Join SLMDances as we reflect on 12 years of organizing community workshops to respond to gender-based street harassment in New York City.
In this special community workshop, we invite all who experience gender-based harassment in public spaces for an evening of movement, storytelling, and discussion. We will consider the importance of centering the body and movement in the resistance, and reflect on how public discourse has evolved since we began this work in 2011.
12pm -12:30pm: Welcome
12:30pm-1:30pm: Movement class
1:30pm-2:15pm: Guest speaker, Michelle Hope.
2:15pm-2:45pm: Food break
2:45pm-3:45pm: Bystander intervention
3:45pm-4:15pm: Story circle & creative movement
4:15pm-4:30pm: Performance & Dance Party
Open to Women, Femmes, and all who experience gender-based street harassment, 18+ (learn why)
Using movement and storytelling, this brief workshop invites participants to respond to street harassment with their bodies.
Come ready to dance!
Performance by SLMDances
Open to All Genders, 18+
You are invited to a live performance of SLMDances' The Window Sex Project and to engage in a community discussion about street harassment.
Featuring Guest Speaker Michelle Hope
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 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. Throughout her career, Michelle has taken deliberate actions in exploring and developing a unique language to speak to communities of color and uses her knowledge to expand support for sex ed legislation. 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. Currently, Michelle is the Director of Social Impact and Strategic Communications at SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change, where she oversees the implementation of cross-movement collaboration with grassroots coalitions and corporate partners helping to shift public opinion around Sex Education. Her passion and commitment to the work have provided Michelle with a unique style that has a proven record of captivating and educate across various populations; with a proven track record of developing, implementing, and evaluating dynamic and creative programming for individuals.
SLMDances interacts with the crowd at the 2014 International Anti Street Harassment Week Rally in Washington Square Park, New York City.
Celebrate your body.
Use your voice and movement to respond to street harassment.
Fellowship with your community.
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 folks who experience gender-based street harassment 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 community partnership with Hollaback!, Stop Street Harassment, Girls for Gender Equity, Barnard Center for Research on Women, One Life Wellness, Five Boro Story Project, Sixth Street Wellness, Honey & Chi, 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, I, Too Arts Collective // Langston Hughes House, and more.
In our history of doing this work, funding for The Community Workshops have been 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. SLMDances has received additional resources and support from Barnard Center for Research on Women, The Gothe Family, and Gibney's ICAT Community.