Summer Leadership Institute Informal Sharing

Summer Leadership Institute Informal Sharing: “The Power of We”

Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 5:00pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall, 55 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, Connecticut


Participants in the Summer Leadership Institute of Wesleyan’s Embodying Antiracism Initiative “The Power of We,” presented in partnership with Urban Bush Women, Junebug Productions, and The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, present an informal final sharing.

Developed out of Urban Bush Women’s nearly 40 year history of art making, the participatory program forges an “artist as activist” methodology through a complex set of techniques that “use movement to build a movement.” Over the course of a week, the participants sweat, clap, and create together—harnessing the joy and unifying power of rhythm and movement to build respectful physical and verbal dialogue.

Fortifying our communities is crucial, now more than ever. We must continue to build a “we” capable of unlearning and healing the structures of harm that persist in isolating us from one another. This year’s Summer Leadership Institute explores “the power of we,” using place-based cultural strategies to collectively organize and build a more equitable Middletown. Participants consider what role artists and organizers can play in the work ahead of us—work that adrienne maree brown describes as to “[b]e accountable and go heal, simultaneously, continuously. It’s never too late.”

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