re-pen, repaint and restore
through community conversations
Monthly Community Conversations and Workshops
Kalamazoo Summit On Racism - November 19, 2015 at Borgess Hospital
90 diverse participants engage in an interactive workshop and conversation that helped them answer the following questions: How can a group of passionate people move from feeling like individuals that come together with a lot of energy but not enough direction so that the energy eventually dissipates – to a grassroots movement or initiative that builds toward concrete social change? In this workshop they engaged with first, what brought each of them to the work of anti–racism, then move through the process of identifying the people, traits and experiences that shape how we relate to this work and what we can do to create social change. Then they worked collectively on re-modeling their particular areas of concern by identifying what needs to be fixed, what skills they could bring individually and collectively to get the job done, and what their strategy was to move forward. Through this process, CTN helped a diverse community of people create a space to vision new projects, movements and initiatives as well as potential partners in the work.
Controlling the Narrative Community Conversation January 20th, 2016 at Kalamazoo Public Library
Workshop Summary: Expanding on her creative and constructive “house activity as a starting point, Miller will lead participants in identifying stories of both national and regional African American experiences that have either been ignored or inaccurately told through other voices.
In this workshop we engaged the case of Tamir Rice using these primary documents. The participants were put into small groups and each group was asked to:
1. tell the story from the perspective of one of the people involved
2. the participants were then ultimately asked to explain the "narrative" that the primary sources wrote of Tami Rice and the part race played in that "narrative".
3. next, participants were asked to discuss a more accurate narrative for Tamir Rice
4. finally, participants were asked to analyze and interrogate the system that created the conditions for this tragedy to happen
The further dates for these conversations are as follows:
Additional Program and Dates
Controlling the Narrative Community Conversation February 10, 2016 Kalamazoo Community Foundation
White Allies Workshop 1 ARCUS Center for Social Justice Leadership March 16, 2016
White Allies Workshop 2 ARCUS Center for Social Justice Leadership May 18, 2016
White Allies Workshop 2 Kalamazoo Community Foundation June 15, 2016
Scholar Biographies Workshop Kalamazoo Community Foundation July 7, 2016
Scholar Pension Records Workshop Western Michigan University August 2, 2016
Underground Railroad Tour across Southwest Michigan
Common Threads at Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts February 4, 2016
Common Threads at Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts May 17, 2016