Sowing the Seeds of Spring
Read on to learn about Buildabridge's winter and what's in store for the spring
Winter has finally made its way into spring. While Philadelphia slumbered through the cold, BuildaBridge planted a number of seeds that have been germinating, sprouting and blooming alongside the daffodils and jasmine.
• Sanovia Garrett, a BuildaBridge Restorative Teaching Artist and Eastern University alum joined BuildaBridge to help energize BuidaBridge's outreach and communication. New relationships are forming in the larger community because of Sanovia's efforts.
•Another cohort of Restorative Teaching Artists trained with BuildaBridge as well as colleagues from as far away as Northern Ireland and Poland. We've been trying to offer a few free slots at every training for community-based artists from beyond Philadelphia.
• BuildaBridge partnered with the Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music (GEGISOM) to rovide trauma-informed theater-based program and increase access to safe and creative spaces away from gun violence in east north Philadelphia.
• BuildaBridge continues to provide music-based wellness programs for HIAS as well as joined a number of other refugee service providers to celebrate the Persian new year, Nowruz, in North Philadelphia.
• Most recently, the Alexander Adaire School in Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood invited BuildaBridge to begin running songwriting workshops to help foster improved sense of self and community for students.
See below for more exciting and meaningful events happening in the very near future. Thanks so much for being here for BuildaBridge, wishing you good tidings for the warmer days ahead.
CREATING SPACE: THURSDAY APRIL 7 at 3pm EST
On Thursday, April 7th from 3–4:30EDT, learn how community activists, creatives, and clinicians in Philadelphia are using healing tools in their work with community members impacted by gun violence. "Creating Space" is part of a series of virtual events that address themes from the film Heaven: Can You Hear Me? - The film explores the impact of gun violence on Philadelphia families.
DANCING TO HEAL WITH BELLE ALVAREZ, SUNDAY, APRIL 17 at 6pm EST
DANCING TO HEAL: On Sunday, April 17, longtime BuildaBridge family member, Belle Alvares, will lead Dancing To Heal. DtH is an open level, beginner friendly movement workshop designed to regulate, settle, and soothe the body and senses while creating possibilities for individual and collective healing through guided embodiment. This workshop looks at the neurological & physiological connections in our bodies and provides tools to discharge experiences of distress. DtH is FREE.
MAKE MUSIC DAY, JUNE 21 , DETAILS FORTHCOMING
MAKE MUSIC DAY: Mark your calendars for June 21 and celebrate Make Music Day. BuildaBridge will be joining a number of community organizations to provide FREE experiential music programming. This year will include community songwriting and West African drumming. For more information, stay tuned to our blog or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A NEW PUBLICATION FROM DR. NIX-EARLY
A NEW BOOK FROM DR. NIX-EARLY: Dr. V 's "tiny book" documents her creative works made as part of an arts-based self-care strategy to survive the COVID-19, toxic political & racial injustice pandemics of 2020. The book encourages holistic wellness and gives steps for creating your own self-care plan explored.
STay tuned for more updates from our restorative