A #DIGNITYINPROCESS BLACK DREAMING EXODUS
Titled after the African American folktale, Black bodies rise in this series of freedom happenings and installations investigating expansive Black imagination. A pursuit of collective healing amidst State-sanctioned violence, #DignityInProcess FreeFolk weave dreams into reality—conjuring spaces of restorative creative practice, community ritual, and movement strategizing.
The People Could Fly premiers in the Bay Area Saturday, August 13th at Destiny Arts Center..
QEAR SUMMER 2017 in collaboration with #DignityInProcess:
Destiny Arts Center’s Queer Emerging Artist Residency (QEAR) Summer 2017 is a weeklong paid residency that cultivates the artistic growth of QTPOC (queer and trans people of color) artists ages 18-24. Led by Mentor Artist ChE, Summer 2017 artists-in-residence dig into ancestral ritual, connecting to the powerful lineages that have sourced and sustained Afro-Indigenous activism for generations. These offerings are premiered in an immersive ring shout performance ritual. The People Could Fly is a space where we map our freedom paths through sound, ring shout ritual, storytelling, and strategic Black dreaming!
THE PEOPLE COULD FLY: DAY OF STRATEGIC BLACK DREAMING
ENTERING THE SPACE:
This is a sacred space, a live art action. We enter with reverence. We bring food to share in our potluck stlye Black Folks Dinner with a label naming ingredients. We come as Fragrance free as possible to support the accessibility of the space. We bring an offering for our Radical Black Dreaming altar. Deep gratitude in advance!
*PLEASE NOTE: This event is exclussively for people who identify within the African/ Creole/ Indigenous/ Afro-Latinx/ Afro-Indigenous Diaspora. We are intentionally centering QTGNC 2-S magik.
AFTERNOON DREAMING: #BlackHealingMatters
12:30-2pm BlackDreaming Yoga with FreeFolk Gabe
2:30-3:30pm Afro-Brazilian Dance with FreeFolk Jasmine| 2:30-3:30pm Cierra's Steppin'
2:30-4pm Underground Railroad: Radical Black Imagination Mapping Session pt 1 with ChE
EVENING DREAMING: Taking Flight!
5pm-6:30pm Black Folks Dinner (*POTLUCK style! Please bring a dish) | Wisdom Council gathers (more info below*)
6:30-8:30pm Ring Shout Rites of Passage: QEAR become FreeFolk | Underground Railroad: Radical Black Imagination Mapping Session pt 2
More about #DignityInProcess:
A pilot for Afro-Indigenous Liberatory Practice, #DignityInProcess is a nationally touring artivist toolkit in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, drawing upon the practices that have sourced the resilience of our ancestors for generations. This multidisciplinary platform merges art activism, ancestral healing, and QTGNC intersectional identity evolution within the Afro-Indigenous Diaspora. Through Art Actions- site specific performance rituals merged with direct action organizing, we call in the power of the ring shout, storytelling, movement, call and response to help us remember our sacred origins. Forming Wisdom Councils of Mixed Race, African-Native American, and Creole elders, multi-generational conversations lay the foundation for embodied accountability to sustain a movement of Black Liberation. Returning to the power of the circle, we build Freedom Schools embracing community learning that centers radical Black Feminism. Afro-futures emerge as we collectively celebrate the dignity of expansive Black life!
More about #DignityInProcess Wisdom Councils:
Councils of African American/ Creole/ Mixed/ Indigenous elders (Wisdom Keepers) gather in circle to provide guidance, accountability, a passing down of spiritual practices to emerging change-agents through oral tradition. Wisdom Councils support artivists in connecting to ancestral roots, enriching our understanding of the historical contexts that have contributed to today’s liberatory movements. Through gathering filmed interviews with Wisdom Keepers all over the country, #DignityInProcess fortifies the current Movement for Black Lives by stewarding these inspiring, critical multi-generational dialogues as medicine for the movement. Ensuring that these stories are widely accessible, the interviews live in an online, open source archive known as, "Dignity Speaks." Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in becoming a Wisdom Keeper in your community.
Gratitude to our Documentarians (order top to bottom):
Images: Kei Slaughter, Zochi/ Alonzo Young, ChE, & Curtavia Gill
Video 1: ChE | Video 2: Sophie Becker