A participatory art workshop series that invited artists to explore the question - “how can we expand our imagination of an economy where all can thrive while spotlighting examples already happening in our communities?” 

Through political education and highlighting examples of the solidarity economy, we guided artists  to create art that can serve to visualize these tangible ‘alternatives.’ We interviewed organizers stewarding projects that show the many different shapes of the solidarity economy on Turtle Island. We invited them to share a moment where they experienced the future economy they dream of alive in the present. Artists participants created 2D visual art inspired by these short stories. 

 

Bringing people into these moments emphasizes that the future of our dreams doesn’t have to be this far out destination - the solidarity economy is ancestrally rooted and happening all around us, ready for more to join.  Please take a slow scroll through the audio/visual gallery below!

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CO-CREATING SOLIDARITY ECONOMY ART

Canticle Farm is an urban garden, educational center and intentional community. There are eight houses around a large garden on Ohlone Land in Oakland, California. They are working to heal and transform historical and present-day trauma across differences, especially that of race, gender, class, religion and age.

CANTICLE FARM - OAKLAND, CA

Confinement to Collective Liberation

Paul Redd shares how he relearned trust and abundance through living in an intentional community after prison.
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Taina Spicer (they/she)
"Sinew"

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COMMUNITY DEMOCRACY PROJECT 
OAKLAND, CA

Promotes active citizenship, community learning, and direct democracy by putting the people in charge of the budget. They envision empowered neighborhood assemblies throughout Oakland where people can come together to discuss community issues and determine public priorities by directly voting on the city budget.

Collective Savings Circle

Neil Thapar shares how a group cultivates relationships and savings through a weekly pooling of money.
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Myrna Rosales (they/them)
"Meet Me in Abundance"

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EAST BAY PERMANENT REAL ESTATE CO-OP
EAST BAY, CA

East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative facilitates BIPOC and allied communities to cooperatively organize, finance, purchase, occupy, and steward properties, taking them permanently off the market. Residents, investors, community members, and EB PREC staff then co-own and co-steward the property. It creates a shift toward community controlled assets, and empowering their communities to be ecologically, emotionally, spiritually, culturally, and economically restorative and regenerative.

Development Without Displacement

Noni Session shares how EB PREC embodies transformation, structures their board to be representative of the community, and values transparency.
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Bake Transformation into DNA
Board People Power
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Transparently Sharing Learnings

East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative on Baking Transformation into the DNA

Shreya Delgado-shah Flores (they/them)
"Baking Justice
Into Housing 1"

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Kate Morales
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"Baking Justice
Into Housing 2"

 

COALICIÓN FORTALEZA
SOUTHERN OREGON

Coalición Fortaleza is ​​a Latino/a/x (hispanic/latino)-led, inter-generational coalition of community members, leaders, volunteers and organizations in the Rogue Valley, formed in the aftermath of the Almeda Fires. Our coalition seeks to weave a tapestry of many colors from many directions that will lift our peoples’ hearts up in this recovery, that will center healing, seed hope for our youth, and will give us the strength we need to prepare collectively for the climate challenges that are ahead of us.

Compassionate Decision-making

Niria Alicia shares how her hometown community honored their cultural values when coming to consensus to fairly distribute funds after a devastating fire.
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Christina Tran (she/her)

 

PIONEER VALLERY WORKER CENTER
NORTHAMPTON, MA

Builds the collective power of workers and immigrants in Western Massachusetts and beyond. PVWC’s worker leaders develop and organize grassroots campaigns for food chain workers’ rights, including winning wage theft protections, stopping deportations, and building new worker cooperatives.

Farm Workers to Worker-owners

Gabriella della Croce shares how farmers are shifting from exploitative conditions to worker-ownership.
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Hunter (any pronouns)
"Abundance"

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Gia Shakur (she/her)
"Appraisal"

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SEED COMMONS
NATIONWIDE

National network of locally rooted, non-extractive loan funds to support local cooperative businesses. They take in investment as a single fund, then share that capital for local deployment by and for communities, lowering risk while increasing impact.

Worker Power

Kate Khatib shares how cooperatives value the underestimated power and intelligence of workers.
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Pace Ford (they/them)
"Taking Stock & Making Stock"

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Río Beltran (they/them)

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Seed Commons on Seated at the Non-Extractive-Finance Table

 

MUTUAL AID NETWORK
ST. LOUIS, MO

Network of organizers, healers, artists, community leaders, and every day people coming together to deliver food and supplies, provide financial solidarity, offer emotional support, and connect people to their neighbors.

Meeting Basic Needs Through Community

Members Carmen Ward, Julia Ho, and Marcus Hunt share how mutual aid can allow for healing from within, collectively fulfill our needs without waiting for external aid, and bring the practice of solidarity in our daily lives.
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Activating Individuals
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Sharing Resources
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Julienne Kaleta (she/her)
"I See a World that I Dream Of"

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Luis Cisneros (he/him)
"All We Need Is Already Within Our Community"

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St. Louis Mutual Aid Network on What Do We Mean by Mutual Aid?

 

SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIES LAW CENTER
OAKLAND, CA

Supports community resilience and grassroots economic empowerment through essential legal tools - education, research, advice, and advocacy - so communities everywhere can develop their own sustainable sources of food, housing, energy, jobs, and other vital aspects of a thriving community.

Compromising for Collective Wellbeing

Mwende Hinojosa shares the process of finding common ground with cooperative members.
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Susan Bin (she/they)

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TAPROOT SANCTUARY
DETROIT, MI

Intentional community rooted in co-creating a more just and compassionate world through connecting and supporting our neighbors, living in direct relationship to that which sustains us, creating beauty, sharing abundantly, growing our own food, and living in alignment with nature, our inner voice and calling in the world, in the context of our community’s needs.

Living in Sacred Relationship

Founders En Sawyer and Marcia Lee share how their community practices gift economics through exchanging knowledge, housing, surplus food harvest, and breastmilk.
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Breastmilk Exchange 
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Gift Economy 
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Knowledge Sharing
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Kai Thompson (she/her)

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Much gratitude to Creative Wildfire and Anticapitalism for Artists for granting us the resources to share the stories and art that reminds us of our collective power to produce the change we want to see and be.