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Deconstructing the Boundaries: A Future of Land & Food Resilience

July 22, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Presented by Indigo Arts Alliance in partnership with Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.
This program is the first symposium in a multi-year collaboration between the two organizations. Indigo Arts Alliance assembled a curated panel of thought leaders and workshop presenters to discuss how Black and Brown communities have always held spiritual, traditional, and cultural relationships to the land. Conversations, demonstrations, and interactive workshops will present experiences from multidisciplinary artists, cultural workers, and members of the local, national, and global community.

Through this symposium, we hope to explore and address these three key questions:

  1. How do we evolve our personal, communal, and institutional relationships with land ownership and stewardship?
  2. How do we address and heal the deep distrust that has taken root in Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities?
  3. How do we acknowledge and appreciate the ways in which African, Brown, and Indigenous cultural and social systems, as well as spirituality exist outside of settler colonial paradigms?

Founded in 2018, Indigo Arts Alliance (IAA) is a Portland, ME-based, Black-led organization dedicated to professional development and amplification of Black and Brown thought-leadership, vision, and creative practice. As an organization of social practice artists, scholars, and activists, it seeks to strengthen multiracial democracy by cultivating and celebrating art as a key resource for healthy communities, connecting global and local Black and Brown artists, providing an affirming environment for the creation of artwork across disciplines, and promoting engagement through participatory events that bring artists’ and activists’ work into public conversation on social justice, culture, and community. IAA is the only Black-led, established arts incubator in northern New England. That being the case, they fill a critically important gap in representation lacking in other regional arts and cultural institutions.



July 22, 2023
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Bosarge Family Education Center
Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME United States