“decolonizing creativity: FIERY WOMYN, FIERCE EXPRESSIONS”

Greetings! On March 8, 2008, the University of California at Berkeley’s Women of Color Initiative and Graduate Women’s Project will be hosting its 23RD Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference (EWOCC). This year’s theme, “decolonizing creativity: FIERY WOMYN, FIERCE EXPRESSIONS,” explores the theme of creativity by focusing on art as an expression of a woman’s life and identity. We hope to inspire and highlight the work of women of color who share their personal, political and professional voices through the arts. These women continuously put their effort towards building a world in which their work is foregrounded and esteemed.

EWOCC strives to build networks across generations, ethnic and racial groups, sexualities, and socioeconomic levels by providing a forum to explore the past, present, and future of women’s movements, enabling us to collectively recognize generations of conscious, empowered women. The individual and collective capacities of women are often underestimated, but with a space for dialogue, we know that women of color can work together to enrich lives in our community, home, academic, and professional worlds.

The main conference event will take place on Saturday March 8th, beginning at 9:30 AM and running through 5:30 PM, and will include a panel of acclaimed Bay Area activists and leaders in community art and women’s issues, vendors, cultural performances, workshops on a variety of creativity and art-related topics. The keynote speaker will be Climbing PoeTree <http://www.climbingpoetree.com/>, the tag-team, two-spirited, boundary-breaking artistic duo, Alixa and Naima. Delivering explosive lyrics that leave listeners outraged and inspired, Climbing PoeTree tracks footprints across the country and globe on a mission to overcome destruction with creativity.

In Solidarity,
The 23rd Annual EWOCC Committee

Diana Salas
Assistant Research Scientist
Women of Color Policy Network
Wagner School of Public Service, New York University
295 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10012

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