Building Community Care Platforms

How do we hold each other in this moment? How are we building collective resilience and reflection? What can we imagine and desire for our collective well being and survival?

Join us Monday, May 4th from 6pm-8pm for ‘Building Community Care Platforms for the Indie Theater Community.” Our goal is to catalyze a community-wide conversation to establish the platform(s) necessary to foster local mutual aid, advocacy and support for the New York City Indie Theater community.

This free, two-hour online session will be co-facilitated by Cara Page (Founder & Lead Organizer/curator of the Changing Frequencies), Kyoung H. Park (Artistic Director of Kyoung’s Pacific Beat / The Indie Theater Fund Board Member), and guest speakers Amy G. Lam, PhD (Founder, Vibrational Energy Coaching & Healing, San Francisco, CA) and Christopher D. Sims (community leader, art-activist, Rockford, IL). This interactive chat will center the needs of individual artists and indie venues and will be rooted in healing justice work. We’ll provide self-care and community care resources and facilitate break-out groups to pod map our communities to address rising issues in our Indie Theater community.

This multiracial conversation will center the voices of people of color, immigrants, differently abled artists. ASL Interpretation will be provided by Inclusive Communication Services. We welcome white-identified allies in our community to attend to learn, listen, and provide support.

We define our community as Indie Theater Fund’s 541 members (including our current Rapid Response relief applicants), Indie Space’s active membership, and Kyoung’s Pacific Beat’s local community. The organizers reserve the right to admission to maintain the privacy and safety of this space. We strongly encourage people of color to register ASAP as space is limited to 100 Registrations. Register via Zoom: https://bit.ly/2Y0wv6L

For questions, please contact us at info@kyoungspacificbeat.org.

FACILITATOR AND SPEAKER BIOS

Cara Page (Co-Facilitator, Brooklyn, NY) is a Black Queer Feminist cultural/memory worker, curator, and organizer. For the past 30+ years, she has organized with LGBTQGNCI, People of Color & Indigenous liberation movements in the US & Global South at the intersections of racial, gender & economic justice, healing justice and transformative justice. She is an architect of healing justice; deeply rooted in Black Feminist traditions and shaped by Southern Black radical traditions. She is co-founder of the Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective; the former ED of The Audre Lorde Project. She is currently building care, power, safety & resistance strategies that she began co-organizing regionally & nationally at the 2007 US Social Forum (USSF) in Atlanta; and the 2010 USSF in Detroit at the Health & Healing Justice People’s Movement Assembly. As lead organizer & curator of her new project, Changing Frequencies, she is building an archival/memory and cultural change project to intervene on generational trauma; centering the Medical Industrial Complex. She is a recent recipient of the Soros Equality Fellowship (2019-2020) and an ‘Activist in Residence’ at the Barnard Research Center for Women to elevate this work. (https://carapage.co) @changingfrequencies

Amy Grace Lam (Guest Speaker, San Francisco, CA) is a Canadian-born Chinese American genderqueer psychologist, healer and artist. For 20 years, she has explored health, healing and transformation through the lens of an Asian-in-diaspora making sense of one’s multiple identities. Amy blends Eastern and Western concepts of health, community engagement and spirituality to seek creative solutions for personal-collective-intergenerational healing with modern diasporic communities. The areas of her work have included HIV/AIDS prevention research, reproductive justice activism, immigrant/refugee health and mental health programs and transforming trauma through energy healing and performance. Amy’s current work involves activating and supporting diverse leaders to integrate ancestral-spiritual wisdom with grounded real-world practices for social change and transformation. Amy holds an MA in Counseling Psychology (UCSB), PhD in Cultural Psychology (UC Davis), Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychology and Medicine (UCSF) and training certificates with American Conservatory Theater and Bioenergy Balancing. She grew up in NY con un corazón latino and speaks conversational Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin. Amy currently lives with her family in SF. Website: www.amygracelam.com

Christopher D. Sims (Guest Speaker, Rockford, IL) is a Deputy Field Organizer trained by the Obama/Biden 2008 campaign who understands the intricacies of community, concerns, and solutions-based organizing. A deep listener, he uses listening as a means to address the needs of communities-especially people of color and the unheard and overlooked. A leader in the Black Lives Matter Movement and the spoken word performance art profession, he is a trusted lay minister and Creative who addresses inequity, inequality, and racial terror in his writings and performances. He is a fellow of the Intercultural Leadership Institute.

Kyoung H. Park (Co-Facilitator, Brooklyn, NY) is a North Korean theater-maker, born and raised in Santiago, Chile. As Artistic Director of Kyoung’s Pacific Beat, a peacemaking theater company, he has written/directed three full-length plays—disOriented, TALA, and PILLOWTALK—and created over 20 community based, experimental projects including performances for new media. His work centers stories of (im)migration, queerness, identity and the ways these intersect in communities of color; it’s described as “intensely personal” by American Theater Magazine and “very much of this moment” by the New York Times. Kyoung has been a resident artist at Performance Project @ University Settlement, BRIC, Baryshnikov Arts Center and he’s worked internationally in Santiago (Chile), Rio de Janeiro, London, New Delhi, and Seoul. He’s a 2019-2020 Dramatist Guild Fellow, 2018-2019 Intercultural Leadership Institute Fellow and serves on the Board of the Indie Theater Fund.