The GPI wraps up October with two outreach outings and hits the ground running again in November

November is here and the GPI is already in the throes of busy times!

October was also an actively full month, with the last week finding us involved with two public engagements forming part of our ongoing community development work (under the Citizens of a Common Future Project). Saturday 27th was the 1st year anniversary celebration of Spoken , ​an initiative of Embrace U Empire and the Selby Trust and the GPI was invited to participate. Using relevant materials from the institute's Caribbean Artists Movement collection, our Administrator and Archivist (Nicole-Rachelle and Sarah) ran a workshop on the day. The participants - a diverse group - were curious, engaged and enthusiastic which made the experience truly enjoyable. One attendee was so inspired by what she learned about during the session, that she composed a poem entitled Voice of John La Rose and sent it in to us via email a couple of days ago! 

Here are some lines from the piece:

I have a dream to change the world

I am not here to hide my culture and art

I am a methodical action taker

We have the right to live life

Full of lively and rainbowed colours

Inspiring others to chase and achieve

Their dreams

 

On Monday 29th the GPI team of Nicole-Rachelle, Sarah and Teju (our Community Development Officer) visited the Thomas Tallis School where they led workshops using selected materials from both our CAM and Carnival collections. Year 9 students participated in the sessions which were a mix of discussion, exploring the materials, film clips, podcast production, poetry and writing. The youngsters were actively involved with learning and sharing and the GPI team really found the experience educative and fun! We have since received very positive and warm feedback comments from the Thomas Tallis pupils. If they are reading this:Thank you!

November has found us busily out and about! The Regenerate Festival in London Bridge on the 3rd and 4th saw Teju our Community Development Officer representing with archive material from our Black Parents Movement and Creation for Liberation collections as well as ephemera on women's issues from our John La Rose collection and some copies of the activist journal Race Today​.

This coming Saturday 10th will be the first of our Foundations sessions led by Stella Dadzie the British activist, educationalist, historian and writer. See full details on our Events page and watch this space for more news of the GPI's outreach work and pop up collaborations!