This summer, we gave birth to a 10-week online creative storytelling workshop, during which we worked with 31 brown womxn aged 17-48 in Ontario, across Canada and around the world to create and present a collection of personal ‘brown girl’ monologues on themes such as sex and sexuality, self love, body positivity, stolen histories, intergenerational trauma, mother-daughter relationships, belonging, forgiveness, re-discovery, and more!
During the months of July and August, alongside a stellar teaching, production, and mentorship team – made up entirely of folx of colour – we built a beautiful community of storytellers and sisters. Together, we tackled topics like intersectionality and anti-oppression, colour psychology, healing and reclamation; we developed and honed our skills in personal monologue creation; and we creatively played with sound, movement, and rhythm. Workshop participants created beautiful written pieces, videos, and artwork. Excerpts of these were presented during our virtual showcase on August 29th to a live audience of over 200 people joining us from across Canada and the globe!
A huge thank you to the Ontario Arts Council, to our community and artistic partners, and to all of our collaborators for supporting us this summer!