Queer Emerging Artivist Residency (QEAR) Spring 2018 is a 3-day healing justice residency/ retreat that cultivates the artistic growth and resilience of QTPOC (queer and trans people of color) artists ages 18-26. Led by #DignityInProcess Artivist Director, ChE, and Director of Freedom Freequencies, kei slaughter, artivists-in-residence dig into ancestral ritual, connecting to the powerful lineages that have sourced and sustained Afro-Indigenous activism for generations. Part 2 of The People Could Fly QEAR series, this year's theme continues to steep residents in Ring Shout magik grounding in the theme "QEARevival!"
Please note: this Spring 2018 residency is focused on the experiences of trans and queer performing artivists who self-identify as Black and/or members of the African and Afro-Indigenous Diaspora. Priority will be given to artivists living within the Bay Area as a means of centering local grassroots art-activist organizing.
RESIDENTS MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE FOLLOWING DATES AND TIMES:
Friday, June 1st: Opening Ceremony + Potluck Garden Meet & Greet @ Canticle Farm, 1972 36th Ave, Oakland | 4pm-7pm
Saturday, June 2nd: Retreat Day @ Canticle Farm, 1972 36th Ave, Oakland | 10am-4pm
Sunday, June 3rd: #TakingBackSunday QEARevival @ Destiny Arts Center, 970 Grace Ave, Oakland | 3pm-7:30pm
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: SATURDAY, MAY 19 2018 AT 5PM PST
[Note: Room/board and transportation assistance are not currently available for residency participants.]
Sunday June 3rd, 2018 from 4:30-6:30pm at Destiny Arts Center, 970 Grace Ave, Oakland, CA
This year's QEAR (Queer Emerging Artivist Residency) culminates in #TakinBackSunday: QEARevival, a celebratory service centering Queer Black Magik!
“In the midst of oppression remaining awake becomes a powerful resistance tool and a precursor to contemplation.” ~Barbara A. Holmes, excerpt from Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church
#TakinBackSunday is about stayin’ woke. Facilitated by the gender expansive aesc(th)etic duo, Black Moon Monastics, this Trans-denominational service is an artistic act of Queering Black* Church. Celebrating intersectional Queer/Trans/Two-Spirit/Gender-Nonconforming Life, we reconnect with ritual routes of Indigenous/Creole/Afro-Diasporic* origins. A #DignityInProcess Folk-medicine circle series woven with Black Feminist scripture, Indigenous Creatrix storytelling, somatic-centering, Freedom Song ciphers, and ancestor reverence—our meditation is for Liberation! We conjure healing justice by honoring the use of sanctuary as site for both sacred and social movements. We touch Afro-futurities, bending space-time as we rise in the counterclockwise shuffles and claps of Ring Shout processions. Part participatory performance, part Freedom School, part Shout House, we lean into Afro-Indigenous cultural cosmologies where the community process to Create, steward Wisdom, and Conjure are One.
Simply, we embody the Living church of Queer Black* Magik.
* You are invited to bring an item for our ancestral altar which will be returned at the end of service
FOLLOW THE SERIES: http://che-art.life/#/takinbacksunday/
More About Black Moon Monastics:
Black Moon Monastics are a Queer Black Aesc(th)estic Sonic duo weaving Soul-Folk, roots & rhythms, healing harmonies, and ancestral incantations to Awaken all beings to Freedom F(l)ight. Reflecting soular light, these expansive extraterrestrials cross genre, time, and space, conjuring unapologetic Black Magik with austronomous audacity. Impossible to confine to traditional musical methodologies, these Black Fe Folk play cast iron skillets, gumbo pots, medicine jars with sticks & stones, igniting our bones. These contemplative conjurings subversively inspire prayerful processionals that mobilize the Invisibilized. Descending with Dignity, this interdisciplinary duet brings reverence for Blackness wherever they land. #MoonLanding2018 #RootToRise
ChE (pronouns: they/ them) is a Queer Gender Non-Conforming, Afro-Indigenous artivist weaving ancestral healing, transformative consulting, and socially-engaged artmaking to craft spaces that conjure Freedom. ChE is an honored Fellow for the 2017-2018 Intercultural Leadership Institute celebrating their unique intersectional justice framework, Afro-Indigenous Liberatory Practice. Creator of the Underground Railroad: Liberatory Coaching for Creative Radicals of Color, ChE supports QTPOC artists, activists, and innovators in charting a path to freedom. As the co-founder/host of the BGD podcast, Spirit Medicine, ChE provides accessible wellness tools and rituals centering QTPOC. Rooted in multigenerational community, ChE founded the Art Liberation Troupe, a QTPOC youth performance group utilizing mentorship, dance, guerilla theatre, and political education workshops as tools for social change. ChE’s work as a cultural organizer includes Breaking the Silence: Teen Salon, Queer Emerging Artists Residency, Black Folks Dinner, Emergence: Crafting Equity, Shifting Power, #BlackHealingMatters, and The New Orleans Loving Festival. As a director/ choreographer, ChE’s work is robust with gospel soul sounds and movement of the African Diaspora that leave feet stomping and hands clapping. Brown University’s 2017 Black Spatial Relics Artist-in-Residence, ChE tours their Black Lives Matter artivist toolkit, #DignityInProcess throughout the U.S. Gulf South, East and West coasts—merging site-specific performance rituals, Afro-Indigenous Wisdom Councils, and Freedom Schools celebrating the dignity of expansive Black evolution.
Follow the process at http://che-art.life/
Or contact ChE at firstname.lastname@example.org
kei [they/them} is a Soul-Folk Sonic Storyteller conjuring bokou magik from deep New Orleans roots. A Queer Black GNC Vocalist, Flutist, Songwriter, Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist, and Music Therapist, kei weaves together genre-bending, soul-stirring compositions with powerful lyrics, dynamic vocals, rich storytelling, and [spirit]tual healing. Their early influences come from the music of the Black Church and beyond. From the hum of their grandmother’s organ to the singing coming off the drums in Congo Square. Like a big pot of gumbo, there’s a lot in the mix! kei has scored music for a range of cross-disciplinary projects and shared their freedom sounds in many places - from studios to festival stages, direct actions to community healing spaces. For over a decade, they have organized and worked with youth of color, including young folks in the juvenile justice system and those impacted by incarceration. In 2015, kei co-organized Queer Love Tour, a grassroots music tour also featuring Laila Nur and Ashley Phillips. In 2017, kei wrote, produced, and released their first solo recording project, Dark Fire, and was recognized as the 2018 Winner of The Delgado Songwriting Contest. Founder of S O U L F O L K Sounds and The Pencil Fairy, Director of Freedom Frequencies for Black Lives Matter creative platform #DignityinProcess, and Co-Creator of Non-Binary music duo Spirit & Sparrow. To learn more and listen, please visit: www.keislaughter.com.