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The InterRelations Collaborative, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) research and education organization established in 1991 to research intergroup tensions occurring in demographically changing US Metropolitan Centers. Nationwide research was conducted to document models of intergroup cooperation in major "gateway cities" (New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco). Research findings were favorably reviewed in Sage Race Relations Abstracts in “New Demographic and Ethnic Challenges in the United States.” The research was recognized by the New York State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in its report, Resolving Intergroup Conflicts in New York City. The IRC was invited to present testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on the Policy Recommendations for Alleviating Tensions: Intergroup Relations Panel at the New York City Hearing on Racial and Ethnic Tensions in American Communities. Policymaking implications and program development emerging from the research were reported on the Violence Prevention Initiatives Panel at the Conference on Intergroup Relations sponsored by the New York State Human Rights Division at Columbia University. The InterRelations Collaborative continues to implement innovative research-driven intergroup relations-building programs among rapidly diversifying student populations at colleges and universities throughout New York City and Tri-State Area.
NEW!!! Intensive Post-Pandemic Immersion Programs currently address post-pandemic academic needs of students suddenly faced with educational disruptions and prolonged social isolation during the Corona19 Emergency (2019-2023).
Post-Pandemic Immersion Workshop Series
(A) "Still I Rise!" Academic Mentoring Marathon Workshop addresses urgent post-pandemic academic needs employing StoryTelling to boost Academic Achievement & College Competence among rapidly diversifying student populations at colleges and universities across New York City. Facilitated by Dean Saveena Dhall (15+ years @ Yale).
(B) "Be The Change" Spoken Word Marathon Workshop addresses post-pandemic academic needs utilizing Spoken Word to sharpen Academic Performance & Critical Thinking among ethnically diverse urban student populations in New York City. Facilitated by Spoken Word Artist & Counselor, Michelle "Stella" Mack.
(C) "Si Se Puede" E Pluribus Unum Unity-Building Marathon Workshop addresses post-pandemic academic needs using Intercultural Exchange to equip diverse students to Reach Out Across Cultures and knowledgeably navigate dynamic multi-lingual, multi-ethnic and multicultural academic environments of the 21st C! The "Yes We Can!" Out of Many, One Unity-Building Marathon Workshop is designed to heighten Multicultural Literacy. Facilitated by an empowering Multicultural Team of 21st C VisionKeepers.
Current Workshop Schedule: Spring 2023 - Spring 2024
Feb 24 Baruch College SEEK QuiltMaking Marathon Workshop
Mar 3 Hunter College SEEK Kente Graduation StoleMaking Marathon Workshop
Mar 23 Brooklyn College SEEK Still I Rise! Academic Dreams Marathon Workshop
Apr 20 Brooklyn College SEEK Kente Graduation StoleMaking Marathon Workshop
May 11 Brooklyn College SEEK We Are The Future! Spoken Word Marathon Workshop
July 6 Hunter College SEEK QuiltMaking Marathon Workshop
July 17 Lehman College SEEK QuiltMaking Marathon Workshop
July 31 Brooklyn College SEEK QuiltMaking MarathonWorkshop
Aug 3 Lehman College SEEK SongWriting Marathon Workshop
Aug 24 Brooklyn College SEEK Still I Rise! Academic Dreams Marathon Workshop
Sep 14 Hunter College SEEK Still I Rise! Academic Dreams Marathon Workshop
Sep 21 Queensborough College CUNY EDGE Still I Rise! Academic Dreams Marathon Workshop
Nov 16 Brooklyn College SEEK QuiltMaking Marathon Workshop
Jan 18 Brooklyn College SEEK Still I Rise! Academic Dreams Marathon Workshop
9/11 Peace Story Quilt
Hofstra University Museum of Art
Peace Story Quilt in the Emily Lowe Gallery at the Hofstra University Museum of Art
Since it was established with a start-up grant from The United Way of New York City, the InterRelations Collaborative has been dedicated to building intergroup relations among rapidly diversifying student populations across New York City. One of the African-Asian cooperative research models was an intergroup arts model featuring the cross-cultural story quilt, My Best Friend, collaboratively designed by visionary New York City artist. Faith Ringgold, Distinguished Professor of Art at the University of California, San Diego, and Lisa Yi, New York City visual artist.
