We are calling for this gathering of Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color (BIPOC) placemakers (artists, musicians, land tenders, community advocates, organizers, etc...) to share tools, resources, strategies and needs for us to thrive in our communities and places, for us to co-create a brave space to talk about the intersections of race and place and how we can leverage our resources collectively to build place-based empowerment.
Our first gathering saw folks working in regional policy, intentional community, various art forms, and conveners of community dialogue. Originally intended as a one time gathering, the group felt that meeting with some frequency (right now quarterly), was of interest.
~ABOUT THE LOCATION~
Milieu is a cohesive group of artisans who have come together to bring art, crafts, beauty, and goodness to Sellwood neighborhood. More info: https://www.facebook.com/milieupdx/
~ABOUT OUR CO-HOST Ayomide Njo~
Ayomide enjoys creating environments where people can go to the edge of their comfort zone and study themselves. Ayomide believes that Yoga and Art are tools for social justice and community bridging.
She is owner of Milieu Gallery. She teaches Kaleidoscope community yoga and a yoga that supports Humans of Color.
Before she became the entrepreneur of the arts she Taught dance, DJ events and became a placemaker with City Repair.
Her class Humans of color yoga is a practice to get indigenous and peoples of the diaspora to move away from a culture of destruction and engage in a culture of self-care.
Ayomide also is co-creator of The Chocolate Laboratory and Chakralot meditation Chocolates. She believes that meditation can be a delicious journey that everyone can experience. Chocolate can be a used as a sweet treat or a tool to support you in investigating your deepest self.
Ayomide is a native to Oregon. She has been teaching movement to people of all ages and physical abilities for over a decade. Currently she teaches dance at Portland Community College and Yoga at people's coop and The people's Yoga. Her love for yoga has inspired here to bring yoga to underprivileged youth by offering free yoga in the park for kids and their parents.
~ABOUT THE CONVENER~
City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. The many projects of City Repair have been accomplished by a mostly volunteer staff and thousands of volunteer citizen activists. We provide support, resources, and opportunities to help diverse communities reclaim the culture, power, and joy that we all deserve. More info: www.cityrepair.org
The intersections between race and place pose unique challenges and opportunities for us to build upon. Cultivating access to power in place is something that we are learning and re-learning to do here at City Repair.