Nov 21st 2019

What’s the difference between safe space and brave space? Why do folks feel hesitant to use trigger warnings? Why should we practice consent?

Join us for the third and last installment of our fall curated series, where Surviving the Mic founder Nikki Patin will lead a discussion on the above questions. Attendees will also have the chance to participate in a few activities around creating brave spaces and centering survivors of sexual violence.

In 2014, Nikki Patin decided that she was tired of asking public performance spaces and their producers to hold space for the work of survivors of sexual violence. Starting as 10 week workshop series for Black spoken word artists, women and survivors of sexual violence, Surviving the Mic evolved into a survivor-led open mic and workshop series.

This workshop is part of the Public Newsroom’s 2019 Curator series ”Community Care and the 2020 Election: We Gon’ Be Alright” created by Chicago-based artist / facilitator Felicia Holman ( The series features three Chicago-based women of color artists / activists: Jenna Anast, Tanuja Jagernuath and Nikki Patin. Each presenter will share some of their skills and tools for creative resilience in the face of depletion.

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This event is part of City Bureau’s #PublicNewsroom programming, a series of free, weekly workshops and discussions aimed at building trust between journalists and the communities they serve while shaping a more inclusive newsroom.

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