Members-Only Guild Resource / Webinar

Groundwork: Human-Centered Practices Real Talk Salon – Centering Equity Includes Our Own Wellbeing

Published: 2022-03-22

About this Session
A three-part series of “Real Talk Salons” regarding Human-Centered Practices in community arts education took place throughout the three weeks of the Groundwork: Healing within Community Arts Education (“Groundwork”) program in the fall of 2021. In response to the pandemic, the overarching themes of Groundwork sessions touched on healing. This Real Talk Salon, entitled “Centering Equity Includes Our Own Wellbeing”, brought together the following community practitioners in conversation with one another:



Description: Join in on a panel that opens with stories from each panelist: Ashley Frith and Sarah Kim will share stories from their healing-centered equity and belonging work, through a mindfulness-based anti-racist practice and embodiment; Aimee Espiritu and Mika Lemoine will share their inquiry practices and reflections on “Who holds space for the space-holders? Do you find yourself in constant conversations or heavily invested in shifting your spaces toward equity?”

This session took part the first week of the program and was held on October 20, 2021, with American Sign Language interpretation provided by Pro Bono ASL.


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 PhilanthropiesThe 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.