WHO WE ARE

Visionary Justice StoryLab (VJSL), is a collective of interdisciplinary artists, media makers, and cultural workers evolving story, new media, and performance based healing practices to advance racial, reproductive, gender and environmental justice for communities of color and the organizations that serve them. 

We do this by:

  • Creating media projects that disrupt dominant narratives and representations

  • Organizing story based gatherings and workshops that utilize art and media as a

    basis for dialogue and coalition building

  • Centering intersectionality as a dominant framework to encourage unique

    perspectives, collaboration, and solidarity between Black, POC and indigenous groups.

OUR APPROACH

The Visionary Justice StoryLab centers an anti-racist and gender justice approach. Our core staff, team members, and partners center and reflect the communities we aim to serve in our work. We are a largely women of color and queer led collective. Additionally, we are artists and creatives working in this capacity.

We believe that arts and culture are a powerful tool for addressing our most pressing challenges. For real change to manifest in organizations and positively impact communities, we must understand the structures of racism, and apply creative strategies for dismantling oppressive policies and practices towards racially equitable outcomes. In our art making, we center liberatory frameworks and restorative practices that build trust and promote healing.

 
 

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

-James Baldwin

"I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell."

-Octavia Butler

“There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.”

-Audre Lorde

"I never learned hate at home, or shame. I had to go to school for that."

-Dick Gregory