Projects & Shows
2023 Festivals & Shows
2023 will be a bit of a rebuilding year for me, and I intend to take a step back from my usual show schedule to focus on other areas of my business. I will post an updated/amended schedule by late spring.
Iowa Diversity Project- In 2019 I took a solo bike tour of Iowa, following the route of the American Discovery Trail across the state to take pictures and have a look around. I saw it very much as a "rediscovering my home state" kind of endeavor, and everything went pretty much according to script. I met friendly people, enjoyed the scenery, and managed to keep my sense of humor even while bumbling through a series of mishaps along the way. Reflecting on this a year later, however, I had to question if I truly explored the full Iowa experience, or simply indulged in the side that I already knew. As an admittedly awkward white farm boy, there was a great deal of familiarity in the rolling hills and small towns I rode through, and the metro areas all had beautiful trail networks that felt mostly like a journey through the forest as I slipped past. But what is the Iowa experience really like for those who are not awkward white farm boys? For those of other ethnicities and backgrounds, how might life be different than that I grew up knowing in the state? Could everyone casually enjoy such an adventure, or is their reality different and my limited awareness due to a privilege that I need to confront?... In my work, I have always sought to dispel Iowa stereotypes. Just as I know it is not one big flat cornfield, I also know that it's a land of wonderfully diverse people and culture. I wanted to take a closer look and get to know these other sides of my home state too. And I wanted to get a true understanding, through the stories and experiences of others, of how inclusive of a place it actually is. So in September 2020, I returned with a much greater focus on listening to the accounts of others; and trying to better learn the Iowa view from all walks of life. It was another ride intent on rediscovery, this time determined to get it right...-Stay tuned.
Frank "Kinney" Holbrook Memorial Society- I am a co-founder and active in several ongoing projects with the Holbrook Society, a nonprofit based in my hometown of Tipton, Iowa. We are dedicated to honoring the incredible life and legacy of our namesake- a Tipton native who just one generation removed from slavery broke racial barriers to claim many trailblazing achievements, including becoming the first Black collegiate athlete in Iowa history. We are currently fundraising to place a Holbrook memorial statue in Tipton, and to create a scholarship and youth award in Holbrook's honor. Additionally, we work to continue our town's progressive traditions by advocating equality, and through educational outreach and youth programming. To learn more about Frank "Kinney" Holbrook, our mission, or projects currently in the works, please visit our website HERE.
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