ABOUT THE PROJECT
Black August Cocoon will celebrate Black August—an annual celebration of the African revolutionary struggle in the Americas—via month-long trainings and rituals. Over the course of the month, Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people will gather together to grow, create, connect and find peace and safety within their own body. Community members will partake in weekly self-defense, body positive and self-affirmation classes that incorporate art making, book discussions, writing, and zine making. This project aims to provide space for participants to gain a greater understanding of proactive ways to embrace the body as a safe space, and lead to a recognition of the full power present within ones self.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
OlaRonke Akinmowo (2015 Create Change Fellow) is a ritual artist, cultural worker, set decorator, radical mama, community healer, yoga teacher and Womanist scholar. Her research and artistic practice focuses on exploring the complexities of race, culture, spirituality and gender. She is also the Creator and Director of the Free Black Women’s Library, an interactive mobile trading library that features a collection of 600 books written by Black women as well as performance, readings, film screenings, workshops and critical conversation. She has received fellowships and grants from Culture Push, The Laundromat Project, Center for Whole Communities, Brooklyn Artists Council and Citizens Committee of NY.