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Art Festival’s Seat at the Table to focus on Latino heritage influence on art


The Des Moines Arts Festival will feature Latino heritage and its influence on American art and culture during its A Seat at the Table program, scheduled for Tuesday. The virtual conversation is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoom. Panelists include multi-disciplinary artist Seso Marentes and musician Michael Nunez. Kate Hightshoe will moderate the conversation. A Seat at the Table is an effort to elevate cultural equity, diversity, and inclusion in the Central Iowa arts and culture community. The Des Moines Arts Festival hosts the conversations to enable creatives to find their “seat at the table.” Each gathering includes community partners sharing how they are working towards cultural equity and how we, as a community, can collaborate to elevate the arts .“As the Latino community continues to grow in Iowa, the arts and culture will evolve to reflect that growth and that heritage,” said Stephen King, executive director of the Des Moines Arts Festival. The event is free and open to the public.

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