some seeds as i think through healing work, resourcing, winter.

Created by Cara Page and the Kindred Healing Justice Collective, “healing justice...identifies how we can holistically respond to and intervene on generational trauma and violence, and to bring collective practices that can impact and transform the consequences of oppression on our bodies, hearts and minds.”

https://justhealing.wordpress.com/resourcing-the-work/

http://www.peoplesmovementcenter.com/resources.html

https://badassvisionaryhealers.wordpress.com/healing-justice-resources/

It's been a busy Virgo season. Come thru!

Propaganda Party | Monday, September 23rd 2019 6pm-midnight $10 suggested entry; no one turned away for lack of funds Performances | Vendors | For donation drinks | Food Prop Thtr, 3502 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 Space is ground level and ADA accessible.

Facebook event: https://facebook.com/events/386974565333703/

GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/mausermuller

Come thru for a propaganda-themed production party for "Mauser" by Heiner Müller! The first of a series of DIY events, Propaganda Party uplifts Chicago artisans, artivists and performers reclaiming the term “propaganda” from its use by a militant State to repress, manipulate n disenfranchise the masses. Door n drink proceeds go toward an upcoming independent theater project.

🔻About the play🔻

"Mauser" by Heiner Müller is the story of soldier’s tribunal after a political execution goes wrong. Written in the intense pressures and contradictions of the German Democratic Republic, Mauser asks questions about utopia, violence, and the individual’s identity in a collective.

🔻About the process🔻

Our desire with this art is to manifest a process that reflects the sort of world and art we believe can heighten humynity while disentangling our collective consciousness. This includes a process of transparency about how rehearsals work; feeding our cast; and utilizing rehearsals to be respectful of people's time. We want to start rehearsals in late October and put production up in April 2020 with Pay-What-You-Want tickets.

EVENTS Opening: Friday 9/20 7-9pm Closing: Saturday 10/12 1-3pm By appointment: 9/20 - 10/11 Day of Action (downtown): 10/13 1-3pm

ABOUT We're thrilled to share the stunning works of Coming Home. Opening Andersonville Arts Week and closing Indigenous People's Day weekend, Coming Home is a visual arts exhibit exploring home, migration, ethnic embodiment, and black liberation.

FEATURED ARTISTS Alex Brightbill-Velázquez Andrea Hill Fitzgerald Peregrine Bermas Chiara Galimberti

i am deeply honored to share my woven series memories, portals, and obstacles at the chicago therapy collective for the next month. my work joins a curation of powerful and resonant stories in a very important and grounding space.

i have been sitting with this body of work, trying to articulate it, to intellectualize it?, to describe it in some number of words, even if only for myself, have left it alone and picked it back up again, since summer of 2018.

half of the pieces are from the spring - newly fallen branches can be found and shaped into round looms without snapping. the other half are from summer or fall - dry branches secured together, making objects with corners and pointed ends. there is a sacredness in that knowing of and moving with the cycles of sun and seasons and trees in this part of the world, which might be a step as an artist toward being in right relationship to earth. all of the materials are upcycled, reused, found, gathered. this together means that the process of creating is patient. perhaps important to resisting the pace and scale in which we are made to produce.

i am ascendant from people of the islands colonized philippines or islas de los pintados (island of painted people), but the act of weaving is a folk practice found in all cultures. i’ve read that the sanskrit word tantra means, to weave.

traditionally, weaving is a practical craft passed down generations (usually women). while my pieces are not practical in form, i believe they are practical in intention and process. practical is not to be confused with easy or efficient in the ways the terms are defined within global capitalism.

and then there’s the magic of trees. i really believe trees are ancestors. their roots absorb the lives of many beings from plants to insects to animals. many have been alive much longer than i can fathom, and stand taller than i can see. i also believe in sigils and sacred shapes, triangles, eyes, the cycles represented by circles.

that’s all i have for now. hope to see you at the opening!

about CTC:

The Chicago Therapy Collective (CTC) was born from the experiences of queer therapists and their intimate awareness that the struggles of queer folks, especially transgender/gender non-conforming (T/GNC) folks and TQPOC (Trans and Queer People of Color), are a result of systemic, intersecting injustices that need to be addressed outside of therapy and within the community.

CTC is now comprised of a network of community organizers, artists, therapists, educators, business leaders and more striving to address these injustices and lift up our most marginalized siblings by mobilizing to create safe, just, and inclusive Chicago neighborhoods through art, education, and advocacy initiatives. 

The health and well-being of Chicago’s marginalized communities requires cross-community ally-ship and social action. We curate highly individualized opportunities for:

(1) neighbors and businesses to deepen their awareness, understanding, and investment in T/GNC people, especially QTPOC, already in their lives;

(2) for allies to center, celebrate, and compensate T/GNC people at the local level; and

(3) for communities, businesses, and individuals to move toward increased engagement and capacity for inclusivity through improved knowledge, empathy, and practical skills–to everyone’s benefit!