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About “Ask Me Anything” Panels:

We invite you to join a virtual Ask Me Anything session with our guest artists. 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!

Meet The Artists:

DejaJoelle uses Traditional West African Dance and Black social dance to create an aesthetic that promotes healing and Self – Love. DejaJoelle is an interdisciplinary artist who is guided by ancestral dance and healing. DejaJoelle believes Self – Love is the first step in healing from your past and ensuring the fullness of your present. Through dance, mindfulness, Self – reflection, and affirmation, DejaJoelle is developing a dance aesthetic that promotes/evokes healing. In addition to dance, DejaJoelle creates intentional spaces for otherwise marginalized groups such as the LGBTQ2, BIPOC and Deaf community. Recent intentional space holding created for the Minneapolis Institute of Art under the title Discover Yourself: Golden Season, which was a day-long healing conference in collaboration with local Healing Artists with workshops including: Black Pleasure, Finding your Divinity, Body Reclamation, Afro Futurism, Sound Bathing, and many more. DejaJoelle, believes dance and healing should be fully accessible, and curated this conference to be completely free including childcare and food. In addition, DejaJoelle is proficient in American Sign Language and is intentional about making space for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. DejaJoelle continues to activate this work at Northside Healing Space where she directs her dance company BLAQ and holds community Dance and Healing Sessions and activities monthly. She works closely with Dr. Joi Lewis, a nationally known Healer, Author, and Joy instigator to deepen her research in solidifying her healing practice. DejaJoelle is now the Director of MN bred Dance commissioning and Healing program, Momentum: New Dance Works. Her ultimate goals include guiding herself and others to their higher selves, creating stronger community ties, and building an accessible revolution. “I believe in movement that brings life to the dancer’s experience. I’m based in traditional West African dance and informed by life experiences. I believe in dancing from the inside out. With rhythm. With love.” 
Mary Anne Quiroz | Co-founder and Director, Indigenous Roots. Mary Anne Quiroz was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States in 1989. She is an artist organizer and community activator. She is a Co-Founder/Co-Director of Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli, a traditional Mexican Aztec dance and drum group that she founded with her husband, Sergio Quiroz in 2006. Mary Anne is also Co-Founder/Co-Director of Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, where she and a collective of artists provide culturally relevant space and programming opportunities that promote and practice holistic well being through indigenous arts, culture and activism. As a passionate advocate of ancestral knowledge and systems, Mary Anne believes that arts and culture are a vehicle for economic development. With this mindset and the support of various entities, Mary Anne was able to contribute to community development by acquiring the purchase of the building that Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center had been leasing. Today, Quiroz continues to build community power with and for artists of color, organizers, activators and community members in the Twin Cities.
2013-2014 McKnight Fellowship Award winner, IVEY Award recipient for GUTHRIE THEATER’s Trouble in Mind and Woodie Award nominee for Best Actor and Best Supporting actor for her multiple roles in both Spunk and Colored Museum at the ST. LOUIS BLACK REP. Austene Van has been a local and national theater professional for 30 years; acclaimed as a gifted, “quietly powerful” and “innovative” actor, director and choreographer. Inextricably woven into her artistic aesthetic is her deep passion to advocate for social justice, equity and equality, which is why Austene also enjoys her roles as an educator, administrator and community builder through varied disciplines of theater. Austene’s stage credits include Familiar, Disgraced, Trouble in Mind, Amen Corner, Gem of the Ocean, Crowns and A Christmas Carol at the GUTHRIE THEATRE; Disgraced at MCCARTER/MILWAUKEE REPETORY THEATER; Wedding Band, The Owl Answers, Detroit ’67, Spunk, Amen Corner, Blue, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Dinah Was, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Zooman and the Sign, Seven Guitars and Lost in The Stars at PENUMBRA THEATRE; the title role of Aida in Aida at THEATER LATTE DA at the PANTAGES; Radio Golf at IRT/CLEVELAND PLAYHOUSE; Blanche Dubois in A Street Car Named Desire; Henry IV and The Unsinkable Molly Brown at TEN THOUSAND THINGS THEATER; In The Next Room at the JUNGLE THEATRE; Might As Well Be Dead and To Kill a Mockingbird at PARK SQUARE THEATRE; Shrek the Musical, Once on this Island, Two African Tales, A Very Old Man and Not Without Laughter at CHILDREN’S THEATER COMPANY; A Christmas Story, Singing in the Rain and Dinah Was at THE ORDWAY MUSIC THEATER; Hair at CHANHASSEN DINNER THEATRE; Vices, Two Queens One Castle, Dance On Widows Row and Point of Review at MIXED BLOOD THEATER. Austene’s directing credits include Skeleton Crew and The Royale at YELLOW TREE THEATRE; Annie ( AWARDED BEST PLAY, City Pages Best of 2018) at ORDWAY MUSIC THEATER; Hot Mikado at SKYLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE; Intimate Apparel at TEN THOUSAND THINGS THEATER; Blues in the Night at MCKNIGHT THEATRE, THE ORDWAY; Gee’s Bend, Hot Chocolate and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill at PARK SQUARE THEATRE; Black Nativity, 2006-2008, at PENUMBRA THEATRE; Lonely Soldier Monologues and A Civil War Christmas at HISTORY THEATRE; Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the CAPRI THEATRE; Six Degrees of Separation at THEATRE IN THE ROUND; Joan; Voices in the Fire for the GUTHRIE THEATER EXPERIENCE at RARIG. Producing Artistic Director at Yellow Tree Theatre. Founder/Artistic Director of New Dawn Theatre Company.


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.

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