|October 27, 2017|
|International Market Square - Minneapolis Design Center|
Join us on Friday, October 27, 2017 for Global Rights for Women’s fall celebration dinner at the International Market Square!
– Dessa, the event emcee
– Special musical guest Jaedyn James & The Hunger, LOTT, DJ Shannon Blowtorch, TaikoArts Midwest, and TedTalk style presentations by women leaders from the fields of law, business, activism, art and philanthropy. Confirmed speakers: Sarah Bellamy of Penumbra Theatre Company, Cindy Dyer of Vital Voices, Jennifer Ford Reedy of The Bush Foundation, HALEY, Representative Erin Maye Quade, Bo Thao-Urabe of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders, and Dyani White Hawk.
– Multi-course meal
– Pre-program reception
Throughout the evening, speakers will offer insights from their personal experiences on the concepts of “resisterhood” and intersectional feminism and what they mean for women, girls and the GRW mission to end violence against women and girls around the world through legal reform and systems reform.
Dessa has built her career bucking traditional genre designations—she’s rapped at hip-hop festivals, sung with a 100-voice choir, and co-written classical works for orchestra. Genre-busting isn’t enough for this artistic risk-taker: whether performing in a bombed-out hospital in Warsaw, a velvet-lined theater in New York, or atop a folding chair in Johannesburg, Dessa’s work is ambitious, inventive, and designed to defy audience expectations. On stage she’s funny and ferocious, but also tender—her live show includes rapid-fire rap songs, heartbreak ballads, catchy choruses and charismatic banter. A proud member of the Minneapolis-based Doomtree collective, this “hyper-intellectual, whiskey-drinking poet with a hopeless romantic streak and a curiosity about neuroscience” is making a multi-generational, interdisciplinary impact.