Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)! Celebrate Kwanzaa with Special Guests Friends of Joda & Confidence Omenai, Poet and Creative

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Kwanzaa is a celebration that honors the African first fruits harvest tradition. Take part in a festive virtual experience highlighting the principle of Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics). The program will feature members of Friends of Joda who will welcome us into the space and provide an introduction to Kwanzaa and Confidence Omenai, poet, community organizer and, playwright will discuss how the day's principle relates to the creation and work of Collective Healing Through Art (CHTA). She will also explore how this principle is applied economically, the barriers to doing so, and how we can overcome them. Q&A to follow. Ideal for all ages.

Please click here on Thursday, December 29 at 1:00 PM to join the program or register below if you'd like to receive an email reminder. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join this virtual Zoom session.

Confidence Omenai, is a Nigerian American poet, community organizer, playwright, voice actor, and breaker of chains. Her work explores death, rebirth, and collective healing using the arts, racism, and martyrdom on the altar of motherhood and marriage. For fifteen years she has competed, performed, and curated shows across the nation. Confidence is an activist facilitating writing workshops, performing, and encouraging radical self-interrogation around the country at universities, high schools, middle schools, maximum security prisons, juvenile facilities, and more. Confidence is a Program Coordinator for Collective Healing Through Art, TEDxMileHigh Speaker, Pink Door Fellow, and Oklahoma State University Alum. Her work appears in A La Palabra: The Word is a Woman: Mothers & Daughters. She currently resides in Denver, creating transformative work across genres and clearing the way for her rebellious great-granddaughters, who will defend the earth in her name. Connect with Confidence on Instagram, Facebook , or her website.

*Ujamaa (oo-JAH-mah) - To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them.

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