Less Radical More Tenderness: Conversations in the Round

Less Radical, More Tenderness is a mini-series of intimate conversations and gestures among artists, thinkers and enactors deeply engaged with community and generative approaches to the body, care, wellness, vulnerability, relationship building, restorative practices new & hybrid practices, queerness, two-spiritedness, Indigeneity, communal learning, and expanding conventional standards of relationships, responsibility, and reciprocity.

The event is the final round of activities for Mashkiki Gitigaan (Medicine Garden in Anishnaabemowin), a local community-building project co-curated by Elwood Jimmy and Chelsea Brant, that engaged the concept of the medicine garden as the foundation for artistic inquiry and learning around plants, medicines, gardening, food sovereignty, environmental sustainability & justice, and Indigeneity.

With conversations featuring Zainab Amadahy, Thirza Cuthand, Amber Holmes, Rosina Kazi, Mikiki, Karyn Recollet, Tunchai Redvers, and jes sachse.

Meals provided for presenters and audiences alike for each of the scheduled events. Although this is a FREE gathering, space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Please email elwood@musagetes.ca to register for one or more, or all of the events. All events take place at Musagetes, located at 6 Dublin Street South, in Guelph. Our ground level space is accessible.

More information, including biographies of participants can be found in the pdf attachment or on our Facebook page. Musagetes is an international organization that makes the arts more central and meaningful in people’s lives, in our communities, and in our societies.

*Many thanks to Vanessa Oliveira Andreotti, PhD, for the inspiration for the title of this conversation series.

Friday, October 27 – Day 1

1:15 pm

  • Territorial Acknowledgment
  • Introductions and Context
  • Lunch is served

1:30 – 3:30 pm  Conversation in the Round 1: MAGIC – Unearthing and Cultivating Stronger Communities

  • Zainab Amadahy
  • Rosina Kazi
  • Karyn Recollet
  • Tunchai Redvers

6:30 – 9:00 pm  Community Cabaret hosted by jes sachse

  • Food is served
  • Opening by jes sachse
  • Always Ours short film screening co-curated by Elwood Jimmy & jes sachse
  • Lacey Hill performance
  • Community Open Mic
  • LAL performance

Saturday, October 28 – Day 2

9:15 am

  • Territorial Acknowledgment
  • Introductions and Context
  • Breakfast is served

9:30 – 11:30 am  Conversation in the Round 2 – MEDICINE: Art, Resilience, Wellness, Self-care

  • Thirza Cuthand
  • Amber Holmes
  • Mikiki
  • jes sachse

11:30 am  Closing remarks