We Will Be Heard: Cultivating Community During COVID -19

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Date(s) - 05/15/2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm



In response to the growing displays of racism and violence against Asian and Asian American communities during COVID-19, the Asian American Arts Alliance (A4) presents We Will Be Heard: Cultivating Community During COVID-19, a series of virtual story circles for members of the community to come together and share stories, knowledge, resources, and support for one another during this time.

Creative writer and cultural organizer Huiying B. Chan will use a racial equity lens to facilitate story circles where participants are invited to share their lived experiences, fears, and hopes during COVID-19. Each session will be 90 minutes. In keeping with A4’s practice of bringing together our community, the series aims to create a safe(r) and brave space for participants to share lived experiences towards collective healing.

In a story circle, as each person takes turns to share a story, a richer and more complex collective story emerges. This practice is often used in creating original performance and in community storytelling and listening projects. Each story circle will be guided by a designated facilitator to ensure equal space and attention. Each of the three sessions will hold space for up to 24 participants and each story circle will connect up to 8 individuals. Each session is designed with its own unique theme. Please review the dates and topics below to select the story circle that best fits your interests.

Friday, May 15, 12pm: This story circle will center around general storytelling related to COVID-19, open to all.
This session holds space to share stories and experiences during COVID-19. These can include any stories that you would like to share, including financial stress, mental health, grief, etc. This session is open to all.