Our Community Dreams Workshop/Public Engagement

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What dreams does the community of Pilsen desire to cast for the year 2021? Let's share virtual space and name our dreams OUT LOUD!

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What dreams does the community of Pilsen have for the year 2021?

An extensive story that mainstream media is continually sharing is that the year 2020 is the almighty year that has caused chaos, heartbreak, despair, and all the world's injustices. A year that was defined to be the demise of humanity. In my experience, this year, although ultimately tragic in its own right, has many of the harmful qualities that have existed since I've been in existence: inadequate health care, choosing profits over the safety and well-being of people, unequal distribution of wealth, white supremacy, to name a few. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated all of these injustices.

I believe that by naming our dreams out loud, practicing community care, sharing collective wisdom, setting intentions together, and spell casting, we can keep each other safe and cared for.

In this public engagement, I am asking the community that I call home, Pilsen, What do you dream for your community in the year 2021?

Think of what you would like to manifest that may seem impossible or might take a supernatural force to complete.

I believe that many of our ancestors had a difficult time imagining they could get through many of the injustices they got through without assistance from something larger than themselves.

I believe many of our ancestors understood that it was going to take us bringing our gifts together to achieve liberation using radical imagination and dreamwork.

Come to this engagement prepared to DREAM BIG and ask for what you want to see for yourself and your community.

This workshop/public engagement is part of the research and development stage for the RaD Lab+Outside the Walls Fellowship fellowship I was granted in June of 2020 from Threewalls.

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It is our hope that this program will inspire big ideas from Chicago-based artists in the ALAANA community in advancing a racially just society. The radical imagination that Surdna encourages is what Threewalls practices every day.

The fellowship will help expand the funding landscape and distribute the funds to the most vulnerable community—ALAANA individuals.

You can find more information about my journey with this fellowship by visiting my website or emailing me specific questions.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop will be transcribed and potentially recorded for archival and research purposes. You may opt out of being recorded at anytime. I will be sure to ask again at the beginning of the workshop/public engagement.

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