ARTivism is a potent combination of art and activism. Over the course of history, it has served as the beating heart of social movements, cultural change and revolutionary actions that have challenged the status quo, awakened consciousness and transformed the world. As renowned author and human rights activist, Alice Walker said, "Artists, if truly connected to their work, give voice to societies, to the world, to the spirit."
This year, you are invited to step into a world where activism meets creativity, where the power of our voicesis amplified by the evocative beauty of artistic expression. Join usLIVE or VIRTUALLY on Saturday, October 28, 2023 from 9:30am - 5:00pm EST, for the 9th Annual Mother Wit Conference at Brooklyn College.Our theme for this year is "ARTivism: The ReBIRTH of Black HUEmanity," and the event promises to be a day filled with thought-provoking dialogue, transformative experiences, and inspiring performances. The Mother WitConference 2023, will explore the role that ARTivism plays in amplifying the sexual and reproductive justice movement in the United States and abroad. We believe in the transformative power of art; not just as a tool for societal critique, but as a vital part of our healing, resilience, and reimagining.
Join us for our signature,pre, during and post conference“Red Tent” sessionswhere curator and healer, Kinyofu Mlimwengu, along with a powerful collective of birthworkers, will facilitate a holistic healing experience for those who have directly and indirectly been impacted by reproductive trauma, loss and grief. Women, birthing people, their partners and family members are welcomed to take this powerful collective journey. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!
The conference will open and close with grounding rituals, including a land acknowledgment, a salute to our ancestors and an interactive visual and performing arts gallery that will bring our theme to light and life We will hear from a powerful keynote speaker, engage in morning and afternoon panel discussions, participate in dynamic workshops and be moved by artistic performances that speak to our collective struggle and triumphs as HUEman Beings. Breakfast and lunch will also be provided to nourish the body, mind and spirit.
Whether you are an artivist, activist, advocate, or stakeholder in reproductive health, we welcome you to contribute your voice to this vital conversation. If you are unable to attend in person, we encourage you to join us virtually to co-create this vibrant and life-affirming gathering.