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A Conversation with the 2018 YP Creative of the Year Finalists (Diversity & Culture)

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Name: A Conversation with the 2018 YP Creative of the Year Finalists (Diversity & Culture)
Date: February 20, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:
Come join Young Professionals Connection on Wednesday, February 20th for a conversation with the 2018 YP Creative of the Year Finalists! Come and listen to these young creative leaders of Des Moines talk about their work, what drives them, and how they succeed as young creatives in Des Moines. UPDATEAndrew Peterson of Made in DSM is not able to attend, but the other two finalists will still attend.

The 2018 YP of the Year Awards are hosted by the Des Moines Register and Young Professionals Connection (YPC), an initiative of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The awards act as a way for us to honor and recognize young professionals who make a difference in their communities. The Creative of the Year category recognizes creators that are pushing creativity in their art form. From food to hair, photography to video, design to marketing, pottery to painting or written word to spoken word. This individual is using their gift to enrich their community.

The 2018 Finalists are (descriptions from Des Moines Register)

Brian Bonnano - Community Development Director, Community Housing Initiative

As the Community Development Director for Community Housing Initiatives, Bonanno led the creation of Third Space DSM, an experimental community resource center, gathering place and art space in the heart of Des Moines' Capitol East Neighborhood. In addition, through Third Space DSM he organized a fundraiser to repair murals that were vandalized by symbols of hate. He raised $8,500 to ensure the murals could be restored and ensure the symbols of their community was restored. This shows his willingness to move outside his day-to-day job to serve the community in which he works and lives.

Liz Brown - Photographer and Writer, Estorie Photography; Teen Library Assistant, West Des Moines Public Library; Retail Curator, Goodwill

Liz juggles three jobs, one of which is her own business, Estorie Photography In 2018, her work was featured in Yellow Collective magazine, Decorated Youth magazine, Iowa Architect magazine, and extensively for bands and record labels.

Andrew Peterson - Filmmaker, Made in DSM and Moingona

Andrew co-founded and runs Made in DSM, a blog and video platform that gives local creatives an opportunity to connect and showcase what they are working on. In addition, he is freelancing with a few local brands in town and is directing his first feature length documentary that will wrap up in 2019.
Greater Des Moines Partnership Building Conference Room
700 Locust St #100
Des Moines, IA 50309
Date/Time Information:
6:00 - A moderated conversation with Brian, Liz, and Andrew 
6:50 - Q&A with the finalists and meet and greet
Contact Information:
Greg Lin, Diversity & Culture Chair
Open to members and non-members
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