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Self and Community Care [clear filter]
Friday, June 14
 

10:45am MDT

Open Self Care Space
Please feel free to stop by this space if you'd like some quiet time to re-center yourself.  Stim toys, art supplies, and some other options will be available to process and de-stress.

Friday June 14, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm MDT
Blue Spruce 205 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA

1:30pm MDT

Image Theater and The Principals of Recovery for Movements
Limited Capacity seats available

Program Description: This session will look at challenges to movement building and movement "success" through the lens of recovery as established in the 12 steps and 12 traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. 

Abstract: Using Theater of the Oppressed games and Image Theater techniques, participants will review the 12 steps as they will have been adapted specifically for working in a non-religious, gender-neutral context. The group will explore how the practices outlined in recovery programs can be applied within the context of liberatory practice. Participants will create images of those aspects of "self" present for self, community and movement space and explore what manifestation of "higher power" might be required to overcome these "defects". 

Challenging Questions
1. What are the "defects" that you recognize as preventing forward momentum for you, your community, social justice groups concerning liberatory practice and how might it be considered on the scale of entire movements?

2. What concept of higher power can you embrace outside of a religious concept that might revive and sustain you, your community and/or social justice groups concerning liberatory practice?

3. What name might be given to the compulsions that negatively affect your own ability, your community and movement groups to engage effectively in liberatory practices?
 

Speakers
avatar for Reg Flowers

Reg Flowers

Organizer, Falconworks Theater Company
Reg Flowers began their career as a theater artist, on and off- Broadway, with several guest starring television appearances. They are founder of Falconworks Theater Company a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that uses popular theater techniques to build capacities for civic engagement and... Read More →


Friday June 14, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
Cottonwood 217 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA

1:30pm MDT

Open Self Care Space
Please feel free to stop by this space if you'd like some quiet time to re-center yourself.  Stim toys, art supplies, and some other options will be available to process and de-stress.

Friday June 14, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
Blue Spruce 205 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA

3:15pm MDT

Open Self Care Space
Friday June 14, 2019 3:15pm - 4:45pm MDT
Blue Spruce 205 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA
 
Saturday, June 15
 

9:00am MDT

Loving Oneself: Engaging in Sustainable Community Activism
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop, participants will join in discussions surrounding stress and burnout, learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of these conditions, and will engage in mindful meditation practices related to healthy coping mechanisms for healing and sustainability.

Presenter Bios:

Maria Vega Clark is a native Puebloan. A progressive activist since participating in the Chicano Movement in the 70’s. Started through high school organizations as well as a member of the Teatro de La Lucha. Attended CU-Boulder Study Abroad Program in Xalapa Vera Cruz, Mexico. Participated in excursions through southern Mexico and Guatemala. Participated in the Longest Walk from Boulder to Pueblo late 1970’s. Background includes Early Childhood Education, the Bilingual Program in Denver, CO, and Community Advocacy for students and families attending public schools.  Received a B.A. in Anthropology through USC – Pueblo with a minor in Spanish. Moved on to receive a Master’s degree in Counseling through Adams State University in 2010. Supportive member of the Cinco de Mayo Committee, Abolish Columbus Day/ Día de La Raza Committee. “I am  usually supporting any cause that needs to be addressed to support the oppressed and help create equality.” Currently teaching High School Spanish.

Yvonne J. Montoya is an Associate Professor of Communication & Rhetoric at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Additionally, she is the Director of the Communication & Rhetoric minor and course director for COMR 103 Speaking & Listening. Dr. Montoya's research interests include work-life wellness, organizational socialization and retention, and communication-centered interventions for coping with stress and trauma.  Her Ph.D. is in Communication with an emphasis in organizational communication. She also holds a Master's degree in Organizational Management and a Bachelor's degree in Communication. She has taught numerous face-to-face and online courses and workshops emphasizing interpersonal, organizational, spiritual and intercultural aspects of communication.

Patricia O'Brien is a community organizer and social worker in Pueblo, CO with many years working to end violence against women and abolish the prison industrial complex.



Saturday June 15, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Chameleon 004 (Lower Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA

9:00am MDT

Open Self Care Space
Saturday June 15, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Blue Spruce 205 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA

1:30pm MDT

How Our Identities Binds or Blinds Our Practice
Limited Capacity seats available

Program Description: How do identities we have influence how we facilitate and teach? In this workshop participants will deepen their understanding of self and how it informs our practice and our everyday collaborations. 

