Express Lane with Moe: Educating Future Generations

Creatives at Roundish Tables

with Special Guest Womxn From the Mountain

As we get ready for our May discussion I can’t help but think back to April’s conversation with Womxn From the Mountain, Micaela Ironshell-Dominguez and Renee Millard-Chacon. During our time together we unpacked philosophies surrounding transformative and sustainable practices in educating future generations.  Terminology we spent some time unpacking were indignity, colonization, transformative education, and sustainable practices.

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What are sustainable & transformative practices in educating future generations?

A few things definitely stuck out to me:

The first was the idea that we Americans are all colonized.  Well, most of us are. There are so many beliefs we have learned that often come from generations of colonized thought. If we would like to seek truly transformative change, perhaps we should question which of our beliefs are our own and how many of our beliefs are derived from colonized thought?

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“Owning personal responsibility is also holding space for ourselves and others.”” – John MC

Another thought that has stuck with me over the last 3-ish weeks is a question asked by John MC of Megafauna, He said: “owning personal responsibility is also holding space for ourselves and others.” This was huge for me.  Especially being a facilitator in many capacities, I find myself not fully acknowledging the power of holding space for humans but most importantly myself. How do we encourage growth in others if we do not allow ourselves the space to process and move forward?  Sustainable education means we ourselves must have sustainable restorative practices that make room for own healing. We must make that time possible especially inside of our ambition. Love you first, help others to grow second.

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Then, I couldn’t help but think about accessibility.  Last year in February, during Kalyn Heffernan’s discussion, we talked about accessibility in the DIY arts scene specifically regarding physical or mental disabilities but it really hadn’t occurred to me that we should also consider the lack of accessibility to historical narratives that are not based in colonized bias.  “The “superstar” teacher can only do so much,” said Courtney Cotton. We as a community of humans on this Earth should possibly consider the potential lessons to be learned from gaining the knowledge on the other side of the historian’s page.

After all the back and forth we came to one conclusion: we have our natural identity and our mental ability.  That is our starting point. We then conversed. Slowly our minds evolved. Now we are responsible for our evolved perspective and should (in theory) make efforts to do better every day and encourage others to do the same.  When we are ready to be truly transformative, we shouldn’t be afraid to take action. If you still need more time to ponder before turning institutions upside down, make efforts to ask questions and listen to better understand new perspectives.  Never forget- context matters, restorative healing is the key, and nurturing the next generation to be wonderful beings is the best we can do.

This note comes with a very special thank you to our co-proctors but most importantly to Megafauna.  Megafauna is one of the original arts spaces in the RINO Arts District. They are also known for cultivating the creative spirit of the RINO Arts District. AND!!! They are a space that is always full of love and open arms.  We are especially appreciative of John MC for making Megafauna possible and then, of course, for opening the doors to let us in.

Our next conversation will be this May 11th, 2p at the Denver Art Museum.  Join us for another wide ranging discussion this time surrounding power dynamics between artists and institutions.  Fingers crossed I will see you there!

Sending you so much love,

XOXO

Moe