Black Futures Series

As part of our Black Futures Series, we are inviting Black community members working and living in predominantly white spaces to workshops where open discussions, practical coping skills and art making will be used to offer healing for experiences of racial discrimination they may have encountered. This is a two-part series happening virtually on March 3rd and 10th, led by poet Tramar Anderson and visual alchemist Stylo Starr. The workshops is specifically for Black community members aged 18+.

Practicing Resiliency in White Spaces

March 3, 2022 | 5:30-7:30pm | Zoom | FREE Admission

Materials: Access to a computer and writing materials 

This workshop, led by Tamar Anderson, will give participants practical coping strategies when living, working or engaging in white spaces where they may feel racially discriminated against. It will be conducted through open conversations, sharing strategies and a poetry activity.

Parts of Many: A Collage Healing Circle for the Black Community

March 10, 2022 | 6:00-8:00pm | Zoom | FREE Admission

Materials: Journal/ notepad/ card stock, old newspapers/ magazines/ pictures, glue/tape

The often unaddressed burden of emotional labour weighs heavy on Black workers in predominantly white workplaces, and can leave many feeling alienated and isolated. Creative expression in a group setting at any level can be very healing and restorative for those feeling overextended or burned out. Join visual alchemist Stylo Starr for a collage making circle which through the simple act of sharing provides the potential for participants to be liberated from persistent societal pressures and other stressors.

The workshop will begin with grounding through breathing exercises and gentle seated stretching, followed by a sharing circle where open discussions unpacking the experience of working in predominantly white workplaces will be gently encouraged. This is a space to speak and be heard. Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, participation will be on a voluntary basis only. Next, we will dive into collage making and go over tools, tips and tricks. Participants are encouraged to create collaged environments or spaces where they can feel joy and feel liberated. We will close the circle with more mindful breathing and words of gratitude and/or affirmation.