the blackwomxnhealing reunion exhibition series featured an in-person installation of the #blackgirlquarantine exhibit, a showcase of 100+ artworks by Black women across the country on how their multimedia healing arts supported their wellness through the pandemic. this series consisted of three in-person gatherings - a pop-up exhibition and artist talk at the Museum of the African Diaspora, an Opening Night at Agency Oakland, and a free day-long healing retreat for the nourishment and restoration of Black women of all ages. Harpists, sound bowl healers, and pianists were invited to share how sonic healing arts support the well-being of marginalized communities. Dancers and DJs invited participants into movement as a tool for healing arts. Twenty Black women owned healing centered businesses offered healing goods to support ongoing wellness rituals beyond the space. And visual, virtual, and multimedia art was created and displayed within the space, from crochet and collage stations to a collective painting project led by Sacred Paintbrush. Each event was sold out, and totaled over 650 registered attendees across the entire series. Attendee feedback echoed, “I immediately felt emotionally safe and protected entering the space and left feeling super duper motivated to continue on this journey.. (@chrysallislab).; The softness, the space for creative expression and play, the welcoming of all the parts of ourselves.. the music.. the offerings.. [It all aided me in] remembering the power and permission we have to allow ourselves as black women to be as multifaceted as we need to be to thrive (@sacredpaintbrush).; The energy and care that was poured into lifting up and appreciating black womxn.. This kind of community-led empowerment and healing work is so important on so many levels.. The energy in that space was so comforting (@lenakrystyna).; [I am] feeling so loved and in community right now. Thank you for creating this space.. So much joy in seeing Black femmes of all ages and stages in life. It makes me look forward to aging! (notecard reflection from healing circle participant)”
the Pop Up Exhibition ..