Learn about the various plants and herbs that live around us, and their potential healing and soothing properties, with artist Italy Bianca from the Lower Eastside Girls Club. This workshop will provide a welcoming and supportive space to explore the environmental and personal benefits of plants that grow in New York City. Through smell, touch, guided movement, and meditation, participants will explore fresh plants and dried herbs harvested from the Lower Eastside Girls Club’s rooftop garden. Participants will create their own herbal tea blends to take home with them that set intentions for the New Year.
This 75-minute, in-person program is free and takes place at MoMA. The workshop is at capacity. Please email [email protected] to be added to the waitlist.
Italy Bianca is a multimedia artist from South Carolina who is currently based in New York. She received a BA in dance education and dance performance and choreography from Coker University. She has also trained at New York’s Joffrey Ballet School, in their Jazz and Contemporary Dance program. Drawing from her Southern roots and a deep connection to the land, she delved into the study of plant medicine under Empress Karen Rose through the Sacred Vibes Apothecary apprenticeship program. This fusion of influences ignited Bianca’s creative vision, prompting her to blend expressive contemporary movement, medicine, and film into her unique artistic expression. She firmly believes that dancing and understanding plant medicine have the power to heal our deepest traumas, both on an individual and a communal level. In addition to her artistic endeavors, Bianca has also worked as a teaching artist and herbalist in various school systems and outreach organizations, integrating arts into education and utilizing the power of plants for holistic healing.
Since 1996, the Lower Eastside Girls Club has supported young women and gender-expansive youth of color throughout New York City in leveraging their inner power to shape a better future for themselves, their community, and the world. Through free, year-round, innovative programming, we connect young people with their passions, celebrate their curiosity, and channel their creative energy. In 2022, we expanded our mission and service population with the Center for Wellbeing and Happiness, which provides free, full-spectrum wellness services for all generations and genders on the Lower East Side.
FM assistive-listening devices (headsets and neck loops) are available for sound amplification. Neck loops are available to use with these devices. Neck loops do not work with hearing aids without T-coil technology.
Chairs with backs will be used as seating.
All-gender restrooms are located nearby.
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and live captioning is available for public programs upon request with two weeks’ advance notice. MoMA will make every effort to provide accommodation for requests made with less than two weeks’ notice. Please contact [email protected] to make a request for these accommodations.
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Access and Community Programs are supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).
Major funding is provided by Volkswagen of America, the Agnes Gund Education Endowment Fund for Public Programs, The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art Endowment for Educational Programs, the Jeanne Thayer Young Scholars Fund, and the Annual Education Fund.