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Thrive Sunday | Spell Casting Our Divine Creativity

  • 2501 Harrison Street Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)

Join Thrive East Bay on Sunday, Dec 3rd for Spell Casting Our Divine Creativity with guest speaker & cultural strategist Ashara Ekundayo, guest artist Khafre Jay of Hip Hop For Change, and the soul-stirring Thrive Choir. Creativity is life, and we are a vital part of life's creativity. How can we each connect with our divine creativity as a source of freedom & joy and as a force of healing & transformation?

WHAT: Thrive Sundays are an opportunity to connect with a diverse and inspiring group of people; to be uplifted by music, singing, poetry, and story; and to experience the transformative power of community in service to a just and flourishing world for all.

WHEN: Sunday, December 3rd from 4 - 6pm (please arrive on time!)
Food, music, and connecting from 6 - 7pm

WHERE: Community Hall at First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Walkable from the 19th Street Bart Station
(This venue is wheelchair accessible.)

THEME: Spell Casting Our Divine Creativity

CO-HOSTS: Aryeh Shell & Cherine Badawi

MUSIC: the Thrive Choir (directed by Austin Willacy)

GUEST SPEAKER: Ashara Ekundayo is a cultural strategist, independent curator, serial entrepreneur, and connector of the urban landscape. She facilitates the creation of “collaboratory” spaces where methodology amplifying the intersections of social permaculture, social entrepreneurship, and social justice can be manifested. Through her company AECreative, she consults with organizations to assess and build capacity for equitable community engagement through mindfulness, creative arts practice, exhibition, and project management. She is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Impact Hub Oakland and Owner of Omi Gallery, both creative enterprises committed to the social, cultural, economic and political liberation of people of color, women and girls, and the LGTBQ community. Her commitment to social transformation is informed by an intersectional framework that aims to expand the influence and impact of arts and culture on racial equity, gender+justice, and environmental literacy.

GUEST ARTIST: Khafre Jay is a hip hop artist and the founder & Executive Director of Hip Hop For Change. He has been a pillar of the Hip Hop community in San Francisco for over a decade, working with Frisco’s own B-Pos, and rocking the stage with legends in 38 states including Rakim, Method Man, Dead Prez, Krs1, Jean Grae, and Tone Loc He's worked actively in the nonprofit sector from small, local justice groups, to large, international environmental organizations. Khafre has spent years working with disadvantaged young people, using his hip hop roots to bridge social gaps, and helping kids find identity through their culture. His experience in merging activism and expressive cultural arts led him to found Hip Hop For Change, a nonprofit that uses grassroots activism to educate people about socio-economic injustices and to advocate solutions through hip hop culture. In the last 3 years, Hip Hop For Change Inc. has worked with over 1000 students, teaching the history and practice of Hip Hop culture in over 20 schools and institutions, giving young people the tools for positive cultural expression.

COST: No one will be turned away from lack of funds. There is a suggested sliding scale contribution of $10 - $20 or more to help us cover our costs. You are invited to contribute what you feel called to and are able to. 

RSVP on Eventbrite if plan to join us, and feel free to Invite your family, friends, and neighbors. Please keep in mind that we are building a diverse community of people from many races & ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, income ranges, and ages. You can invite Friends on Facebook here.

FOOD: Please bring a vegan snack or treat to share with others for the social hour following the program. 

CHILDCARE: Childcare is offered for free during our main program. Reservations are required so we can plan accordingly. Please RSVP at team@thriveeastbay.org if you would like a spot for your child or children.

VOLUNTEERS: We are seeking volunteers to help with the set-up and break-down of this event. If you are available to arrive early or stay late, please let us know at team@thriveeastbay.org. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

In partnership,
the Thrive East Bay Team

Earlier Event: November 12
Root Down | Reclaiming Our Ancestry