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Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute

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UBW will continue building its roots in the NYC community with a Manhattan-based SLI!  UBW often uses the movement metaphor of Core & Distal to talk about our dance practice as well as our community engagement practice.  As we teach in our Entering, Building and Exiting Community (EBX) workshop, engaging our core—our own bodies, identities and communities—is essential for maintaining clarity and stability as we engage the distal—other bodies, identities and communities.

This summer we will revisit our theme from 2016 - You, Me, We: Understanding Internalized Racial Oppression and How it Manifests in Our Artistic Community. The urgency of addressing racial oppression is a clarion call to our arts community. Together we will examine Internalized Racial Oppression as it manifests both for People of Color and White people and how these manifestations show up in our organizing, creations and collaborations. How do we move forward together to make our voices heard and create powerful counter-narratives to what will are experiencing? Does our work challenge or recreate dominant frameworks and systems of policing that ignore history, culture, power and lineage? How can we explode predetermined expectations, restore our full humanity and activate our true strength? At You, Me, We - we will find our individual and collective power together!

JOIN us in learning how to employ a structural analysis of racism and disrupt its ability to remain embedded yet unexamined in our work, workplaces, institutions and art-making—even when we have good intentions.  In partnership with People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, classes will be taught by UBW’s BOLD (Builders, Organizers & Leaders through Dance) facilitators.

At this 10-day institute we will deepen our understanding of UBW’s “BOLD" approach to art-making, community organizing and social change by focusing on:

BOLD Leadership
Cultivating ourselves as art-centered leaders capable of galvanizing and facilitating change with values that reflect the philosophy and methodology of UBW and our partner organization, People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. 
Developing a clear analysis of racism and strategic action plans to move forward in our creative work and organizing.
BOLD Collaboration & Art-Making
Holding the values that help us work together effectively, while acknowledging our assets and creating together.
Creating art based on collective learning & research, and engaging in public dialogues. 
Using UBW’s choreographic and creative processes as the bedrock for creating, learning, building, and finding power together while examining our assumptions about our work and organizing. 
Creating multi-genre performances that are intentionally complex and rich with our power. 

Our core workshops will be:
Dance For Every Body; Entering, Building and Exiting Community; Understanding and Undoing Racism® Community Organizing Workshop (by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond - PISAB); Asset Mapping; and Using Research to Create Performance. Click HERE for more information about these workshops.

The Summer Leadership Institute is the ideal place to turn challenges into opportunities for finding your/our power – artistically, individually and collectively. Study with Urban Bush Women and our powerful partner, The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, in addition to dozens of experienced artists and organizers from around the country who make up the SLI faculty!

You, Me We – Join the Movement!