Director of Arts, Engagement, and Inclusion, University of Iowa
Andre Perry is a writer and arts worker based in Iowa City. His debut nonfiction book, "Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now," was hailed by NPR as "extraordinary" and Foreword called him "a fresh American voice that demands to be heard."
As the Director of Arts, Engagement, and Inclusion at the University of Iowa, he leverages the transformative power of the arts to build a campus climate of unity and inclusion.
Additionally, he works as the Senior Artistic Advisor & Festival Director for The Englert Theatre and he co-founded Iowa City's Mission Creek Festival (2006), a celebration of music and literature, as well as the multi-disciplinary festival of creative process, Witching Hour (2015).
He currently serves as a board member for GreenState Credit Union, Arts Midwest, and the National Independent Venue Association.
NIVA Presents Building Back Better pt. 1: Post-Crisis Venue Collaboration
October 15, 2021, 6:00:00 PM
Faced with devastating shutdowns, venues and promoters all over the US came together to form the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) in March 2020. NIVA ran the massively successful "Save Our Stages" campaign, eventually securing the most extensive federal support package for the arts in history. Listen in as leaders of the movement look towards the future now that they have "saved our stages."