New Iowa City art group hopes to 'push' youth

You-Art Collaborative hosted kickoff event last month

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IOWA CITY — By day, Angela Mosley works as a career services coordinator at the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa.

But she also is an artist, activist and teacher who wants to “start a movement” with the You-Art Collaborative.

“I want to push the younger generation,” Mosley said before the group’s kickoff event in Iowa City on Feb. 11 at Public Space One. “Let’s have conversations about racism and sexism and feminism, and not be fearful. Let’s allow people to feel what they feel.”

The You-Art Collaborative is meant to connect educators and artists. Its goals are to mentor youth, promote global competency and leadership, learn the lessons of the past and embrace the potential of the future.

Mosley said the organization, which includes students from schools such as West High and the University of Iowa, plans to host events every other month, around different themes.

The event in Iowa City dealt with the topic womanism vs. feminism. It included a panel discussion, a spoken word performance, art and music.

Many of those in attendance were people Mosley has worked with in the past.

“I work with kids in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Solon,” she said. “Any kid I meet or they get to know who I am, we develop a relationship. Any way I can help them, I will,” she said.

Mosley said the group’s activities likely will move around to different locations, such as the Artisan’s Sanctuary in Cedar Rapids. She’s also hoping to accept donations and gather sponsors for the effort before the group’s next event.

“Young people have a lot to say, and I’m big on being collaborative,” Mosley said.

To learn more, or find out how to donate, contact Mosley at youartmovement@gmail.com

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