Abstract: Using techniques from Theatre of the Oppressed, improv, stand up and playback theatre, we will explore our individual identity.  It is my intention in this workshop to grow more self-aware practitioners so we can continue to responsibly offer support and collaborations to our partners and clients. We will take a closer look at who we are and how that informs how we facilitate and work collaboratively. This workshop is about preparing ourselves to be better practitioners by gaining a greater sense of who we are by looking at our identities and how that influences what we do. Often times we apply the work of Theatre of the Oppressed to clients and partnerships without looking at how that work can allow us as practitioners to gain a better sense of self. What can we learn about ourselves through Boal’s games for actors and non-actors? Possible outcomes may result in a self-care plan, a deeper understanding of the identities we carry that matter most, a list of personal values and how that informs our work professionally, a set of goals and accountability partners to achieve said goals. As an applied theatre practitioner, this is not intended to be therapeutic. In its design, it is about building self-awareness. If there are drama therapists in the network, I am open to collaboration to offer a more intentional therapeutic angle and to serve as additional support in the room for participants.
 
Challenging Questions
1. How do the identities we have influence our practice and influence our collaborations?
2. How does Theatre of the Oppressed influence you personally?
3. How can you allow yourself to fully show up in your practice? 

Speakers
avatar for Mary C. Parker

Mary C. Parker

Master's Student, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Mary C. Parker is a Master’s student studying Applied Theatre at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England and Board of Director for Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc. Prior to returning to school, Mary utilized her expertise in dialogue facilitation and... Read More →


Saturday June 15, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
Cottonwood 217 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA

1:30pm MDT

Open Self Care Space
Saturday June 15, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
Blue Spruce 205 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA

5:00pm MDT

Open Self Care Space
Saturday June 15, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm MDT
Blue Spruce 205 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA
 
Sunday, June 16
 

9:00am MDT

Open Self Care Space
Please feel free to stop by this space if you'd like some quiet time to re-center yourself.  Stim toys, art supplies, and some other options will be available to process and de-stress.

Sunday June 16, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Blue Spruce 205 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA

9:00am MDT

Supporting Resilience for Artists and Educators
Limited Capacity seats available

Program Description: This collaborative/interactive session focuses on cultivating resilience while working inside (and challenging) oppressive systems. Session includes discussion, embodied practices, and resources.  

Abstract: This collaborative and interactive session focuses on cultivating personal and creative resilience while working inside (and challenging) oppressive systems. Specifically, we are investigating the most pressing needs related to wholeness and wellness inside educational institutions, creative companies, and community organizations. We speak from the wisdom of our experience as: womxn of color, an immigrant, and as a first generation college graduate.

We will structure the session in three parts, beginning with the panelists sharing their perspectives and experience that prompted this conference offering. Next, we will facilitate three embodied practices that we have found useful for self and community care that may also serve our attendees. These are (tentatively):
  • An active/physical approach to “polling” in a room full of people to encourage civil discourse. This is a twist on the forum and image theatre concepts.
  • Using image theatre to demonstrate abstract concepts such as oppression, patriarchy, etc, and re-shaping them into more positive, evolved figures.
  • An activity in which the group creates a pie chart of how our time is spent, then recreating a pie chart of how we wish our time was spent. We can also use bodies to physicalize this.
  • We will conclude will a facilitated group discussion in which participants can offer their own tools and wisdom on this topic, and provide a printed handout with additional resources and research.  

Challenging Questions
1. What are the pressing needs related to wholeness and wellness for graduate students, theatre artists, and educators?
2. What are three embodied personal practices that cultivate our health and well-being, and fuel our continued work?
3. How can we challenge oppressive systems in order to support more sustainable and meaningful creative and academic pursuits?
 

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Cabaj

Stacey Cabaj

Assistant Professor of Acting and Pedagogy, Loyola Marymount University
Stacey Cabaj is an award-winning actress, performance pedagogy specialist, and voice coach. She holds an M.F.A. in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, as well as teaching certifications in... Read More →


Sunday June 16, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Cottonwood 217 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA