Groundwork: Healing within Community Arts Education
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A Virtual, 3-Week Gathering Where You Choose Your Journey.
October 18–November 5, 2021
Registration opens September 7
Session proposals are currently being reviewed.
Join us for a virtual gathering for community arts practitioners to embody radical reinvention and imagination as we process the pandemic. Through creative artmaking, learning and connection, we will tend to ourselves, our collectives, and our vision of a transformed society.
The massive shifts that we've lived through during the pandemic have reaffirmed our belief that community arts education providers must:
Be human-centered, and rooted in authentic connection to each other.
Make room for grief and healing—personally, within our organizations and collectives, and with our communities.
Incorporate collaboration that is grounded in shared responsibility and accountability.
Take actionable steps now to build a more just and equitable future.
Groundwork is designed specifically for people in community arts education, including teaching artists, arts administrators (from all departments), young creatives, and cultural workers as well as their community partners.
Whose experiences we are centering in this space:
Young people (20 and younger)
Older adults (65 and older)
Other people of color
People with disabilities
People impacted by policing and the prison industrial complex
All people who are most impacted by injustice
Three Weeks—Three Dimensions Of Grounding Practice
This unique gathering will center healing and wellness as a pathway towards personal, interpersonal, and system change. We must get right with ourselves before we can work with each other to reimagine and create a more just future. To that end, Groundwork will be organized around the work of healing and growth at the levels of Healing for Self (Week 1), Healing for Collective (Week 2), and Healing for Movement Building (Week 3).
The first day of each week (Mondays) will be a General Assembly, featuring keynote speakers and our community advisors who will root us in the week’s healing framework (self / collective / movement).
You then will have opportunities to apply these healing frameworks to three content area tracks. Each track will meet on the same day (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday) over the three weeks. Content tracks will include:
Creative Aging (Tuesdays)
Human-Centered Leadership and Management Practices (Wednesdays)
Creative Youth Development (Thursdays)
Opportunities for hands-on practice, storytelling, dialogue, healing, and reflection will be integrated throughout all tracks. Sessions will be synchronous and asynchronous, so you can create your own journey! Learn more about session formats here.
The National Guild will practice and model audio descriptions and support speakers in this practice for describing themselves and visual content. Additionally for live events, the Guild will provide ASL interpretation and closed captioning.
If you have any other accommodation requests and accessibility needs, please contact Ivy Young, Director of Conferences and Learning.
This program is supported, in part, by generous support from Aroha Philanthropies and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.