The ability to speak between cultures, to create space for a creative nexus between peoples, to build a stronger resilient community that not only embraces our past but also builds for future generations — that comes from our ability to develop a spirit of common understanding and mutually respectful dialogue. Being a creative community relies on our ability to communicate with different cultures and bridge cultural divides. In this increasingly multicultural and multigenerational world, the importance of art and story-telling can have a huge impact on minimizing the distance between cultural “islands”. Where and how do we allow creative space to happen to build healthy, vibrant communities? This workshop will focus on the power of artistry, history and cultural competence in building community resilience and collaboration. The session will include a group dialogue with participants on bridging across a wide range of community and cultural issues in New Mexico.
Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, cultural worker, and Visiting Research Scholar at Columbia University, Aspen Institute – Franklin Project Ambassador
Jasmine Sena y Cuffee, community organizer, poet and youth advocate
Alejandro Lopez, artist and educator
Roxane Spruce Bly, consultant in community-based strategic planning, program development and evaluation
Eduardo X. Martinez, Organizational Development Program Associate, New Mexico MainStreet