About

Semillas- Collective is an corganization using arts and healing to support the strategic and collaborative development of communities and social movements.

Mission

“They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.”
-Proverbio mexican

We believe that integrating arts and healing within our movements allows us to resist the systems that oppress us and reclaim the resilience that lies within us.   Through these approaches, we unlearn reactionary patterns and division, to open space for more strategic and creative trainings, media, and campaigns. Semillas develops tailored programs and long-term partnerships with groups and organizations in action -- to demonstrate, the deeper we are buried, the more powerfully we rise.

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Misión de Semillas

Une y conjunta justicia, estrategia, arte y sanación a través de la creación y colaboración para apoyar la lucha por los derechos humanos, para hacer crecer los movimientos transformadores e inspirar a la acción.

Modelo

"Trataron de enterrarnos, No sabían que eran semillas"
-Mexican Proverb

Creemos en las comunidades en resistencia. Creemos también que en cuanto más intenten enterrarnos, más vamos a florecer Que la voz de uno, se puede convertir en el grito de miles. Semillas representa la fortaleza y alma de una comunidad a través de su capacidad para crecer, colaborar y evolucionar. Reuniendo el activismo y el arte para impulsar acción. Reconocemos la rabia digna, y no nos rendimos en esta lucha por justicia, estamos comprometidos a sanar unidos ya que luchamos juntos. Estrategia: Arte con intención de concientizar da la posibilidad de crear Vemos el arte como forma de rebeldía contra los sistemas que oprimen. Creemos en el poder de organizar a base de amor y creatividad para poder imaginar un mundo más justo, y descubrir diferentes formas de resistir.

art (seed) → healing (sapling) → organizing (tree) → media (seedpod)

Like the lifecycle of a tree - from sapling back to seed, Semillas provides a holistic cycle of services for communities, organizations, and alliances. Our cycle begins with the arts and culture as a seed of possibility to open up, healing and transformation within communities. This internal transformation leads to more powerful structural transformation, through innovative organizing strategies and generative media campaigns, which rewrite histories and amplify collective struggles.

Arts and Culture

Semillas uses the arts and culture as powerful tools to fertilize imaginations and connect movements across issue lines. Semillas creates artistic products using different mediums of art (ie. Visual, dance, film etc.) and processes.

Healing and Leadership Development

Semillas creates a space where communities feel the strength of their own resilience and cultivate the their innate wisdom. Histories can be rewritten, identities redefined, old patterns fall away, and new powerful leaders are born. Semillas develops powerful self care practices and staff stress management, creates workshops to explore dynamics of privilege and power, addresses challenging organizational dynamics, recreates organizational identity, reminding that healing together is as important as fighting together.

Organizing and Advocacy

Semillas creates transformational organizing strategies, generating new leaders and strengthening movements from within.

>Media

Semillas creates media that has a different story to tell. We work with the community to develop transformative communications strategies and multimedia campaigns using video, performance art, and social media, to amplify our movements.