This interactive workshop surges from the collective wisdom and collaborative power of our communities using S.T.I.T.C.H.E.D., a growing tapestry of Stories, Testimonies, Intentions, Truths, Confessions, Healing, Expressions, and Dreams that we have collected and stitched together from more than 7,000 audience members and workshop participants across the country. The magic of S.T.I.T.C.H.E.D comes from declaring our truths, and bearing witness to others’. When we tell our own stories, we reclaim the power to write our own futures. When we recognize ourselves in each other, we begin to dispel the myths that are created to keep us divided. This workshop gives participants the opportunity to read and find connections in the stories of strangers, and contribute their own stories through a process of group and personal reflection.
The host for the workshop is partnership with Wistariahurst Museum (Holyoke’s city museum) and the Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series (a series offered by the University of Massachusetts Amherst History Department). The event is funded by the Feinberg Series
The University of Massachusetts Amherst History Department’s 2016-2017 Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, “The U.S. in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” explores how state violence, mass incarceration, and mass criminalization have transformed the U.S. economy, culture and society. The series features more than a dozen panels, performances, gallery exhibitions, and lectures by the nation’s leading scholars, artists and activists. It is series is generously supported by Kenneth R. Feinberg and associates and is offered in conjunction with more than 30 community and university partners.
How can art be fashioned as a tool at the service of our vision for a more just and peaceful world? This interactive workshop presentation combines performance, story-telling, slide-shows, and video to illuminate the powerful symbiosis between art and activism. “Art is Our Weapon, Our Medicine, Our Voice, and Our Vision:” using their motto as a guide, Alixa and Naima share tactics and strategies from their walks of life as cultural workers, illuminating how poetry, media-making, creative interventions and collaborative public art can be used to strengthen our movements for social justice. Participants will have the opportunity to share examples of arts activism from their own experiences and communities, and should be prepared to get creative, imaginative, and inspired!
Sponsored by Frederick Douglass Unity House & Black History 4 Seasons Council
For more information, contact Donna Moore at [email protected]
Toshi Reagon (guitar and vocals), Carolyn Malachi (vocals), Be Steadwell (vocals), Arooj Aftab (vocals), Juliette Jones (violin), Jarvis Benson (viola), Eric Cooper (cello), Kwami Coleman (piano), Ganessa James (bass), Ann Klein (guitar), Darrian Douglas (drummer), Taina Asili (vocals), Gaetano Vaccaro (guitar), Karma Mayet (vocals), King Aswad (guitar and vocals), Jasmine Burems (vocals), Chris Wood (vocals and guitar), Annette Aguilar (percussion), Samara Gaev (dance), Dre FLEXN (dance), DJ Rimarkable (deejay), Reut Regev (Trombone)