healing story circle portraits

Reviving Our History, Healing Our Past

This event, held in April 2020, is part of the “Imagining Health Justice” project sponsored by BeLoved Asheville, UNC Asheville, and South Arts. It is a multidisciplinary community healing project that uses the arts to bring the most marginalized people in our community together to imagine and practice new ways of being in relationship with one another.

Using story, ritual, and creative expression, the project aims to make connections between health outcomes and historic and present-day injustices. This project serves as a model to inspire others to utilize the arts in this way.

During the event, artist Jenny Pickens shared a beautiful painting. Pickens and Veronica Jackson began the circle, sharing about their “growing up days in Asheville.” Imhotep Dlanod used the drum to help everyone imagine deep healing in our bodies. Ponkho Bermejo shared the importance of reviving these histories for our youth.

Community elders and youth are determined to revive the deep community connections torn apart by racist policies. This healing story circle allowed community members to gather to heal, dream, and build.

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