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Don’t Look Away:
Black and Black Indigenous  Healing and Building Circle

While our team and city recover from Hurricane Ida, No Dream Deferred is extending the application deadline for our Black and Black Indigenous Healing and Building Circle. Applications through Thursday, September 30th.


This project is funded through the National Performance Network Southern Artist for Social Change Grant program. 

Why This Is Powerful

We are seeking Black and Black Indigenous artists, makers, creatives, builders, craftspersons, programmatic engineers, movement builders that share an interest in building a coalition focusing on decolonizing their own varying personal practices. Our goal is to create, explore and model methods for building an iterative, equitable, decolonized process for Black/Black Indigeneous makers around creating racial and climate justice practices and claiming land sovereignty. We will develop a generative process for Black/Black Indigenous community members to come together and realize a shared future that centers us as:


1.Still here  

2.Crafting climate solutions and adapting to climate changes



Utilizing the newly commissioned, developing, text of Lydia Y. Nichols audio play, Don’t Look Away as a provocation and guiding resource for facilitated sessions, this community- member based cohort of 5-7 individuals will produce many offerings adjacent to the further development and production of their own work and Lydia’s play.

Some of the Exciting Things We’ll be Doing

  • Developing Civic Practice:  We will engage in exploring new decolonized pathways for climate justice thinking and creative actions that examine how white supremacy culture has been internalized and informs our way of making. Both needs and action steps will be self-determined by the cohort. We look to foster a strong sense of community and collective agency within the cohort as we move together through a process of healing, creating, and legacy building.

  • Facilitated  Decolonizing and Climate Justice Sessions: Our facilitated gatherings will last approximately 3 hours and cover a range of relevant topics. Cohort members are expected to attend all sessions and will be paid $75 per session (a total of $450) for their participation. Workshop guided sessions are as follows*: 


  1. Session 1- Friday, September 10th Somatic/ Body Healing

  2. Session 2- Friday, October 1st Healing Land Wounds

  3. Session 3-  Friday, October 22nd Fugitivity

  4. Session 4- Friday, November 12th Belonging

  5. Session 5-  Friday, January 28 Sovereignty/ New Liberation Practices

  6. Session 6- Friday, February 11 Accountability

* PLEASE NOTE these dates are under revision in response to Hurricane Ida recovery


  • Building an Archive: Throughout our time together cohort members will create a historic and present day archive of works built through research and other gathering methods. This will represent a new system of creativity that will exist outside of current practices that understand our corporal agency in juxtaposition to whiteness. Participants will also be engaged in a personal creative practice informed and guided by our developing understanding of what it means to create free from any white suprimacist innuendo. Your works— dance, text, painting/drawing/sculpture, film, craft, program, etc.— will also be included in this archive to inform future cohorts and serve as a community resource.

Why We Are Gathering

The climate change movement remains exclusionary to most Black and  Indigenous voices and bodies.There are very limited climate justice spaces that fully acknowledge us and look to foster cross-cultural connection and knowledge/wisdom sharing between Black and Black Indigenous folx. In order to have not only a more just movement but also a better informed movement, Black and Black Indigeneous people must be supported in utilizing the power of radical imagination and inherited leadership ability to create climate solutions, especially as people who will be most impacted by climate changes. 

Our process will be dependent on and will defer to the input of Black and Black Indigeneous community members of which are also artists, writers, organizers, and activists to counter the unjust practice of disregard and systemic racism that is rampant within the current landscape. Through restorative practice, shared leadership and solidarity-focused building, we look to create a more just community.


If you would like to apply, please fill out this FORM by August 31.