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Saturday, June 15 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Affinity Group Magic: Cultivating Care and Transformation Within Our Community Spaces LIMITED

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Program Description: In this experiential, youth-led session, begin work that is truly “for the people, by the people” by playing and practicing For Youth Inquiry’s strategies for creating care filled affinity spaces! 

Abstract: Affinity groups are magic.

TO originated in one particular context, intended to support the organizing of one specific community. Though many folks adapt and apply TO tools in various ways today, including partnering with and training up communities that are not strictly our own, there is a particular potency -- and indeed, magic-- to work that is truly “for the people, by the people.”

How - and when - might we build community specifically with people who share our own salient identities? How might we first infuse such a process with breath and shared language, in service of creating a container for community care? What ideas and creative solutions spring forth then?

In this hands-on, youth-led session, play through some of participatory theatre company For Youth Inquiry (FYI)’s strategies for creating affinity spaces steeped in care. FYI’s 4 Ps Pedagogy - Pleasure, Perspective, Power, and Practice - will frame the experiential exploration. Then, the session will focus on techniques practiced in our current play-in-process, which centers the stories, desires, and dreams of trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) young people of color. We also ask, what do authentic (and theatrical) invitations -- for support or solidarity-- of cis people, or white folks, look like? Participants will also have the opportunity to draw ties to their own communities and work.

Join us to practice fresh ways to build people power and care for ourselves and our communities. 

Challenging Questions
1. When and why might we form affinity groups? What use do they have to our theatre making, our organizing, the movement?

2. How might we craft and sustain community care?

3. What do authentic invitations (ie. for support or solidarity) to/ward folks outside of our affinity groups look like? How might we make these invitations both theatrical and useful? 


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Alyssa Vera Ramos

Artistic Director, For Youth Inquiry (FYI) Performance Company at Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health
I'm a Chicago-based theatre artist, cultural organizer, and facilitator. I am the Artistic Director of For Youth Inquiry (FYI) Performance Company, housed at reproductive justice, youth-serving org, ICAH. I also support and collaborate with youth organizers as Arts Justice Organizer... Read More →

Saturday June 15, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm MDT
Cottonwood 217 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA