All workshops are interactive, multidisciplinary, and utilize Afro-Indigenous Liberatory Practice* as the applied framework. To inquire about bringing ChE to your school, community, or organization please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A circle gathering of Black Lives Matter organizers, arts administrators, healing arts practitioners, and Wisdom Keepers in a merging of art with activism. This series asks, how can the arts and social justice campaigns work collaboratively to enrich our communities? #DignityInProcess: Ofun incorporates somatic ancestral practices, multi-generational storytelling, and creative strategic planning to manifest empowering models of Black leadership in arts administration, activism, and beyond!
These workshops utilize guerilla theatre, storytelling, art, and movement to engage communities on issues of race and gender justice. Trainings in LGBTQQIA2-S topics include SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression), intersectionality, challenging the binary, and #QTBlackLivesMatter. Breaking the Mold workshops are available for youth and adults. This workshop series asks, how can we break free from limiting paradigms and embrace the complexity of our whole selves and community?
A workshop series exploring mixed race identity in the time of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Participants embody an Afro-Indigenous framework for activism to decolonize our social justice practices. This workshop series celebrates Creole, Afro-Diasporic, multi-racial, intersectional identity evolution through ancestral reverence. Participants dive into an immersive experience incorporating collaborative storytelling, creative writing, and movement to unpack identity politics. Mixed in the Movement asks, how do we embody a movement of liberation that celebrates the dignity of our whole selves?
Healing Actions gather intentional circles that create a safe space to grieve, process, and move from fear to action. Together participants connect to ancestral wisdom, inciting the names of freedom fighters who have come before us. This is a space to ground in the truth that we are not alone on our journey of healing the wounds of systemic oppression. Healing Actions support communities in returning to our power to transform and create a new world through accessing the resiliency building tools of our ancestors.
This workshop explores the intersections of creative practice and mindfulness in building social justice movements and direct actions. Art (in)Action provides opportunities for activists, artists, wellness practitioners, and culture bearers to network, collaborate, and share skills across disciplines--utilizing art as a vehicle for social and political transformation. Participants learn from historical and current movements embracing art, street theatre, and nonviolent inaction as tools of resistance. Participants learn organizing strategies rooted in Afro-Indigenous values of sustainability and ancestral healing. Through ritual, theatre, collective artmaking, and meditation, we collaboratively vision creative alternatives to replace a failing system. This workshop explores the power of the imagination in embodying liberation in the midst of oppressive circumstances.
Explore the history of movement and music as it evolves through the African Diaspora. How has the migration of Black peoples shaped and influenced traditional cultural movement and Western Contemporary dance forms? How does the everyday life of the diverse peoples across the Diaspora shape the way we move on and off the dance floor? Black Modern explores the movement created by and through Black bodies as it spans across genres and cultural dance forms. Expect to sweat, shake, and groove to high energy routines fusing soul, Afro-House, hip hop, Afro-Modern, and traditional dances of the African Diaspora!
Ecstatic voices rise, feet stomping, hands clapping to rhythms made by breath and body. Our people have shuffled, danced, and sung their way in circles of multigenerational, intertribal healing for ancestral time immemorial. Root yourself in the medicine of the ring shout in this Master Class with artist/ activist ChE! Together we conjure the egun through ritual, embodied storytelling, and Black Modern dance. This Master’s Class is an immersion into Afro-Indigenous Liberatory Practice*, a framework for art activism and social innovation piloted through ChE’s current platform, #DignityInProcess. This nationally touring body of work responds to the Black Lives Matter movement merging ancestral healing, art as direct action, and intersectional identity evolution within the Queer/ Afro-Indigenous Diaspora.