Embody Equity Play Tools: Understanding Racial Emotional Labour through Intentional Play with René Goddess & Jennie Hahn
DATE & LOCATION TBA
The objective of this workshop is to understand white racial emotional labor, and how it manifests itself in our bodies. This will be done through the use of intentional play to delve into conversation and interaction.
Participation will require a basic knowledge of antiracism, decolonization, and white fragility, and being mentally prepared for this type of engagement. Participants will leave with a basic understanding of Rene’s thirteen tools as well as the knowledge necessary to continue this work at home. This workshop is open to all non-black, non-brown, non-indigenous people. All gender identities and sexual orientations are welcome.
Tuition: $45 - $75 sliding scale. Thanks to the generosity of our community partners, some scholarships are available.
About René Goddess Johnson & Jennie Hahn
René Goddess is a queer, black, indigenous South African, three-time award-winning, indigenous, femme. An Arts & Community Organizer, Choreographer, Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs, Education and Events. A Designer, Director, Embodied Equity Consultant, Innovator, Non-Profit Founder, Performance Artist, Activist, and Producer. She has been navigating assimilation, white terrorism, and a temporary loss of self-pride since arriving in Maine in 1991. Her areas of interest include the intersection of the arts in movements for social justice and racial equity. As an embodied equity consultant, she work closely with the public, with artists of many genres, with marginalized communities, youth, and nonprofit organizations throughout the state of Maine, to develop creative opportunities focused on inter-organizational collaboration using the arts. These moments of coming together and creating art towards systemic change are the common denominator that connects all of her work.
Jennie Hahn is a civic performance artist working at the intersections of environmental stewardship, ecological arts practice, and public dialogue in her home state of Maine. Jennie’s methodologies are rooted in early community-based theater training with Cornerstone Theater Company, and influenced by her participation in the Catalyst Initiative, a program of the Center for Performance and Civic Practice. Projects include Farms & Fables, an original play created in collaboration with Maine farmers, Choirspeak: The Maine Woods, developed from 50 interviews conducted in five Maine towns, and a co-designed partnership to incorporate performance techniques into policy development practices with Stephanie Gilbert of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry. Since 2015, Jennie has curated In Kinship, a collection of collaborative civic performance works focused on environmental resilience and ecological recovery in the Penobscot River Watershed. Jennie’s work has been supported by the Kindling Fund (Space Gallery), Maine Arts Commission, Maine Humanities Council, Multi-Arts Production Fund, Ella Lyman Cabot Trust, and the Center for Performance and Civic Practice.
If you are interested in hosting a community session in 2021 please email us at EmbodiedEquityConsulting@gmail.com