RECAP: URSULA RUCKER Pop-up Memoir Poetry & Performance Intensive Workshop

Held: Fri, Sat, Sun January 28 – 30, 2022
Virtual Workshop 

UPDATE 1.30.22 – The Year of the TIGER – WATCH The Uncut Version of CRT

We’d like to thank the team behind the scenes– Producer Nikki Harmon, MC Lois Moses, Camera & Tech Team Eboni Zamani, Destiny Boynton, Timothey Shepherd and Cordell Brown. Thank you all for managing the tech and our nerves as we prepared for the performance. And thanks to Ursula Rucker and all of the workshop participants for sharing your spirit and voices with us. Click on the YouTube window below to watch.

Photos by SIFTER Destiny Boynton

UPDATE 1.29.22 

IG YouTube Join Us Live Streaming_CRT

We at SIFTMedia 215 want to engage viewers in critical conversations about today’s issues and facilitate the creative spark that exists within each of us.  To that end our members have been working on the COVID1619 Project a series of short films by members of SIFTMedia 215 Collective that look at education, healthcare, governance, creativity, economics, and family from the Latinx and Black point of view. 

The project also expands to community programming in partnership with Philadelphia artists and activists – And world-renowned poet, Ursula Rucker will lead this initiative with:

Critical Renewing of Thee (“a different kind of” CRT):
Pop-up Memoir Poetry & Performance Intensive.

This intensive word/ thought/ emotion, self-truth-culling, seeks to be a journey of healing, art, therapy, and authentic conversations about life that will result in the creation of individual works/excerpts of EPIC memoir poetry. 

Ursula is holding space for 25 individuals
who want to start 2022 UP
with a transformative, 3-day, deep-dive, self-healing, writing/creativity experience. 

One with an atmosphere of liberated self-expression/mutual aid  support/organic safety … and JOY. 

3 Day Spiritual Workshop:

Session 1 Writing Workshop

Friday, January 28th, Time: 6pm – 9pm – to be held virtually on Zoom

  •     Introduction
  •     Diving into Memoir
  •     Writing Session

   Session 2 Writing Workshop

Saturday, January 29th, Time: 2pm –  5pm – to be held virtually on Zoom

  • Writing Sessions (one with live music)
  • Break-out Rooms
  • Ursula Feedback
  • Assistant Feedback/support
  • Production Room (preparing for performance)

Session 3 Writing and Performance Workshop

Sunday, January 30th, Time: 1pm – 4pm to be held virtually on Zoom

  •  Writing Sessions
  • Break-out Rooms
  • Ursula Feedback
  • Assistant Feedback/support
  • Production Room (final preparations for performance)

Break (4pm – 6pm)

Session 3 (Part 2)  Live Performance 

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, to be held virtually on Zoom.    Each participant who wishes to perform, performs live streamed on YouTube.

Registration via Eventbrite is Now Closed

Price: $150 per person for complete workshop (Must make a 3 Day Commitment)

Note: We are offering a limited number of sliding scale/scholarship pricing ($100 for 3 SIFT Members and $50.00 for Students with valid student ID) Please email to inquire.

About the Artist

Ursala shot to accompany bioPoet, recording artist, activist, teacher and revolutionary, Ursula Rucker is a certified veteran of the global music and poetry scene. A skilled writer and dynamic performer, Rucker’s rich and textured voice is one of the world’s great, living instruments. For nearly 3 decades, Rucker has used her fiery prose and invigorating imagery to excite and inspire listeners worldwide. Her solo albums are brimming with power and wide-ranging musical diversity and she has built an equally impressive catalog as a collaborator. Rucker can be heard on dance floors across the world, as the voice of many House and Dance music classics. She has toured with her live performance memoir, My Father’s Daughter, which she describes as “90 minutes of self-truth and discovery.” She was a 2018 recipient of the prestigious fellowship from the Pew Center for Arts & Change. In 2020, she released big/small poems for pockets, a chapbook of haikus. Most recently, Ursula collaborated with artist Vince Fraser on his exhibit Ase Afro Frequencies which debuted at Artechouse Miami and was recognized as Best Art Exhibit 2021 by TimeOut Miami. Whether she’s on the stage, in print, or on record, Ursula Rucker is an artistic force of nature.

Background Image – We Still Here! dedication, August 6, 2021. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Bio Image Photo by Sven W. Frenzel

Presented by SIFTMedia 215 Collective and the COVID1619 Project
The project is funded in part by Independence Public Media Foundation.

About SIFTMedia 215 Collective, : The SIFTMedia 215 Collective is a cooperative that centers Black and Latinx women-identified independent media artists who work in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. As filmmakers, we seek to educate ourselves and the wider community by creating socially conscious, culturally relevant work that challenges mainstream narratives and structures. Our mission is to use our collective strength to amplify the work of and create meaningful opportunities for Black and Latinx Women content creators by providing a community of support to share resources, skills, and creative space.

About IPMF, : IPMF seeks to build power with communities across Greater Philadelphia by investing in community-owned media and community-led media-making. We support work that amplifies voices, ideas, and solutions rarely heard in mainstream media.

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