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FREEDOM SCHOOL: Afro-Indigenous Liberatory Practice Immersion

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Join Emerging Arts Professionals as we immerse ourselves in a cultural equity framework rooted in ritual and art activism, known as AFRO-INDIGENOUS LIBERATORY PRACTICE.

Founder/Synthesizer of this intersecional justice model, ChE, guides us through part two of an immersion steeped in ancestor reverence, movement storytelling, and multidisciplinary artmaking! We will break bread in a potluck style dinner calling upon kitchen table organizing to nourish our bodies and movements. All our welcome, regardless of past experience with this immersion series.

AFRO-INDIGENOUS LIBERATORY PRACTICE utilizes an African American/Afro-Diasporic/Creole/First Peoples lens of equity organizing known as Afro-Indigenous Liberatory Practice. With strong roots in the ring shout as a source of power and resistance for free and enslaved Africans and Native Americans (particularly in Congo Square, New Orleans), this framework carries Afro-Indigenous medicine from throughout the Americas, West Africa, and the West Indies. Afro-Indigenous Liberatory Practice* roots intersectional justice in the body by centering collective healing through multidisciplinary arts engagement, ancestor reverence, and cross-generational dialogue. Bringing together circles of LGBTQI communities and people-of-color, this unique model offers culturally responsive, sustainable strategies in the realms of the arts, activism, education, and social innovation.

We are excited to invite you into a process that the EAP Co-Directors have been exploring over the last several months through coaching and workshops with ChE, Founder/Artivist Director of #DignityInProcess. This immersion is part of #DignityInProcess: FREEDOM SCHOOLS, which honor the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement’s 1964 Freedom Summer. Building upon this foundation, we continue to evolve this ancestral model by creating pop-up spaces of embodied learning that center participatory learning, movement theatre, and community ritual as a means of teaching art-activism, Black Feminism, race and gender justice. Freedom Schools offer interactive workshops, learning spaces, and healing circles that utilize Afro-Indigenous Liberatory Practice* as the applied equity framework. Participants learn sustainable strategies grounded in ancestral healing to resist the impacts of systemic and internalized oppression. #DignityInProcess: Freedom School brings the fields of art, education, and social justice into creative conversation, to produce interdisciplinary leaders for social change.

This workshop is offered as part of EAP's MADE Incubator partnership with #DignityInProcess.

*NOTES ABOUT ENTERING THE SPACE:

This is a sacred space, a space for practicing Freedom! We enter with reverence offering an item of personal significance to our collective ancestral altar. (All altar items returned at the end of the workshop.) We bring food lovingly prepared to share in our potluck-stlye meal share with a label naming ingredients. We adorn ourselves with clothing we can comfortably move and express in. We come as Fragrance-free as possible to support the accessibility of the space. #DignityInProcess: FREEDOM SCHOOLS intentionally center cultural frameworks of TQGNC people of African/ Creole/ Native American descent-- We celebrate this together! Deep gratitude in advance for your honoring of the space and our shared learning.

More about #DIGNITYINPROCESS: http://che-art.life/dignityinprocess-1/

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 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 in radical Black Feminism. Afro-futures emerge as we collectively celebrate the dignity of Black life.

About the facilitator: ChE
is a Queer GNC Afro-Indigenous artivist weaving ancestral healing, transformative consulting, and social-engaged artmaking. ChE is an honored Fellow for the 2017-2018 Intercultural Leadership Institute celebrating their unique intersectional justice framework, Afro-Indigenous Liberatory Practice. Creator of the Underground Railroad: Liberatory Coaching for Creative Radicals of Color, ChE supports (QT)POC artists, activists, and innovators in charting a path to freedom. As the co-founder/host of the BGD podcast, Spirit Medicine, ChE provides accessible wellness tools and rituals centering (QT)POC. Rooted in multigenerational community, ChE founded the Art Liberation Troupe, a QTPOC youth performance group utilizing mentorship, dance, guerilla theatre, and political education workshops as tools for social change. ChE’s work as a cultural organizer includes Breaking the Silence: Teen Salon, Q.E.A.R., Black Folks Dinner, Emergence, #BlackHealingMatters, and The New Orleans Loving Festival. As a director/ choreographer, ChE’s work is robust with gospel soul sounds and movement of the African Diaspora that leave feet stomping and hands clapping. Brown University’s 2017 Black Spatial Relics Artist-in-Residence, ChE brings their Black Lives Matter artivist toolkit, #DignityInProcess throughout the country—merging site-specific performance rituals, Afro-Indigenous Wisdom Councils, and Freedom Schools celebrating the dignity of expansive Black evolution.

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