Adornment is a collective of Black women/femme youth artists, educators and change makers with in-depth community artist experience and wish to cultivate spaces for others like us to safely tell their stories.
Our collective mission is to provide safer spaces for Black women/femme youth to discuss the issues that are impacting their mental health, develop self-love practices and increase earning capacity via digital arts education. As facilitators who live in the neighbourhoods we support, and share intersecting identities with participants, our objective is to develop a sustainable program/platform that provides each participant with an increased skill, network and income to transform their personal stories.
“Adornment” as a project was birthed from a workshop tour in Toronto, New York and Detroit focused on media, arts and wellness. After having many conversations and hearing Black women/youth share similar pain it sparked an idea in Tanya to create a safer space in her neighbourhood for healing and community building. Our main goal is to build collective care that reminds people there is transformation in our stories.
Adornment: Stories of Transformation is a 13 week project that walks a small cohort of participants through the reclamation of a story of their choice. Participants are provided the opportunity to develop a storyboard, re-write a moment of transformation and use make-up arts and digital media via photography to capture their story. Each participant will represent their story, transition/ reclamation and healing using beauty arts such as make-up artistry and hair artistry. Working collectively to create one unified content, participants will capture their stories, edit the content and release a body of work for the community to view.