Facilitated by local artist: June Kaewsith, in collaboration with Long Beach Time Exchange & Native Sol
The city of Long Beach has been selected to participate in Cultural Convenings, which is part of a process using arts and culture to broaden conversation around gentrification, displacement and health equity issues throughout Southern California. Funded by The California Endowment, local artist June Kaewsith will facilitate a theater workshop called "We Are Seeds" using plants, poetry, and movement activities to tell stories of migration and how immigrants and refugees have always found ways to create home. With the rise of housing costs and displacement in Long Beach, the intention of this workshop is to connect with our plant ancestors to remind us of the resiliency that lies within our bodies and the earth. For this special workshop, we invite community members to bring a plant that makes them feel "at home" to exchange with another participant. This plant can be in the form of a fruit, vegetable, herb, or basically anything that has grown from a seed, or anything that reminds you of "home".
Please bring a journal to write in and dress comfortably as we will be doing movement activities and storytelling.
**This workshop is open to all ages, abilities, and genders. We would like to prioritize immigrants, refugees, and those who carry these stories of their ancestors.** We encourage people to bring an elder relative with them (parent, grandparent, etc) as this will be a space for intergenerational healing and storytelling. Children are also welcome to participate alongside adults (and is encouraged!). If translation will be needed, please let us know when you RSVP.
You are welcome to bring snacks to share that bring comfort and also remind you of home.
"They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds." - Mexican Proverb
Cultural Convening in Long Beach is supported by Long Beach Residents Empowered (LiBRE), Housing Long Beach, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, East Los Angeles Community Corporation, and the California Endowment. Workshops are being offered at no cost to community members and is made possible through the generous funds of California Endowment. For Time Bank members, a donation of 2 time credits is welcome.