2023 Gathering at Iowa State University

Thank you to all who attended in-person and virtually! Stay tuned for some exciting updates!


SICTR = Student Innovation Center at Iowa State University

Registering in advance is required for Zoom attendance.

Time and Location



Wednesday, November 15th, 2023

Ames Public Library

10:30am Toddler Storytime
11:00am Baby Storytime

Enjoy interactive storytimes led by Chicago-based teaching artist Deirdre Harrison and accompanied by live improvised soundtracks created by ISU music students.  Expect movement, soundmaking and maybe even a short parade too. Audiences with disabilities are encouraged to attend.

12:00 noon
SICTR 4128

Grant Funding Workshop (organized for graduate students but all are welcome)

Deirdre Harrison CFRE, board treasurer of the World Listening Project and principal for Big Dipper Projects, Inc., a non profit consulting entity serving creatives, leads a 90 minute workshop on getting ready to apply for funding from individuals and institutions. Harrison brings over two decades of experience leading nonprofits, and supporting the cultural and educational sectors through convening groups and cultivating funds. Grant applications will be used as a template for prepping for any form of application to support professional development or projects. Please bring your laptop and any actual applications you have recently submitted or are getting ready to submit. A portion of the workshop will be devoted to writing and research.

Thursday, November 16th, 2023

8:30 am
SICTR 1118 & Zoom

Coffee & Social Time

Open to all. Meet with the WLP Board and additional guests

9:00 am
SICTR 1118 & Zoom

Welcome & Kick-off
History of the WLP
New WLP Branding Reveal

Official welcome and remarks by World Listening Project President Alex Braidwood.

10:00 am
SICTR 1118 & Zoom

The Sound They Make is the Song I Sing: Meskwaki Music from Birds, Animals and Insects

Ray Young Bear, Meskwaki writer, shares insights on tribal word-songs he’s published in recent years. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Iowa Review and Yellow Medicine Review. The creative process begins with interactions with birds, animals and insects on tribal homeland in central Iowa. Using the five senses and a hand drum, Young Bear uses his first language Meskwaki to compose music that strives to bring nature closer to family and home.

11:00 am
SICTR 1118 & Zoom

Feminopraxis ruidistas

Ana Alfonsina Mora Flores
This talk portrays and shares the work of woman-centered and non-binary communities such as Feminoise Latinoamérica (Argentina) and Híbridas y Quimeras (México). These collectives have created safe and inclusive spaces to share their work and experiences through the construction of noise/ruido music that resonates with their feminist praxis, leading to a movement that both enriches their sonorities and creates a sense of sorority, belonging, and being heard.

SICTR 2233


For in-person attendees

College of Design

Soundmap Workshop

Gurkan Mihci
This workshop begins with a soundwalk, focusing on listening to the environment then abstracting and visualizing the sounds heard during the soundwalk to create a soundmap. Soundmaps are representations of a specific location or path. Soundmaps are created by associating landmarks (streets in a city, train stations, stores, pathways, factories, oil pumps, etc.) and soundscapes*. While soundwalking the path, participants will define the sounds around them and write down their source, loudness, and distance, identifying the characters and the sounds can be abstracted and visualized using simple shapes/lines/dots/colors. After the soundwalk, participants will draw maps on paper using colorful markers and create a legend to identify and document the sounds visualized.

College of Design Atrium (Outside Design Reading Room)
and streamed on Zoom

Sounding Banned Books 

Performance by Dan Godston
Books and reading are essential aspects of healthy societies, yet now we’re experiencing new assaults on books and education broadly that seem quite disturbing. Creatively responding to new waves of book bannings is one way to think and act about this. We’re inviting performers (sound artists, phonographers, vocalists) to join the performance.

Friday, November 17th, 2023

Ames Public Library
Dale H. Ross Board Room

Family science storytime + soundwalk with Deirdre Harrison + Alex Braidwood

Families with children of all ages are invited to a science storytime with picture books about sound and listening followed by a soundwalk using “listening instruments” designed by Alex Braidwood, Sound Artist, Director of Graduate Graphic Design Education at Iowa State University and Director of Iowa Lakeside Lab Artist-in-Residence Program.  Everyone will leave with their own paper listening instrument.

SICTR 4128

World Listening Project Board of Directors micro-sharing and future directions

The WLP Board will be convening for official board business and future planning

SICTR 4128 & Zoom

Listening Sessions

All are welcome to log-in to Zoom to share their experiences with World Listening Day and how passions, interests, and values can inform future efforts.

Made possible with support from:

and the Department of Graphic Design