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Join us as we ground ourselves in the day, week, and Convocation with the words of Shá Cage. Shá will lead the plenary discussion following her spoken word performance.
Resetting the Stage: Healing Communities in Post-2020 Realities
This opening plenary brings us to Minneapolis where the murder of George Floyd, in the midst of a global pandemic, set off unprecedented national and international protests calling for racial justice. Many parts of the Twin Cities were devastated. Most impacted were Black, Native American and immigrant communities built over decades through grassroots placekeeping work. Moving forward requires a focus around healing and re-setting the stage: repairing and re-building lives, trust, and broken economies while finding more just and sustainable practices in all dimensions of cultural work. This entails shedding assumptions, shifting cultural practices and adopting new organizational roles as well as collaboration with many different stakeholders. This session launches the week’s themes of partnerships and the urgent work of responding to current and historic trauma experienced by individuals, families, neighborhoods, and broader communities.
Discussion and Reflection
Participants are invited to discuss the themes that arose during the plenary and reflect on their meaning to different states and different aspects of community arts development work. Facilitators will invite participants to bring their own ideas and experiences into the discussion through whole-group and breakout room conversations.
This session was not recorded.