Sunday, January 8, 2017

DNAWORKS is proud to offer THE WELCOME TABLE INITIATIVE to arts, educational, and community organizations!

DNAWORKS is proud to offer THE WELCOME TABLE INITIATIVE to arts, educational, and community organizations!

The semester- or year-long project with encourages productive and honest dialogue about key issues of identity, equity, access, opportunity, and representation. It begins with a 3-day Listening Project, in which members of DNAWORKS sit one-on-one and in small groups with community members to hear about their experiences, perspectives, hopes, and dreams regarding the state of their community/organization and ways in which it can be more welcoming to all people.

We then lead the Crowdsourcing Change workshop, exploring the language that surrounds these issues and what different words mean to each of us. The workshop moves from open and courageous conversation into identifying personal and community-wide action steps in the form of Community Change Projects as a way to expand Welcome Table activities and values.

During the course of the Initiative, community “Change-makers” are invited to connect with each other and Daniel via video-conference to be in action around their Change Projects.  
Later in the semester or school-year, we gather to discuss the results of these projects. Then we take the information and experiences from the projects into We the Griot, a devised performance workshop in which we work as an ensemble to stage the multiple voices, perspectives, and stories of the members of the community. The results of the Change Projects and the devising workshop are then presented to the community in a celebratory event followed by a community dialogue.

At the end of the Initiative, DNAWORKS will deliver a report complete with documentation of community voices, Change Projects, and any measurable change that occurred during the project. We will be using an arts and community-based assessment model. We will also include suggestions for future action.

Ultimately, the Welcome Table Initiative is set up to be a collective, creative process of listening, learning, self-expression and action, with ideas and performance generated by the community for the community. 

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