Sis, U Belong Here (UBH) curated by veronica precious bohanan
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
This event is 18 and over
Sis, U Belong Here (UBH)
a creative gathering & space-making for Black women
Curated by: veronica precious bohanan
2nd installment of this 6-part series December 2, 2017
Sis, U Belong Here (UBH) is a healing and soul-vibes gathering for Black women. sis, you’re invited to go beyond the surface to engage in a purpose-filled, collaborative, and creative process of BECOMING, BELONGING, and BEING visible. you are invited to come take up space!
this is the 2nd installment of this series and this month’s theme is from Dark come Light. Mama Harriet Tubman has been referred to as the “Black Rose,” and I am here for this beautiful reimagining of the words “Black” and “rose.” Just as our Black matters, so does our Womanness. Mama Harriet was more than an abolitionist, she was human, she was woman.
we too are roses, our petals are complex, layered and oxymoron’s of beautiful messes and beautiful struggles. we exist at the intersection of being Woman and Black, and we do not have to choose one over the other. this is the last month of 2017, so we will explore our belonging & sense of place in our identities and our complexities. through creative expression, and with care and intentionality, we will take up space in these identities, explore how to bring light to the dark months of winter, and we will presage our further becoming and being’ness in 2018.
as a reminder: if you nod, and say yes, uhm-huh or yaaaaaaas to any of the following questions, then UHB is for you: is “adulting” overrated? do you want to be freer? are you “wo’-out” from having to be put together and “on” all the time? do you want to navigate the world authentically and with more oomph? are you tired of unsolicited opinions about what it is to be a Black Woman? do you wanna give fewer fuqs about other people’s opinions? are you drained and ready for something new? do you wanna be more peace-filled…joy-filled…pleasure-filled? if you’ve answered yes to any of these questions then UBH is for you! in a world where they keep coming for us, come be in community with other amazing sistas also on this path of belonging!
sis, your experiences matter
sis, you are more than what’s on the surface
during UBH we’ll delve deep into your truths.
through a combination of individual, small and large group interactive activities, creative expression will be used to:
• create, take-up and hold space;
• build our capacity for resistance, joy and pleasure;
• promote connection and collaboration;
• dismantle shame, guilt, indecisiveness and isolation;
• support the strength and power of vulnerability;
• move beyond merely sustaining ourselves, to having a healthy sense of belonging;
• remind you of your self-worth
• strengthen your knowingness that you’re the expert of your own experience!
creative expression will include: breathing, embodiment, movement, art-making and visualization.
UBH, affords you an opportunity to take up space, reflect & recharge yourself.
UBH, centers personahood & expression, while nurturing belonging.
UBH, is highly engaging & experiential.
to this end, we’ll gather as a declaration that we are meant to thrive and to be here. right here. right now.
U are encouraged to:
• show-up authentically
• remove your shoes upon entry
• wear comfortable light-colored clothes
• bring something meaningfulness to put on the altar
• bring a pillow, yoga mat, blanket to sit comfortably on the floor
• bring a bottle of water
Registration: $25 per gathering (snacks, supplies & materials included)
If you register by November 5, registration is $20.
Intended participants: Black women
Bi-monthly: 1st Saturday, every other month
Dates: December 2, February 3, April 7, June 2, August 4
Time: 10am-2pm (Please be punctual. We’ll honor time.)
veronica precious bohanan
i am a “space-maker,” artist, writer, cultural worker, youth development & pedagogy of the oppressed practitioner, mental health counselor/advocate, and an art therapist. my work centers Black girls and women…our humanity, liberation and mental & emotional health. for twenty-years, and in various capacities, i’ve been space-making, curating empowerment experiences and centering Black girls and women in my community-based work. my work also centers: Black girls and women being the experts of our own lives, the decolonization of self-care, and mental health care as a right for all, not a luxury for some. as an art therapist, i am grounded in a knowing that the creative process can be used to heal, examine, expose, express and expand our human and wellness capacity. art therapy, as a clinical OR non-clinical intervention, is a behavioral health (therapy, prevention, lifestyle management, wellness and rehabilitation), social action and assessment tool that allows for in-depth exploration and motivation. art therapy can include, yet far exceeds, words and verbal reasoning. my artist and therapist selves are rooted in an integrated arts approach. i am most drawn to collage mixed-media, photography and printmaking in the visual arts; however, i am equally vested in expressive writing, dance & movement, theatre & drama and singing.