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Creating Healing Spaces at our March Wellbeing Jamboree

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Our Wellbeing Jamboree in March brought over 200 people together for community-building activities to inspire healing, wellbeing, and civic engagement through art and culture. On the rooftop of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, our Spanish and Chinese language interpreters helped welcome families to Cool Culture’s signature art-making activities. Immersed throughout the outdoor space and inside the museum, Veronica Agard guided families to reflect on oral histories through an Ancestors in Training activity, and Rena Anakwe created an interactive sound bath experience for our youngest visitors. Family members of all ages also released physical energy through skating on the museum’s ArtRink and playing on its jungle gym.

Caregiver and two children work with yarn and markers at a craft table.

With a focus on wellbeing, the Jamboree also offered opportunities for families to activate their voices and their power in the community. At our “Ask a Legislator” corner, May Vutrapongvatana, the Director of Budget and Legislature for City Council District 36, joined us to answer questions from families about lawmaking and community engagement. Children and caregivers peppered Gaurav Dangol, a healthcare data analyst, with questions about science and health in the “Ask a Public Health Professional” corner. Gaurav also read out loud some of the children’s books in our book giveaway. As with past festivals, we also offered Information about wellbeing practices and vaccinations, and provided healthy snacks and food for all families.

Adult with a book sits on grass, while child and two other adults look on.

Thank you to all who attended, and we hope you’ll join us for our next family festival for opportunities to engage in art, activism, and healing practices!