Saturday, November 15, 2014



Creative Alliance, Banner Neighborhoods, Southeast CDC and residents of southeast Baltimore present:

Our Stories About Race Where We Live

WHEN: : Sunday November 23, 3-5 PM
Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore
ADMISSION: $5 suggested donation.
Registration in advance is appreciated. Call 410-276-1651 or reserve a ticket.
Recommended for ages 8 and older.

OUTSPOKEN Neighborhood Voices—storytelling, spoken word, and bilingual theater performances by community members who share real stories about racism— is a series of workshops open to all to share personal stories about race and racism.

Neighborhood Voices began in August 2013 and is the result of three years of work with a group of residents of southeast Baltimore. This year, the committee, made up of Latino, African-American, White, Asian, teens and adults, have led three interactive and intergenerational workshops. Baltimore Racial Justice Action presents historical evidence and facts to dissect racism during the workshops. .

Special Guests:

  • Bilphena Yahwon, a spoken word performer, Liberian refugee, and Towson University student.
  • Yadira De La Riva above), a powerful Chicana artist performing her life on the Frontera/Border of USA and Mexico.


In our Communities for All Ages work, we learned from neighborhood youth about the racism they experience as a part of their everyday lives. They wanted to engage in conversations about race in an open and safe environment, in partnership with SECDC and a group of neighborhood residents, Creative Alliance organized Neighborhood Voices. In 2013, two workshops launched a platform for community members to share their personal experiences with racism and learn about structural systems that keep people apart. In 2014, Creative Alliance facilitated a larger and more structured committee who planned and produced three Neighborhood Voices workshops. The committee meets weekly and includes African-American, Latino, African, Asian, and Caucasian adults and teens. The workshops train participants for a live storytelling performance as a community celebration.

Neighborhood Voices builds racial and cultural awareness, exchange, allies, and conversation. Committee is made up of residents from Patterson Park, McElderry Park, Baltimore Highland, Highlandtown, and Dundalk with organizers from Banner Neighborhoods, Southeast CDC, and is led by Creative Alliance. Workshops were hosted at various sites in neighborhoods in libraries in different neighborhoods and at Creative Alliance.

While everyone is invited to participate in the workshops, priority is given to southeast Baltimore residents to build new leadership block by block. The long-term goal is to replicate the workshops outside of southeast Baltimore. Ultimately, we are building policies to strengthen diverse leadership in our schools, businesses, community centers, and public spaces. The committee’s access to community organizing resources equips the team to take the information and skills they’ve developed in Neighborhood Voices back home and to share what they’ve learned with their neighbors.