If you missed our first virtual Othering & Belonging Conference in October, fear not; all the videos are available on youtube. The OBConf21 theme was 'the risk and courage to bridge.' Art gives us space to take risks and to be courageous. And with art and creativity as catalyst, the possibilities of bridging begin to expand and redefine themselves.
Christian & Evan
Video: Othering & Belonging Conference 2021, A Poem in Three Parts: A Story of We (Part 2)
The Othering & Belonging Institute commissioned poet Michelle Lee aka "Mush" to write and perform a poem in three parts on bridging and belonging for the 2021 Othering & Belonging Conference. We premiered this poem and accompanying visuals—featuring an array of dancers, aerialists, and performers of all kinds—in three digital shorts directed by filmmaker Yoram Savion, with creative direction from conference emcee Sarah Crowell.
Video: Othering & Belonging Conference 2021, Cultural Strategies for Belonging: Learning from Doing 2019 2021
Two years into our cultural strategy efforts, the work has affirmed the importance and power of culture’s role in creating belonging. Learn from four projects - on care, climate displacement, planning and development, and abolition - that exemplify the four practices of our strategy.
Image: Book cover of "You Are Not Alone" by Alphabet Rockers & Ashley Evans
Alphabet Rockers (2020 OBI Artist-in-Residence) reveal how their songwriting process relies on inquiry into the human experience to effect cultural change at OBConf21. They have also just released "YOU ARE NOT ALONE', an empathetic and inclusive picture book that empowers kids to love their beautiful selves.
Video: Othering & Belonging Conference 2021, Keynote: The Risk & Possibility of Bridging Panel
Even short bridges can feel risky in this moment of polarization, political purity, and physical and emotional estrangement. In this panel, we will hear leading activists and culturemakers reflect on the provocation to build risky bridges across lines of difference, even when facing pushback or ostracization from our own "side."
Image Description: Collage of several artist that are included in the playlist.
Enjoy our #OBCONF21 Day 2 mix curated by Sarah Crowell on Spotify!
Studio Pathways who participated at OBConf21 offers transformative professional development that will inspire and support your efforts for dynamic love-based change.
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