I want to start my message to you with a quote by Native American spiritual leader and chief Sitting Bull:
Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love.Sitting Bull
Perhaps you have spent time this winter planning, preparing and visioning in your life and creative practice. In my role as Community Organizer at Spaceworks, winter has been a time to dive into the challenges artists, cultural workers and communities face: from increasing work space costs to systemic barriers and isolation.
Our team has worked to increase our awareness around these urgent issues by participating in racial equity trainings and local community building projects, by enhancing programs such as our Squad leadership team, by meeting with our trusted community partners for discussions and insight, and by hearing your unique individual stories at Calling The Circle.
I want to personally thank you for leaning into this journey and sharing your time, talents and energy with us. We deeply appreciate it and hope you continue to step into newness this spring in your own lives and with Spaceworks.
If you have not already, please take a few moments to complete or share our Annual Survey. You can access the Spanish version here. Lastly, I hope you are able to join us at the Calling The Circle: Culminating Event for an evening focused on community storytelling and art grounded in our identities, cultures and creative expressions. The circle serves as an interpersonal gathering point through which we may courageously listen to each other, speak our truths, express our talents and act with clear intentions.
Raul Rivera, he/him