Arts Administration & Policy Visiting Practitioner/Faculty (2019). Education: Pursuing a PhD in Human Ecology: Civil Society and Community Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2019); BA in Community Psychology, DePaul University (2015). Workshops/Cultural Curations: We should all be safe: strategic recipes for safety and liberation., Momentum Culture Training (New York, NY); How to raise a feminist, Young Feminist Conference (Chicago, IL); Arts+designs+planning+community, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI). Publications: Reflections on the negation of Blackness//affirmations of our clairvoyance through creative healing praxis. In:cite Journal; #BlackHealingMatters in the time of #BlackLivesMatter. Biography Journal; Stay Woke, Stay Whole: A Black Activist Healing Manual 1st Edition, BYP100.
Pascale Ife Williams is a Black mixed-race queer feminist, mother, artist, organizer and space creator. She graduated in 2015 from DePaul University with a BA in Community Psychology and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the School of Human Ecology: Civil Society and Community Research program. She is a Chicago native with over ten years of experience in justice-driven arts and community-engaged work. Ife seeks to engage community through radical imagination, visioning and the activation/facilitation of creative and spiritually expressive learning. Her life’s work explores and complicates racial, gender, and wellness equity. Ife is a founding member of the now inoperative Art Forward; the Healing & Safety Council in BYP100 (byp100.org) and the P.O.W.E.R. Collective (University of Wisconsin-Madison).
Always inspiring from the magic of nature and the universe in relationship to urban dwellers, Ife spends a lot of her time exploring the intellectual and embodied praxes of holistic community organizing. Her first experience with community organizing was as a youth on Chicago’s westside working against the displacement of black and brown communities, working for the advancement of just and quality in-school and supplementary education for low income youth of color, and raising awareness and advocating for the release of political prisoners. The informal and grassroots training she received in those spaces grounded her practice and theories as an organizer, researcher, facilitator, and life-long learner. Through her art, she creates pieces like “We ARE the People” that remind us that we must never forget the legacy from which we come; for we have been gifted the tools to engage critically, compassionately and with rigor in the struggle for radical self-care, anti-oppressive research and knowledge production, and abundant living. In addition to making art, Ife creates spaces in her home and across Chicago for community to meet with the intentions of curiosity, rest, intellectual stimulation and human connection. She has a particular commitment to centering and supporting queer communities of color. Ife’s biological and chosen tribe are most precious to her. Her child, and godchildren, are a constant source of humility, inspiration, and praxis.
Rest. Pleasure. Family. Additional questions that fuel her curiosity are: How do culture and the arts enable communities of color to reclaim power, build consciousness and define their collective identity? What role do women and/or practices operating through a queer feminist lens have in arts-based community development and social movements? How does culture build community, strengthen social ties, and inform documenting our history? How are the arts used to advance political education? How do brave spaces and healing fit into the task of organizing for social justice?
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