Black Girl Museum is a trauma-informed public-participatory workshop and maker space that takes the form of a healing circle. Understanding that Black women, girls, and femmes have been looked over, left out, and marginalized in museum spaces, Black Girl Museum turns the idea of museum spaces and cultural institutions on its head by recognizing that we are individually, and communally, our own museums with storehouses of knowledge(s) and practices.
Over the course of the workshop, participants are walked through the 4 major points of the Bantu-Kongo cosmogram, and at each point, instructed on sound and movement and their relationship to releasing trauma. Participants are then placed in pairs/small groups, and following seven essential cues, each group/pair are given time to engage collectively on each cues’ applicability to their lives.
Participants are then given a variety of materials to choose from to create art and make meaning of their experiences. The session concludes in a gallery showing and artist talks by participants.