#WatahOurRoots: Let’s Grow Watah Together

The Watah School: A Black Trans-Disciplinary Arts Institute

Dear loving community,

It is an absolute honor to write this letter to you as leaders, arts lovers, and supporters of the growth, radical healing and development of young people in this city.

Earlier this year Toronto opened its arms to the first Black trans-disciplinary arts and healing institute – The Watah School (located in the Distillery District). The School, founded by dub artist storyteller d’bi.young anitafrika, re-envisions artistic training and development from the inter-sectional anti-oppressive perspectives of artists who are Black and racialized, womben, newcomers and LGBTQQl2PSAA people. Watah is a call to action to recognize the depths of healing art provides us, and it is a loving recognition that now, here, in our city it is time to create an institution that is w/holistic.

From its inception, (in 2008 as anitafrika dub theatre) to present, The Watah School has facilitated the growth and development of over 500 artists, including instigators such as Che Kothari, Liza Paul, Kim Katrin Crosby, Randell Adjei and Lishai Peel, just to name a few. We particularly reach out to you today because your work intersects directly or indirectly with the vision of Watah and it is critical that you are recognized as a central part in the development of this local/global vision.

For The Watah School to continue sprouting new seeds of sustainability, we need a vibrant network of support.

Right now we are running #WatahOurRoots, a fundraising campaign to raise $7000 for some basic essentials we need for Watah. The campaign ends on December 22 and we are currently at 18% of our goal. We are confident we can make 100% but we need your contribution! We need supporters like you to not only donate to our campaign but also to share, share, share the work we are doing at Watah with your networks!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/watah-black-trans-disciplinary-arts-institute

 

NEW ANNOUNCEMENT!!! WATAH SCHOOL POETRY COURSE NOW ON FRIDAYS FROM 5-8PM SIGN UP TODAY!!! STARTS FRIDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2014

‘The is no other school in Toronto that focuses on creating art from a place of spiritual and physical wellness. The emphasis is not just on art for the sake of art but the creation of art as a spiritual contribution to community.’ says Lishai Peel, Artist and Instigator

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poetry now: finding my poetic voice

using the sorplusi method

facilitated by d’bi.young anitafrika

DURATION: friday, november 21-december 19, 2014

COURSE FEE: $700

TIME: 5pm-8pm

PLACE: the watah school

9 trinity street #317

artscape distillery studios

416.868.9282

REGISTRATION LINK https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/poetrynowregistration

CONTACT: register@watah.org

*PROGRAM CULMINATES IN A PUBLISHED ANTHOLOGY BY SORPLUSI INSTITUTE BOOKS FEATURING PARTICIPANTS’ WORKS OF POETRY IN 2015*

photo by anthony gebrehiwot of xvxy photo

Two Spaces Left! SIGN UP NOW FOR THE NEW POETRY COURSE @ THE WATAH SCHOOL | BEGINS TOMORROW NOV 19, 2014

‘The is no other school in Toronto that focuses on creating art from a place of spiritual and physical wellness. The emphasis is not just on art for the sake of art but the creation of art as a spiritual contribution to community.’ says Lishai Peel, Artist and Instigator

dbi 3

poetry now: finding my poetic voice

using the sorplusi method

facilitated by d’bi.young anitafrika

DURATION: wednesdays, november 19-december 17

(final class on friday december 19) 2014

COURSE FEE: $700

TIME: 10am-1pm

PLACE: the watah school

9 trinity street #317

artscape distillery studios

416.868.9282

REGISTRATION LINK https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/poetrynowregistration

CONTACT: register@watah.org

*PROGRAM CULMINATES IN A PUBLISHED ANTHOLOGY BY SORPLUSI INSTITUTE BOOKS FEATURING PARTICIPANTS’ WORKS OF POETRY IN 2015*

photo by anthony gebrehiwot of xvxy photo

#watahourroots | MEET HALIMA NURI | ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE @ THE WATAH SCHOOL

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#WatahOurRoots

PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO THE WATAH FUNDING CAMPAIGN

http://igg.me/at/thewatahschool

“At The Watah School I experience the extraordinary and I am a conduit for others to feel that too.”

