The Healing Collective is a collaborative work by Fiona McGovern '18 and Ash Haywood '18. While drawing on larger women of color feminisms, the Healing Collective seeks to create a sacred and protected space focused on the historical traumas, perspectives and practices of Black women and our specific experiences at Bennington College. We seek to establish methods of healing and survival through music rehearsals and dinners, culminating in a large gathering and performance; as well as a resource library available physically and digitally through Crossett Library that engages multiple modes of Black women’s praxis.
This Library (in both physical & digital forms) is meant to highlight the voices, experiences & legacies of Black women's thought & labor. In our collection, we pay specific atention to the Combahee River Collective & the work of Black queer folks. Essential are the multiple lineages of Black feminist thought from Harriet Tubman & Patricia Smith to Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley & Julie Dash. This library is meant to be added to and amended. Folks can add/request new resources for this collection.
"This evening is an offering of thanks to all the Black feminists who have come before us, who have built this world for us to dwell in, who have been our means of survival."--program, [p. 2]. Marie Boucher (voice, ukelele) ; Kameryn Carter, Nia Dorsey (voice) ; Ash Haywood (voice, melodica, ukelele) ; Imani Lewis-Shirley, Fiona McGovern, Eden Staten (voice) ; Isabel Twanmo (cello) ; Tre Wilson (voice, djembe). May 10, 2018, Jennings Back Patio.
Top row standing, left to right: Isabel Twanmo '18, Nia Dorsey '21, Tre Wilson '21, Kameryn Carter '19, Ash Haywood '18, and Eden Staten '21 Bottom row seated, left to right: Fiona McGovern '18, Imani Lewis-Shirley '20, and Marie Boucher '21.