Desdamona is a writer and an engaging performer who works in the realm of Spoken Word and Hip-Hop. She has received five MN Music Awards for her music and poetry. She has been awarded two Minnesota State Arts Board “Artist Initiative” Grants and the “Verve” grant from Intermedia Arts and the Jerome Foundation . She is a co-founder of B-Girl Be, a celebration of women in Hip-Hop that brought women from across the globe to the Twin Cities. Des has toured the US and abroad, releasing multiple projects on French record label Hope Street/Nato records and has shared the stage with Saul Williams, Ursula Rucker, Guru and KRS One. She collaborates regularly with Hip-Hop artist and beat boxer Carnage, and is a part of the European-based band Ursus Minor.
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As a student, the opportunity to experiment and create helped to develop my identity and my self-esteem. When I struggled in some areas of school, art led me through and gave me something that made me feel powerful. It taught me to adapt and change and this ability is one that has benefited me greatly in life. I love to share my work and also learn about students and what they are interested in so that we can create something that makes them feel powerful.
In the classroom, Desdamona’s process is one of learning where students are at and beginning there, providing inspiration, guidance and scaffolding in the art form of Spoken Word and Hip-Hop. Des has worked in over 300 schools throughout the Midwest and France, and has led workshops and residencies in Shakopee Women's Prison, Stillwater Prison, Oak Park Prison, Red Wing Juvenile Facility, the Juvenile Detention Center- Minneapolis, and Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen, WA.