Art and Healing in the Moment, Free Exhibition click for more information

Learning Circle: Entering into Race-Based Discussion

In conjunction with the “Art and Healing” exhibition, Mia is co-hosting a series of workshops and discussions with artists and facilitators to open up opportunities for dialogue and allow visitors to creatively engage around important issues of injustice and healing. Some conversations are intended to offer strategies for self-care and healing; some are geared toward supporting learning, growth, and understanding around racial justice; and some are designed for visitors to come together to explore art as a powerful vehicle for addressing injustice and a tool for community healing.

We know that, for many white-bodied people, talking about race is difficult, and that—especially here in Minnesota—white-bodied people have a tendency to dodge conversations that makes us uncomfortable. The Art and Healing exhibition gives us an opportunity to push past that. This circle, “Entering into Race-Based Discussion,” will be led by Elizabeth Tannen and Deb Anthony, two experienced racial justice facilitators who will hold learning and reflection space geared toward those with less experience “talking race.” The conversation will provide tools and knowledge that can help us improve our listening and understanding as we wade into this nuanced, often anxiety-ridden space.

Free; advance RSVP to requested.

About the Facilitators

Debra Anthony is a social worker, community organizer, activist, and racial justice facilitator. She conducts anti-racism and cultural competency trainings throughout Minnesota for the Department of Human Services. She has facilitated racial justice circles through Ramsey County, YWCA, and ASDIC: Anti-Racism Study Dialogue Circles. She holds a MSW from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, and is Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She is a trained qualified administrator of the IDI: Intercultural Development Inventory.

Elizabeth Tannen is a poet, teacher, activist, organizer, and racial justice facilitator. She teaches with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, at local community colleges, and at The Loft Literary Center. Currently an organizer with the Minnesota Poor People’s Campaign, she has facilitated racial justice dialogues through The Loft and through ASDIC: the Anti-Racism Study Dialogue Circle. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of New Mexico, is a former producer for NPR’s All Things Considered, and a native of Brooklyn, New York.