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Resiliency In Rhythm

This expressionistic collection of heARTivism storytelling in early 2020 revealed authentic journeys of young people of color in the Portland metro region. Their creative language, which include music, video, dance, song, fashion, multimedia art and spoken word, was grounded in the real life experiences of these racially diverse performers who have moved past the emotional grip of their trauma and shifted into the depth of their possibilities.

Each performer possessed a unique sense of purpose that has been seasoned by trauma. Their empowering messages are a collective wake-up call for adults to look past challenging youth behaviors – and sometimes, racially based judgments of their potential – and recognize that we are ALL so much MORE than the worst thing that has ever happened to us. And with a little love, support and encouragement, young people have the potential to shift from rough to resilient … and rise UP!

This three-day performance, which was different every night, got a spectacular review from

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