This page is a work-in-progress resource page for popular educators, folks interested in embodied arts for community building and anyone who remains curious. Time and time again we see the need for relevant, courageous and honest information. At the Highlander Research and Education Center I learned about the Popular Education Spiral, a tool that folks there use to communicate some of the basic principles of popular education. A crucially important aspect for folks like me – white, lower-middle-class and educated – is that there be a “CALL” from a community for a specific program or effort before outsiders of a community waltz in and claim they know what is best. The Zapatistas in southern Mexico echo this frustration with outsiders assuming the needs of a community without actually asking. There is a hilarious and painfully poingnant story written by Subcommandante Marcos about the “Single Pink Stilleto,” an entirely useless shoe sent with other clothes and books to the people in resistance in Chiapas. The ludicrousness of sending a pair-less pink high heel to the mountainous region of Mexico is at once funny and infuriating.
Currently I am responding to a call from teenage girls and young women at a residential school who are engaged in a ton of talk therapy but lack body based techniques, like improvisation, self-massage and creative expression that honors our amazing bodies. These girls are wanting an outlet for physicality and I am thrilled to have the time and space to offer that to them.
Below are resources I am gathering along the way.
There are a great number of resources here. Lots of downloadable lessons, texts, images and visuals.
“The Knotted Line is an interactive, tactile laboratory for exploring the historical relationship between freedom and confinement in the geographic area of the United States. With miniature paintings of over 50 historical moments from 1495-2025, The Knotted Line asks: how is freedom measured? Just as importantly, The Knotted Line imagines a new world through the work of grassroots movements for self-determination.”