Black & Bliss Wellness Arts Series: RECLAIMING MY BIRTHRIGHT TO THRIVE!

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Learn the art of storytelling and how to develop your personal narrative as a means to heal and to manifest.

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OUR BLACK & BLISS WELLNESS ARTS SERIES

The Clemmons Family Farm is pleased to launch "BLACK & BLISS"- a wellness art series. This free series is offered on Zoom exclusively for Black Vermonters in November and December 2020.

"BLACK & BLISS" features 10 amazing wellness artists who are members of the Vermont African-American/African Diaspora Artists Network. Our collaborating artists will help participants find creativity, connection, wellness and healing.

To honor our collective need for safety and trust, none of the BLACK & BLISS sessions will be recorded.

For more information about the entire series, please visit http://bit.ly/CFFBliss

ABOUT OUR SESSION

This session will teach the art of storytelling and how to use artistic expression to encourage both self and collective care practices.

“What would it look like to not simply survive life, but THRIVE...?”

This session will begin with an introduction to familiarize our session leader and participants. Ferene will then share her personal healing journey and how it freed her from a toxic work environment by prioritizing her physical and mental health. Folx will be invited to engage in reflective prompts, share lived experiences, and soak up the collective wisdom of our group.

-- Womxn 18+, preferably --

Bring These With You to the Session:

  • Pen and paper to jot down thoughts
  • An openness for reflection, sharing, and connection!

ABOUT OUR SESSION LEADER, FERENE PARIS MEYER

As a storyteller, Ferene has found that creating space to name her narrative and share it within intimate spaces has contributed significantly to her healing as a Black womxn. She creates heart-centered storytelling spaces through workshops, community engagements, food, and hosting affinity spaces. She aspires to make a collective difference within our local Vermont community and beyond- one story at a time.

Ferene also has been a faculty artist with the Flynn Center since 2019, teaching "I’m My Ancestor’s Wildest Dreams: Voices of Color Through Storytelling". She started this class in collaboration with the Flynn to create space for BIPOC voices to be heard, find connection, and feel a sense of belonging through shared narratives.

She is owner of All Heart Inspirations, LLC.

About the Clemmons Family Farm:

Preserve, Empower, Build

Did you know that over the past century, African-Americans have lost 93% of their land assets: from a combined total of 44 million acres in the 1920's to just 3.5 million acres today? The Clemmons Family Farm is among the 0.4% of all farms in the United States that are still African-American owned.

A registered 501c3 nonprofit organization, Clemmons Family Farm Inc.'s Black & Bliss wellness arts program is closely tied to our mission to:

PRESERVE the 148-acre Clemmons farm as a Black-owned land and cultural heritage asset and a historic site of national importance.

EMPOWER a growing network of Vermont's Black artists and culture bearers with opportunities for professional development, advocacy, visibility, networking, paid engagements, collective healing, and a safe haven for creativity that helps them to thrive.

BUILD a loving multicultural community around African-American/African diaspora history, arts and culture.

  • According to the 2012 United States agriculture census, of the nearly 7000 farms in Vermont, only 17 are African-American-owned or operated.
  • Of the 1.2 million acres of farmland in Vermont, only 740 acres are owned or principally operated by African Americans.

Located in Charlotte near beautiful Lake Champlain, the Clemmons Family Farm is ​one of the largest African-American-owned historic farms in Vermont today. The farm includes 6 historic buildings (circa late 1700s-1800s), a spacious 1990’s residence, and 148 acres of prime farmland and forests, ponds and streams abundant with wildlife.

Your support helps us to keep this rare farm available for African-American and African diaspora history, arts and culture programs for the community.

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