Emmett Phillips
Oakridge Neighborhood, Youth Program Coordinator, Youth Arts Program Coordinator

Emmett Phillips, raised in Des Moines, is a multi-disciplined artist, educator, and activist with palpable passion for community engaged practices. Emmett is most energized by work that revolves around youth development, social justice based art, and building empathetic and empowered communities. He has been a Program Coordinator for the youth after school program at Children and Family Urban Movement for 3 years, but recently accepted a new position  in the youth department of Oakridge Neighborhood in partnership with Edmunds Elementary School. Emmett is currently the Vice President of a non profit urban farming initiative called Forest Avenue Outreach. He is also a teaching artist that works closely with Des Moines Public Schools and CutltureAll, as well as national organizations like Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP),the United States Department of Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Emmett is also deeply committed to developing his craft as performance artist with a focus in Hip Hop, poetry, and acting.  He has starred in plays such as A Raisin in the Sun with Pyramid Theatre Company, Holes with Des Moines Playhouse, and Akeelah and the Bee with Des Moines Young Artists Theatre and performed his original brand of Hip Hop and Spoken Word Poetry from New York to New Mexico.