The award-winning, feature-length documentary, Finding the Gold Within follows six Black men from Akron, Ohio, through their first years of college. Despite their high levels of confidence and critical thinking, the stark reality of being away from their families and communities brings a series of crises. A sister dies in a car accident; a home gets broken into, a brush with the law, racial jokes and provocations never seem to end. Read more →
Posted on March 2, 2016 by alchemy in Announcement with Comments Disabled
Dr. Kwame Scruggs, Youth Empowerment and Community Activist
To recognize and honor the achievements of prominent African American Males on whose shoulders we stand, The University of Akron and the Black Male Summit Planning Committee honors three individuals as recipients of the inaugural Black Male Summit Legacy Award. These gentlemen have made significant contributions to the African American Diaspora – their achievements will withstand the test of time.
Transforming Trauma Through Myth and Image:
From African Village to American Inner City
In recent years much attention has been given to the study and treatment of traumatized individuals in the clinical setting. But what of the communities that suffer monumental social problems in the face of our contemporary global epidemic of collective violence? How might traumatized communities heal the brokenness that trauma imposes upon social and cultural identity? This symposium views collective trauma through the unique lens of Jungian psychological theory and demonstrates how two distinguished Jungian practitioners work toward transformation of trauma outside the bounds of the consulting room. Read more →
Posted on December 14, 2015 by alchemy in Announcement with Comments Disabled
The video you are about to see is a stop-motion animation of the myth, “The Darkman and His Sooty Brother,” produced by high school students enrolled in Alchemy, an urban adolescent development program. Three staffers from AS220 Youth spent three days assisting the youth in the narration, creation of masks, photography, and stop-motion animation.
The project was all made possible by a generous gift from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Read more →
Posted on December 4, 2015 by alchemy in Announcement with Comments Disabled
Have you ever heard a story that profoundly impacted your life?
Perhaps in your childhood or even last week?
What was it about that story that spoke to you?
If you have been trying to solve some big issues in your life, I wonder if you might benefit from hearing a good story?