The Identity Project

A partnership between Teaching Artist Amanda Cantrell Roche, TPAC Education, and five Nashville-based organizations.

The Identity Project is a reflective, deep listening, interactive experience that brings people of diverse backgrounds together to consider and express personal identity. Though it may bring together groups of people who are on different sides of an issue, is not an issue-focused project, nor focused on discussing or trying to resolve conflict. However, it does take the first steps in relationship building that is needed for true conflict resolution; seeing each other as unique human beings, and recognizing we live in an inequitable society.

 

“I am … You are … We can …”

 

Individual Organization Intro Workshops

 

Each of five invited groups will receive a 90-minute workshop for 5-10 participants from their organization. These workshops are free and scheduled at the organization’s chosen time and place. We will use group and partner discussion, dialogue, and activities to reflect on how we build our identities,  create “I am …” statements, and participate in a reflective affirmation exercise.

Spiral Community Activity, evening, November 19, 2018 

 

All participants from the individual workshops come together at War Memorial Auditorium. We will repeat some of the identity, “I am …” and reflective affirmation activities with the whole group, participate in a Privilege Line activity and discussion led by Tasha Fletcher, and consider what connects us as a community.

Relationship Building Social Network

 

An online community will be created and facilitated for six months following the community event, allowing participants to engage in ongoing discussions, promote their events, and continue to build relationships with individuals and the five represented organizations. There will also be an opportunity to engage with a pen pal. 

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