Artivist, ChE was invited to be the mentor facilitating artist for the summer 2016 Queer Emerging Artist Residency at Destiny Arts Center. During this week long intensive residents were immersed in Afro-Indigenous Liberatory Practice* (an intersectional justice framework ChE is currently codifying and piloting through #DignityInProcess). Artivists worked through a collaborative process, to create performances that included ritual, storytelling, movement, and theater. These pieces premiered in a #DignityInProcess Art Action on SATURDAY AUGUST 13 from 4-6PM at IMPACT HUB known as "Call Them In." This interactive art dinner bringing back kitchen table organizing. brought together seasoned QTPOC activists and artists to break bread in a multigenerational conversation of decolonizing the arts. This was a unique opportunity for Emerging Artists to be featured performers in ChE’s unfolding series #DignityInProcess, a nationally touring body of work in response to the Black Lives Matter movement merging ancestral healing, art activism, and intersectional identity evolution within the Queer/Afro-Indigenous community.
QEAR Artivists and ChE premiered..
CALL THEM IN: A #DignityInProcess Artivist Dinner
Bringing back kitchen table organizing, this edible performance ritual carries the medicine of Black Modern Dance, freedom songs, living word, and ancestor reverence to make way for a world of Queer Afro-Indigenous Liberation! An intimate evening woven with multi-generational conversation, storytelling, and performance art.
The Queer Emerging Artist Residency is a series of paid residencies at Destiny Arts Center that cultivate the artistic growth of LGBTQQIA2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, two-spirit) identified performing artists of color ages 18-24 who are interested in utilizing art and performance as tools for social change.