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NKU SOTA Summit Series

The SOTA Summit Series is an exciting new virtual roundtable. Led by Michael Hatton and Daryl Harris, the series hosts guest professionals in the arts to prompt conversation and the exchange of ideas.

Oct. 7, 7 p.m. "Experiencing Race in the Arts: Battles and Biases"

  • Gee Horton (visual artist, Mercantile Library’s first African American Artist-in-Residence)
  • Jaime Morales-Matos (music director of Central Ohio Symphony)
  • Darnell Pierre Benjamin (dancer, director, choreographer, educator; Pones; Cincinnati Shakespeare Company)

Guest Bios


Oct. 28, 7 p.m. "Arts in the Age of 'Me Too': Women in the Arts"

  • Meghan Bennett (classical flautist, NKU Music Faculty)
  • Kim Popa (NKU alumna, Executive Director/Co-Founder of Pones)
  • Kayla Upthegrove (NKU alumna, first African American female jazz saxophonist to work in Greater Cincinnati)

Guest Bios


Nov. 18, 7 p.m. "Equity and Allyship: LGBTQ+ in the Arts"

  • Emily Borst (NKU alumna, theatre artist)
  • Dan Davidson, a.k.a. Sparkle Leigh ("Swiss Army knife" of an artist)
  • Ronnie Gladden (Diversity & Inclusion Motivational Speaker)
  • Alistair Kraft (editor, American Legal Publishing; Puchcart Prize Nominee)
  • Aleksa Manila (Seattle's sweetheart of social activism, founder of Pride ASIA)

Guest Bios

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