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A'ndrea Wilson to Facilitate Bringing Artist INC to Des Moines

February 22, 2021

Dr. A’ndrea J. Wilson, Assistant Professor, Braida Endowed Chair of Creative Writing and Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at Grand View, has been selected to serve as an Artist Peer Facilitator for the inaugural cohort of Bringing Artist INC to Des Moines. 

The three-hour, weekly fast-paced seminar, lead by peer facilitators, is structured to provide multiple means of engagement to tap into artists’ interests, challenge them appropriately, and motivate them to learn. Using a flipped classroom model, artists participate in hands-on activities, large group discussions, multimedia presentations, games, small group conversations and weekly challenges focused on direct application of class concepts.

Artist INC Des Moines facilitators were selected through an interview process and represent a variety of creative disciplines and cultural backgrounds.

Dr. A’ndrea J. Wilson is a multi-medium, award-winning, creative writer, educator, and speaker. She has earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology; Marriage and Family Counseling, a second Master's degree in Dramatic Writing, and a Ph.D. in Global Leadership; Educational Leadership.

As a writer, she expresses herself most often through books, stage plays, and screenplays. Her continuously growing body of work often integrates her clinical background, interest in interpersonal/intrapersonal development, and love for the African-American community with storytelling. As an educator, A’ndrea is an Assistant Professor and the Braida Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. She also holds the position of Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at Grand View, and frequently delivers keynote addresses, workshops, and seminars/webinars on race-relations, writing, and personal/professional development.

Wilson reflects, “Bringing Artist INC to Des Moines is an exciting and much needed opportunity to increase Arts and Culture in this area via developing artists as business professionals. I’m honored for the invite to participate in a facilitator role for this inaugural cohort, and I’m looking forward to connecting, collaborating, and cultivating my artistry in the process.” 

More information can be found here.