®2018 CORAJUS

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Workshops/Projects

WHAT HAPPENED TO MY HOOD

“What Happened to My Hood? Gentrification & Displacement in Philadelphia:” These questions introduce the workshop that tells the story of Philadelphia neighborhoods and the removal of historically oppressed communities from the early 20th century until the present. With the understanding that these are ongoing processes, this workshop seeks to incorporate collective solutions to this collective problem.

 

POLITICAL LEGACIES OF PHILADELPHIA

“Political Legacies of Philadelphia:” This workshop makes historical connections to the current Philadelphia landscape with the administrations of Rizzo, Goode, Street, Nutter, and others. Specifically highlighting the impact of these administrations on Black people, POC, and poor people, this workshop explores the remnants of their legacies on the present day.

 

RACE, SPACE AND OPPORTUNITY

“Race, Space and Opportunity:” This workshop explores how racialized messaging is embedded in urban planning.  Whose stories are marginalized in American narratives? How is access to the “American Dream” limited based on the neighborhood someone is born into? How is this linked to race? What messages does this send about our worth?

 

LIBERATION THROUGH LEADING CROSS-RACIAL TEAMS

“Liberation Through Leading Cross-Racial Teams:” Internalized oppression is the means by which all of us hold on to, cosign, and re-enact our unresolved identity stresses. This interactive workshop examines this phenomenon with specific regard to workplace dynamics. Participants explore an approach that both models and deepens anti-racism practice: working in cross-racial teams. Together, we explore the common challenges and strategize how to work through them. Participants leave with the perspective, skills, and tools necessary for successful, cross-racial teamwork.

 

RACE, CLASS  & CLASSROOM

“Race, Class & Classroom:” Every child and their family deserve equitable opportunities to learn and live well. But it’s critical to remember that education _______ at every level is contentious, emotional and all about the messaging. Ultimately, the broad messages big decisions send, determine how students and families understand society and their place in it.
In this interactive community action workshop we analyze how race, class, and where we live shape our ideas about community as we explore the responsibility we have to lead change.

 

VILLAGE OF ARTS & HUMANITIES

Village of Arts & Humanities: The Living Room Series is a popular-education workshop hosted in the neighborhood homes of adult residents in a disinvested neighborhood in North Philadelphia.   In collaboration with Village staff and the Village’s Leaders and Builders Advisory Committee, Corajus visiting artist-organizers Michaela Pommells and Hiram Rivera re-surface and listen to community stories while also investigating urgent questions about impending redevelopment in the neighborhood—who will decide, who will pay, and who will benefit. This participatory Series, which consists of ten two and a half hour gatherings, has engaged more than 200 community members in over 15 neighborhood homes. These gatherings generate personal narratives rooted in space, illuminate possibilities for future ethical and unethical redevelopment, and reknit a community collective that can inform and write the next chapter in this neighborhood’s history.

 

PHILADELPHIA ASSEMBLED

Philadelphia Assembled: In a year-long pop-up series of teach-ins on gentrification, Philadelphia residents shared their experiences of gentrification and learned about some of its causes. This culminated in PHL Assembled Reconstruction Atmosphere, an art initiative sponsored by the Philadelphia Art Museum. This project was done in coalition with Women's Community Revitalization Project/Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities.

 

BREAKING THE SILENCE

“Breaking the Silence” Town Hall on Girls and Women of Color: Corajus was a proud partner of Breaking the Silence, a town hall on women and girls of color. This town hall invited girls and young women of color to share their stories on issues like school discipline, incarceration, state-sanctioned violence, domestic violence, foster care, trafficking, and housing discrimination. A panel of key leaders in the community witnessed and responded to their testimonies.