During COVID-19, PLACE is shifting to explore the virtual space for hosting events. We want to continue to leverage our network to support event producers at this time when so many people have lost work. We will prioritize knowledge-sharing events related to community resiliency, wellness and immunity, medicine making, political organizing, and other relevant themes of these times. See what's coming up below, or:
PLACE is a community hub that nurtures physical gathering space for the community. As an events and maker-space organization, we have been extending community space as a tool and resource for healing, organizing, and co-creating art, visions, and equitable systems. This includes everything from community organizing, regenerative building, political education, cooking and medicine making demonstrations, hands-on gardening, solidarity fundraisers, cultural gatherings, spiritual ceremonies, song circles, community clay making, dance workshops, meditation classes, film screenings, local concerts and jams, and many other things that paint the intersectionality of the movement.
We honor the diverse backgrounds, paths, and lineages that have led up to us connecting with PLACE. We respectfully acknowledge that we are on Ohlone Chochenyo Native land, and that the Bay Area is experiencing patterns of housing development and displacement that fuels a racial wealth gap.
It is important for the art, community, and eco-environmental work we hold space for to be grounded in a framework that does not perpetuate white supremacy, settler colonialism and systemic discrimination, violence, and erasure. In solidarity, PLACE will explicitly prioritize holding community space for groups and individuals that are led by and serve Native, Black, People of Color, local, low-income, immigrant, and LGBTQIA2S+ communities. We believe that it is crucial to collectively uplift the power and voices of frontline community climate solutionaries who experience the most marginalization relationships within extractive and oppressive systems.
Ally individuals and organizations are also welcome to use this space as long as their intentions are in alignment with the values and principles named above. The funding we receive from more resourced communities helps us provide free and low cost space and community programming to communities with access to less financial resources.
For digital events, we will continue to approach hosting events with a cooperative lens, in which event producers can be connected to our community followers and be compensated for their work, while simultaneously supporting PLACE to keep its doors open as a volunteer-run space.