Creative Uprising!


Arts-Based Political Education and Social Healing Workshops Offered by Alixa + Naima

We have 15 years experience designing and facilitating a wide range of workshops for diverse groups. The common thread unifying our workshops is that they are all deeply creative, personal and political. They are designed to tap into participants lived experience and self-expression, raise consciousness and foster unity, and create real possibilities for re-inventing the world.

Our most popular workshops include:

Finding our Voice: Spoken Word and Storytelling Workshop writing workshop

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 5,000 audience members and workshop participants across the country. Participants will interact with and contribute to S.T.I.T.C.H.E.D., undergo a writing exercise that stretches the imagination to conceive of new possibilities for liberation, and co-create a group poem. (see below 2 other offerings: one focused entirely on S.T.I.T.C.H.E.D. and an alternate writing workshop)

Art is a Hammer: Reshaping Reality through Cultural Activism

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!

S.T.I.T.C.H.E.D: Re-Creating the Future By Rewriting Our Histories stitchedworkshop2

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 5,000 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.

Planting PoeTree: multi-sensory writing workshop

This workshop will seed poems rooted in our experiences that bear the fruit of our imaginations. Often as writers we depend solely on our visual memory to conjure up imagery, but our writing becomes even more lively when we tap into our other four senses. In this interactive workshop participants are taken through a multi-sensory experience where they are blindfolded and all their other senses are stimulated to trigger memory, tap into their spirits, and enrich their poetry. Participants will work individually and with the group to create a final poetic piece interwoven with everyone’s strongest voices.

Create the World! bookworkshop

Hands-on workshops in the following mediums can be catered to different age groups and populations, campaign building, alternative media efforts, youth entrepreneurial endeavors, and art therapy.

  • – Performance Poetry
  • – Mural Painting
  • – Bookmaking
  • – Batik Fabric Dying
  • – Silk Screening/T-shirt Making
  • – Stencil Art

PIC 101: Breaking Down The Prison Industrial Complex

This is an introductory workshop that helps participants understand the current system of criminalization and mass-incarceration in the U.S., and provides space to reflect on what restorative and transformative justice can look like. Through a slideshow presentation of the Prison Poster Project (a portable mural we co-illustrated in collaboration with 47 incarcerated artists), interactive and embodied activities, dialog, and poetic outbursts, participants will gain insight of how the prison industrial complex affects our diverse communities and ways to challenge current reliance on prisons as a solution to social problems.

Roster of Workshop Sites

  • Acorn High School, Brooklyn, NY
  • Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Bronx, NY
  • Allied Media Conference, Detroit, MI
  • Alternatives for Girls, Detroit, MI
  • Arts Village, Bowling Green, OH
  • Audre Lorde Project, Brooklyn, NY
  • Be The Change: Youth Environmental Leadership, Detroit, MI
  • Beacon Summer Camp, Beacon, NY
  • Beyond Walls, Building Bridges, Springfield, OH
  • Bioneers By The Bay, Marion Institute
  • Brattleboro Union High School, Brattleboro, VT
  • Bronx Institute, GEAR UP/ENLACE Summer Enrichment Academy, Bronx, NY
  • Brown University, Providence, RI,
  • Casa Atabex Aché, Bronx, NY
  • Castlemont High School, Oakland, CA
  • Center For The Arts, Jackson Hole, WY
  • Clark County Juvenile Detention Facility, Springfield, OH
  • Columbia College, Chicago, IL
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Decolonizing Creativity: Fiery Womyn, Fierce Expressions, Berkeley, CA
  • Detroit Summer, Detroit, MI
  • East Harlem Tutorial Program, NY, NY
  • Ella Baker High School, NY, NY
  • Esalen institute, Big Sur, CA
  • George Brown College, Toronto, ON
  • Global Citizenship Experience, Chicago, IL
  • Green Teen Community Gardening Program, Beacon, NY
  • H.E.L.P. Bronx Family Shelter, Crotona, Bronx, NY
  • Hampshire College, Northampton, MA
  • Harvard University, Boston, MA
  • Hip Hop Congress, Minnesota Summit, Moorhead, MN
  • Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
  • Incarcerated Mothers Program, Youth Leadership Project, NY, NY
  • Jackson Hole High School, Jackson Hole, WY
  • Job Corpse, Washington D.C.
  • Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI
  • La Casita (Substance abuse treatment residential program), Bronx, NY
  • LaFollette High School, Madison, WI
  • Lehman High School, Bronx, NY
  • Loring Nicollet Alternative High School, Minneapolis, MN
  • NASCO Conference, Ann Arbor, MI
  • New Haven Correctional Center, New Haven, CT
  • Northern Iowa University, Cedar Falls, IO
  • Oak Hill Youth Facility, Laurel, MD
  • Osborne Association, Family Resource Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • Phillips Andover Academy, Andover, MA
  • Prisoners Justice Film Festival, Toronto, ON
  • Renaissance High School, Watsonville, CA
  • Rikers Island Prison Complex, New York, NY
  • RISD College, Providence, RI
  • Saint John Technical High, Saint Augustine, FL
  • San Fransisco County Jail,
  • Scripps College, Claremont, CA
  • SKETCH Art Studio for Street Youth, Toronto, ON
  • Smith College, Northampton, MA
  • Smith High School, Bronx, NY
  • Staff Development, Jamal’s Place, Chicago, IL
  • Street Academy, Oakland, CA
  • Summit Middle School, Jackson Hole, WY
  • SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY
  • Tennyson High School, Hayward, CA
  • The Collective, New Paltz, NY
  • The Social Justice Center, Albany, NY
  • FIRE Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Time and Space Media Arts Camp, Hudson, NY
  • University High School, Champaign, IL
  • University of California, Students of Color Conference, Santa Barbara, CA
  • University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana, IL
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • University of Wisconsin, Duluth, WI
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison WI
  • University Park Campus High School, Worcester, MA
  • Urban Word, New York, NY
  • US Social Forum, Detroit, MI
  • Valhalla Jail, Valhalla, NY
  • Western Washington Univ, Bellingham, WA
  • Wildwood High School, Los Angeles, CA
  • Women’s Correctional Association, NY, NY
  • Womyn Speak Out, Saint Paul, MN
  • Woolman Semester, Nevada City, CA
  • YWCA, young women’s group, Duluth, WI
  • YMCA, Roxbury, MA
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Youth Opportunity Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • YSWI Memorial High School, Madison, WI



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