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        3rd Annual
 
 
 
 
 
                   February 4-6, 2022
                         
In person with virtual option
 
                          

Purpose

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.

Registration and Logistical Information

Registration is now open for the 3rd Convergence Symposium. In person space is limited to 35 participants. Anyone coming in person must be vaccinated and can show proof of vaccination. There is no limit for those who want to join via live streaming on Zoom.

 

Registration fees are sliding scale and we don't require any paperwork showing income. Consider your financial circumstances and pay what you can. All monies received will go towards honorariums, travel and lodging expenses for the facilitators, as well as materials and costs related to hosting the event. The organizer of the the event receives no compensation. 

  • Where:  Aroha Afro Latin Dance Studio, 167 North Dargan St Florence SC 29506

  • Getting Here: Florence has an airport that American Airlines serves.
    For those traveling by car, Florence is conveniently located on I-95 and I-20.

  • Lodging: There are many hotels here because of the interstates and there are also AirBnB properties. There are two hotels in downtown Florence where the venue is located, Hyatt Place and Hotel Florence. 

  • Getting Around: Although Lyft and Uber are here they are not reliable. Carpooling will be the best way to get around once you are here. We will provide transportation to and from the airport.

 
Confirmed Facilitators 2022

Kimimila Locke, Anana Harris Parris,

Adalia Ellis, Eric Dozier, Antonio Medina, 

Timothy Conley 

Additional Facilitators Announced SOON!!

Check Out the 2020 Topics

Antonio
Musical Journey of West Africa
During this interactive session, you will be taken on a musical journey through West Africa sharing dances from Guinea and Mali, customs, and traditions. 

Kimimila
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.

 

Tim
Social Action Through The Lense
Participants will learn about the power of using media and social media to tell a story, express a message. Using our phones, we will capture and create short videos during the weekend. 


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

Anana
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.

2020 Topics Continued
  • Facebook - White Circle
  • LinkedIn - White Circle
  • Twitter - White Circle

Adalia

Beautiful Dances of Defiance: Ancestors Speak Through Afro-Latin Movement 

Merengue, Bachata, Salsa, Son and many other dances began as movements while working on plantations and ships. These movements tell the story of the experience of people of African descent enslaved in the Caribbean. In this session, history and healing will be embodied in movement and words

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.   


"Global Indiginaity Task Force"

Current events are making it clear that communities that are being most effected by the national and global upheaval, are brown and black people who are the descendants of people subjugated by colonialism, slavery and systemic racism. This will be ground zero for us to create a collaborative task force whose goal is to work together to meet needs of our collective community that are material, educational, economic and more.  Come ready to be visionaries and to consult on collaborative lines of action that will continue long after the close of the Symposium. 
 


Katharine
Collaborative Writing (Justice Jam ongoing project)
A time for musicians, songwriters and lovers of music to create together on a social justice theme.

 

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

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

 

MEET THE TEAM

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Adalia Bahiyyih Ellis

Organizer and Founder

Primary Contact:

arohaartscollective@gmail.com

(843) 304-2034

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Registration & Onsite Support

MEET THE FACILITATORS
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Timothy Conley 
Los Angeles, CA
  • Filmmaker

  • Professor at Los Angeles Film School and Santa Monica College

  • Upcoming Documentary film"Wisper"

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Kimimila Locke
Wakpala, SD
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Adalia Bahiyyih Ellis
Florence, SC
  • Founder, Aroha Arts Collective

  • Founder, Aroha Afro Latin Dance

  • Professor of Public Speaking Francis Marion University

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Eric Dozier
Nashville, TN
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Anana Harris-Parris
Atlanta, GA
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Amber Rose
Nashville, TN
  • DJ Extraordinaire 

 

  DONOR OPPORTUNITY

 

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MAKE A DONATION

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 3rd Convergence Symposium.