DMSC Board Profile: Chad Cox

Take a minute and get to know DMSC board member, Chad Cox. 

Name: Chad Cox
Employer: Hillyard Des Moines
Job Title: General Manager
Twitter Handle: @cmichaelcox
Website/Blog: www.cmichaelcox.com

Q: How long have you been involved with the DMSC? What’s your role within the organization?
A: Two years – Board Director, Story Mob Host.

Q: Why are you a DMSC board member?
A: DMSC aligns with my own passion to facilitate community and provide opportunities for artists.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about living in Des Moines?
A: Unlimited access to endless possibilities.

Q: What’s the best thing about Des Moines’ arts, culture, and entertainment community?
A: The shared desire we have to improve our offering and impact our community.

Q: Tell us a bit about your personal involvement with the arts?
A: I am a published author, storyteller, photographer, and curator. (I produced two art exhibits this past year.) I am also a contributor to Art Beacon and the host of Story Mob. In addition to DMSC, I work closely with Metro Arts Alliance (I’m a former member of their Board of Directors) and ArtStop.

Q: What’s your favorite DMSC event memory?
A: My first memory of DMSC was helping them, along with my five year-old son, move out of the old building. We walked by a series of stage props, mutilated body parts including a decapitated head, and he asked me what they were. I told him they must have blown somebody up in one of the plays. He couldn’t figure out why anyone would have body parts lying around.

Q: What upcoming DMSC event are you most looking forward to attending?
A: As host, I’m really looking forward to Story Mob 1.3 on October 4th! Sharing a story is the fastest way to build connections in the community, and I can’t wait to hear what people have to share!

Q: In what other ways are you involved in the Des Moines community?
A: I am a former instructor at LSI Refugee Community Center, and continue as a volunteer with a focus upon helping people obtain employment. (I teach them job and interview skills.) I am also an active partner with CultureAll, Ruth Harbor, and Habitat for Humanity.