As interest in “self-care” grows, acts of healing in community spaces are also gaining in popularity. What does it mean to engage in healing with others? How do these practices support survival in the face of institutionalized violence and injustice? For this gathering, healing advocates and practitioners, including Chaya Babu, Rena Anakwe, and Juanita Jenny Viera will discuss the ways in which they use radical acts to heal their communities, and lead attendees through brief demonstrations to integrate into their own practices.
Chaya Babu is a writer, journalist, organizer, arts educator, and healer. Her written work centers largely on the themes of race, gender and sexuality, cities, migration, and systemic and intergenerational trauma. Babu’s journalistic work has appeared in Open City, VICE, The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Feminist Wire, Racialicious and more. Her essays and creative nonfiction have been featured in BuzzFeed, The Margins, Du-Kool Magazine, and others, with a forthcoming piece in a book titled Go Home!—an Asian & Asian-American Anthology of Prose and Poetry, to be published by the Feminist Press and the Asian American Writers' Workshop in 2018. For her culture writing, Babu was selected as a 2016 BuzzFeed Emerging Writers Fellow and a 2015 AAWW Open City Fellow, and she is currently Editor at Large at The Brooklyn Quarterly, a digital magazine of literature and public ideas. She holds an MS in Journalism from Medill, a BA in English from Duke, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Writing at Pratt Institute.
Rena Anakwe is an interdisciplinary artist and performer working primarily with sound, visuals, and scent. Exploring intersections between traditional healing practices, spirituality and performance, she creates works focused on sensory-based, experiential interactions using creative technology. A member of the artistic collective NON Worldwide, she is based in Brooklyn by way of Nigeria and Canada. Rena is a graduate of: the Interactive Telecommunications Program (iTP) at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (MPS), The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University (MFA) and New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business (BS.) She has collaborated, produced and shown audio/visual work at: Abrons Arts Center, Green Space, Le Poisson Rouge, La MaMa E.T.C., Danspace Project, and the Museum of Arts and Design, all NY; and others.
Juanita Jenny Viera is a New York native and licensed creative arts therapist. She uses her training in psychology and the arts to connect people with their own creativity for healing and mental health. In 2016, she joined a collective to release a coloring book titled The Real Art Therapists of NY, which features bios and illustrations created by 50 professional art therapists working in hospitals, schools, community and private practice settings. As an initiative to raise public awareness of the benefits of art therapy, Juanita hosts a monthly adult coloring wellness events. Juanita also works with at-risk youth in a school setting in the South Bronx.
Seating is limited, please RSVP. Event is free and open to the public.
BRIC’s Stoop Series welcomes you in for dynamic conversations that connect art, performance, media and other creative fields with big ideas that are important to Brooklynites. This season’s Stoop Series tackles the reclamation of culture, of healing, of voices, and of living. Join us on the Stoop—there’s something different every week!