SUMMER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
SUMMER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
The SLI is UBW’s annual 10-day intensive that serves as the foundation for all of UBW’s community engagement activities. SLI builds the global network of community arts practitioners, and what UBW Founder Jawole Zollar calls “front line social justice workers,” by connecting dance professionals and community-based artists in a learning experience that leverages the arts as a vehicle for social activism and civic engagement. SLI was begun in 1997 and formalized as an annual UBW program in 2004.
This movement jam/dance class embraces the ideas that each individual has a unique and powerful contribution to make, and that our bodies are a powerful source of agency.
Based on experiential learning, we embody effective leadership practices that strengthen and develop our understanding of community engagement. Participants gain tools and methodologies for entering, building and exiting community, including navigating a variety of assumptions regarding community-based practices.
Through presentations, reflection, role-playing, and strategic planning, this intensive process challenges participants to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity and prepares them to be effective organizers for justice.
Asset mapping is a process of assessing what resources, skills and strengths are available in the group and/or community. UBW's philosophy is that often communities are addressed by what they lack and not by what they offer. We model and practice asset mapping within various modalities (art-making, community assessment, etc.) so that participants may apply the philosophy to their own work.
Participants are given thematically based research prompts as well as informational sessions and presentations to investigate and include in our experience together.
We have found that creating together towards performance is an integrative process that allows participants to synthesize, rebuild and re-stabilize after deep change processes. Together with UBW, participants create an artistic product reflecting both their learning and their vision for community growth and change. With an emphasis on dance and song, we use various artistic genres including creative writing and visual art, to process, synthesize, and communicate so we can understand the power of culture to support a community of agency.
Yes, international students are welcome to apply.
Tuition for the 2018 SLI is $1000.
February 26, 2018 – Scholarship Applications due*** (please note that these are half scholarships)
March 5, 2018 - All Applications Due (please note the due date of first payment)
March 12, 2018 - EXTENDED APPLICATION DEADLINE
April 19, 2018 - Confirmations and $75 non-refundable deposit due
April 23, 2018 - Waitlist notified of open positions
May 9, 2018 - Second Tuition Payment due
June 13, 2018 - All fees must be paid in full
No, housing is not covered by the tuition. Confirmed participants are responsible for finding their own housing and will be informed of housing options on the ASU campus.
Workshops: Arizona State University (51 E. 10th St, Tempe, AZ)
You should expect a full day approximately from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm, depending on the activities.
2018 SUMMER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
2018 SUMMER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
July 20 - 29, 2018 | Phoenix, AZ
Urban Bush Women is engaging in a dynamic and groundbreaking partnership with Projecting All Voices, an initiative launched by ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and supported by ASU Gammage. Both UBW and Projecting All Voices are interested in discovering ways in which institutions can move beyond diversity initiatives and become organizations that lead in examining structural racism and its impact on our curriculums, programming, organizing and art-making practices. This July, UBW will bring our Summer Leadership Institute themed “You, Me, We: Understanding Internalized Racial Oppression and How it Manifests in Our Artistic Community” to Arizona State University, giving UBW the opportunity to strengthen our core values out west and allowing Projecting All Voices to contribute to the changing landscape of Arizona.
UBW often uses the movement metaphor of Core & Distal to talk about our dance and community engagement practice. We engage our core—our own bodies, identities and communities—as essential for maintaining clarity and stability through UBW’s “Entering, Building and Exiting Community” (EBX) workshop. We engage the distal—other bodies, identities and communities so that we do not become insular and secluded.
Through work with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB) “Understanding and Undoing Racism” workshop, the summer program will illuminate how we are disempowered by internalized racial oppression as it manifests both for people of color and white people. We will examine how these manifestations show up in our organizing, creations and collaborations. We will metaphorically explore the beauty of the desert to begin a process of stripping away the impact of racism. We will focus on how we bring transformation and healing to ourselves, our communities and our institutions / organizations. Does our work challenge or recreate dominant frameworks and systems of policing that ignore history, culture, power and lineage? How can we explode predetermined expectations, restore our full humanity and activate our true strength? Through “You, Me, We,” we will find our individual and collective power together!
JOIN us in learning how to employ a structural analysis of racism and disrupt its ability to remain embedded yet unexamined in our work, workplaces, institutions and art-making—even when we have good intentions. In partnership with People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, classes will be taught by UBW’s BOLD (Builders, Organizers & Leaders through Dance) facilitators.
At this 10-day institute we will deepen our understanding of UBW’s “BOLD" approach to art-making, community organizing and social change by focusing on:
Cultivating ourselves as art-centered leaders capable of galvanizing and facilitating change with values that reflect the philosophy and methodology of UBW and our partner organization, People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.
Developing a clear analysis of racism and strategic action plans to move forward in our creative work and organizing.
Holding the values that help us work together effectively, while acknowledging our assets and creating together.
Creating art based on collective learning & research, and engaging in public dialogues.
Using UBW’s choreographic and creative processes as the bedrock for creating, learning, building, and finding power together while examining our assumptions about our work and organizing.
Creating multi-genre performances that are intentionally complex and rich with our power.
Dance For Every Body; Entering, Building and Exiting Community; Understanding and Undoing Racism® Community Organizing Workshop (by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond - PISAB); Asset Mapping; and Using Research to Create Performance. Click HERE for more information about these workshops.
The Summer Leadership Institute is the ideal place to turn challenges into opportunities for finding your/our power – artistically, individually and collectively. Study with Urban Bush Women and our powerful partner, The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, in addition to dozens of experienced artists and organizers from around the country who make up the SLI faculty!
You, Me We – Join the Movement!
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Using movement and conversation, story circles and community sings, BOLD workshops strive to help us all make sense of the world around us—and prepare to take action in undoing racism together.
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