The Spaces We’re In: Centering the Safety of Black and Brown Women

The Spaces We’re In is a co-production of  Betti Ono, Gold Beams, and a coming together of a host of artists and community partners committed to our collective well-being, transformation, and healing throughout October, Domestic Violence Awareness month. Join us as we examine radical ideas of safety, explore new ways to hold safe spaces, and use art to tell our own stories, in all the spaces we’re in. 

Anniversary Season Events

Opening Ceremony
The day will include an unveiling of acclaimed artist Damon Davis‘ new mural ‘Libations’, calling in safety through a communal altar, and the space to share your thoughts surrounding radical safety for BIPOC girls and women.
October 2, 2020

Embodied: Grounding Ourselves in a Radical Black Girl Future
In partnership with Exhale Collective, explore what it would be like to live in a world where Black women and girls are free and safe in all of their embodiments. Join us for a multi-sensory, grounding practice in which we envision and manifest a radical future for ourselves through a communal art installation project.
October 4, 2020

Lavuea: Performance by Aurora Theatre and House/Full of BlackWomen
A creative collaboration between the creative team of Laveau/ Aurora Theatre and HouseFull of Black Women, Laveau, written by Brit Frazier, Directed by Margo Hall is a public ritual for the healing and protection of the black femme spirit.
October 11, 6-8pm

Together We Ride: Ending Gendered Violence on Public Transit
Alliance for Girls has been developing work with partners, including Betti Ono, to end gender-based violence on public transit. We are excited to share and celebrate the progress we have made! Join us for a virtual celebration of our girl leaders.
October 12, 3:45-5pm

Illusions, Mesmerism and Music: Performance by House/Full of BlackWomen
Where we destroy illusions with sleight of hand, awaken from the hypnosis of “Dr. Mesmer’s Memes”, holla the music of crows, strikes and rent strokes, and project the magical beauty of our black feminine genius…delight! delight! delight! delight!  This is conjure art. Music and video installation by Alexa Lexagon Burrell.
October 15, 6:30-8:30pm

Value Formation: A Safe-Tea Gathering by House/Full of BlackWomen
A comedy circle where WE BE FUNNY as we all are stand up and stand out comedians in the medicine of laughter. Led by House/Full of BlackWomen and Amber McZeal somatic and liberation psychologist.
October 18, 3-5pm

Making The Space: The Role of Black Men in the Safety of BIPOC Women

Join men from Create the SpaceWelcome to the Table, and the Black Joy Parade as they discuss how they help to make the world safer today for Black women and girls, and what other men can do to ensure safety for Black women and girls tomorrow and beyond. October 23, 2020, 6-8pm

Yoga with Maya Sykes of the Black Joy Parade
One of the best ways to cultivate safety is to be present with our physical bodies. Maya Sykes is a certified yoga instructor who incorporates the grounding aspects of slow-flow vinyasa into her teaching style. Join her for a live yoga event streaming live from Betti Ono.
October 24, 2020, 10-11:30am

Closing Ceremony
Join Betti Ono and Gold Beams to close out “The Spaces We’re In: Centering the Safety of Black and Brown Women”. Taylor Price will be presenting a sneak peak into the forthcoming documentary which will include all the interviews from the Betti Ono Pop Up Studio. The Exhale Collective will be holding space and asking questions surrounding what we have learned about safety, and what there is still left to be expanded upon. There will be spoken word by Maud Alcorn and Tayleur Crenshaw of Gold Beams, and other performances from some of our community partners throughout the month! October 30, 2020, 4-7pm