Why "Creating Space"?
We talked to our community about what is needed now, as we reimagine (end of) life in the face of pandemic, political upheaval and racial injustice. Here's what we heard: We need more spaces for what matters most. Spaces for healing, for grieving and mourning, for truly reckoning with racial inequities, for joy and anger, for silence and dialogue, for art and action -- and for coming together in unity within and across all communities.
See Reimagine in action
View this short video to learn more about Reimagine and our latest festival, Creating Space. Learn why we do this work and what we believe in.
Creating space for justice, equity, diversity, & inclusion (JEDI)
Reimagine's JEDI goals for Creating Space
Since Reimagine's genesis as a nonprofit organization, we have been committed in the short and long-term to supporting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) through our efforts, along with making Reimagine's programming accessible and inclusive for people of all backgrounds, abilities, identities, and ages.
As part of this commitment, Reimagine is continuing to diversify its board and staff, as well as undergoing teamwide "JEDI" training (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) from a black-led organization, Holistic Underground and Mazin Jamal. We know that we have far to go, as an organization and a culture, and that we have and will make mistakes along the way, given that with any important change comes risk and discomfort.
However, we believe our unwavering commitment to this ideal will lead to continual listening, action, improvement, and long-term impact, over years. We aim to be transparent in our work, and therefore, as we launch our new festival "Creating Space" and develop long-term plans to engage with these issues, we want to clearly communicate our near-term commitments pertaining to "JEDI" based on thoughtful feedback we have received specifically from many of our incredible BIPOC community members:
1. Educate and empower all Reimagine collaborators around how to create spaces that account for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
2. Uplift the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in our community.
3. Support a more diverse community, with programming by and for communities of color and other underserved communities.
Learn more about Reimagine's JEDI initiatives, including our JEDI Principles, our Collaborator Pledge, our specific commitments for this festival, and information on our free JEDI workshop.
Creating space for you to dream
What spaces might you create?
Create a space to explore the following themes
Consider the big questions about life and death, illness and loss, love and connection, through spirituality, science, and the arts
Plan for and manage serious illness, dying, and death, for ourselves and the people we care about
Create spaces for all forms of grief and process who and what is no longer here, through honor, memories, and actions
In the face of our impermanence, embrace life, our families, our communities, and our planet, through well-being, purpose, and positive impact
Virtual program formats include
Concerts, workshops, exhibition walk-throughs, intimate conversations, ceremonies or rituals, film screenings and talk-backs, author readings, artist studio visits, book club discussions, art-making projects, games, comedy, dance/movement, meditation, dinner parties, theater, end-of-life planning, cooking demonstrations, storytelling, and more.