“For accessibility purposes, this Zoom workshop will be recorded and posted to our u.osu.edu website. The video will be used for educational purposes only. If you do not consent to having your image recorded, we invite you to turn your camera off. The breakout rooms will NOT be recorded to protect participants’ privacy as we share in conversation.”

*All Spring 2021 Workshops 3-5pm on Fridays

Dear OSU dance community, 

 

The Anti-Racist Working Group—a student-led organization within the Ohio State University Department of Dance—bears witness to and shares in the pain of racism directed at Black lives. We want to add our voices, bodies, and ideas to the national condemnation of the continued casual killings as we also turn inward, strengthening our commitment to anti-racist thought and action as a community.

 

In solidarity with Black lives, the Anti-Racist Working Group is launching a new social media initiative to celebrate Black students, alumni, professors, guest scholars and artists connected to the OSU dance community. Every Tuesday, in coordination with #BlackoutTuesday, the Anti-Racist Working Group will curate a post using #OSUDancers4BlackLives, celebrating the impact and leadership of Black visionaries in the field of dance.

 

#OSUDancers4BlackLives embodies our voice in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. We will highlight creative work on and off the stage, choreographic repertory, scholarship, advocacy, arts leadership, and community organizing taking place within and beyond OSU. Through these curated posts, we seek to normalize paying Black creators for their contributions by mobilizing our greater community to give directly to these artists.

 

Follow #OSUDancers4BlackLives on Instagram (@digsatosu) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DiGSatOSU/).

 

Please refer to the attached #OSUDancers4BlackLives Solidarity Platform information sheet for more information about how to participate and how non-Black allies can support the hashtag. 

#OSUDancers4BlackLives Features

WHO WE ARE:

Formed in 2019, the Anti-Racist Working Group is a community of accountability that interrogates how systemic racial oppression is institutionalized and internalized. The group is composed of students from the Department of Dance who seek to: first, examine their own role as institutional gatekeepers within an educational system that has historically subjugated marginalized populations; second, confront how structural racism shapes dance history, curricula, and pedagogy; and, third, cultivate conscious-raising spaces that build resilience through self- and collective-care. We bring embodied practices and lived experience into conversation with anti-racist thought and action to imagine new models for institutional change-making that challenge White patriarchal hegemony. The Anti-Racist Working Group operates through joint governance and programs based on the community’s needs.

 

WHAT WE DO:

The collective engages in mixed model programming, which has included educational workshops alongside small group dialogue spaces where participants gather around viewings, readings, and audio to discuss how the content translates to our experiences inside of dance classrooms within and beyond the University setting.

 

In addition to our ongoing educational workshop series, we invest our efforts in: 

  • Celebrating Black students, alumni, professors, guest scholars, and artists connected to the OSU dance community through our social media solidarity platform #OSUDancers4BlackLives.

  • Creating and maintaining an ARWG website (u.osu.edu/arwg) that archives organizational materials and provides resource lists (books, audio, video, training, etc.) to support our learning. 

  • Activating new ways of working, teaching, and learning that are informed by anti-racist theory and practices.

  • Establishing Affinity Groups where people come together in the community to learn around an identity commonality.

WHAT WE OFFER:

The Anti-Racist Working Group has developed numerous workshops that we are willing to offer to individual communities for a fee as a fundraiser to future DiGS Anti-racist programs. If you are interested in purchasing a workshop please contact us.

If you would like to book us for a workshop please see our price scale:

Existing Workshops (As is no personalization) $500

  • 2 hours

  • 2-3 Facilitators

  • Optional Workshops

    • Racism in Dance​

    • Racism 101

    • Racism 102

    • Facilitating Racial Conversations

    • Understanding and Interrupting Unconcious Bias

    • Artists and Advocacy

    • Anti-Racist Organizing for Dancers

Personalized Workshops (Made for your organization) $750

  • 2 hours

  • 2-3 facilitators 

20% of the proceeds will go to DiGS for continued Anti-Racist programing. 

Dancers in graduate school

digsatosudance@gmail.com

Department of Dance

316 Sullivant Hall

1813 North High St.

Columbus, OH 43210

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