The goal of each workshop will be to discover how the tool of their focus can be used for expressing important emotions, building group solidarity, and addressing difficult social problems. With these tools, social change can be sought after and achieved within the community.
Though art manifests itself through many different mediums and can be extravagant and wild or simple and familiar, all art provides a space for creative expression. This workshop aims to utilize those spaces to find healthy and helpful methods of self-expression as well as the possibilities to use art as a method for action. How can we use colors and shapes to represent ourselves? our community? the problems facing that community? the reactions to these problems?
Everyone has their story but not every story is listened to. The purpose of the Story-Telling workshop is to create a safe-space for everyone so that we all feel comfortable to share our stories. The goal is to build a trust among the group that encourages and allows for everyone to express what it is they want to express. By using techniques learned from the Theatre of the Oppressed as well as other activities that promote community-building, the workshop explores the various ways in which a story can be told: orally, written, fiction, non-fiction, improvisation, etc. While looking at the texts of authors from around the world, we will practice our own writing skills. Then through telling such stories, we begin to analyze, understand, and explain better the oppressions, problems, and possible solutions we encounter everyday.
What questions need to be asked? How do we find answers to these questions? This workshop focuses on the building the skills to formulate questions, analyze information, and determine possible solutions. By way of the scientific method, participants will engage themselves with some of the biggest problems facing their community such as water pollution and waste management in order to find new ways of dealing with them.
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What is conflict? What is violence? What is peace? None of these concepts, though daily realities, are easy to define. And without a solid understanding of the complexities presented by these terms, it is hard to imagine how we can develop ideas, models, organizations, movements, etc that will not only resist but overthrow the major injustices of our communities. This workshop aims to generate discussion around each of these topics and to begin to understand how to navigate the various layers, modes, and barriers that have developed on the path to a more peaceful coexistence.