Until Registration Opens
A SCHOOL FOR LIBERATION PROGRAM
We recognize that communities across the United States are working hard to learn about justice but getting involved in this work can feel daunting and lonely. It doesn’t have to be.
We're here for you, we'll march beside you, and change the world with you.
We are delighted to invite you to join a collective(s) of people that will work together to learn and engage their communities in conversations about justice — educating and guiding teams of students in developing both a philosophy and a praxis for justice work.
Students will strengthen knowledge & skills related to collective focus. The Collectives are online groups dedicated to a specific work or issue. This year’s collectives are — Discernment, Climate Justice, and Community Organizing.
Registration will open Sept 1. If you have questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to email AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THREE WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
Collective participation requires a one-year commitment. A year consists of two semesters: a “January – April” winter semester and a “September -November” fall semester. Included in the year are seven monthly 90-minute classes, one cohort Salon per semester, two team check-ins per semester, and at least one “show-up” event per semester.
Each Collective, regardless of theme and topic, will equip students to address injustice in their own community and address the following:
Great for groups of 3-5 people
Great for groups of 6+ people
Frequently Asked Questions
No. The Festival Center is located in Washington DC and we are committed to serving the DMV area but are excited to expand our relationships across the country. All of our collectives are hosted online and do not require relocation.
Classes will begin in January 2023. Specific dates to be determined.
A collective includes one orientation meeting, seven classes, two salons, three community check ins, and two show up events. These events are separated into a winter and fall semester. The winter semester will run from January to May and will include orientation, four classes, one salon, one check-in, and one show up event. The fall semester will run from September to November and will include 3 classes, one salon, one check-in, and one show up event. There will also be one check-in during the summer break.
While sharing knowledge and building skills is a large component of the Collectives program, relationships are the key. You are expected to participate in two 90-minute collective salons (one in May and one in November). It is an opportunity to build trust and a sense of community. Unlike your seven classes, these sessions are organic and the students determine the direction of the conversation.
You are expected to participate in three community group check-ins during your collective: an onboarding call, a mid-year check-in, and an off-boarding call. The onboarding call will occur at the beginning of the first semester, the mid-year check-in will occur during the break between semesters, and the offboarding call will occur during the end of the semester.
The purpose of these calls is to offer groups a chance to discuss how the work the collective has been doing can be applied to their context.
While people are encouraged to join collectives as a group, there will be some individual registrants. In this case, individuals will be combined as a community group and schedule their call together.
A “Show Up” event is how we refer to opportunities to take the knowledge from the collective and put it into action. Each semester, you will be encouraged to get involved in your local community. Your collective’s educator will suggest events with DC for local residents. If the event is local to DC, a staff member of the Festival Center may be able to attend as support. For students outside of DC, you are encouraged to find a comparable event in your area.
There is no application process. Anyone is welcome to register.
Yes, please reach out. We can set up flexible payment plans and discuss scholarships on a case by case basis.
Congratulations, we are looking forward to having you join us. You will hear from a team member with an acknowledgement of your registration and requesting any additional information that may be needed. In January, you will receive an orientation packet and syllabus.