Border Tales – Workshops – 21, 28 Sept

The Jethro Centre warmly invites you to the following events for Good Relations Week, 2021: “Brighter Days Ahead”

A border, a fence, a wall, a railway track, a street, a sign – physical markers that communicate that you have crossed or passed into a new terrain. The word “border” invokes a variety of emotions and diverse political opinions; but most of all, it points to history and to stories that are held by many.
How do we connect, move between or cross borders, to meet ourselves or others?

What’s happening?

Two events over two weeks where we hear about a border in other contexts and invite you to play with the concept of a border in our own setting. One event about a positive Community Relations experience within local schools.

Hearing stories from other lands and contexts can open new perspectives for one’s own journey and perhaps provide helpful guideposts along the way as there is a growing need to develop restorative practices and creative spaces that help us to regain a sense of belonging and connection.

Workshop 1: On Zoom delivered by Shabrae Jackson

21st September 2021, 9.30pm.

Shabrae Jackson, an expressive arts facilitator will share her experience and stories of working on the border between Mexico and the US. The wall between these two countries is more than 2,000 miles long and its very presence speaks to individuals and groups who live nearby and the many who are hoping to pass through this contested space.

Shabrae has in-depth experience implementing grassroots community-led projects and lived in Mexico for over 15 years. She is co-founder of UMBRAL, an organization engaged in arts-based psychosocial trauma & healing in Mexico City and at the border with migrants & refugees. She also explores the intersection of arts, hope, and peacebuilding with Geography of Hope, and is a Director of training for International based groups & organisations.

We invite you to this late-night event. Join us for this experiential and facilitated space for collective learning and dreaming about Borders, Belonging and Care at the Threshold. Bring a warm drink a pencil, paper and a photo of something that represents your personal border encounter.

Workshop 2: Delivered by Carole Kane & Paul Hutchinson

28th September, 7.15pm.

An interactive, session in the Jethro Centre, Lurgan. Leading on from Workshop 1, we will follow our curiosity to further explore the concept of Border Tales, connections, space, tension, endings and beginnings. We’ll consider key points from the initial workshop of Shabrae’s experiences in Mexico and consider if and how these might reflect into or differ from our local context.

Paul is the founder/director of Imagined Spaces (specialising in community relations) former Director of Corrymeela and since 1990, a therapist, advocate, manager in mental health services. Amongst other roles, he is also a writer, film-maker and community artist.

Carole is the Good Relations Project Officer in the Jethro Centre. She also has many roles but works across the arts, education and peacebuilding in community settings.

To register attendance for any of these events:

Phone: 028 38325673

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