Committing to Conversation

Committing to Conversation is a grassroots engagement initiative envisioned and designed by Lilli Lewis, Label Manager of Louisiana Red Hot Records and member of FAI’s New Orleans Advisory Council, with the wholehearted support of FAI’s staff, board, and Cultural Equity Task Force.

 

The aim of this initiative is to create and hold space for small scale facilitated conversations about race, cultural equity, and social justice between willing participants invested in the desire to hear and understand each other. The program has a long-term goal of normalizing conversations about systemic racism within our folk music community, fostering a culture of communication across a spectrum of experience, and engaging members in the work of active allyship.

 

How does it work? Each 90-minute session will be led by a host facilitator who will guide the conversation and hold space for each participant to speak and listen. The conversations will be modeled on The Circle Way, a lightly structured group process designed by Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea. Social agreements and practices agreed to at the beginning of the session will help facilitate respectful conversation, with a guardian present to support the host and participants in mindful communication.

 

Who can participate? The invitation to join is extended to all FAI members, regardless of where they find themselves on their journey of learning about social justice. Those wishing to participate in Committing to Conversation will be required to fill out a Statement of Intent application. FAI and host facilitators will select up to 6 participants for each conversation, and selected participants will be contacted with the meeting link and additional information. If you are interested in participating, please fill out your Statement of Intent and we will be in touch with you.

Who can host? If you are curious about hosting a group and have some background in community facilitation, please contact Treasa Levasseur at treasa@folk.org – we would love to hear from you. FAI encourages applications from all people, especially members of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) communities, gender-nonconforming and non-binary persons, womxn, and people with disabilities. An honorarium is provided to conversation hosts in acknowledgment of and gratitude for their labor.

Our next Committing to Conversation events are happening on:

September 29, 1:30-3:00 pm CT Facilitated by SaulPaul

October 13, 1:30-3:00 pm CT Facilitated by SaulPaul