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Locked Up and Let Loose

P is for Praxis: Practices of Freedom Workshop

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Saturday, June 27, 2015 – 1:30PM to 5:00PM
Gallery 400
400 S. Peoria St.

96 Acres Workshop Web

Join Gallery 400 and 96 Acres for the first workshop in 96 Acres’ latest series, P is for Praxis: Practices of Freedom —free, intergenerational creative workshops around methods of implementing action/reflection (praxis) and envisioning freedom as part of the 96 Acres work on issues of incarceration. Led by Patricia Nguyen (Artist/Edu­cator) and Luis Tubens (Spoken Word Artist/Organizer), Locked up and Let Loose: On Freedom and Confinement is a poetry and movement-based workshop in which themes of freedom and confinement are explored in our everyday movement.

By observing the ways their muscles, body structure, heartbeat, and breathing shifts during the workshop—as well as witnessing these shifts in others—participants explore these themes of freedom and confinement within themselves. In addition, partici­pants engage in a series of writing exercises that will culminate in using what they learned to in­terpret their views of freedom and confinement. Ultimately, this workshop hopes to open a space for participants to explore how they can/do embody freedom in their everyday movements.

Participants of all experience levels are wel­come. Please wear comfortable clothes to move in. These workshops take place within the 96 Acres exhibition/workspace inside the After Today exhibition at Gallery 400.

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Future Workshops:

Workshop 2: I Am You & You are Me: Collective Liberation
Date: Saturday, July 18th 12:30-4:00 PM
Led by Led by Coya Paz (Artist/Edu­cator) and Michael De Anda Muñiz (Educator/Activist)

I Am You & You are Me: Collective Liberation is a workshop that uses interactive writing, performance, and games to examine the world as it is, how we want it to be, and how we can work towards realizing that vision. Participants explore issues of individual identity, collective liberation, and building solidarity while holding difference. In doing so, we question the ideas that inform how we relate with one another and how these ideas are connected to the criminal legal system and mass incarceration.

Workshop 3: Creative Resistance: Past|Present
Date: Saturday, August 8th 12:30-4:00 PM
Led by Michael Johnson (Cultural Worker) and Anderson Chaves (Spoken Word Artist)

Creative Resistance Past|Present explores the collaborative creative process of liberation. Through this workshop participants examine the various uses of art and art making in historical as well as contemporary moments. This workshop tackles how we imagine complex systems of oppression through art to understand them as designed human interactions. Then from there, how we might re-imagine our world, our interactions, our experiences beyond them.