Black Healing October Performer & Facilitator Application Form
Thank you so much for desiring to be a part of the Black Healing October!!! We are so excited to co-create a month full of healing performances and sacred conversations! We want this month to bring our communities together and steward the collective healing we deserve.
This month will be a little different than last year. Rather than asking people to design and facilitate workshops, we're asking people to perform at the workshops & services we're hosting. We're playing with the idea of creating Black Healing & Liberation Services that feel like church, that build community, that gets our audiences in their bodies and hearts, and that facilitate deep and vulnerable reflection after the events are over. We're looking for performances that really take risks and go into deep and transformative places.
It's Official! We're Partnering with Pro Bono ASL! Every event will offer ASL Interpretation!
Join us by facilitating healing offerings (6-10 minutes)
- somatic exercises,
- sound healing,
- collective singing,
- joyful movement,
- breath work,
- art therapy activity,
- call and response,
- non-religious prayers
- Small group activities/games
Join us by performing: (5-8 minutes)
- Your Writings: spoken word, poetry, theatre, prose (must be live)
- Dance: burlesque, drag performers, praise, etc (prefer live, but can be pre-recorded)
- Your Music (live or pre-recorded as music video)
- Comedy (live)
- Storytelling (live)
- Sharing a relevant short film you made.
Workshops (2-3 hours)
If you have a workshop or sacred conversation that you REALLY want to facilitate, please pitch it to us. We may not be able to host it in October, but we're happy to host it in November and beyond.
We are currently paying $150 for performances & facilitative offerings and $300 even for workshops.
We encourage EVERYONE to apply and will accept as many of you as possible. We're prioritizing Black healers/performers in the Bay Area (California) and Black people with multiply intersectional identities. We're also prioritizing workshops/performances/performers/offerings that feel very clearly alined to our work and the event at hand. Lastly, we're looking for workshops that will help us as Black people ground in love for ourselves and each other, healing, and community building.
We will also be hosting events year round. If we're not able to include your proposal for Black Healing October, we will include you in upcoming months.
How Do I Know If I'm A Good Fit for BHO?
- Do you love Black people and want to see us heal from what we have experienced inside and outside of our community?
- Do you want to be in a uniquely soft, Black, and healing space that fosters the critical conversations we need to grow and heal?
- Do you want to be in loving solidarity with Black people who are often excluded and marginalized out of more cisnormative, hetero, and religious Black spaces? Are you the Black person who feels marginalized?
- Do you believe in intersectionality, feminism, queer liberation, trans liberation, fat liberation, disability justice, and other transformative justice movements?
- Are you willing to generatively and compassionately participate in tender and vulnerable conversations with other Black people about how we treat each other and how we heal together?
- Are you able to be patient, compassionate, and flexible with our very tiny team and very grassroots movement?
- Do you want to imagine a world where all Black people can thrive in loving community, together?
- Are you a weirdo who just wants to love on and be loved by your community.
BHO Schedule of Events
October 2nd (Performance & Ritual): We're Rooting for Everyone Black! A Coming Together Performance & Ritual.
October 2nd (Community Conversation) Black on Black Love: How Can We Love Each Other More and Hurt Each Other Less?
October 9th (Performance): The Blacker The Berry: A Celebration of Dark Skin & Melanated Performers!
1 PM - 3 PM PT
Dark skinned Black people, this event is for you and us. We are looking for deep hued Black people to testify, worship, and glorify their gorgeous Blackness. Celebrate the beauty of not just being Black, but being a Black person with skin free as the night sky, rich as the most fertile earth, heavy as darkest parts of the oceans. Share your stories. Share your art. Share your voice. Perform what ever you want, offer any kind of magic you have, we just want to experience you and your beauty. The purpose of this performance is not to educate lighter skinned/non Black people about your experiences as a dark skinned person, it's just to celebrate your beauteous and wonderful existence. We want this to be a performance that can be healing for all dark skinned people - including and especially our youth,
October 9th (Sacred Space): Understanding & Healing from Colorism
October 13th: (Performance) Black MaGes Smash Up: Exploring The Magic of Gender Outside the Patriarchy - Oriented specifically for Black Youth.
4 PM - 6 PM PT
This performance is specifically for Black youth who are ready to explore the magical world of gender. We're looking for performers, practitioners, and a keynote who want to smash the patriarchy through their art and existence, and support young folks to reflect on what gender means to them and what it COULD mean beyond cisheteropatriarchy. Let's make some magic for our babies.
October 16th (Performance): Thicker Than A Snicker: A Fat, Black, & Liberated Performance
October 16th (Sacred Space): Healing from Fatphobia, Lookism, & Uglification In Our Communities
October 23th - October 24th: Honoring Our Rage & Protecting Our Magic Through Mindfulness & Embodiment, Joyful Movement, Singing, & Writing It Out—a day long intensive) (4 different sessions, 4 different facilitators)
Join us for a 2 day Black Art Healing Retreat!!!! We're looking for a keynote, a few performers, and a sound healer/meditation facilitator who can speak to what it means to honor our rage and protect our magic as Black people. We're also looking for facilitators who can facilitate a 2 hour sessions – a mindfullness/embodiment facilitator, a joyful movement facilitator, a singing/sound facilitator, and a writing facilitator.
October 27th (Open Mic & Conversation): How We Stay Alive - A Performance for Black LGBTQIA Youth
1 PM - 3 PM PT
Many of us know what it's like to be bullied, ostracized, and feel hopeless because of homo-, trans-, and queerphobia in our community. Many of us also know what it means to struggle with trauma, mental health issues, and neurodivergence. We're looking for performers & facilitators who will offer performances or healing offerings that speak to how you made it through, how you stay alive, how you learned to love yourself, how you heal. I hope this performance will encourage and uplift our youth and invite them to keep it kicking.
October 30th (Performance): Scary, Sexy, Cool: A Queer Black Halloween Showcase!
5PM - 8PM PT
October 31st: Black Love Tea Time Open Mic & Commitment Ceremony