“I was delighted to have Elder Semerit as a guest at our home and at Musea. We spoke with each other about everything that matters to us in our personal and professional lives. We planned a daylong iMusea Retreat with Lauren and Semerit to explore what we’ve done together in the past two years in the creation of Re-Membering Mending Racialized Trauma Circles, which transitioned to them supporting various Musea courses specifically to offer guidance and support to BIWOC students, which eventually culminated into the creation of a Black, Indigenous, Women of Color membership circle – The Art of Women of Color. After meeting together for a full year, the MUSEA BIWOC Community planned, curated, promoted, build, and shared their powerful Group Exhibit – Carnaval of Spirit Love, with a LIVE Museum Show and opening that took place recently on February 16! It was a gift to be able to reflect together on all the we had accomplished from working – heart to heart – and the visionary containers that we had cocreated that are thriving and growing!
As part of our time together, I wanted to take them to Musette Atelier, our new Musea Gallery and Event location on the Sonoma Plaza – and we decided to invite Yvonne and Anasuya to join us in the park where we had a picnic and red thread circle together. We spoke of our experiences and what was important in our lives. They shared about their relationships in the BIWOC circle, and their desire to use different terms to refer to themselves than are currently being used in popular culture at this time – something we are exploring together with openness and curiosity now.
Our visit to Musette turned into the first Black Indigenous Women of Color Guild gathering, and each one of them signed a page in our very special Musea Gathering Book, in which we have all those who attend our in-person gatherings at Musea sign their thumbprint and name in paint and pen for posterity and to keep a handwritten record! Each of them had the chance to make their thumbprint with gold paint, and write their name and country of origin in the big book, marking this beautiful and unforgettable moment in time. Following this the BIWOC leadership team and Guild Members went to have dinner on their own to continue to plan, share, and collaborate together excitedly for what is to come for our Musea BIWOC Community! This was a tender time of reconnection, and being together in person after so many months apart. My heart is still full from this amazing day!”
Thank you to our BIWOC Elders, Lauren and Semerit, for visiting Musea in Sonoma and continuing to dream and plan for the future of MUSEA’s BIWOC Community and the Art of Women of Color Circle!