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We recognize that within groups of various people, the meaning of care differs. We are committed to learning about providing care as an organization but we also believe it to be fundamentally necessary to offer opportunities for the artists we work with to learn what critical care in collective work means.
Consent is defined as the permission for something to happen or an agreement to do something. We understand that consent is not static, and must be asked for again and again during a process. We will ensure as an organization that we check in with each artist, and we ask each participant to check in with those around them.
The only person who can consent for you, is you. Therefore, we need you to check in with yourself to be able to gage your capabilities versus your capacity. It’s always ok to recognize something is too much.
We encourage you to share your concerns so that we can asses together how it is possible to forge new paths. We’d like to support if we can, as our goal is to remove as many access barriers as possible. We are transparent as an organization because we want you to trust in the work that we do. However, if you need confidentiality, be sure that we also respect this.
Some processes will be collaborative: there is the opportunity to engage creatively with different partners. Others will be co-creative: when in the creative process ideas come from the many, the work will also be attributed to the many.
No matter the frame of the work, we value CARE as core concept within the working practices of guerillaclassics. We believe that care starts with the following principles:
1. We believe deeply in a culture of listening. We encourage a collective practice that includes check in rounds every time a group convenes. This allows for participants to not only share what is on their minds, but also to create a collective practice of holding space for each other.
2. We ask each person to embrace feedback, which can also include constructive criticism. By being open to hearing how our views or experiences have been different, we create room for reflection and growth as part of our collective process.
3. We ask for each person to acknowledge the reality that some people will make mistakes along the way. Within a process that centers people with various backgrounds, abilities and needs, we want you to be open to allow growth through the tension that discomfort can provide.
Have the courage to try something new, to embrace failure, to expand your passion!