Care and Tenderness in Cooperative Cultural Work

Care and Tenderness in Cooperative Cultural Work

Thursday, April 23, 2020
3-4:30pm CDT

with Adriana Monsalve (Memphis, TN), Kimi Hanauer (Los Angeles, CA), Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo (Oakland, CA), Samantha Maria Espinoza (Oakland, CA)

How can we create and sustain space for care and tenderness within cooperative work? What unique forms of care and tenderness manifest within cooperative practices? How can we, as cultural organizers working in a range of spaces, from DIY initiatives to large-scale institutions, make space for care and tenderness within structures that actively work against their manifestations? We will distribute a range of resources and tools created by art/cultural practitioners, as well as draw on our own experiences within our various projects (Nook Gallery, Wolfman Bookstore, Press Press and Homie House Press). Defining intimacy as the experience of being genuinely seen, heard, and understood by another person/ group of people, this skill-share/conversation will focus on the potentials of cooperative processes to facilitate intimate working relationships through caring and tenderness. The workshop will include writing a collective tenderness and care manifesto and more!