June Newsletter

by | Jun 16, 2023 | Newsletter

Greetings ,

As we feel the palpable possibilities of this lush, verdant time of year, may we flourish and be nourished as summer actualizes Summer Solstice…….. The longest day of the year approaches. The life giving Sun is celebrated all over the world with various traditions, like fire festivals, song circles and dance ceremonies. In honor of the Solstice, we will sing, dance and celebrate this coming Sunday and Monday at LAC.

This Sunday we will also celebrate the amazing Fathers in this community. Set woven by Kevin Ryan. Dance Facilitated by Aubrey and Brü.

This Monday is Juneteenth. May we all continue to take actionable steps for disassembling the centuries of racism deeply rooted in our nation’s systems and institutions.  See opportunities to gather in light of Juneteenth below.

Check out upcoming LAC events and stay tuned for some really exciting collaborations that we’ll announce in our next newsletter… We are honored to be in continued collaboration with Africa Unplugged as we host our friends and beloved teachers Osei & Becky, Vladimir Espinosa, Solo Sana from Ghana, Mali, and Cuba, celebrating and honoring the rhythms, movements and expressions from diverse cultures.

We are thrilled to host Holy River at LAC! This will be a collaborative, creative space. Bring your art supplies and dancing feet as we move to music with live painting by Jahde Art. There will be a table to learn more about the sacred and aligned work of 7 Directions of Service. 7 Directions of Service is a local and Indigenous non-profit organization that is leading the way on protecting what is sacred.

Thank you for joining us while we dance forward in the spirit of shared humanity.

In solidarity with love,
Aubrü and Crü

Give Dad the Gift of Relaxation

 ~ Relaxation is for everyone ~

Celebrate Father’s Day at the Durham Salt Cave.
Treat dad to an restorative restorative experience.

Purchase gift certificate HERE.

We are so honored to host Holy River at LAC This Monday 7-9pm
Pre-registration HERE is highly recommended.

The music of Høly River carries the message of humanity’s need for reconnection with the earth. With an intention to be in relationship to this inspiring music through embodied practices and engagement, please come move and jam with us on what will surely be an unforgettable night.

Think Living Arts Dancewave meets Contact Improv meets an incredible live music performance.

This will be an immersive, creative space where we can move, draw, rest, stretch, dance, be.

There will be a table to learn more about the sacred and aligned work of 7 Directions of Service. 7 Directions of Service is a local and Indigenous non-profit organization that is leading the way on protecting what is sacred.

This will be an alcohol free space.

Children are welcome as long as they are able to be kept safe by caregivers.

Pre-registration HERE is highly recommended.
Sliding scale $15, $25, $55

7:00-7:15 arrival, informal warmup
7:15-7:30 opening circle
7:30-8:30 holy river
8:30-9pm LAC Jam

Juneteenth is a celebration that commemorates the end of the enslavement of African-American people in the United States.

It marks the day, June 19th, 1865, when the Emancipation Proclamation (which had been issued on January 1st, 1863) was finally read to enslaved African–Americans in Texas.

It took more than two years for word of freedom to get to enslaved people, and freedom is still a process. Some of the Juneteenth events are calls to action, and all encourage community involvement.

Triangle on the Cheap will list Juneteenth Celebrations in the Triangle.  See link for the celebrations that have been announced for 2023.


Learn more here

Hayti Heritage Center is holding a Hayti Neighborhood Juneteenth event at WD Hill Recreation Center, 1308 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC. It will take place Friday, June 16, 2023, from 3 to 9 p.m., and will include a live concert, DJs, artwalk and food trucks. This free event is for all ages.

Community member and friend, Vibrance, will be selling Afrocentric Gifts that empower the positive self-image of Black peoples: handbags, travel mugs, aprons, holiday cards, and MORE!

Find her booth with balloons in the “Blue Zone” on Saturday, June 17th: Juneteenth Black Arts Festival at Chatham County Fair Grounds, Pittsboro NC

Join the Living Arts Collective Last Fridays at Hillsborough River Park: 

  • Community Drum Circle
  • Family ART Area
  • Living Arts Dancewave + Collaborative LIVE Painting with Jaded ~ facilitated by Aubrey & Brü
  • Food by Vegan Flava in Hillsborough River Park!

In collaboration with the Hillsborough Arts Council. 

All ages are welcome, especially elders and children. Whatever your experience or comfort level is with dancing, drumming and art, this is your opportunity to move, dance, be in nature, relax and create as you wish within an intergenerational community space.

*Please contribute to the Artists Fund as you are able.  We have a goal for this event to be FREE to the public to encourage accessibility for all.  Please donate to the Artists Fund as you are able. Thank you!

Throughout the month of June, you’ll find many Pride Month events in the Triangle. These events bring together the LGBTQ+ community and friends to raise awareness, foster inclusivity, celebrate, and educate.

Read on for a day by day list of Pride events in the Triangle.  Triangle on the Cheap’s calendar.

Living Arts Dancewave 
10:10am Heart Song Circle
11:11am Practice Space
11:33 am Opening Circle 
for Dancewave
1:11 pm Closing Harvest Circle followed by Restoration of the Space

Location: 410 West Geer St Durham, NC

Tickets available at: https://livingartscollective.as.me/SUNDAYDancewave (click on date when registering)

Indoor Co-Created Dance Space Offerings:

  • Seasonal Altar: Embracing the OUSIA wheel of nature’s cycles. You are invited to bring an offering to the shared altar co-built.
  • Art Station: Write, draw, play with colors!
  • Card Collection: Inspirational decks for you to choose from
  • Resting Nook: Pillows and blankets provided for your ease and comfort at rest
  • Closing Harvest Circle: A potent time to share briefly from the day’s Dancewave experience, if you choose.
  • CARE TO SHARE Table: You are invited to bring something of value to share and and take home something that you’d enjoy.
  • Restoration of the Space: Join in returning all of the above to it’s place after Closing Circle. Many hands make light work!

ABOUT THE DANCEWAVE: Living Arts Dancewaves strives to create an inclusive space for people to move freely and express themselves creatively. Participants may experience the euphoria of music, rhythm, and connection with themselves, others, and their environment.

Over the course of 90 minutes, live and/ or curated music is woven together in a wave format- supporting your arrival and embodiment process by starting slow, building to a peak, and then returning to silence.

Dancewaves are a versatile activity that is inclusive of all ages, physical bodies, cultural backgrounds, identities, and dance abilities. We strive to create a space that is welcoming to all.

We are an intentional, radically-inclusive, LGBTQ+, multiracial, and multicultural community for healing and wellness through movement. 

REGISTER HERE: (https://livingartscollective.as.me/SUNDAYDancewave)

We aim to provide a safe space for playful exploration and for experiencing the beauty and freedom of art in its many forms. We embrace all forms of diversity, including gender, race, religion, age, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, and we work to understand and dismantle all kinds of oppression present within our community.

CONTRIBUTE HERE:  https://www.livingartscollective.com/sustain/
Our wish is for the Dancewave to be collectively supported to be accessible to all.  Hours of work, and necessary funds go into creating and organizing the Dancewave space and music every week. Please Consider sustaining this movement by becoming an LAC Sustainer with a monthly contribution amount of your choice. Your presence and support is treasured, and makes all the difference.

Living Arts Dancewave –  Susu Hauser Photography

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