– Halima Nuri

Biography

Born in Uganda to Rwandese parents, Halima’s work is informed by her experiences as the oldest child of immigrants. She has been in love with the written word for as long as she can remember and credits it for allowing her to be the person she is sometimes too afraid to show. It is with immense joy that she joins The Watah School to continue to learn and walk within her purpose as an artist, storyteller and healer.

Instagram: http://instagram.com/xohalimaxo
Twitter: https://twitter.com/halima_xox
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=58021180&fref=ts

The Watah School
Instagram: http://instagram.com/thewatahschool/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatahschool
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thewatahschool
Website: http://www.watah.org

Image by Anthony Gebrehiwot

SIGN UP NOW FOR THE NEW POETRY COURSE @ THE WATAH SCHOOL | BEGINS WED NOV 19, 2014

‘The is no other school in Toronto that focuses on creating art from a place of spiritual and physical wellness. The emphasis is not just on art for the sake of art but the creation of art as a spiritual contribution to community.’ says Lishai Peel, Artist and Instigator

dbi 3

poetry now: finding my poetic voice

using the sorplusi method

facilitated by d’bi.young anitafrika

DURATION: wednesdays, november 19-december 17

(final class on friday december 19) 2014

COURSE FEE: $700

TIME: 10am-1pm

PLACE: the watah school

9 trinity street #317

artscape distillery studios

416.868.9282

REGISTRATION LINK https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/poetrynowregistration

CONTACT: register@watah.org

*PROGRAM CULMINATES IN A PUBLISHED ANTHOLOGY BY SORPLUSI INSTITUTE BOOKS FEATURING PARTICIPANTS’ WORKS OF POETRY IN 2015*

photo by anthony gebrehiwot of xvxy photo

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT | $25 GRACE BOOK LAUNCH INCLUDES ADMISSION + A COPY OF BOOK

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Come to the book launch tonite! For $25 you get admission for 1 + 1 copy of Grace by Chiedza Pasipanodya

‪#‎GraceByChiedza‬

Get Your Early Bird Ticket for $10 on Event Brite
http://tinyurl.com/omd5mem $15 @ DOOR (add $10 and get a copy of Grace by Chiedza Pasipanodya)

No-one will be turned away!

The Watah School
9 Trinity Street #317
(55 Mill Street Building 9 Suite 317)
Historic Distillery District
South East of Parliament & Front
416.868.9282 for more info
admin@watah.org

WATAH OUR ROOTS. PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO THE WATAH FUNDING CAMPAIGN http://igg.me/at/thewatahschool

‘Building at The Watah School begins with grounding…gratitude, community, gratitude.’

– Chiedza Pasipanodya

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Chiedza Pasipanodya is an artist, healer and educator interested in community, the sacred and the nature of creative expression. As an artist her choice of medium is always malleable based on the message, with a keen interest in the human body, quiet liminal spaces and the natural world.

As a healer, Chiedza is committed to developing engaging and transformational spaces through creative expression. She is the co-founder of Sunset Service, an inclusive inter-faith gathering that aims to bridge the gaps between marginalized communities and their spiritual expression in the spirit of affirmation and acceptance through poetry, prayer and performance based art.

As an educator, she has directed, facilitated and programmed art therapy workshops, creative arts lessons, community happenings with many organizations including Moyo wa Afrika Collective, Lost Lyrics, Pride Toronto, Manifesto Community Projects, OCAD University and the University of Toronto. She is currently the Curator of the Watah School.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chiedzapasi
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iamchiedza
Website: http://www.chiedzapasipanodya.com

The Watah School
Instagram: http://instagram.com/thewatahschool/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatahschool
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thewatahschool
Website: http://www.watah.org

IMAGE BY SARA GOLISH