Join us for a video screening and reception to celebrate and honor the amazing work created by the women of Sisters Rize!
The Sisters Rize! Video Production Workshop was collaborative arts-based community development project between Intersection for the Arts and the Central City SRO Collaborative group, Sisters Rize! Workshop participants learned the fundamentals of story telling and video production skills through collaborative and interactive hands-on instruction. Workshop participants created videos sharing stories, struggles and triumphs.
ABOUT SISTERS RIZE!
Sisters Rize! formed as a women’s group within CCSROC in August of 2010 with the vision of empowering women through personal, professional, and economic development. Members of Sisters Rize! want to create strong community bonds amongst women, learn new skills, and organize actions to address problems with their neighborhood and their SROs.
ABOUT THE CENTRAL CITY SRO COLLABORATIVE
CCSROC developed as an organization dedicated to the social, economic, and political advocacy and empowerment of low-income, residential hotel tenants who live in the Tenderloin and South of Market (SOMA) Districts of San Francisco. It currently offers assistance to some of the most marginalized, disenfranchised people in the area who live in SRO hotels – buildings that are infamous for their dilapidated conditions, health and building code violations, and landlord corruption. In addition to offering residents assistance for their general, day-to-day problems associated with living in SROs, CCSROC also works directly with tenants to help them first, to become educated about their rights as tenants, and second, to unite and organize to have these rights actualized and increased. They advocate for safe and decent conditions within the SROs and the maintenance and expansion of low-income housing options. By joining forces with tenants, CCSROC aims to improve the quality of life in SROs and in the community as a whole.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Indira Allegra is a poet and interdisciplinary artist whose work explores forms of queer intimacy, text, trauma and racial identity. Her preferred material is the fragment in the form of a dissident word relationship, weft thread or jump cut between visual associations. A 2012 Lambda Literary Fellow and former Banff Centre Writer, she poets through performance, video works and handwoven textiles.
Indira has contributed work to 25 for 25: An Anthology of Works by 25 Outstanding Contemporary LGTB Authors, Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought, Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two Spirit Literature and Konch Magazine among others. She has performed and screened work with Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance, Mangos with Chili, The Yellow House Project and Peacock Rebellion. Her experimental videopoems Weep Willow: The Blues for Lady Day and Blue Covers have screened both nationally and internationally. In the Bay Area, Indira’s textile works have shown at the Alter Space and College Avenue Galleries.In 2012, she was the curator and creative director for Artists Against Rape and was a member of the artistic core of Sins Invalid in 2008. A VONA alum, Indira has taught digital storytelling and poetry workshops at Intersection for the Arts, Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse and proj-ectPRO:JECT. She is currently completing her first collection of poems entitled Indigo Season.
Puck Lo is a freelance writer, researcher and multimedia producer. She lives between New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Puck is fascinated by diaspora, economics, social movements, intersections of race, gender, class, and all things hidden in plain sight. Her research and interests include queer community issues, prison, migration, labor and housing.
Puck is happy spending days buried in public records files and 10-K reports, talking to strangers, coding web sites, working with communities to tell their own stories and endlessly tweaking the perfect sentence. She holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley, but she credits the school of life – and years spent community organizing – for much of her learning.
5:30pm – Doors Open
6pm – Program