Members-Only Guild Resource / Webinar

Groundwork: General Assembly on Healing - Healing for Self

Published: 2022-03-03

About this Session
Each week of Groundwork: Healing within Community Arts Education (“Groundwork”) began with a General Assembly to open the weekly theme. In keeping with the first week’s theme of Healing for Self, this session includes an interactive breath and sound practice, "Heart-Led Presence", with Ashley Frith. Afterward, Groundwork Advisors who shaped the program share their intentions and hopes for the gathering. Lastly, our Featured Storyteller, Kwayera Archer, tells her story of self-healing and how it led to her becoming stronger, more compassionate, and joyful.

This session was held on October 18, 2021, with American Sign Language interpretation provided by Pro Bono ASL.


Week 1 | General Assembly on Healing: Healing for Self
Session Presentations

  • Grounding Practice: “Heart-Led Presence” with Ashley Frith (Director of Racial Equity and Belonging, Community MusicWorks)
  • A Message from Groundwork Advisors with Ashley Hare, Calida Jones, Karla Estela-Rivera, Paula Ortega, and the Guild’s Director of Conferences and Learning, Ivy Young
  • Featured Storyteller: “Journey to Self Healing and Growth in the Midst of Supporting Community Transformation” with Kwayera Archer (Principal & Chief Visionary Officer, Global Ase)


About the Groundwork Program
Groundwork was a 3-week virtual gathering that centered healing in the context of community arts education, as a pathway towards personal, interpersonal, and systemic change, informed by the idea that 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’s themes unfolded each week as: Healing for Self (Week 1), Healing for Collective (Week 2), and Healing for Movement Building (Week 3).

For more information about the gathering, please visit the program details, here.

This program was made possible through generous support from Aroha Philanthropies, The Music Man Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.