Workshops

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Amnesia: Immigration, Assimilation and White Privilege

Sweeping past the polarized rhetoric and hateful ideology prevalent in the national immigration debate, workshop participants will be invited to join an informed, nuanced dialogue about the complexities and impacts of immigration policies and enforcement. Through live performance excerpts of Ariel Luckey’s play Amnesia, small and large group discussions, interactive mapping exercises and a multimedia presentation, this dynamic workshop will provide critical historical context, compelling personal stories and up-to-date information about the ongoing immigration crisis in the United States. Participants will reflect on their own families’ migration stories, the current status of immigrants in their community and leadership opportunities for alliance-building and advocacy.

Free Land: Race and Place in America

Do you live on stolen Native American land? Did your ancestors Homestead? Do you know the history of the land you live on? Through live performance excerpts from Ariel Luckey’s play Free Land, small and large group discussions, interactive mapping exercises and a multimedia presentation, we will explore our family histories and cultural narratives about who we are, where we live and how we got here. Tracking our families’ footprints across the land and the history of U.S. colonialism and westward expansion, we will examine how they impact where we stand and who we stand with today. We will draw on the lessons and inspiration of our family stories to guide and inform our community activism and to build strategic alliances for social and environmental justice.

Poetry for People Power:
The Pen, The Mic and The Movement

This powerful writing and performance workshop offers participants a unique opportunity to develop their voice through interactive writing exercises, group feedback and practice performances. Based on June Jordan’s celebrated Poetry for the People model, this workshop helps participants learn how to craft their poetry into articulate declarations of artistic and community empowerment.

Acting Out Change: Theatre of the Oppressed
for Collective Liberation

Based on Brazilian educator and actor Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed world-renowned techniques, this workshop gets participants on their feet, moving around and engaging in dialogue about critical community issues. Starting with a series of games and activities, participants will gain skills in physical expression, reflection and group communication while developing a new theatrical vocabulary. Utilizing Image Theatre, Forum Theatre and Rainbow of Desire techniques, this workshop can build towards creating an ensemble performance piece that invites its audience to step on stage and participate in the acting/action for collective change.

ToxiCity: Art and Organizing
for Environmental Justice (Part One)

Do you live in Toxic City? Are you drinking New World Water? From global warming to Katrina, water privatization to poverty, complex social and ecological currents boil within the world’s water issues. Through interactive games, music, discussions and activities, we will navigate the terrain of race, class, gender, water and health to take action and build alliances for social and environmental justice.

New World Water: Art and Organizing
for Environmental Justice (Part Two)

Do you live in Toxic City? Are you drinking New World Water? From global warming to Katrina, water privatization to poverty, complex social and ecological currents boil within the world’s water issues. Through interactive games, music, discussions and activities, we will navigate the terrain of race, class, gender, water and health to take action and build alliances for social and environmental justice.

All workshops can be modified to meet your specific needs.

Workshops can range from: 

  • 50 minutes to 2.5 hours
  • Small to large groups
  • Junior High to University levels