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Art & Social Change 2020

Spacious Connection from You Own Home
Natalie Abdou, Agnotti Cowie, and Soyinka Rahim

Online, ONLINE

Mon–Fri, July 6–10, 2020

Join us during these times when human connection, racial justice & equity, community healing, and collective transformation are bubbling at the surface. The InterPlay Art & Social Change program is a space that welcomes the whole of you and a chance to gift yourself a week of playing with joy, grief, resilience, stillness, silliness, creativity, and the well of wisdom that resides within you at this moment.

InterPlay is a practice that invites us to play with our birthright practices of movement, song, voice, storytelling, dance, and stillness to connect more deeply with our inner body wisdom and to build connection through community. InterPlay as a social movement is dedicated to ease, incrementality and human sustainability - noticing what feels good in the body, and seeking and creating more moments based on this knowledge.

This year’s Arts & Social Change program is for people of all ages, however, priority will be given to people 18-40 years olds, as this is usually a millennial program. The program offers a chance to:

-Share and reflect on our experiences as people passionate about the intersection of art and social change
-Plug into a community that cares deeply about the world, the earth, each other, and a true reflection of what equity means
-Explore the transformative power of play through entirely new and ancient ways of knowing, honoring ourselves and our ancestors along the way
-Tune into our innate artistic gifts, nurture our capacities, and explore what support us most along our journey of community and social justice

You will get the chance to engage with a diversity of InterPlay leaders, including founders Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter, sharing tools and techniques used globally for community building, social action, peacemaking, teaching and personal well-being and healing.

Program Structure:

The program takes place Monday, July 6th to Friday, July 10th 2020
Morning Session: We will meet for a play session in the morning to explore InterPlay forms and tools and deepen our sense of community with one another with leaders Agnotti, Natty & Soyinka (1.5-2 hours each)
Afternoon Session: We will meet for a play session in the afternoon with InterPlay founders/guest leaders exploring specific topics, diverse expressions and different applications of the InterPlay practice (1.5-2 hours each)
Alum Connection: We will have one play session with Art & Social Change alumni, who are super rad, silly, wise & awesome allies along your InterPlay journey
Focus Session: Every participant will receive 1 Focus Session, a personalized session with Agnotti or Natty where you will be guided, with both freedom and structure, to play with some aspect of your life using the InterPlay forms and tools (hopes, questions, challenges, curiosities)
Between Session: Self-guided with prompts will be provided to explore the practice on your own away from the computer between session and/or connect and play alongside another person from the program
Celebration: The last day of the program, we will have an evening celebration where we will be able to play & witness one another in our playfulness!
Pacing: We appreciate that these COVID times are full of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual demands and invite you to play at your capacity and honor your body wisdom around zoom burn-out.

We welcome the widest diversity of participants to the program and do our best to ensure the program is accessible to anyone who wants to participate. No previous InterPlay experience required to attend although it is always great to have a taste before diving deep. Racial Equity & Transformation are important to us as a community of practice & this program seeks to be present and sensitive to equity in our approach and play.

APPLICATION DATES & COST
APPLY HERE
Submit registration materials by and set up an informational interview before June 19th
Confirm attendance once accepted by June 19st
Send a deposit by June 26th
Final installment or total due July 2nd

Training: July 6-10, 2020.

NO ONE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS/SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: We understand that the COVID reality brings with it great instability around many aspects of life, including livelihood and personal finances. If the sliding scale option is inaccessible to you, please consider what contribution is feasible & contact us to discuss scholarship opportunities.

If you can’t offer a financial contribution but want to offer your gifts and talents in another way, please fill out a Tuition Proposal. Here: TUITION PROPOSAL

Tuition Options

Registration/Information: For more information or to set up an informational interview please contact Agnotti by emailing agnotti@interplay.org

Cost: Sliding Scale $333-$777 (No one turned away for lack of funds)

Registration/Information: APPLY HERE

Venue

Online

Online, ONLINE
This will be an online event which could originate from anywhere in the world and would be open to anyone around the world.
Leaders
Natalie Abdou
I have been on a life-long journey of curiosity and creativity, and have spent the last 10+ years connecting and collaborating with diverse communities, in North America and the Middle East, by co-creating learning environments that are founded upon shared values of diversity, love, respect and self-empowerment - embracing a vision of solidarity, social justice and change from the inside-out. I weave in elements of embodied wisdom, Theatre of the Oppressed and other visual/movement/story arts into my practice and see/feel the arts as portals for personal and collective transformation, providing space for our souls to dance, breathe, heal and unleash the deep wisdom that resides within. That is why my heart exploded with resonance and childlike joy when I came into connection with Interplay in 2015 - since then I have had the gift of mentorship and leadership within the Arts & Social Change program, of mentoring alongside Cathy Ann in the Life Practice Program, and co-creating with Interplay POC community as we explore and better understand the ways in which this diverse unique group body plays. I feel deep gratitude for the way in which InterPlay has danced its way into my life bringing with it so many quirks and magic.
Agnotti Cowie
Agnotti Cowie attended the first ever “Art & Social Change: InterPlay for Millennial Leaders” in 2010. Since, she joined InterPlay’s national board as well as becoming a certified InterPlay leader. For the past two years, she returned to Oakland as a facilitator of the Art and Social Change training. Agnotti facilitates workshops worldwide employing a variety of pedagogical techniques such as InterPlay, Theatre of the Oppressed, and Devising. Currently she is based in Chicago where she does workshops in schools, organizations and with social movements. Recently, she has taken her work around the globe teaching workshops in Vietnam, India, and Germany.
Soyinka Rahim
Soyinka Rahim, founder and director of OurThing Arts Company and BIBOLOVE, is a Certified InterPlay Leader. Soyinka has a long history as a member of the Bay Area's most renowned modern and ethnic dance companies. Her work taps into the power of sound and vibration to create peace and happiness for all humanity. In addition, she created the original, acclaimed Dance Play "An Alter Piece to Alter Peace,” and has worked with passion for intergenerational community in schools and community centers all over the West Coast and U.S. Her work as a conference weaver and workshop leader includes Race Forward, National Association for Independent Schools Teachers of Color, Boys and Girls Clubs, Spiritual Directors International, and the Parliament of World Religions.

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