Love Balm For My SpiritChild

Love Balm for my SpiritChild: Testimonies of Healing justice through Mothers' Memory- is a workshop series that celebrates revolutionary motherhood and commemorative justice.


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Interested in the methods of The Love Balm Project? Apply to our Institute!

MAY 23RD - 25TH INSTITUTE

(Supported In part by Eastside Arts Alliance and California Shakespeare Theatre)

ABOUT THE LOVE BALM PROJECT:

The Love Balm Project is a theatre of testimony workshop and performance series for Mothers who have lost children to systemic violence. Launched at 7Stages Theatre in 2010, the workshop works to facilitate healing for mothers and artists who have experienced and witnessed community violence. The workshop was facilitated in the Bay Area in the winter of 2012 at Eastside Arts Alliance. Since then the testimonies from that workshop have become a play that has been showcased in part or in whole throughout the Bay Area in traditional performance spaces including, Eastside Arts Alliance, La Pena Cultural Center, The Black Dot Café, and The MilkBar. In residence with The Triangle Lab ( A collaboration between Intersection for the Arts and California Shakespeare Theatre) the testimonies have also been performed  in the spaces where violence has been perpetrated throughout Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose. Love Balm For My SpiritChild will be performed at BRAVA Theatre from July 11th-20th 2014. For more information about The Love Balm Project, please check out our blog at www.lovebalmformyspiritchild.tumblr.com. The Love Balm Project is a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts.

ABOUT THE LOVE BALM INSTITUTE AND PEACEBUILDING THROUGH PERFORMANCE SYMPOSIUM

The Love Balm Institute works to share the methodologies of The Love Balm Project including arts-based witnessing methods as tools for cultivating witnessing practices among communities impacted by violence. Equipping cultural workers  with more arts-based peacebuilding tools will help them better serve their communities. The collaboration and skill sharing at the symposium will build up the call-to-action and interconnectedness of organizations and individuals working toward violence prevention and collective memory in Oakland.

The Love Balm Institute and Peacebuilding through Performance Symposium will provide drama therapy, creative writing, and performance ethnography trainings to Bay Area cultural workers, artists and violence prevention advocates. The institute will launch May 23rd- 25th  at Eastside Arts alliance and will train individuals in the methodologies of The Love Balm Project. Following the institute, these cultural workers will collaborate to curate The Love Balm Peacebuilding Through Performance Symposium on June 30th at Eastside Arts Alliance. This symposium will consist of roundtable discussions and skill shares to facilitate dialogue and collaboration between individuals and organizations working toward violence prevention in Oakland.

INSTITUTE FELLOW EXPECTATIONS:

In order to participate in the free Love Balm Institute May 23rd – 25th , participants must commit to facilitating a Love Balm workshop series in their local community before Jan 2015. The Love Balm Project will assist fellows in applying for grants and fundraising to fund facilitator’s artist fees, space rentals and supplies for workshops.

Love Balm Institute Application                MAY 23rd – 25TH 2014

Name:_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Address___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Phone Number___________________________________________________

Email Address:__________________________________________________

How did you hear about The Love Balm Project?

 

How does the mission of the Love Balm Project align with the work you are already doing in the community?

 

How do you hope the tools from this workshop will grow you as a facilitator?

 

Are you interested/available to help facilitate and curate The Love Balm Peacebuilding Through Performance Symposium on June 30th? If so, how much time can you commit to the development of this event?

 

Are you willing to commit to facilitating a Love Balm Workshop Series in your neighborhood or community?  YES___    NO___

Please attach a resume with relevant theatre and facilitation experience. Please also attach a work sample that showcases your work as a theatre practitioner and/or as a workshop facilitator.

(The Love Balm Project is a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts)

The Love Balm Project is launching an institute to train cultural workers in the methods the workshop series. If you are interested or know someone who might be, check out our application and information page and email us for questions! Contact us at love.balm.spirit@gmail.com

The Love Balm Project is launching an institute to train cultural workers in the methods the workshop series. If you are interested or know someone who might be, check out our application and information page and email us for questions! Contact us at love.balm.spirit@gmail.com

Yasmin Flores: Final Our Hallowed Ground Performance

The final Our Hallowed Ground performance features the testimony of Yasmin Flores - mother of Daniel Booker. This weekend we are celebrating Daniel’s life and his mother’s testimony in the final Our Hallowed Ground - The Love Balm Project performance in San Jose. The Yasmin Flores' testimony will be performed by Anna Maria Luera and directed by Rebecca Novick. 4pm at 52 E Santa Clara St San Jose, CA 95113 on Saturday October 5th! Post show talk back and reception to follow. See you there!

Check out these photos of ancestor drawings at the performance of Mama Ayanna Davis’ testimony of her son Khatari Gant.

September 21 and 22 the Love Balm Project continues with Our Hallowed Ground - The Love Balm Project featuring the testimony of Ayanna Davis in honor of her son Khatari Gant. The event will be on the 600 block of Market St. in North Oakland, it will start at 4PM each day. Join us this weekend as we bear witness. — with Mama Ayanna Mashama.

September 21 and 22 the Love Balm Project continues with Our Hallowed Ground - The Love Balm Project featuring the testimony of Ayanna Davis in honor of her son Khatari Gant. The event will be on the 600 block of Market St. in North Oakland, it will start at 4PM each day. Join us this weekend as we bear witness. — with Mama Ayanna Mashama.