Reinventing The Wheel: Prevention, Healing & Examining Gay Men's Wellness Through An Artistic Lens
Monte J. Wolfe, Brave Soul Collective, Bryan Collins, HIV Working Group
Brave Soul Collective seeks to present an interactive workshop, which would consist of performance, discussion and a Q&A with artists & presenters. The goal of the session is to shed light on all of the determinants, triggers, and underlying factors which often prevent gay men of all nationalities from developing and fostering their individual and collective mental, emotional, physical wellness and sexual health. This presentation ideally would consist of three components: 1) Introduction of presenters & performers and a brief introduction of participants 2) Staged theatrical performances of multiple scenes which will bring to life & demonstrate how various topics related to gay men's health often play themselves out within real life situations 3) In depth review and discussion between session participants, performers and presenters about performed scenarios and the feelings, thoughts & ideas they evoke. Ideally this session would commence by encouraging participants to list and share ideas about how to effectively affect change within their individual lives, relationships, social circles, and communities based on the work presented during the session.
Monte J. Wolfe is Founder & Artistic/Managing Director of Brave Soul Collective (BSC). Shortly after testing positive for HIV in 2004, he founded BSC in 2006 with co-founders Tim'm West & Erik Chambers. He is an artist & activist, with a BFA in Theatre Arts Administration from Howard University. He has had articles published by CLIK Magazine, SWERV Magazine, and The Black AIDS Institute. He is also the Social Media Coordinator at Us Helping Us, People Into Living. For more on BSC, visit: http://bravesoulcollective.org/bsc
Bryan Collins was born and raised in Falls Church, Virginia. He has a B.A. in English from Virginia Tech, and is a member of the International English Honor Society. He works full-time for the Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry, and chairs the HIV Prevention Working Group. He has been admitted to American University's MFA program in Fiction Writing for Fall 2012.
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