CULTURE IN THE QUARTER ARTS, RELATIONSHIPS, INGENUITY, CUISINE, REBELLION * This workshop adventure shares perspectives of African American resilience and creativity during the period of U.S. enslavement and also addresses what enslaves people now
Description:Participantslearn that there waslifebeyondthetediumandtormentof dailyenslavement.Thehumanspirit soared despite circumstances. Through experiential activities; media clips; period performance; visual and literary arts; artifacts; recipes; and surprises; new knowledge and perspectives are gained. There is joy and depth in this workshop adventure.
Goals:After learningabout the “Quarter”–area where enslaved people lived--participants, individually or in groups, create visual art, music, dance, poetry, scenes, etc., celebrating the fullness of the people who lived there. Sometimes, half the group create expressions embracing the past, and the other half creates expressions of enslavementsparticipantsare experiencingnow. Thereisalways voluntary sharing among the participates, and small or largepublic sharing can also be arranged.
Materials: The session usually requires audio-visual equipment,artsupplies,writing tools, elementsfrom nature, andcookingsuppliesifallowed.Theroom shouldbelargeenoughformovementand have longtablesordesks foreachparticipant, and for supplies.
Booking Specifics:Lengths varyfromthree to sixhours,and canbeonsuccessivedays. Workshop adventures aretailored forall ages and locations, including businesses; spiritual, educational, social service, and civic environments; inter-generational organizations; families; and other groups.Pricesrangefrom$1,000 to$20,000dependinguponlocation, lengthof workshop,andnumberofparticipants.
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"My husband and I had the opportunity to take our oldest daughter to the Culture in the Quarter Workshop at the Gantt Center in Charlotte, NC. It was phenomenal! Ms. Jones Meadows’ presentation was dynamic and engaging, and served as a uniquely powerful way for us to engage our 9-year-old daughter in a conversation about the legacy of slavery in a manner that highlighted the tremendous resilience and ingenuity of our ancestors. Several days later we had the opportunity to see “Harriet’s Return.” Words cannot express the power of this show. It is more than a play; it is a spiritual experience." - Dr. Gina Newsome Duncan, Charlotte, NC