Following the events on September 11, 2001, the InterRelations Collaborative assembled students from across New York City to document their experiences on 9/11. They authored, in their own words and images, a book titled, What Will You Do For Peace? Impact of 9/11 on New York City. Their compelling artwork caught the eye of acclaimed Harlem artist, Faith Ringgold, and they were honored to publish their book in association with her.
In her introduction to the "Peace Book," Ms. Ringgold wrote: "When I was shown the layout for a new book titled What Will You Do For Peace? my heart filled with joy. What a beautiful collaboration, a perfect response from New York City's young people, aged 11 to 19. This gracefully poetic account of that frightening day in their young lives is a gift of sensitivity and love. I was amazed at their generosity of spirit. I found the paintings and expressive verse in the book deeply inspiring."
The Peace Book now resides in the collections of more than 100 branches of the New York Public Library. The Peace Book sold out at Amazon.com
Peace Story Quilt in the Grossman Gallery at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The InterRelations Collaborative commissioned Faith Ringgold to design a Peace Story Quilt inspired by the Peace Book in collaboration with New York City students, ages 8-19. During a series of master classes across New York City, Ms. Ringgold mentored 50 Peace QuiltMakers on transferring their 9/11 peace images from hardcopy to canvas. The Peace Story Quilt, composed of three panels, each measuring 72”x 50,” was completed for the 5th anniversary of 9/11. The Peace Story Quilt was first exhibited at ACA Galleries in Lower Manhattan and launched on its journey to spread young New Yorkers’ call to peace and understanding across their global city. The Peace Story Quilt travels to bring its peace-building programs to educational venues throughout New York City. The Peace Story Quilt's itinerary is posted below.
The Peace Book was also adapted to visual format to capture the attention of young audiences. The Peace Video was produced by Rafaela Capellan, Director of Areyto Productions. The soaring anthem, Can You Hear, featured on the audio-track performed by The Young People's Chorus of New York City was composed by Jim Papoulis of Sounds of A Better World.
QuiltMaking Marathon Workshops are conducted for students as well as pre- and in-service teachers and human service professionals serving ethnically diverse populations in educational and community-based settings by Patricia Maunder, Arts Faculty at University of the Arts, Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology.
At SongWriting Marathon Workshops, students compose both lyrics and score of their own songs which are professionally produced in a state-of-the art music studio and performed "Live!" and in-concert in collaboration with award-winning Composer & Conductor, Jim Papoulis.
The InterRelations Collaborative's intergroup relations-building programs are designed to carve out creative space where ethnically diverse student populations can come together, interact and discover the common ground that they share.
Peace Quilt at Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College, City University of New York
The Peace Quilt's Itinerary
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Peace Story Quilt
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Uris Education Center
9/11 Peace Story Quilt at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Peace Art at The Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education
Faith Ringgold & Peace Quilt Artists at Opening Reception
9/11 Peace Quilt Artists Celebrate Peace
9/11 Peace Story Quilt (Panel 1)
9/11 Peace Story Quilt (Panel 2)
9/11 Peace Story Quilt (Panel 3)
9/11 Peace Story Quilt by Faith Ringgold, Grace Matthews, and 9/11 PeaceMakers
If your school, university, gallery or museum is interested in displaying IRC's Peace Story Quilt for educational purposes, Contact Us
The InterRelations Collaborative, Inc. gratefully acknowledges generous support by grantmakers including: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, United Way of New York City, FAR Fund, Lutheran Disaster Response of New York, United Methodist Committee on Relief
IRC Board of Directors: M.D. Taracido, Esq., Founding Chair; Setsuko M. Nishi, PhD, Founding President; Angela Anselmo, PhD; Marva Jenkins, MSW, MDiv; Grace Yun, PhD
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