June 15, 2019

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Kings County Hospital Center, 451 Clarkson Avenue, NY 11203. Check-in begins at 2:30 pm in Room CG-95, located in the C-Building. Entrance: Clarkson Ave. near East 37th Street.

This program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please register by calling (929) 219-3713 or email Lab@nolongerempty.org.

Join us for the workshop Ensuring the Wells are Well: Drawing from the Past to Shape the Future. What practices can those who embody empathy utilize to ensure that their wells are abundantly well? Drawing from lessons from the series and conference Who Heals the Healer: The Convergence, participants will hold an exploratory experience to reconnect with their “why” when it comes to their roles within their communities – chosen or otherwise – through heart-centered exercise. Co-creating through song, writing, and storytelling, we will aspire to deepen the existing ecosystem of caretakers across Brooklyn.

Veronica Agard is an alchemist, educator, and connector at the intersections of Black identity, wellness, representation, and culture. Of Afro-Caribbean, African-American and Indigenous descent, she experiments with healing modalities such as movement, singing, herbalism, divination, capoeira, and yoga. Her primary channel is writing. Agard is the curator of the Who Heals the Healer series and conference, the first generation of the Reparations: Wellness Clinic, as well as the Ancestors in Training series. Her writings have been featured in The Grio, Let Your Voice Be Heard, Mic, For Harriet, Black Girl Magik and has forthcoming publications in Life as Ceremony, Black + Well and Songs of Oshun.

Ensuring the Wells are Well: Drawing from the Past to Shape the Future is organized as part of (after)care, a site-responsive exhibition that re-envisions a former emergency waiting room as a site of remembrance, possibility, and celebration of radical care. (after)care is curated by the 2019 NLE Lab.

The 2019 NLE Curatorial Lab is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, and Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, with in-kind support from Materials for the Arts, Paper Monument and NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County.

Image: Veronica Agard. Photo: Rebecca G. Kelly