Leaning into Entering/Exiting Community: Social Justice-Based Art with an Eye Toward Long-Term Impact
Date & Time
Monday, January 31, 2022, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Organized by Helanius James Wilkins (he/him/his), Choreographer/Performance Artist/Educator/Curator, Helanius J. Wilkins/SALT

Avery Ryder Turner (he/him/his), Artist/Project Duet-Partner, Helanius J. Wilkins/SALT
Benjamin Cheney (he/him/his), Founder/Artistic Director/Project Organizational Partner, The Croft Residency ​
Meredith Kennedy (she/her/hers), Founder, Storyteller/Project Community Partner, Native North Tours & Storytelling

This session will be a case study. Learning by example and sharing our story, we will discuss the launch and development of a multi-year, multi-outcome intermedia dance project that imagines choreography as quilt-making to unlearn fear and interrupt the disturbing tragic turns of inhumanity. The project, “The Conversation Series: Stitching the Geopolitical Quilt to Re-Body Belonging,” is an ongoing and always shifting dance-quilt, confronting and celebrating heritage, resiliency, justice, and hope. Featuring key individuals (artists, community collaborator, organizational-partner), we will share what took place during a 2-week creation/community-engagements residency in rural northern Michigan and results of the project. 

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