The Window Sex Project
SATURDAYS, Sept. 14, Oct. 5 and Nov. 2, 2019
in Central Harlem, NY | RSVP for Location
THE WINDOW SEX PROJECT calls young women and genderqueer folk living in Harlem to ACTION!
Celebrate your body.
Use your voice and movement to respond to street harassment.
Fellowship with your community.
Harlem women and genderqueer folks ages 18-40 are invited to participate in a FREE workshop rooted in movement, storytelling, discussion and healthy living. We’ll spend the day investigating the way in which our bodies are perceived in Harlem.
Who's Who at The Window Sex Project
Are you ready to move with SLMDances? Each of the movement sessions - yoga, dance, creative movement - will be facilitated by SLMDances artists. Additionally, each day will wrap with speakers active in the movement against street harassment.
MEET our SPEAKERS and MOVEMENT FACILITATORS
KEYNOTE by KK de La Vida
KK de La Vida swims from Visayan islands, Philippines, now based nomadically in occupied Lenape territories of NYC & on Turtle Island. After graduating in anthropology from Barnard College of Columbia University, KK began hitchhiking, busking & writing auto-ethnography to unlearn. In search of sacred medicines, KK ended up joining an eco-erotic collective, making porn & exploring power of sexuality to root into primal nature. KK continued this creative healing journey of un/learning embodied knowledges, recently receiving an Asian Cultural Council grant in dance to study Visayan festivals. As a writer, traveler, hatha/kundalini yogi, herbalist (founder of dreampr00fx), bodyworker, sex worker, butoh dancer, movement researcher & endless earth learner, KK centers the moving body in shifting techno-ecologies. In NYC, KK currently organizes with Walang Hiya ("shameless" in Tagalog), a collective of Pilipinx shifters healing through art, ritual and performance to transmute colonial shame into erotic joy, and recently with Red Canary Song, a coalition of Asian/Asian-American/migrant sex workers supporting grassroots organizing of massage parlor workers in Queens. KK is committed to building community around indigenous healing arts, movement practices, plant medicines, psychedelics, climate resilience, care work and sex work that uplifts justice & dignity of spirit.
YOGA + DANCE CLASS
LUNCH + STORY CIRCLES
CREATIVE MOVEMENT WORKSHOP
PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
THE GOTHE FAMILY
Movement Facilitator Candace Thompson-Zachery, born in Trinidad and Tobago, now local to Brooklyn, NY, operates between the spheres of dance, cultural production and fitness and wellness, with a focus on the Contemporary Caribbean. She has had an established career as a performer, choreographer, fitness professional, cultural producer, teaching artist, community facilitator and Caribbean dance specialist. In addition to her work in these areas, she leads CanDanceFit, a full service fitness and movement entity, ContempoCaribe, an ongoing choreography and performance project and Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE, a organisational platform for Caribbean dance in the diaspora.
When not doing these things Candace is avidly analyzing Soca music, spending time with family and eating as many doubles as she can.
KEYNOTE by Ericka Hart
Guest Speaker Ericka Hart (pronouns: she/they) is a black queer femme activist, writer, highly acclaimed speaker and award-winning sexuality educator with a Master’s of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University. Ericka’s work broke ground when she went topless showing her double mastectomy scars in public in 2016. Since then, she has been in demand at colleges and universities across the country, featured in countless digital and print publications including Buzzfeed, Washington Post, Allure, Huffington Post, BBC News, Cosmopolitan, LA Weekly, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, Glamour, Elle, Essence, Fader, Refinery 29, and is the face of three running PSAs on the television channel VICELAND. Ericka’s voice is rooted in leading edge thought around human sexual expression as inextricable to overall human health and its intersections with race, gender, chronic illness and disability. Both radical and relatable, she continues to push well beyond the threshold of sex positivity. Ericka is currently an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University’s School of Social Work and the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, a bratty switchy Sagittarius service bottom and misses Whitney more than you.
September 14 (past)
KEYNOTE by Michelle Hope
Guest Speaker Michelle Hope is a dedicated Sexologist, educator and activist with a Master’s degree in Human Development and extensive post graduate training in sexuality. As a veteran speaker, Michelle has over 15 years of experience delivering impactful informative lectures and training's across the nation. She believes as though her work, in marginalized urban communities, has provided her with deep insight and comprehension of the holistic implications of sexuality on one’s life.
Michelle has dedicated her career to understanding and communicating to the masses the complex intersections of various social identities: race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, through a Reproductive Justice lens. She has taken deliberate actions in exploring and developing a unique language to speak to communities of color. Michelle feels as though her experience in working with marginalized urban communities, and understanding holistic sexuality has shaped her perspectives on the direct connections between sexuality and generational poverty in those communities. Her passion and commitment to the work has provided her with a unique style that has the ability to captivate and educate across various populations; with a proven track record of developing, implementing and evaluating dynamic and creative programming for individuals.
BELLY DANCE with Sira
Movement Facilitator Sira is a NYC based Middle Eastern Belly Dance performer, instructor and choreographer. In addition to performing for events and celebrations, Sira also has enjoyed taking the art of belly dance to the theater stage. She is currently in her fifth season performing with the the Brooklyn Ballet as Arabian Dancer in The Brooklyn Nutcracker. Sira has also worked with the Metropolitan Opera, as well as several Off Broadway productions and theatrical Belly Dance shows. Film/TV experience includes Sex and the City 2, the Dr Oz show, The Colbert Report, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and MTV. She is also featured in DVD's “Belly Dance Stars”, “The Way to Belly Dance” and “Fantasy Bellydance: Cult of Myth”. Sira enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise of this beautiful art form through dance workshops available worldwide.
About The Window Sex Project
The Window Sex Project (TWSP) is ongoing community engaged work that SLMDances began in commitment to providing liberated spaces for young adult women folks to voice their concerns, find agency, community support and take action in response to the violence against their bodies in public space. Since 2011, we have facilitated workshops in partnership with Hollaback!, Stop Street Harassment, Girls for Gender Equity, and Barnard Center for Research on Women, and have conducted workshops at Harlem School of the Arts, Grosvenor YMCA, Barnard College, Brooklyn YWCA, Black Girl Project Sisterhood Summit, Center for Anti Violence Education and more.
The Window Sex Project Community Workshops 2019 are presented in community partnership with The Goethe Family, Five Boro Story Project and Honey & Chi. The Community Workshops are made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). LMCC serves, connects and makes space for artists and community. The workshops are also presented in marketing partnership with Hollaback!, I, Too Arts Collective // Langston Hughes House, Aiesha Turman, Dwyer Cultural Arts Center, Girls for Gender Equity, Gibney's ICAT Community, Dance Caribbean Collective and Renegade Performance Group.