations and use the arts to amplify the voices of our students and communities. 

    • 1 min

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What an amazing episode! These educators, their students, and the communities they serve stand as a testament to the power of local arts education and the importance of amplifying the voices of our youth as they fight to become an anti-racist system and organization. Also, I could listen to Mr. Cox’s smooth baritone voice all day long!

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