Implemented in 2017, In-Session is a remix of a traditional lecture or panel and critical interdisciplinary salon that incorporates reading, conversation, and response together. The salons are focused on a selection from a shared reading list which is compiled by Threewalls and based on a theme. The curated reading list is an act of decolonization: citing texts and creators that are not centered in mainstream culture and expanding scholarship that shapes lived experiences of our Threewalls community. The list is also Threewalls’ contribution to uplifting the brilliance of ALAANA (African descent, Latinx, Arab, Asian and Native American) culture producers and culture bearers.

The program is an opportunity for artists & creatives to hold space, in community, and have conversations about texts that illuminate their lived experiences and artistic practices. In-Session allows space for intimacy and vulnerability that are important characteristics to building relationships across differences. It is an invitation for those who participate and bear witness to show up as they are.

New Iteration: After a two-year hiatus, In-Session has been reimagined as a 7-month fellowship program to include mentorship from the Threewalls team, wellness support that includes financial planning, mental health services, digital coaching, and a health stipend.

Similarly, to its predecessor, In-Session will center conversation and audience engagement with a response activation to the selected text. However, in this new iteration, we are limiting the conversation and fellows to a pair: two artists or creatives will form a collaboration to be in conversation together. The collaborative pair may collaborate with others on the response and use their materials+supplies stipend to cover their fees.

Unlike the former iteration, where the salons took place at Threewalls’ space, the salons moving forward will take place in the fellows’ neighborhood, in a space of their choosing. This follows the organization’s ethos of supporting artists where they live and supporting the neighborhood economy.

Our 2022-2023 theme is Call-and-Response: Call-and-Response is an oral tradition often found in music, rituals, or spiritual practices of Sub-Saharan African cultures. It begins with a phrase by the main orator or singer to which one or more audience members will respond or echo. This tradition is used for celebratory purposes and well as for solemn reflections. It was carried over to the Americas via the trans-Atlantic slave trade where kidnapped Africans would sing together and call out to one another.[1]

As an act of resistance, the tradition continued in African American work songs, in the Black Church as part of the service, and is utilized in literature, poetry, and art. Call-and-Response requires community and builds relationships with the lead (call) and the folks responding to the call and with each other.

The theme is connected to Threewalls’ 2023 anniversary theme.

To access the reading list and application, please follow this link.

Para ver la lista de lectura y el solicitud, siga este enlace.

For frequently asked questions (FAQs), please follow this link.

FAQ disponible en español, aqui.

[1] https://www.middlepassageproject.org/2011/11/04/music-and-song/

Call-and-Response requires community and builds relationships with the lead (call) and the folks responding to the call and with each other 

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