“It’s this idea that we could really vision to the end of what we could imagine and what we had been working so hard to achieve, like, as you say, imagining every day with our organizing and our practice and our decision to be part of revolutionary movements. We could go all the way to the end of what we could imagine, and then be creative there. That’s what was offered to me, and I saw it as and have continued to experience it as a blessing in so many ways. Because what it does for me is it allows me to see the limits of my own imagination, and it allows me to see whatever it is that I think I really wish would happen that would be so much better than this current situation and to be creative there. Which then means I’m not being reactive to the present situation; I’m being expansive, and going as far as I possibly can with my imagination which then makes me rigorous with myself. To say, what is the most beautiful thing I can imagine and how do I put myself there through my art and then be creative all over again from there. It’s challenging…it has made me a more generous participant in the present because it has made me understand that I have a creative role, not just in the future that we can have but more importantly the future we can imagine.”
–Alexis Pauline Gumbs:
What would you be excited to offer in a community learning space? What would you be excited to learn about?
Do you have a story of a time you learned more about something you otherwise may not have, because you were inspired by a friendship or surprise invitation?
Imagine a learning center that feels open, inspiring, and free, and that reflects a future you would be excited to have had a hand in creating. Playing at the edges of that idea, what do you dream and discover?