A Black Joy Healing Space

Thanks to the Leeway Foundation for selecting LaTierra for this Fall's Arts & Change grant. She'll be working with members of the WWC Tribe as her Change Partner to launch a monthly Black Joy Healing Space event called Replenish. This project is replenishMEANT to provide a consistent and intentional community space to cultivate joy and strengthen our connections in the face of burnout, sadness and compounding trauma inflicted by this war zone we live in. Read the deep description here!

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January's Black Joy Healing Space will incorporate our annual Burning Bowl Ceremony! We'll be hosting this event at Franny Lou's Porch and learning more about Black Radical Traditional healing practice.

Drawing From Elder Wisdom with Auntie Kym

December's ReplenishMEANT will be led by Ms. Kymberlee Johnson-Norfleet (Auntie Kym) at her Living Room exhibit

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Our first ever Black Joy Healing Space took place on November 11th, 2018 (1111) and was nothing short of amazing. This month's Black Ancestral Wisdom came from our "Lorde & Savior" Audre Lorde as she helped us unpack our deep seated source of power which offers a well of replenishMEANT for those who actively tap into in. This is how we may access Joy inside of ourselves to sustain us. Once we're able to root ourselves in this erotic power, then we're able to continue to resist the external powers (read: Systems of Oppression) to a greater degree and from a place that does not rob us of ourselves, but weaponizes ourselves in service to Collective Liberation.

Read the Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power here

Listen to Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power here

Quote: "...For once we begin to feel deeply all the aspects of our lives, we begin to demand from ourselves and from our life-pursuits that they feel in accordance with that joy which we know ourselves to be capable of. Our erotic knowledge empowers us, becomes a lens
through which we scrutinize all aspects of our existence, forcing
us to evaluate those aspects honestly in terms of their relative
meaning within our lives. And this is a grave responsibility, projected from within each of us, not to settle for the convenient,
the shoddy, the conventionally expected, nor the merely safe."

-Audre Lorde, Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power


LaTierra's Evolution as a Cultural Producer

I recently have been discovering new language to describe the placemaking work I’ve been doing over the years and it’s allowed me to shift more deliberately into the space of Cultural Producer. I’ve been dedicated to culturally-producing radical placemaking since 2010 and am hoping to integrate this on-going practice with new tools such as the Healing Justice framework, Rootwork and Pleasure Activism. Radical placemaking for me is creating spaces where conversations, activities and practices centered on organizing against the systems of oppression and liberating ourselves can occur.​

This creative cultural installation I am developing is a monthly Black Healing Space which activates the Healing Justice Practice Space principles. This designated space will be where activist and community members come to engage in collective healing, relationship-building, resilience and rest for resistance.

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