What is I AM MY LIFE?
I AM MY LIFE is about teaching, promoting, and inspiring inclusive education through the power of personal narrative. We seek to transform adversity into positive, creative material for personal growth and community engagement. We believe in equitable access to the arts as a key driver for personal identity exploration and building inclusive communities.
Inspired by the book For Colored Boys and the I AM MY LIFE theater production, this website is a part of our movement to join community partnerships that build and sustain inclusive practice that encourages community relations by celebrating similarities as well as honoring differences.
The original theatre production of I AM MY LIFE initiated our evolving work to transform life experiences and personal narratives into artistic practice. Since then we have developed, lead, and co-facilitated movement and visual arts workshops and collaborative community art-making projects such as murals.
Our programs are fiscally supported by a partnership with Storefront for Community design, a 501C (3) organization that works at the scale of human relationships, forming friendships and facilitating partnerships across disciplinary, physical, and socioeconomic boundaries. Together our interdisciplinary approach to community engagement aligns our mission and partnership to facilitate programs and initiatives where agency is kept with the members of the specific communities we work within. Whether it’s through a storytelling or design-thinking workshops, Storefront for Community Design has become a foundational program for how we form collaborations and join the table with other nonprofit leaders. Also, many of our programs will be help at the new 6PIC space.
Partnering with Storefront allows us to be in a space where we can share our skills with other experts who possess a mission of producing equity in our community through access to education, the arts, and ability to empower oneself & others through personal narrative. We rely on arts and culture, activism, and design thinking to forge new connections in the community, as it’s creative and inclusive collaborations on social justice that contributes to making our city, Richmond, Virginia, the most innovate place in the south.
You can support I AM MY LIFE programs by making a donation memoed to I AM MY LIFE programs through Storefront’s website.