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In the Gallery:

Leo Bird: The Words He Cannot Say


"I am a motivational speaker of the series The Words He Cannot Say who uses drawings as a visual aid. How this works is that I create the drawings ahead of time, and when I speak, I point to the drawings with a laser pointer when I refer to them when I talk.

Although I currently perform with comedians, and my stories are humorous, I consider myself more of an activist than a comedian. I write stories to support a cause, not because I am a fan of any specific actor or book, so my stories are more of an act of life becoming art, rather that art imitating life. 

Some topics I have covered include:
Fitting In, Bullying, Careers/Hobbies, Character, and Autism (because I have autism).

My graphic memoir The Words He Cannot Say is losing the autism theme because I am learning that my challenges are more common amongst neurotypicals (people who do not have autism) than I thought they were before I shared The Words He Cannot Say." 


Des Moines-based artist, Leo Bird, now has artwork installed in our OAC Gallery.Join us for a reception for Leo and his work on January 24th from 5-7pm. A 20 minute performance by Leo will follow at 7:15.

FACE Membership

Our mission is to provide exceptional arts education and making art accessible and exciting to our community. By becoming a member of FACE, you play an important role in helping us further our mission and extending our reach.  Your membership dollars ensure more students and members are community are able to participate and create.

Different benefits come with each membership level. See what membership level works best for you!

Paper copies of the

Mommothly Creative  Youth Guides are available at the Art Center.

Quick links to a couple community-favorites: At Uncorked (18+) and Creative Juices (6-12 yrs). 

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Our mission:
We strive to provide exceptional arts education
and making art accessible and exciting to our community.

We are F.A.C.E. of Mahaska County

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