Join Founding Artivist Director & Choreographer, ChE, in celebrating the multidisciplinary Queer/Trans/Gender-nonconforming Black Lives Matter platform, #DignityInProcess, becoming a resident performance company at Destiny Arts Center!
In this Freedom School centering caregivers/ providers, we collectively ask: How does gender live in the body? How does it shape the way we build family and community? Can we break free from limiting paradigms to embrace the complexity of our whole selves and the expansive identities of the generations we are stewarding? Breaking the Mold explores gender beyond the binary from an Afro-Indigenous embodied lens. This introductory deep dive creates an interactive environment utilizing culturally-specific multidisciplinary tools of participatory artmaking, ancestral movement, and storytelling. Cultivate a deeper understanding of intersectional gender justice through topics that include SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression), unpacking binarism, and decolonized gender frameworks rooted in multigenerational Liberation.
When: Saturday, May 12 from 2-4pm
Where: Destiny Arts Center | 970 Grace Ave, Oakland, CA
What to bring: Your wonderful self! You are also invited to bring an item for our collective ancestral altar. (You will take your altar item home with you at the end of the workshop)
What to wear: Comfortable clothing you can stretch and move in
*Childcare provided onsite, courtesy of Destiny Arts Center!*
Accessibility Notes: In practicing intersectional justice, we embody a commitment to keeping this space as accessible as possible, while recognizing our limitations. Please come as fragrance-free as possible to honor our chemically sensitive community. There is a ramp at the front entrance. Building does have fluorescent lighting, but we can turn these off and use alternative lighting by request prior to the event. Please reach out to email@example.com with any other accessibility requests.
APPLIED FRAMEWORK: Afro-Indigenous Liberatory Practice
All #DignityInProcess Freedom Schools utilize an African American/Afro-Diasporic/Creole/First Peoples lens of equity organizing known as, Afro-Indigenous Liberatory Practice. With strong roots in the ring shout as a source of power and resistance for free and enslaved Africans and Native Americans (particularly in Congo Square, New Orleans), this framework carries Afro-Indigenous medicine from throughout the Americas, West Africa, and the West Indies. Afro-Indigenous Liberatory Practice roots intersectional justice in the body by centering collective healing through multidisciplinary arts engagement, ancestor reverence, and cross-generational dialogue. Bringing together circles of LGBTQIA2-S communities and people-of-color, this unique model offers culturally responsive, sustainable strategies in the realms of the arts, activism, education, and social innovation.