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Equity & Accessibility

We are committed to doing the work.
We are by no means a perfect organization, but we firmly believe in using the resources available to us to help continue to make Frazee Feet Dance a safe space for our Company Artists, Guest Artists, Collaborators, Artistic Staff, and patrons. It is through our collective learning and unlearning that we can find common ground and begin to build a world that gives all bodies and identities the rights, the respect, and the love that they inherently deserve.

Our commitment to this work has brought about some changes within our organization. The first one being the monthly trainings, webinars, and educational tools that our Artistic Staff are required to partake in. These trainings range in topics, including but not limited to racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, accessibility, and abelism, among others. These trainings will continue for the foreseeable future to ensure that we are continuously broadening our world view and are being inclusive of all bodies and identities that we have the honor of interacting with.

Our Community Class was also born out of this work. It is a monthly, donation based class open to all community members and taught by the Company Artists of Frazee Feet Dance. These classes not only serve as a way to connect the community safely through movement, but also are meant to reach beyond our audience into other areas of our community that are in need of our support. Each month, all donations received for this class are sent to various activist and community led organizations, both local and national. We have been able to support organizations such as Color of Change, The Okra Project, the LGBTQ Freedom Fund, Black Lives Matter, the Justice for Daniel Prude GoFundMe Campaign, 540W Main, The Mocha Center, and Roc Food Relief.

Our upcoming monthly EmpowerWalk series is another example of our commitment to this work. Short, simple walking videos inspired by @thequeerindigo, these EmpowerWalks will be open to all community members to sign up and participate in. Originally born as a way to amplify queer bodies, these EmpowerWalks are open to everyone as a way for us all to reclaim and celebrate ourselves as we are.

This work has also led to the creation of new dances that fuse our activism with our artistry. In October 2020, we premiered Society See's Me... a collaborative site-specific work was commissioned by the Artists Coalition for Change Together as a part of their project The Reckoning: Why We Vote. We used this opportunity to create a work that amplified the voices of marginalized communities through movement and spoken word to demonstrate the horrors that that Trump administration invoked during its tenure. This was our first ever politically driven piece and we will definitely be creating more.

Lastly, this work has led to a stockpiling of resources that we now would like to share with you. All of the resources and action items on this list are great ways to start or continue upon your own research and education. We not only encourage you to utilize and share these resources... but also to contribute your own! We would love to hear from you about the work you have been doing and will gladly include any resources and action items that you would like to share. Just simply fill out the form below to submit your community resources!

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Community Resources

 

**NOTE: This is not a comprehensive list. Simply a starting point.**

  • Books:

    • So you want to talk about race, by Ijeoma Oluo

    • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race, by Beverly Tatum

    • How to be an Anti-Racist, by Dr. Ibram X Kendi

    • My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, by resmaa Menakem

    • Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements, by Charlene Carruthers

    • Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    • Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work For Racial Justice, by Paul Kivel

    • An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

  • Movies:

  • Websites

  • Accounts to Follow

    • @avenueblackbox

    • @ftp_roc

    • @rocfoodrelief

    • @540westmain

    • @unicorn.riot

    • @thejeffreymarsh

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