Emerge Academy : "In a Circle of Woman" Healing Arts Series

“In a Circle of Women” uses multi-medium art as tools to creatively work through one's past, future, and present. Within this 10 week course participants activate expressive pathways as they explore various artist mediums including photography, collage, and language arts. At the end of the course students will receive a saddle stitch book featuring the artworks made within the class.

Site : Emerge Academy, Laney College, Oakland
The EMERGE Reentry pilot initiative is an innovative educational reentry program. The program is for young women in Alameda County, ages 16-18, who are returning to school from a condition of confinement or incarceration.

Spectrum Summit

“The Spectrum Summit” is a filmed discussion series exploring contemporary issues impacting the social, cultural and mental health of Black People.

The Summit was held at Eastside Arts Alliance, in solidarity with the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party. The conference includes a series of panel discussions, communal dialogue and workshops delving into transformative self care practices. Our objective is to film compelling conversations of black creatives exploring impactful solutions for the black experience. Bringing together solutions, services and tools to strengthen our community while overcoming systemic oppression.

11am - 12pm / Blackness, Black Art & Capitalism 
Moderation by : Yetunde Jacqueline Apeke Olagbaju
Panel : Ace West, Karen Seneferu, Ripley Jene, Demetri Broxton, Xavier Carter & Jade A. Fair

12:15pm - 1:15pm / Mental Health in a Post Slavery Context
Moderation by : Azha Luckman
Panel : Amir Aziz Clark, Christopher Burch, Micah Hobbes Frazier & Regina Evans

1:30pm - 2:30pm / Gender Identities in Black Communities
Moderation by : Shah Noor Hussein
Panel : Khamall Zawadi, Chaney Turner, Shaun R. Asia & Jjaahz

2:45pm - 3:45pm / Radical Healing Through Art & Ritual
Moderation by : Shah Noor Hussein
Panel : Bankh Akintunde, Emani Dawan, & Venus Morris

Thank You to the 13 Artist that Contributed to our "Rites of Passage" Installation for The Black Woman is God


Rites of Passage is a social practice project depicting contemporary archetypes of divinity & modern forms of initiation, through various mediums including : photography, performance, installation arts, fashion & film.

A major component of Rites of Passage is the ritual that can be found in the process of women collaborating . Within this act, each sharer(s) is vulnerable enough to express the inner dialogue of their identity in relation to self and the divine.

The social engagement of Rites of Passage begins with initial contact between the creator(s) & the sharer(s). In this connection sharer(s) are able to define their inner­god(dess). In the process, some identify with knowledge, beliefs systems, personal histories, & bloodline(s). Whereas, others express a pure feeling of whimsical, freedom & strength.

This installation has been incubated within this momentous energy.

We want to thank all of the wonderful beings that have work within the installation :

Sasha Kelley : Photography & Installation Curation
Dani Vicc : Costume Design, Sculptural Pieces, Art Direction
Alfalfa Brown + Jetia Deity : Rites of Passage Portrait Subjects
Karen Senefuru : Geometric Tapestry in Rite of Passage Portrait
Lala Openi + Barakah Aly + Christian Eddings : Video Piece
Queens Dlight + Melinda James : Video Piece
Sumayyah Franklin : Yoni Portraits
Sydney Cain : Cosmic Painting Wall Design
Dani Vicc + Kalima : Ladybug With No Spots Performance, Nightlights