SUNDAY “Ask Me Anything” Panel

May 2nd @ 7PM

Watch The Conversation Here

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!


Carnage The Executioner has spent almost 30 years making music, performing live as a one-man band, touring the world and educating both youth and adults from various socio-economic backgrounds. He possesses a knack for producing intense, thought-provoking music and establishing strong, healthy relationships. His specialties include teaching human beat boxing and song-writing, in addition to fostering personal and artistic growth.
Carnage takes pride in helping all people find the voices they might not identify with just yet. He stands firm in his support and practice of positive self-expression and nurturing leadership skills building, while speaking in favor of social justice. He encourages mentees to seek personal and artistic growth through education and music – just as he has done for himself. Carnage emits heart-warming, down-to-earth energy when speaking on his experiences around living in poverty and surviving physical, emotional and sexual abuse – as well as growing up in the foster care system as a youth.
Carnage interpersonal skills enable him to be booked for a wide range of events – virtually and in-person. He’s being hired for intimate house shows, speaking engagements, birthday parties, weddings, business launches and more. His minimal-rest work ethic has helped him build an impressive artist resume that extends all the way to Europe and Asia.
Chris “Midway Felix” Wilbourn is a rapper/producer with a passion for all things with a heavy beat.  Raised in a musical household, he found himself drawn to hip-hop and house music. Brought up on the border of the Midway and Frogtown neighborhoods in St. Paul, MN, he found his voice when co-founding the nationally acclaimed hip hop group Heiruspecs. Having toured North America extensively Felix has a history of musical output and performance stretching back to 1997. He has shared the stage with a wide range of artists including Cake and George Clinton, but still counts some of his favorite live memories on Twin Cities stages with friends and family. In 2010, he helped launch the Heiruspecs Scholarship in partnership with Central High School to aid graduating students who aim to pursue the arts in secondary education. To date, this scholarship has provided deserving graduates with over $40,000 in support. Star Tribune recently named Heiruspecs as one of 30 essential black musical acts who have defined Minnesota’s sound and Felix is currently Board Chair of the Victoria Theater Arts Center, a historic theater on University Avenue in St. Paul on a mission of building a community focused arts center in the underserved Frogtown/Rondo communities. Felix is a proud father of two young boys, hosts a house music based radio show called Solid Foundations every Sunday night on KFAI in Minneapolis, and is working to finish the latest Heiruspecs record.  St. Paul all day.
Founder & Executive Director of TruArtSpeaks, Tish Jones is a poet, performer, educator and organizer from Saint Paul, Minnesota. She has performed at CBGB, Kaplan Theater, The Walker Art Center, Intermedia Arts, The Cedar Cultural Center and more. Her work can be found in the Minnesota Humanities Center’s anthology entitled, Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2015), the 2011 and 2013 Saint Paul Almanac, and the Loft Literary Center’s Nation of Immigrants audio CD.
2019 Art Matters Fellow, 2019 Springboard 20/20 Fellow and graduate fellow of the inaugural Intercultural Leadership Institute, Jones has always had a passion for bridging arts & culture, civic engagement and youth development. Former Brave New Voices Festival Director and Senior Field Building Strategist for Youth Speaks, Jones is no stranger to large scale organizing and event planning. Her work explores the ways in which art can function as a tool for social transformation, liberation and education.
For more on her personal praxis in this arena, see Jones’ TEDxMinneapolis Talk on Spoken Word as a Radical Practice of Freedom.

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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