‘Root Camp’ with Rooted Resistance | Grounds4Art@HCC


Nov 12 2020



Join us for a ‘Root Camp’! Through an interactive curriculum, this virtual session will be facilitated through functional movement and a dialogue centric approach, meditating upon the very real individual, cultural, and systemic oppressive experiences within and throughout each intersection of identity in the queer and trans communities. All ability levels are welcome. Let’s get liberated in our minds and bodies, together!

To participate in this event, you will need:

*Workout or yoga mat
*Area in which you can lay down fully and extend your arms without impediment

At the end of the session, attendees will be invited to ask questions and to share their thoughts about HCC’s current public art project NEST, including what features and design elements could be incorporated into the project sites to address their needs and interests.

NEST (Nourishment, Education and Social Terraces), led by Tory Tepp, is a multi-campus public art initiative that will transform sections of both the HCC Dale Mabry and Ybor City Campuses into socially activated green spaces. To learn more, visit our https://www.hccfl.edu/campus-life/arts/galleries-hcc/grounds4art/current-grounds4art-projects/, website.

About the workshop leaders:

Roc is a transmasculine educator who received their Bachelor of Science in Sports & Leisure Management from Eastern Connecticut State University and received an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Florida. Roc is a doctorate student in the Department of Sport Management at Florida State University. Roc’s focus is on physical culture and the active body. Roc is the Founder of Rooted Resistance, LLC. Roc continues to make sense of their own experiences and find that the connections to others are not coincidental. Because of this realization, Roc believes it’s important to map out how individual stories and community narratives connect to structures that influence folx’ lives. Roc believes in collective responsibility and is committed to reimagining spaces for movement for the Queer and Transgender communities.

Sam(ira) Obeid: poet, Indian, activist, lesbian, scholar, immigrant, warrior. Sam was born and raised in India, moved to the U.S. in 2007. She received her Master’s degrees in Multimedia Journalism and Women’s & Gender Studies from the University of South Florida. Her full-time job is in non-discrimination work as Program Director at Community Tampa Bay. Her other full-time job is as a spoken word poet. She has been the keynote speaker at multiple LGBTQ+ events including Metro Wellness’ Youth Summit and USF’s first LGBTQ+ Gala, performed spoken word at Equality Florida’s Tampa Gala, and has given a TEDx Talk on deconstructing gender and gender identity. Sam is the Director of Grants and Contracts for Rooted Resistance.


Reminders and announcements for all our NEST events will be shared through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@gallery221hcc) with #grounds4art. You can also check out our events listings in https://www.eventbrite.com/o/gallery221hcc-29623552403/.  Eventbrite to see all our virtual programs this fall!

NEST is sponsored in part by the https://www.gobioff-foundation.org/ Gobioff Foundation, Treasure Tampa Grant, the HCC Foundation, the Stanton Storer Embrace the Arts Foundation and the HCC Dale Mabry Campus Student Government Association.


To participate, simply https://www.eventbrite.com/e/root-camp-with-rooted-resistance-grounds4arthcc-tickets-118353140429/ register for free through Eventbrite. Once you register, you will be sent a ticket to your email. On the day of the event, access your ticket then press play on the video pane.



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