Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | 6:30pm
2521 Holman Street
Our mothers are our first teachers. They birth us, raise us, feed us, heal us with love. Our kitchens are our first laboratories. Here we learn how to feed ourselves and our loved ones. The kitchen is also a place of healing—the medicine cabinet is there, as well as our mothers’ secret recipes for sore throats, fevers, bruised egos. Ginger ale for an upset stomach, chicken soup for the flu, a piece of cake to make you smile.
This workshop, presented in conjunction with Round 46: Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter at Project Row Houses, explores some of the ways our mothers and grandmothers used everyday kitchen ingredients to heal, to protect, to rebuild, to make the home a sanctuary. We will use fresh and dried herbs and things you find in your kitchen cabinets to make magical preparations that have been passed down through the generations.
In these times, we need to turn back to practical ways of healing as our first line of defense. Self-care is the priority.
About the Artists
Felicia Johnson was born in the mountainous valleys of Cheyenne, Wyoming, but has spent most of her life enjoying the tropical humidity that is Houston, Texas. She often finds herself in the middle of things, watching people and places transform around her. Felicia's work reflects change, both the internal and external changes that make artists do what they do.
Also known as Iya Kolade, Felicia was initiated into the Sango priesthood by Oluwo Afolabi A. Epega of Ode Remo. She is an astrologer, herbalist, writer and mother who truly believes in the magic and beauty of the rhythm of the universe. Felicia is the owner of the JuJu Shop, an oasis in Third Ward where all kinds of magical things happen: readings, workshops, rituals and healing.
Regina Agu is an artist, writer, and gardener based in Houston, TX. She co-directs Alabama Song, a flexible art space in Third Ward, Houston. After learning gardening skills at a young age from her mother, and volunteering in several community gardens over the years, Regina now gardens at Alabama Song where she grows fruits and vegetables, flowers, native plants for pollinators, and herbs and medicinal plants. She is working towards certifications in permaculture and growing organic vegetables with Urban Harvest.
Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter is a collective of Black women, queer, and gender non-conforming artists. We formed in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and believe that a unified and polyvocal front is a powerful agent of change in the fight against racialized violence. In coming together, we are committed to producing work that addresses Black care and self-determination.