Winter 2018 Programming At The WCCW: Health/Care

Proposal deadline is December 5, 2017. Programming will take place between February–April 2018.

In this moment of of high-anxiety, it seems like everyone is talking about self care. In a society where women and femmes struggle under the weight of sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and classism—and are still expected to selflessly care for others—self care can seem (as Audrey Lorde put it) not a self indulgence but a crucial act of self preservation.

But care doesn’t happen in isolation. In addition to time and money, self care requires support. Care is made possible when we form community.

We rely on others to care for us when we are young, old, sick, sad, needy, and overwhelmed. We can meet each other’s needs in a variety of ways. But we might need more tools for creating support networks, more avenues for getting what we need, and more ways to make it possible to show up for each other, to give and receive support at the same time.

This quarter we’re considering what it means to care, and what it means to be healthy. What is a healthy neighborhood, healthy community, healthy city? What are all the ways we care for people, families, neighborhoods, communities, & the environment? What things prevent us from providing care? And which assumptions about wellness should we challenge and investigate?

We’ll engage with these questions and many more with the help of artist in residence iris yirei hu, whose work deals with kinship, grieving, and ancestral knowledge.

This quarter will also coincide with the third round of our Emergency Health Care Grant: Thanks to generous grants from an anonymous donor and Metabolic Studio, WCCW will distribute more than $80,000 to a variety of people in need of emergency health care this quarter. The application will open in winter 2018.

Proposal Guidelines

This quarter we’re acknowledging our interdependence and continuing our work towards mutual reliance. We’re seeking programming that speaks to our theme of Health/Care in a variety of ways: We are looking for project proposals that:

  • challenge the idea of self-care as an individual act (of consumerism, of leisure);
  • move us from self care as individual act to care as a collective, liberatory undertaking;
  • help us to be better connected, more supportive;
  • make us feel safer;
  • make it easier to ask for help when we need it;
  • recognize and celebrate care as the traditional work of women and femmes—as well as projects that interrogate that tradition;
  • guide us toward mental, physical, and emotional well being.


Performances / Screenings / Readings

Ex: A reading & discussion of “When the Sick Rule the World” by Dodie Bellamy; reading & discussion of “Homeplace (A Site Of Resistance)” by bell hooks; a one-act play; a salon; etc

Creative Workshops

Ex: Autohagiography (A Writing Workshop)No Means NO: A Quilting WorkshopNeighborhood Walk + Draw; etc   

Lectures / Discussions

Ex. My Body Is a Prison of Pain (Sick Woman Theory)A Conversation On Disability, Chronic Illness, & Neurodiversity; etc

Working Groups

Work towards a local or national policy; short term projects that benefit our neighborhood, the WCCW community, or the city; research or study around the theme of Health/Care; projects that result in a new WCCW infrastructure. Ex: Small Fries Collective (Paid Family Leave + Universal Childcare); language justice; WCCW carpool system; etc

Skill Shares

Programs that help us to assess & understand existing Health/Care resources. Ex: accessing resources for trans health care; applying for disability; Navigating Public Health and Benefits under Tr*mp; models for neighborhood emergency responseHow To Have Hard ConversationsFinding your Voice and Promoting Community; bystander intervention training; rapid response training; etc

Community Projects

Identify or build a network, create a support group, or hold a regular gathering with community. Ex: Parenting As ProtestFor Us By Us; Sick Club (support group for chronic illness); How We Organize; etc

Wellness and Self-care Practices / Workshops

Programs that help us develop our sense of personal and collective safety, or that address mental, physical, and emotional health. Ex.: Practicing Collective Care In the Time of Neo FascismYoga for Social JusticeHealing Roots Meditation; etc


We’re informed & inspired by…

A Manifesto for Ultratranslation
Conflict Is Not Abuse
Emergent Strategy
Homeplace (A Site of Resistance)
How To Talk To Your Kids About White Privilege
The Joyous Body
On Care and Parrhesia
Sick Woman Theory
WNYC’s There Goes the Neighborhood

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