2nd Annual






             March 27-29th 2020


Our purpose in organizing this symposium is to create a space for exploration of possibilities for using the arts for social action. We define social action as being an action that leads to any of the following: healing, education, community building, and/or community action. The spirit of this undertaking is one of exploration, collaboration, encouragement, urgency in action with the underlying principle being love.


The Convergence Symposium is in honor of Moya Moye

Moya was murdered in New Orleans in February 2018. A Baha'i, a leader in the Black Lives Matters movement, an artist and a mentor to many children and youth, his death broke the hearts of countless people. This gathering in his memory is meant to lift the hearts of those who knew him, lead to action in our communities, provide a space for collaboration and create a unified  community of world changers.



What does your registration fee cover?

All registration fees go towards the cost of the event: travel expenses for facilitators; 12 hours of engaging, informative, and interactive workshops; workshop materials; light refreshments; lunch on Saturday and Sunday; rental of sound equipment; photographer; two parties and rental of space.  Any monies remaining will go towards next year's Convergence Symposium. No money for personal use goes to the organizer, Adalia Ellis, or her organization, Aroha Arts Collective. 

Sliding scale income based registration

We trust that those who choose to come and be apart of this weekend will look at their finances and choose the registration fee that best reflects their ability to pay. The actual per person cost for an event of this caliber would be $200. 


  • Retired, high school & college students, unemployed 
    Early Bird: $40 | After January 1st: $50

  • Income $30,000-$40,000 
    Early Bird: $70 | After January 1st: $90

  • Income $40,000-$70,000 
    Early Bird: $95 | After January 1st: $115

  • Income $70,000-above 
    Early Bird: $150 | After January 1st: $200



Donations of any amount are welcome! Through our partnership with Mingle of the Pee Dee, a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status, that your donation will be tax deductible. All monies received will be 

applied towards the cost of the project such as travel and lodging expenses, food, materials, rental of space 

and equipment.


Workshops 2020

1.5 hr Musical & Dance Journey to Cape Verde
During this session, you will be taken on a journey through time on Cape Verdean music, dances, customs, traditions and actively participate in a short display of what is also called "Morabeza Cabo Verdiana".

Who are we without our “colonized” suit?
Have you ever considered who you are or you who you could potentially be without a colonized mindset? What does it mean to shed the layers of colonization and its systematic structures? Join us in a discussion on what it means to live on a land and to partake in a society where the foundations were built on the backs of Black and Indigenous Peoples.

Praise, Protest, and Purpose
Music as a socio-spiritual model of racial healing and restoration

History of Afro-Latin Dance and Music
In this mixed media session we will explore the roots and impact of Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata through dance, written and spoken word, music and video.

Justice Jam
A time for musicians, songwriters and lovers of music to create together on a social justice theme.


Music, Movement, Wellness
We will explore the relationship between music and movement to encourage wellness.

Collective Artistic Reflections
We will close out the weekend with an engaging, participatory, creative approach to collective reflection.

Strategic Self Care & Social Justice: Healing through the Arts
This workshop outlines the critical response to injustice through strategic self care planning for cultural and social justice activists. Instructional guidance will bring a written template and oral presentation on Strategic Self Care Planning for those who push back against micro and macro injustices. Labels and terminology wars quite often separate us from what is healing. The second half of this workshop welcomes participants to experience the art of a combination of West African, Caribbean and Salsa dance to activate Strategic Self Care tools that can be used to strengthen personal and organizational social justice efforts.

Multiple Facilitators
Let's Talk About the Legacy of Race in America

"Come get your cousin"
How to recognize racist micro-agressions, what to do in the moment, and how to recognize a subconscious sense of superiority in ourselves as white allies.   

"The Brownest Eye"
Resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity and the importance of adversity free spaces for people of African decent.

 Schedule 2020

6:00 Welcome
6:15 Celebration of Moya's Life
7:00  Grassroots Social Justice: Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program
7:45-9:00 Food, Fellowship, Music, Dance, Games

9:00-10:30 Strategic Self Care & Social Justice: Healing through the Arts

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Praise, Protest, and Purpose

12:15-1:15 Lunch Together

1:15-2:45 1.5 hr of Musical & Dance Journey to Cape Verde

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:30 Who are we without our “colonized” suit?

4:30-4:45 Break

4:45-6:15 Let's Talk About the Legacy of Race in America

6:15-9:00 Dinner On Your Own

9:00-12:00 Afro-Latin Soiree

9:00-9:30 Morning Check in

9:30-10:15 Music, Movement, Wellness

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:45 History of Afro-Latin Dance and Music

11:45-12:45 Lunch Together
Schedule video conference with a collaborative cohorts

12: 45-2:15 Collective Artistic Reflections

2:15-3:15  Justice Jam

3:45-4:45 Opportunity for Baha'is to reflect on implications for the core activities and our efforts (All are welcome)

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Adalia Bahiyyih Ellis

Organizer and Founder

Primary Contact:


(843) 304-2034


Registration & Onsite Support

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  • Afro-Latin Dancer/Choreographer

  • Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant

Stacey Paulin
Atlanta, GA
Eric Dozier
Nashville, TN
Anana Harris-Parris
Atlanta, GA
  • DJ Extraordinaire 

Amber Rose
Nashville, TN
Kimimila Locke
Wakpala, SD
  • Transformative Workshops

  • Coaching

Kathryn Lucatelli
Broomfield, CO
  • Singer, Songwriter, Musician

  • Public Health Consultant

Katharine Key
  • Founder, Lead Instructor Aroha Arts Collective

  • Black Belt Dance Franchisee

  • Professor of Public Speaking Francis Marion University

Adalia Bahiyyih Ellis
Florence, SC



 We are accepting monetary donations which will be applied to costs related to the event such as supplies and food.

You may also donate a registration fee on behalf of someone. The organizer, support team and facilitators are volunteering their time.


The depth of gratitude to the following sponsors cannot be described. The funds went primarily to costs related to travel expenses which included multiple flights. Please take a moment to click on their logos and see what they offer to their communities. 

We are looking for sponsors for THE 2nd ANNUAL CONVERGENCE SYMPOSIUM!

If you are an interested business or individual please contact Adalia at (843) 304-2034

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© 2019 Aroha Arts Collective


This project is made possible through funding from the Florence Regional Arts Alliance's Quarterly Grants Program, which is funded in part by a generous award from the South Carolina Arts Commission and due to the local support of Honda of South Carolina and Mosaic Clothing, LLC.





  Francis Marion University Place  

142 North Dargan Street Florence SC

PHONE: 843-304-2034

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This project is in partnership 

with the Mingle of the Pee Dee, a non-profit organization

with 501(c)(3) statuswhose mission is to engage and enhance diverse professionals and entrepreneurs in professional development, social networking, and community service.

All donations for this project are tax deductible.