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Radical Empathy Workshop
October 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmFree
The workshop will focus on how race influences our ability to see each other’s greatest sense of humanity and how to use radical empathy in order to overcome racial barriers. Free and open to all. Facilitated by staff artist Jesus R.
The intent is to develop racial consciousness introduce conditions required for exchange and provide a means of analysis creating space for the individual to grow into their racial Journey. This workshop is intended for the Twin Cities Puppetry Community – artists and community members who participate in MayDay and the Halloween Show are invited.
Note on Seating: The workshop space has very few chairs! Please bring a cushion or folding chair, or let us know if you need assistance to provide seating.
Note on Funding: This workshop is made possible by community donations! If you can, please contribute to our fundraiser. Thank you for supporting this work.
Facilitator: Jesus Ramirez.
- Jesus Ramirez works an Equity Specialist for the Osseo School District and leads Racial Justice trainings across the country. He is from East Los Angeles and lives in West St Paul. Jesus is on the Artistic Staff for this year’s BareBones Halloween Show.
General layout of facilitation:
- Part One : Relationship-based Trust focus, followed by “below-the-line narratives” with two breakouts in-between for group talk. Followed by a share-out moving into mindful inquiry skills-development, counter narratives and its application. Large share-out moving into a brief historical context for current conditions. Lastly the introduction of some tools for having courageous conversations about race and using radical empathy as the means of understanding. (3 conditions and 4 agreements)
Activities will include:
- racial autobiography concentric circles, affinity circles, the privilege walk
- small group discussions and large group discussions.
Learning targets include:
- Implicit bias
- Historical institutional racism
- Privilege and psyche
- Racialization of whiteness
- Conditions and agreements
- Radical empathy