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The Threads We Weave: A History of Our Resistance to Oppression

Updated: Oct 15, 2021

with Sheba Gittens and Amanda K Gross

You are invited to our first pre-program offering in advance of the launch of our new Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppressive Practice Expressive Arts Certificate spring 2022. We are excited to share further details in the coming months!

Update October 15th: We are sorry to inform that this workshop has been postponed. We look forward to offering this in the near future. Please watch our space for further announcements. In the meantime, you are welcome to learn more about Sheba and Amanda below.

Saturday, October 16, 2021 *POSTPONED*

12 - 4:30 pm Central Daylight Time (Manitoba)

10 am Pacific / 11 am Mountain + Saskatchewan / 1 pm Eastern / 2 pm Atlantic

In this afternoon workshop, we will create an intersectional historical weaving of stories of resistance to oppression. Using intermodal and multidisciplinary approaches, we will integrate movement, breath, storytelling, self-reflection, and fiberart to build a shared foundational analysis for understanding intersectional oppression, movements of resistance, and our personal relationships to ancestral legacies and collective liberation.

Supply List: embroidery thread and needle, scissors, shoe with laces, shoelaces you don’t mind sewing on (or other laces), embellishments, buttons, types of thread, colors, textures, etc.

Sheba Gittens is an anti-racist heArtivist, art educator, and a creative consultant based in this iteration of the world. She is a trained Wellness Practitioner, Anti-Racist Raja Yoga Instructor, and Joy Facilitator. As a creative consultant she has supported numerous organizations and businesses nationally and internationally in manifesting events, programs, and workshops grounded in equity for humanity and that honor intersectionality. Additionally, Sheba is a PRIDE (Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education) Project Artist and Artist Educator for the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education PRIDE Program through the Office of Child Development. She received her BA in Africana Studies with a focus in English Literature, and has spent her professional career working with and serving youth of all ages. She spent two years as a Padosi Fellow with the American Friends Service Committee’s Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR) as an anti-racist art educator, community organizer, and facilitator. As an integrative multimedia heArtist, she uses mixed media to educate and expand the consciousness of those she serves.

Amanda K Gross is an anti-racist organizer and artist. She blogs about the interconnectedness of racism, patriarchy, capitalism, and white womanhood at and is currently working on a full-length book on that same theme. A certified yoga instructor trained by YogaRoots On Location‘s Anti-Racist Raja Yoga School, Amanda has taught Anti-racist Raja Yoga classes at Pittsburgh Mennonite Church, at the Kingsley Association, and, since the pandemic, weekly classes online. In addition, she holds an M.A. in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and is in the midst of doctoral studies in Expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.


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