Aubrey nurtured her inspiration from a young child, growing with the influence of the health and wellness industry ever present. She carried these early seeds with her as she danced around the world. It was always clear to her the importance of having a community enriching space where artists, creatives, and wellness practitioners could connect and flourish together. She dreamed of a collective that showcased artists, somatic and wellness practitioners and invited creatives to feel comfortable building and nurturing their gifts. Living Arts Collective (LAC) has grown from a dream into a space and a Intergenerational and Multicultural community where community leaders, activists, artists, practitioners of sound, movement and wellness launch their ideas, express their hearts, learn, exchange, grow and receive recognition for their work. LAC continues to foster the dream of building a harmonious community where all people feel welcome, regardless of age, gender, body type, ability, cultural background or personal history.
In 2016 Aubrey and friends opened the doors to Living Arts Collective in Durham, NC. Its presence was met with enthusiasm from various communities and nurtured relationships in the area, who were searching for a space rooted in energetic awareness, ethical influence, sharing, and actualizing embodied movement. LAC is home to a thriving embodied arts scene that represents a diverse range of instructors and facilitators offering classes, events, and workshops. LAC is honored be a home to many culturally diverse expressions of folkloric music, movement and unique forms of expressions. Each representing different territories of the world such as: Latin American, Middle Eastern, West African forms and beyond. LAC hosted weekly dance socials, live music experiences, Living Arts ecstatic dancewaves, open mic experiences, martial arts classes, west African dance and drum workshops, contact improvisation, group mediations, & mindfulness workshops.
“Like a river, the story of our times flows forward through individuals. This is not a passive happening; people who carry forward the story possess a special characteristic – they are open to change. They share the like-minded qualities of being willing to risk, grow, explore, and evolve. And they are willing to share what they’ve learned with others. The story is one of interconnected humanity, not the lone individual. It is the giving and receiving that keep us connected.” – Robin Zill