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March 18 - April 8, 2021

Virtual Dance for Social Justice Community Residency

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Move towards social justice with us! All community members are welcome. Movement experience not required.

Join artist Mar Parrilla and community leaders in a 4-part workshop series exploring social justice themes and histories present in our Berkshire communities. This will be an interactive process of learning, facilitated community conversations, and co-created responses to social justice concerns in our community. Share your voice, movement, and skills in this community co-creative process. This 4-part workshop series will culminate in a work-in-process virtual informal sharing and Q&A session. 

This series is in collaboration with Berkshire-region community partners, artists, and organizations. Collaborators will present social justice themes they encounter in their life experience, and their missions will offer inspiration and inform the conversation and creative process. Dance for Social Justice™ workshop operates within an antipatriarchal, antiracist, decolonial, and feminist framework.

March 18 | 5-8pm Eastern How our Past Informs our Present with Larry Spotted Crow Mann,  Co-Director, Ohketeau Cultural Center and Mar Parrilla
March 26 | 6-9pm Eastern Facing our Present with Dennis Powell, President, NAACP Berkshire County Branch, Anaelisa Jacobsen, Founder, Manos Unidas Multicultural Educational Cooperative, and Mar Parrilla
April 1 | 5-8pm Eastern Radical Imagination with Shirley Edgerton, Founder, Rites of Passage and Empowerment program, ROPE Berkshires, and Mar Parrilla
April 8 | 5-8pm Eastern Closing Session and Community Action

Commit to this 4-part workshop series and co-create a work in response to social justice themes emerging in our Berkshire-region communities. Participants will be compensated for their time, active participation, and creative contributions. We ask that participants are present in all 4 workshops to be eligible for an honorarium. $15/hour per workshop hour, for up to 12 hours. Additional compensation may be provided for planning meetings and reflection sessions. 

All community members are welcome! We also welcome artists from all mediums (dancers, visual artists, musicians, poets, etc). Ages 12+; movement experience not required. All workshops will be hosted virtually for the safety and accessibility of participants during the ongoing pandemic.

Encouraged/required for participation in this four-part series:

--Berkshires-region community member and/or invested in social justice themes concerning the Berkshires region
--Interest, enthusiasm and commitment to embodied practice, collaboration, and social justice conversations
--A reliable internet connection is required, as is a device with a camera and speakers such as a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer with a webcam
--For transparency purposes, trust building, and confidentiality, we ask that we keep our cameras on throughout our experience. We’re thinking gallery view, breakout rooms, and at times- mics on! 
--Please find an open, safe space to move. We understand that everyone’s Zoom experience is different, including our home environments. Families, pets, plants, etc. in the background are welcome! 
--To complete after submitting the Participation Form above: Confirmation of participation in the 4 workshops through a completed Letter of Agreement and confirmation of honorarium process with Jacob’s Pillow staff


All movers and levels are welcome to participate in this experience. English to Spanish translation will be provided through the Zoom chat function. Live Captioning will be provided through REV, displaying captions in real-time with limited lag. Transcriptions available. If you have any questions or access needs, please include in the Participation Form and we will do our best to welcome you.

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