Working Together to Undo Racism-Part of Spirit & Place
Child Advocates Undoing Racism is a documentary exploring the disproportionality of African American children in the child welfare system and how one non-profit agency in Indianapolis is fighting to reverse that legacy for children of color. This is the story of people who experience life changing reversals of attitude and cultural racial bias.
Child Advocates has launched this 60 minute documentary on “Undoing Racism” and what it might take to do so.
The film follows individuals in the Indianapolis community through undoing racism workshops held at Child Advocates. Over 50 workshops have been held at Child Advocates’ office with over 2,000 of individuals trained.
As tensions in the US continue to rise with issues around race, it is imperative to allow individuals to talk about race in a constructive environment. Child Advocates hopes this film will inspire individuals to participate in a workshop and help inspire change in their own communities.
Discussion will follow.
About Child Advocates
Child Advocates: Child Advocates is the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) chosen by the courts in Marion County to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children. We fulfill our mission through advocacy, monitoring, evaluation, fact-finding and mediation. Volunteers assist staff professionals in each child’s case to make sure those children do not get lost in the system, that their needs are met during their court cases, and that a safe, permanent home is found for them as soon as possible. www.childadvocates.net
About Spirit & Place
Spirit & Place opens minds, touches hearts, builds bridges and helps citizens move forward in new ways individually and collectively. It’s all in our name: Spirit & Place. Through growth of the human spirit, Central Indiana becomes a better place.
Winner of the NUVO Cultural Vision Award and the Indiana Achievement Award, the Spirit & Place Festival reaches 20,000 people annually through dozens of “never-seen-before” programs. Artists and authors, entrepreneurs and neighborhood organizers, storytellers and scholars come together with singles and couples, families and friends in a true community conversation. Think: TED lecture, but interactive and on steroids.
Their mission is to be a catalyst for civic engagement through creative collaborations among the arts, humanities, and religion. Through the arts, the festival uses the language of metaphor to explore sometimes difficult ideas. Through the humanities, the festival illuminates the distinct and common narratives of the human condition. Through religion, the festival embraces the values of compassion, fairness, hospitality, and service that fuel our life in community.
Spirit & Place is a community project managed by The Polis Center, part of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. The Polis Center works collaboratively to provide community-based research, analysis, information, and access to advanced information technologies. Spirit & Place is an example of Polis’s commitment to creating collaborative, practical, and effective solutions for the communities in which we live.