Welcome, curious seeker. We would like to adventure with you as we shape this new project. This summer, we are calling for potions to make Iowa more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive (JEDI). We are inviting creative Iowans (artists, healers, educators, entrepreneurs, and organizers) to share stories, make potions, and keep JEDI transformation front and center. 

  • Tell a story - watch videos 1-3 and share a story using the link below. Please let us know if we can contact you to brew your story into a potion.

  • Make a potion - watch videos 4-6 after telling your story and make a sensory experience to unleash the power(s) in you and the world around you.

  • Bring others along - engage your book club, creative community, youth group, and anyone else you are journeying with in potiomaking - invite us to make a mini-show.

Step 1: Orientation

(5.5 min)

Watch Orientation to Potionmaking to understand the project, process, and players

Step 5: Story from Black Benatar

(15.5 min)

Watch Act Two of

Black Benatar’s performance to explore one’s journey toward cultural allyship.

Step 2: Grounding

(15 min)

Watch Grounding with Black Benatar from their performance of “Got Bias” 

Step 3: Prompting

(6.5 min)

Watch Prompt for your Story to receive

four prompts and tips for telling your story

Step 6: Ingredients

(6 min)

Watch Gather Your Potion Ingredients video for instruction on turning your story into a list of ingredients from which to make your potion.

Step 4: Record Story

(5-7 min)

Record your story on our JotForm site. Let us know if one of our artists can brew your potion

Step 7: Allyship Diet

(10 min)

Watch Act Three of Black Benatar’s performance to start yourself on a Cultural Allyship diet to transform your life and the world around you.

Step 8: Make Your Potion

(5 min - 5 hrs)

Make a potion from your ingredients that unleashes the power(s) of your story in you and the world around you. This could be a sound or a song - a move or a dance - an oil or tea blend - a costume or puppet - a piece of visual or performance art - whatever comes to your mind. You can share your potion(s) through the Iowa Arts Council website  and/or through your own social media platforms with hashtags:

#potions4humanity and #iowaarts

Tracking our Movements

We will be traveling the Midwest making potions for the next few years. Please sign up to stay connected. Follow our journeys on social media. We will keep you posted as fun things emerge.

We are also looking for a communications specialist to help us get the word out there.

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