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Activating the WE-Making Framework: Using Arts and Culture to Unite People for Community Well-being
Does your community use- or want to use- arts & cultural activities to work towards community well-being? Would you like to better articulate why/how it works? Seeking new tools to advance racial justice and COVID-19 recovery?

Join us on Oct 5th at 2 pm ET/11 am PT for a free zoom webinar to learn about WE-Making, a ground-breaking framework for how arts and culture unite people to work towards community well-being. The webinar will begin with New Orleans-based poet, Carol Bebelle, reading the poem that inspired the title of the framework: Weaving Our We. Attendees will learn of a funding opportunity to share the story of your WE-Making work using arts and culture-based strategies to advance racial justice and COVID-19 recovery. Anne Godwa Nicodemus, lead author of the resources, will present key terms and concepts and walk participants through the relationship between place-based arts and cultural strategies, social cohesion, and increased equitable community well-being. Attendees will hear from three panelists, Roberto Bedoya, Carolyn Johnson and BJ McBride, who will share examples of innovative practices from Oakland, CA which represent different cultural strategies for building the strength and resilience of communities. Finally, enjoy remarks by Public Works founder, Lear deBessonet, who will also share a special funding opportunity to put WE-Making into action!

The Cast of Characters:

Host | Kimberlee Nicole Smith, Center for Arts in Medicine

Poem Reading | Carol Bebelle, Akua Productions, New Orleans, LA

Presenter | Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, Metris Arts, Lead Author of the WE-Making resources

Moderator | Victor Rubin, PolicyLink, Oakland, CA

Panelist | Roberto Bedoya, Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Oakland

Panelist | Carolyn Johnson “C.J.”, CEO of the Black Cultural Zone, Oakland, CA

Panelist | Benjamin “BJ” McBride, Producer, Oakland, CA

Closing Remarks | Lear deBessonet, Founder of the Public Works program, Public Theater in New York City

Oct 5, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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