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Black Artist Retreat 2023
Black Artist Retreat 2023

Wed, May 24


Newton County

Black Artist Retreat 2023

Come join other Black Artists and Creatives on the land at Acorn Center for Restoration and Freedom.

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Time & Location

May 24, 2023, 11:54 PM – 11:58 PM EDT

Newton County, Newton County, GA, USA

About the event

The Black Artists Retreat is back for our second YEAR! Acorn Center for Restoration and Freedom is inviting Black Artists and Creatives (21 and over) to enjoy a special experience at our Retreat Center in Georgia, 60 minutes from Atlanta. Come enjoy an upscale off-grid experience on 8 acres of land, with a saltwater pool, pond, and medicinal herb farm. This artist weekend will be woven with virtual programming from Black Love Convergence, and special opportunities for art-making, wellness, and connection. Included in your stay are accommodations in one of our off-grid rooms or glamping sites (click here to view more about our accommodations), meals, and weekend activities. 

The maximum number of spots is for 8 people. Applications are due by May 15, 2022. Applicants will be notified by May 25, 2022, of acceptance. 

Lead Facilitator: Ewín’bí Coleman (he/they) - Ewín’bí (he/they) is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Affiliate Faculty Member in Africana Studies. They are performance artist, dancer/choreographer, poet, and transdisciplinary artist-scholar who prioritizes both performance mediums and written scholarship. His publications appear in Bigger Than Bravery: Black Resilience and Reclamation in a Time of Pandemic, Out of Place: Artists, Pedagogy, and Purpose, Out of Place: Artists, Pedagogy, and Purpose, The Black Trans Prayer Book, and forthcoming (2023) in The Black Scholar, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Queer Studies and Communication, and Geographies of Us: An Ecosomatic/s Reader.

Host: Bliss Cortez (they/them) - I work to build a more clear network for black people, people of color, queer folx, trans beings, and the intersections of all these communities (QTBIPOC) to connect to one another in order to create opportunities and growth, find resources for people’s finances and housing, support or counseling, and all around healthier living. They were Nashville Regional Producer for the Moth, interviewed for Salty, the Arts and Activism Director for  Youth Empowerment Through Arts & Humanities [YEAH!], and founded Bliss and the Trash Plants. Bliss is currently the Retreat Director at Acorn Center for Restoration and Freedom. 

While we offer accommodations, food, and onsite activities for  FREE to our community, many resources are leveraged to ensure this experience is amazing.  As such we ask folks selected to commit to participating with the fullness of their heart, or let us know immediately if their circumstances will prevent attendance so we may offer the spot to someone else. You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from the retreat center, more details will be provided if you are selected. 

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