• SPRING FORWARD: A Celebration of Resilience

    May 20, 2017 | 2-9pm
    Malcolm X Park, Washington, DC
    Free

    Join Meso Creso, in partnership with local immigrant, refugee, and human rights organizations, for a daytime celebration of the sounds, sights, and resilience of our local and global communities.

    Meso Creso — a DC-based, cross-cultural arts collective — is known for bringing a unique blend of global beats, treats, and arts to create engaging, immersive experiences. On May 20, we are very excited to partner with amazing organizations that serve our immigrant and refugee communities to host our annual spring event — outside, under the sun, and with you!

    Yet, this spring feels different. Our communities are facing an incredible struggle. While we have always overcome the challenges we’ve faced, the political forces in our own city — mere miles from our homes — are aligning against our communities, families, and friends like never before. In times like these, we connect, create music, build art, share skills, educate our peers, take action, and — of course — we dance. 

    With this event, we'd like to provide an intentional (family-friendly, no-cost) space for that connection, growth, and action. So we invite you to participate in Spring Forward, a daytime celebration and showcase of music, art, and the resilience and perseverance of our communities. 

    DC-based immigrant & refugee rights organizations will be out in full force to share their stories, their work, and provide ways for DC residents to get involved in protecting the rights and lives of our families. Meso Creso will also provide the global music and art you've come to expect from us. Together we’ll create a dialogue with all-day programming, including workshops, skill-sharing, teach-ins, storytelling, and of course, the beauty of global music and arts. 

    Community Partners

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    Programming

    2:00 - 3:00pm 

    Community Yoga
    Zhenya, Yoga Co-Op DC

    Defend our Rights & Emergency Packet Planning
    Adina Appelbaum, CAIR Coalition
    @ East Fountain (red balloons)
    Take some time to learn the rights of immigrants in this country, what you can do to support yourself, your family and your friends in emergency situations.

    3:00 - 4:00pm 

    Asylum Backlog
    Alysha Tagert, Torture Abolition Survivor Support Coalition

    @ East Fountain (red balloons)
    What is asylum? Who is an asylum seeker? What you can do about the backlog in the broken immigration system!

    Design for your own Community!
    Ron Lapitan, Center for Health and Human Rights
    @ West Fountain (green balloons)
    An interactive and creative workshop that will explore making change in your community and how to take your ideas and turn them into action. Open to community members of all ages!

    4:00 - 5:00pm

    “I am not your Puppet!”

    Sasha Baskina
    @ West Fountain (green balloons)

    A family-friendly puppet-making workshop for children and those young at heart. Puppets are a creative way to explore performance and collaboration and have a long history of political storytelling.

    5:00 - 6:00 pm

    Whales Not Walls / Ballenas No Barreras
    Allison Guy and Valentina Stackl
    @ West Fountain (green balloons)
    Spring Forward celebrates human cultures, but did you know that whales have rich cultures too? In this hands-on, kid-friendly class, learn about what whale behavior can teach us about sharing, forgiveness and standing up for the little guy. 

    5:00 - 700pm

    Digital Self Defense: How to Reclaim Your Security and Privacy Online
    Shahid Buttar, Electronic Frontier Foundation
    @ East Fountain (red balloons)

    This timely and expansive workshop will cover the foundational concepts enabling digital security praxis, and walk participants through basic tools.

    6:00 - 7:00pm

    Self Portrait Art-Making Experience
    Myra Sinnott, Kate Relish, Natalya Podgorny, Juancy Rodríguez
    @ West Fountain (green balloons)
    Join us in painting colorful and expressive self-portraits, capturing our own individuality. We’ve got the supplies, you just bring yourself and a desire to take your own art home! Artists of all ages and levels welcome.

    Aquaponics Show & Tell
    Carlos Villamar, Ou812 Aquaponics
    @ Video Tower

    Learn all about aquaponics and Chinese solar greenhouse design!

    Featured Art

    • Unaccompanied: Youth Seeking Refuge, Photography Exhibit by Oliver Contreras
    • Live Painting by Marco Bellocchio
    • Video Tower by Paris Bustillos
    • DJ Booth Truck, Art Installation by Meso Creso

    And of course, Mesopotamian Vibes will be featured all day

    Mesopotamian Vibes has become our signature daytime program, a place where we invite you into our home and host a melange of our cultural creativity. We invite you to take a load off, sit at our hand-made tables, and breathe in the mesopotamian vibes under the sun. Come join us for sweet treats, fresh and dried fruit, and savor our Turkish coffee and sage tea. Sit back, enjoy your surroundings, bring your creative skills, poetry and stories, and any musical talents you'd like to share. Let us host you under the afternoon sunshine at Mesopotamian Vibes with nourishment for your ears, heart, stomach and soul.

    Main Music Stage

    2:00 - 2:15

    Live Oud by Huda Asfour

    2:15 - 2:30

    Live Demo
    by Capoeira Barro Vermelho - Capoeira Fitness DC

    2:30 - 3:30

    DJ anandroid

    3:30 - 4:00

    Organizational Speakers
    including a performance by Clowns Without Borders

    4:00 - 4:30

    Live Music by Kino Musica

    4:30 - 5:30

    DJ BEATrix

    5:30 - 6:00

    Organizational Speakers

    6:00 - 7:00

    Live Music by Gaiteros de SanGuashington

    7:00 - 8:00

    DJ v:shal kanwar

    8:00 - 9:00

    DJ raha wala

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    Meso Creso seeks to be a safe space for all sexualities and genders. We love consent-based activities, believe that altered states are no excuse for bad behavior, and have a zero tolerance policy for those who think or act otherwise.