Healing from Trauma through Traditional Arts
An introduction to the artistic work of three NorCal orgs
In this free and public event, audiences will be introduced to the artistic work of three local organizations with experience in healing through traditional arts: the Omnira Institute, Halau ‘O Kawainuhi, and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA). Through first-person reflections, videos, photos, and participatory engagement, representatives of each organization will offer a glimpse into their respective programs, art forms, and healing processes.
Namely, Wanda Ravernell and Tobaji Stewart from the Omnira Institute will share reflections on teaching and performing traditional rumba—an Afrocuban performative genre involving vocal improvisation, elaborate dancing, and polyrhythmic drumming. Native Hawaiian Kumu Kau’i Peralto will be showcasing Kapu Aloha—healing through love and a place of positivity, discipline, self-care, and forgiveness—shared through songs and dances. And lastly, Julián Antonio Carrillo from ACTA, will give an overview of this statewide organization as well as talk about the intersection of tradition and health.