I’ve had the amazing opportunity of leading this year’s My name is Strong, an anti-violence community arts initiative and awareness campaign uniting people in creative protest and healing in response to power-based and intersectional violence. We encourage people to use expression to heal, resist, and connect with one another, and in doing so, seek to turn a single room into powerful exhibit of human strength. This Sunday, I will share my personal experiences and perspectives on the potential for art to create social change, heal, and humanize. After a discussion on the power of art and the My name is Strong project, we will engage in some art and expression-making ourselves!! No experience is necessary — creating is about the process, and we are committed to providing spaces for people to create who might not otherwise. Participants will have the opportunity to have their works featured in our art show, opening at Yeyo Arts on November 6. Feel free to bring supplies and any sources/photos for inspiration!
Rachel Sacks is a social work student at the Brown School, focusing on social justice through community engagement, organizing, and the arts. She has had some experience in arts teaching, painting, and doing social media/marketing for non-profits. She is currently organizing congregations in West County around police reform for Metropolitan Congregations United. She gets most jazzed about building community and empathy to combat social and racial injustice.
Join us Sunday 18 October: Potluck begins at 6:00 pm and Rachel begins sharing at 6:45. We gather at the home of Lacey Burchett and Savannah Sisk, 1817 Thurman, Apartment B, first floor, door on the left, Saint Louis, MO 63110. People may need to park along DeTonty because Sasha’s usually takes all street parking in the evenings.