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Artist and Activist: The Transformative Process

Astraea & WRS: Artist and Activist: The Transformative Process
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Featured Artist: SpiritHouse NC
Performing excerpts from Collective Sun Reshape the morning
SpiritHouse is a Black women-led cultural organizing tribe with a rich legacy of using art, culture, and media to support the empowerment and transformation of communities most impacted by racism, poverty, gender inequity, criminalization and incarceration. We are Black, cash poor, disabled, queer, and formerly incarcerated, grassroots organizers, artists, alchemists, strategists and healers. We are multi-generational, valuing the genius of Black youth and the lived experience and wisdom of our elders. We prioritize the leadership of the people at the center of the issue who are most impacted by systemic racism and oppression
Truthworker Theatre Company

Moderator: Adaku Utah
Raised in Nigeria, armed with the legacy of a long line of freedom fighters, farmers and healers, Adaku harnesses her seasoned powers as a liberation educator, healer, organizer, and performance ritual artist as an act of love to her community. Alongside Harriet Tumban. she is the co-founder and co-director of Harriet’s Apothecary, an intergenerational healing collective led by Black Cis Women, Queer and Trans healers, artists, health professionals, activists and ancestors. The Apothecary centers healing, wellness, and safety as a movement building strategy to deconstruct legacies of trauma and galvanize communities to shape generative transformation.
For over twelve years, her work has centered in movements for radical social change, with a focus on gender, reproductive, race, youth and healing justice. Adaku has taught, organized and performed both nationally and internationally with organizations like the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Yale University, Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter, Astraea Foundation, Black Women’s Blueprint, and the Audre Lorde Project.

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Astraea is a public foundation, which means that we raise every dollar we spend. Rooted in LGBTQI communities and movements, we work in strategic partnership with foundations, individuals and governments to ensure that their resources reach the activists who need them most and who are best positioned to make transformational impact over time. To this end, we raise and distribute funds to programs and initiatives led by and for diverse constituencies, prioritizing groups led by lesbians and queer women, trans and gender non-conforming people, intersex people, and people of color. Astraea celebrates 40 years please join them on Nov. 13th celebrate and support Astraea’s 40th Anniversary Gala