FRIDAY Ask Me Anything Panel

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About “Ask Me Anything” Panels:

We invite you to join a virtual Ask Me Anything session with our guest artists panelists. This is an opportunity for students, staff, and the general public to ask artists of a shared disciplines any question that you may have. Ask about their artistic process, their opinion on the current social/political happenings, or anything else… They are here to answer your questions!


Mychal Batson, better known as @MycDazzle, is an entrepreneur and artist from St. Paul, MN. He’s founder of creative solutions firm, Discover Dope Creative and co-founder of edtech start-up, Schoolz.
Daz graduated with a degree in English – Creative Writing from Augsburg College in 2010, but has since branched out into other areas of expertise, including, but not limited to design, illustration, storytelling, education, community organizing, and urban planning.
He’s worked with a variety of organizations across the Twin Cities, some of the most notable being, The City of St. Paul, Twin Cities Rise, the Frogtown Neighborhood Association, Springboard for the Arts, and Trust for Public Land.
When Daz isn’t writing, illustrating, or problem solving, he’s traveling the world (9 countries and counting), dancing a jig, or humming a tune.
Thomasina Topbear is a self taught Santee Dakota & Oglala Lakota muralist, she has been a member of the international all female crew Few & Far Women since 2015. Thomasina helped found City Mischief Murals, a mural collective that actively paints large scale community based murals in the Twin Cities. She has helped organize a number of local and national community based mural events focusing on youth, women, activism & BIPOC artists. Thomasina’s inspirations come from her Indigenous culture and graffiti background, she uses these influences to express her feelings on community, social justice, culture, feminism and togetherness.
SARC (Sebastian Rivera) is a north Minneapolis based artist and community leader, of Puerto Rican descent. He has been organizing in the northwest suburbs of the Twin Cities in different capacities for the past 4 years. Most of his work has focused on the intersection of housing and immigration in the metro area and the northwest suburbs. His art specializes in narrative realism, taking personal and community struggles and transforming them into impactful social messages.

Instagram: SARC.INC

NHCC Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge these lands as the original homelands of the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations who were forcibly removed from, and are still connected to this territory.  We will respect and honor Indigenous peoples by incorporating and supporting Indigenous knowledge in our work, and establishing meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities. With gratitude, we stand in solidarity.”


DEI Offerings:

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers a variety of initiatives for students and the NHCC community. Some of our offerings include: Community Racial Healing Circles, Racial justice and gender equity programs, Student-led Diverse Voices, and more. We encourage you to connect with us and participate in these opportunities._**

NHCC IN SOLIDARITY: Our Commitment To Racial Equity:

North Hennepin Community College stands firm against racism and all forms of human oppression. The circumstances surrounding the deaths of Mr. George Floyd and Mr. Daunte Wright, both unarmed African American men, and the Atlanta shootings targeting Asian women, are deplorable. As a college committed to racial equity, we acknowledge the trauma that these incidents cause all of us. As a community, we recognize the fullness of human value and reinforce our commitment to truth, racial healing and transformation.

While higher education alone cannot solve all societal forms of racism, oppression, and trauma, we do serve as an institution of higher learning and civic engagement. As such we will continue to work toward illuminating systems of racial inequity within our own community so that together we can continue dismantling all forms of oppression that adversely affect our community of students. We extend our deepest condolences to the Floyd family.

HUGE thanks to…

Located at 825 University Ave, the Victoria Theater Arts Center builds community power by providing a creative home that incubates the arts and amplifies the voices of all people in the neighborhood. Be part of building our creative home by donating to our capital campaign at or by connecting with us and our community of artists on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram.

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You can be part of the change in our world through education. Follow the link to the right and make a contribution to the

 “Racial and Social Justice Leadership Scholarship.” 


The Stages of Equity Production Team

Kathy Hendrickson / Dean of Fine Arts, Co-Curator
Soren Olsen / Producer, Co-Curator, Webdesign
Carlos Baez / Student Liaison, Production Support
Alberto Ramos / DEI Liaison, Production Support
Cheryl Clausen / Administrative Support
Leslie McDougall / Festival Images
Liz Hogenson and Sara Mitchell / Festival Publicity
Irma Mayorga / Festival Logo, Copy Support

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