In the 2015 dissent on Obergefell v. Hodges, which recognized the right of same sex couples to marry, Justice Alito wrote that “those who cling to old beliefs” will be forced “to whisper them in the recesses of their homes.” Seemingly harboring similar fears, white nationalists recently intimidated the incredible Panda Dulce at a children’s Drag Queen Story Hour during Pride month. But as Panda Dulce shared in an interview after, “they weren’t successful in their ultimate goal, which is to make us go away because of their own discomfort with the diversity of our world. They failed in that.” May we heed the call in Panda Dulce’s words and each live a bit more into the full complexity of who we are, in whatever spaces we show up. It creates room for each other. And the storytime is a lot more fun too.
Evan, Erica and Christian
Artists Circle on Climate Displacement - Website Launch
We are very excited to share with you a new multimedia website that gathers the learnings, projects and questions from our six-month Artists Circle on Climate Displacement. Stay tuned for public offerings, partnerships and workshops that build from this and check out a short teaser video from the artists.
IMAGE: Still from We Still Here/Nos Tenemos, Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi
We are offering a new 3-part workshop series for artists and storytellers!
Ethics, Aesthetics & Content: Artists and Climate Displacement is an opportunity for artists and storytellers to engage with the work and learnings of the Artist Circle on Climate Displacement, which included 6 groundbreaking artists: Alia Farid, Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Jayeesha Dutta, Lizania Cruz, puck lo, and Storyline (Michael Premo & Rachel Falcone). This conversational and generative learning space fostered new understandings, questions and approaches to making art, and telling stories that can address the complexity of climate displacement.
IMAGE: shmita immersive: rest as resistance with rabbi elliot kukla flier
Rabbi Elliot Kukla, who we highlighted in Cultures of Care, is leading a Shmita immersive on rest on July 7th and 14th. Rabbi Kukla brings an intersectional analysis to the series and writes, “In this immersive, we will learn about Shmita (literally “release”), the Biblical sabbath for the land, which is being observed this year. We will look at it as a liberatory spiritual practice that can help us heal as individuals, make time to mark grief and loss, equalize economic power, strengthen loving relationships, and create a more sustainable ecological future.” Register and learn more here - Registration closes July 4.
IMAGE: NEA Conference graphic
Cultures of Care goes to the National Educators Association Conference on Racial and Social Justice
We’re excited to take Cultures of Care to Chicago! The Cultures of Care project team is leading workshops that explore insurgent and unconventional collective care practices and prompt reflections on recentering care for our educators at the NEA Conference on Racial and Social Justice.
Have you tuned in for our Visionary Frameworks workshop series? The series presents 60 min online sessions that highlight how collective knowledge generation and cultural strategy can advance radical imagination in concrete ways. Our first sessions focused on Energy Independence and then on Intersectionality and Disability Justice. July 7th we return with a community resource hub to support organizing efforts around defunding police. Register here.
IMAGE: A scene from Ted Hearne and Saul Williams’ Place
Illuminations Panel on Place and Displacement
We are excited to be deepening our partnership with Cal Performances through their Illuminations programming. If you missed it this Spring, Director john powell moderated a post-show discussion with Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran after their powerful show Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration and OBI housing research Nicole Montojo joined a discussion on Place and Displacement with Place composer Ted Hearne, director Patricia McGregor, performers Sol Ruiz and Isaiah Robinson and Silicon Valley at Home Executive Director Regina Celestin Williams. The panel was moderated by Arts & Cultural Strategy coordinator Evan Bissell.
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