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LIVE: August 13-17, 2021

The Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield MA

Rites of Passage 20/20 Vision
Art & Performance honoring the lives Women of Color
A House of Belonging, Resilience, & Re-Membering.
A House of the Collective Feminine Soul.
1 House
21 Rooms 
65 Women 
5 Days
10 Live Performances
  

Help Us Raise $200K through our May Crowdfunding Campaign by May 31st

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NOW IS OUR TIME.

BE A PART 

of making herstory.

It's people like you

who are helping us reach our

20/20 VISION $200K GOAL by May1st.

All donations are tax-deductible 

through our Crowdfunding Campaign,

 PayPal Giving, or via check.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for helping create

a more just + beautiful future

for women + for all of us.  

Honoring the Voices of WOC 

Listen to our May 1st kick-off call for our month-long crowdfunding campaign for RITES OF PASSAGE: 20/20 VISION, honoring the lives of BLACK, INDIGENOUS and IMMIGRANT (cis & trans) WOMEN OF COLOR. 

 

ROP is raising $100K this month (to meet our $200K goal) to cover the production costs for ROP 20/20

VISION, by May 31st.

 

Pooja Prema, ROP founder, is joined by collaborators as they discuss our upcoming, groundbreaking art & performance project that will be happening this August, at The Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield MA.

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CLEAR SIGHT
Rites of Passage 20/20 Vision seeks to Dream, Envision & Embody the world anew
with fresh perspectives for a more fertile, resilient & equitable future for all
with Black, Indigenous and Immigrant Women of Color in the center.
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Each room in 20/20 Vision 
embodies a rite of passage theme
in the lives of
 Black, Indigenous + Immigrant
Women of Color
Yet ultimately, it is
a living, breathing invocation
for remembrance + healing justice
on behalf of all our lineages,
and all our many colors

 

 

 

WE ARE

 

 

 

THE

 

 

 

ONCE

 

 

 

&

 

 

 

FUTURE

 

 

 

FUTURE

 ...that visibility which makes us most vulnerable is

that which also is the source of our greatest strength.”

                                                                  Audre Lorde

At this unprecedented time in our history, Rites of Passage 20/20 Vision offers 
Women of Color a unique invitation to Take Up Space, and to embody their wisdom + beauty.
In doing so, we heal, re-member and transform ourselves + our lineages,
and inspire + enable others to do the same.
  Join the Vision...
 

LINEAGE. SEEDS. SOVEREIGNTY. FERTILITY. SUSTENANCE.

 MEDICINE. WATER. WOMB. FLOWER. VICTORY.

DIASPORA. STORY. WEAVE. LEGACY.

SOIL. ANCESTRAL SOUL. HEALING JUSTICE. REMEMBRANCE.

 
New "ROOMS of CURE" in 2021:
  • Migration/ Diaspora— honoring the immigrant experience
  • No Longer Silent— on #metoo and healing sexual trauma
  • Legacy— honoring lineage-based wisdom and sovereignty
  • The Grief Room— a memorial for diasporic lineages oppressed through colonization and displacement
  • Woman Heal Thyself—  on the healing of women's bodies and water bodies.
  • The Living Womb— re-visioning birth, and addressing the lack of adequate natal care for BIPOC
  • Taboo— a walk-in-closet about abortion, miscarriage & stillbirth
  • Queer Luv— about the queer experience
  • Trans-cendant— on the trans experience and gender fluidity
  • Re-membering My Mother— honoring our mothers & motherhood
  • Re-membering My Father— about women’s complex relationships to men and masculinity
  • Girlhood— reclaiming childhood from gendered stereotypes
  • Adolescence— cure-ated by a group of local youth from the R.O.P.E. program
  • The Kitchen— rediscovering inter-generational community & nourishment

  • Age as Power— in praise of menopause and aging
  • The Elder Room— honoring the wisdom of radically embodied elderhood
  • Divorce— the end of partnership & marriage
  • Dissolution— a room about spiritual breakdown, breakthrough and rebirth
  • Forgiveness— on forgiving ourselves, our ancestors, our oppressors
  • The Body Room— a bathroom celebrating female and femme bodies of all kinds
  • V is for Victory— an altar-room to fertility and creative sovereignty  
  • Sustenance— on reclaiming women's relationships to Nature estranged through displacement + migration
  • The Sustenance Pantry an heirloom seed bank + pantry of ancestral foods of sustenance       
  • The Library an inter-sectional multicultural feminist library
  • The Death & Re-Birth Canal embracing the life-death-life cycle

WE ARE THE ONCE + FUTURE

VISION OF OUR ANCESTORS.

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A portion of proceeds from the Rites of Passage 20/20 production will support
the revolutionary work of women of color around:
Reproductive Rights and Healthy Birth for BIWOC 
Seed Saving + Ecological Stewardship
Medicine for the People + Clean Water
Immigration Justice
....
As well as towards completing the
Rites of Passage Book
INTERDEPENDENCE

Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.

Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them.”       

                                                                                     Arundhati Roy

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Artwork Credits:
Second Strip: Cynthia Atwood 
Eggshell Strip: Gabrielle Senza, Hysteria
Contribute To the Vision Strip: Cynthia Atwood, Menopause
Boxes: Deb Koffman