Before the InterPlay Leaders Gathering

Leaders of Color Pre-Leaders Convening

An opportunity to connect and reconnect
Masankho Banda and Carolyn Renée

Bangor, PA

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 • 12 – 6 pm

This convening for Leaders of Color is an opportunity to reconnect and bond prior to the official start of the Leaders Gathering. A great deal of momentum has gathered among InterPlay Leaders of Color since the 2017 gathering through the launch of the Insight Group, and the Co-Liaisons to Leaders/People of Color's efforts. The time together prior to the start of the leaders gathering will be an opportunity to reground as a group body of LOC. The group will have latitude to shape its time together. Lunch will be served.

Scholarships are available for the Leaders Gathering which will begin that Wednesday evening.

If you are planning to attend this year's gathering, it is important to begin making plans now! We are a few short weeks away from the magic of InterPlay's annual Leaders Gathering. More details about registration, travel and logistics for the Leaders Gathering...

Cost: No additional cost

Registration/Information: For more info: Carolyn Renée (carolynrenee1@gmail.com) or Masankho (ucandanc@yahoo.com)

Venue

Kirkridge

2495 Fox Gap Road
Bangor, PA 18013
Kirkridge is a retreat center located on a ridge of the beautiful Kittatinny Ridge of Northeast Pennsylvania, overlooking the Delaware Valley. For the past 75 years, they have served a wide community of people of good faith, no faith, and interfaith – and providing safe harbor to all.
Leaders
Masankho Banda
Masankho is a multi - disciplinary Performing Artist, Certified InterPlay Leader, Educator and PeaceBuilder. He brings many unique perspectives to his work around the world. He learned the fine arts of storytelling and dance from his Malawian culture spending many long days and nights listening to stories and dancing to music that captivated his mind, shaped his being, nourished his soul and strengthened his spirit. Using performing arts Masankho motivates and inspires people of all ages to work together to bring about peace, social justice and cultural understanding. In 1997, he started UCanDanc? African Healing Arts to bring his passion for dance and storytelling to communities around the world. Masankho has been a Certified InterPlay Leader since 1999.
Carolyn Renée
Carolyn Renée is a teaching and performing artist, InterPlay Leader, organizer and administrator. She serves humanity as an organizer, teaching artist and InterPlay Leader. Since 2006 she has been a teaching artist with Synchronicity Theatre’s “Playmaking For Girls” (PFG) program that empowers incarcerated girls, refugees, and young women in foster care through play-writing, storytelling, and theater performances. Carolyn Renée has written two plays, one of which she received funding from Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. In InterPlay, an organization that is committed to using the art of InterPlay; an art-based system to tap into the wisdom of the body and promote well-being, she has produced community showcases, taught homeless men and women, and organized racial equity and transformation workshops. She serves as a Co-Liaison Leader to InterPlay Leaders and People of Color. In May 2017, Carolyn Renée served as the lead organizer for the national InterPlay organization’s first ever People of Color Retreat. She solidified her art and activist roots in her former roles as Arts Program Director with the Mississippi Arts Commission, and Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS, a nonprofit art and social change organization for artists-activists. For a decade her work with Alternate ROOTS, and the Mississippi Arts Commission afforded her the opportunity to work closely with social change artists, art producers and presenters; the nonprofit arts community, and a myriad of arts organizations throughout the southeast United States and the District of Columbia. Serving in an organizing role she helped create undoing racism workshops, mini-festivals, learning exchanges, retreats, showcases and conferences. In September 2018, she served as advisor to the Atlanta venue of the 50,000 Lions of Justice Festival in support of youth performers for more than 50,000 youth audience participants in nine states throughout the USA. Carolyn Renée believes the work of community organizing is like riding a bicycle, or swimming—once you know how you just never forget how to create superb opportunities for connection. She uses "Carolyn Renée" as her full name.

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