Shauta Marsh

Shauta is co-founder of Big Car Collaborative and works as its curator and program director. The past 15 years she has helped organize over 100 city-wide public art projects and events, including SPARK Monument Circle (  Additionally since 2012 she has curated and/or organized more than 50 exhibitions including LaToya Ruby Frazier and Tony Buba: Inheritance, Toyin Odutola, Carlos Rólon: 50 GRAND, Trenton Doyle Hancock: Mound At Large, Richard Mosse: Fermata, Juan William Chávez: Mesa Hive, and more. She is a co-author with Jim Walker a chapter in the book, “Creative Placemaking: Research, Theory and Practice” edited by Cara Courage and Anita McKeown and published by Routledge.

Shannon Stratton

With a background in studio craft, Shannon Stratton’s multi-disciplinary practice approaches organizing cultural platforms and events as collaborative, context-responsive acts of care. She co-founded the artist-run center Threewalls in Chicago in 2003, and subsequently co-founded the Propeller Fund, Phonebook, The Hand-in-Glove Conference and Common Field in support of artist-driven, collaborative and independent cultural production. She is currently developing the biannual, networked exhibition, Slow Frequency which takes the climate crisis as the imminent limit to the production of cultural events, and asks: how do you maintain a global art-world engagement, with the smallest carbon footprint?

Joshua Miner

Joshua is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film & Media Studies at KU. He received graduate degrees from the University of North Texas and the University of Iowa, where his research focused on Native/First Nations activist film, visual art, and new media. Joshua began his work in Indigenous media theory and is currently at work on a book-length study of Indigenous aesthetics in emerging cinema, digital art, and videogame design. His recent research includes examinations of tactical practices in cybercartography and social media networks, including how these practices generate new protocols for Indigenous content creation and social mobilization.

Glenn North

Glenn is the Director of Public Programs at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center and is currently serving as the Poet Laureate of the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District. He is also co-founder and artistic director of Louder Than A Bomb-KC a poetry festival and slam – a platform for youth advocacy in the area’s positive self-identity and community development. Glenn uses poetry and spoken word as vehicles to promote the ideas of civic engagement and social justice. He also specializes in collaboration with artists of different disciplines to explore ekphrasis, or how poetry, visual art, music, and dance can intersect to create new forms of artistic expression in public spaces. (photo: Robert Hale)

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