Sankofa Communities, Embracing Yesterday, Creating Tomorrow

a weekend of events towards embodied racial healing and justice
Katrina Browne, Jennifer Denning, and Carolyn Renée

Atlanta, Georgia

Friday, November 9th, 6:30-9 P.M., Saturday, November 10th, 10 A.M.-4 P.M., Sunday, November 11th, 1 P.M.-4 P.M.

A weekend of events towards embodied racial healing and justice!
Join us for all or part of this powerful weekend.


Friday, November 9th
Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North

A Documentary film screening and Community Dialogue with filmmaker, Katrina Browne . The film is about her family, and New England’s complicity in the slave trade/slavery, and about present-day reckoning. (Traces of the Trade received recognition from Sundance, 2008, PBS/POV, 2008, Emmy Award nomination, 2009)

6:30 P.M.-reception with light refreshments
7:00 P.M.- program begins


Saturday, November 10th
Moving Through

An interactive InterPlay workshop towards embodied racial healing and justice facilitated by Katrina Browne, Jennifer Denning, Karimah Dillard and Renée, with neighborhood Black history exhibit researched by the BiRacial History Project.There will be sacred affinity group time for people of color and white people to help deepen the work and build resilience.


10 A.M.-4 P.M.
Sunday, November 11th
Sankofa Communities Soulprint Players Performance

A performance that combines the power of InterPlay, historical facts, and ancient healing ritual to educate, uplift and inspire the community to make positive change.

1 P.M.- light pre-show reception sponsored by the First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta
2. P.M.- performance followed by community dialogue

Funding made possible by Body Wisdom/InterPlay
Cost for weekend sliding scale $0-50
payments can be made through Eventbrite or via paypal to atlantainterplay@gmail.com

Cost: Sliding Scale $0-50

Registration/Information: atlantainterplay@gmail.com

Venue

First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta

470 Candler Park Drive Northeast
Atlanta, 30307
Leaders
Katrina Browne

Katrina is the producer/director of "Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North," an Emmy-nominated documentary (PBS/POV: 2008) that follows her family as they uncover the role of their Rhode Island ancestors – and the North more broadly – in the transatlantic slave trade, and as they grapple with racism and white privilege today. She works as a speaker, facilitator, and trainer in schools, churches, museums, conferences, and workplaces around the U.S. and overseas. She focuses especially on “racialized emotions” and how to engage white folks.

She is excited to be bringing her dancer self together with her race work. She is among the InterPlay leaders who are co-conspiring to use InterPlay tools for racial awareness and healing. Katrina leads whiteness workshops as well as interracial workshops, within an InterPlay framework, and also in collaboration with Afro Flow Yoga, and with the Dance Exchange. Katrina has been a certified InterPlay leader since 1998. She serves on the DC InterPlay board.

Jennifer Denning
Jennifer Denning is the co-founder of InterPlay Atlanta. She launched InterPlay Atlanta’s offerings with women in prison and teaches weekly at The Atlanta Pretrial Detention Center. She also regularly leads InterPlay at Trinity House and The Friendship Center. She is an InterPlay Life Practice Program leader and directs Atlanta’s InterPlay performance group, Soulprint Players.
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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