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Feb 3: Space for Grief: A Song Circle for Asian + Mixed Bodies

Gather in community to give voice to all the feels about how our communities, our families, and ourselves are hurting.

Place: Springboard for the Arts, 262 University Ave W, St. Paul
Date: Friday, February 3, 2023
Time: 7-8:30 pm
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While this is prompted by the violent events in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay, there is no shortage of personal and collective grief that needs a place to be held and processed. Bring yourself and whatever you are carrying. When we come together, we can carry more together. In singing together, we can see, hear, and feel our community, and tap into what's on our soul and add it to a sound tapestry container we hold together.

Our space will be held by mixed Asian song leaders, Liz Digitale Anderson and Conie Borchardt (GOOD TROUBLE). They will guide us in easy to learn songs for grief and healing and create space for vocal exploration and movement. A walking labyrinth will also be available for personal reflection. Come with your hesitations and your curiosity; your anger, rage, frustration, and sadness.

Conie Borchardt (she/they) was a founding member of Morning Star Singers and founding director of Grace Notes, both Twin Cities comfort/hospice choirs. Today, they are working on cultural transformation projects, particularly growing the Biracial & Rural community of care and Freeing Stuck Refrains, a storytelling space inviting everyone into the conversation about "What bind you? What liberates you?" In addition to holding space for change, Conie also holds certificates in the 5 Elements Full Voice Coaching method, Dances of Universal Peace leadership, and being a spiritual companion.

Liz Digitale Anderson (she/they) is committed to grief work as a growing edge in this season of their life. They use singing as the cornerstone of their organizing for personal, cultural, and structural change towards liberation. Liz has been shaped by somatic anti-racism work; theatre, dance, and a cappella; living cross-culturally; deconstructing religion + reconstructing spirituality, and exploring intentional community. Their main adventure for the past five years has been raising two tiny humans and the accompanying PhD-level inner work that comes with them. Lately Liz has been writing new songs to sing together that support systemic change, ending white supremacy, and movements for abolition.

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