***WORKSHOP CANCELLED - Unfortunately, the presenter for this workshop session LySaundra Campbell is experiencing a family emergency and won't be able to join us. We are sending her positive thoughts and hope that we'll have the opportunity to learn from her at some point in the future.***
Music is more than entertainment; it is a tool for expression and catalyst for social change. From Bessie Smith to Tracy Chapman to Janelle Monae, Black women have used music to create dialogue around racism, heterosexism, sexuality, class, healing and liberation. This workshop will highlight the role of Black women using music as activism and healing; the social, physiological and psychological impact of music on individuals; and how to consciously incorporate music into daily wellness or self-care practice.
This interactive workshop will help attendees: understand the psychological, physiological and social impact of music listening and creation; understand the history of Black music as it relates to social and political discourse in America; and examine and develop tools to incorporate music listening and creation into regular self-care and wellness practices, and community building.
Attendees will learn about the history of Black music throughout generations and Black women’s involvement, and the role music plays in building resilient communities. Throughout the anti-violence movement is a need for understanding trauma and its effects – both mental and physical – on individuals and their communities. Furthermore, is a need for methods for individuals and communities to address and heal from trauma caused by systemic oppression. As a natural component to social connectedness and community building, music listening and creation is a tool that can be used to promote resilience factors within communities through healing and expression. By drawing connections between energy healing and music, attendees will then create a personalized social soundtrack which will include songs that empower the individual to challenge oppressive social and political norms, and implement creative self-care practices that can be used in direct service with people who have experienced harm, for organizational development purposes, and/or for individual self-care.