Vermont Dance Parley
Discussion Container/Space will be held by Denise Townsend, MIS (she/her)
Meeting Venue: Zoom
Frequency of Meetings: Once to Twice a Month
Email Frequency: Once a Month
The discussion group is operating to:
(1) Contextualize artistic challenges and opportunities in these COVID-19 times (2) Explore ideas of personal accountability as an artist (3) Hold space for dialectical thinking to be applied (4) Offer each other mindfulness and empowerment practices
Standard Group Agreements:
Questioning is the future, one of the pillars.
It is the characteristics of a lifelong learner, a curious child.
It is the foundation for personal accountability and adapting to change.
The group members will ask of each other the ability to question personal views, beliefs and the current dominant norms.
Group members will accept from each other that they are not the center of the universe, they are not the only game in town, and they are not the only important person in the discussion.
We will help each other to not take our ideas and thoughts personally.
Discussion topics will be discussed based on the acknowledgement that we exist within systemic and overlapping oppressive schisms and therefore there is great disconnect within the American society as a whole and even within our small communities.
Discussion topics are founded on the acknowledgement that confronting white supremacy culture is non negotiable.
"Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind –
even if your voice shakes. When you least expect it, someone may actually listen to what you have to say. Well-aimed slingshots can topple giants. And do your homework.”
- Maggie Kuhn
“Mycelium fungi can kill a forest several times over, but, in doing so, it builds deeper, richer layers of soil that allow larger trees to grow. Racial and social justice warriors are both mycelium and tree – interdependent and deeply rooted, paving the way for those who come after us.”
- Monique Tula
The first meeting will be Saturday, December 5th 1:30pm to 2:30pm. If you would like to engage, please email Denise. She will send more information about the inaugural meeting. Thank you for your interest.