June 26 Community Storytelling Circle - Finding Your Rainbow with Meli Bless
Join us for our June Community Storytelling Circle featuring Meli Bless (she/her). Melissa is a local community organizer, Trans Latina, and accessible fitness professional. She is on a mission to witness others’ truths and be seen as her authentic self by creating safe spaces, doing community outreach, and searching for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow - her purpose - by building rainbow connections in community. We will gather to listen to Meli’s story, and move into breakout rooms to reflect on stories of finding rainbows in our own lives: When are real moments or experiences when you have tried to find your own rainbow: to be seen, to be productive, to help others?
This event honors Pride Month and the ongoing contributions of LGBTQIA+ individuals in our community every day.
WHEN: SUNDAY, June 26, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. To maintain a community experience, we will not admit latecomers into the zoom room after 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Via zoom. Once you register, you'll receive a confirmation email that includes the event zoom link.
*Sliding scale ($0-$100)
- Opening: Intention, Land Acknowledgment, invitation into community
- Engage with story & narrator
- Facilitated listening and story-sharing in small group breakout rooms
- Reflection and closing
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Looking forward to being in community with you on June 26th!
EVENT SERIES DESCRIPTION
This virtual series highlights the stories of ordinary people living extraordinary lives from within our community. On a monthly basis, we feature a guest narrator who brings to light a new perspective of who we are in the South Sound. Participants will collectively listen to the narrator's story via a short live stoyelling experience, performance, audio or visual media, poetry, podcast, interview, or art piece. We will pose a prompting question based on the story and invite community members to respond by sharing their own stories in facilitated small group conversations. The purpose of community storytelling circles is to create opportunities for community dialogue and civic engagement where folks can feel a sense of belonging and connection.
*A NOTE ABOUT PRICING
We value equity and accessibility in our programming, balanced with the need to honor the actual value of the skills and services being offered. That's why we're offering a large sliding scale of pricing ($0-$100) at these events! If folks who have an abundance and can pay a little more do, it will empower others to pay a little less when they need to. The outcome? Everyone will be able to attend. The actual cost of producing this event is about $20/person. Ticket sales support event costs such as facilitator honorariums, staff time, and speaker fees. We appreciate all donations, both large and small.
We couldn't do this work without you and we love being in community with YOU!