P.R.I.D.E. Artist Uses Yoga at Children’s Museum
Exploring the beauty of diverse skin color is not just the work of children’s books or TV programs. At the Children’s museum, it’s a full body experience. This summer, P.R.I.D.E. artist Felicia Savage Freedman used a combination of yoga, drawing, and literature to help children appreciate the beauty of their skin at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. The program, called “I am beautiful! I am strong!”, was part of the Children’s Museum’s F.I.N.E. (Fresh Innovative Nonstop Expression) Residency and ran for two weeks in July.
Freedman has been practicing yoga for 28 years, traveling in training everywhere from New York to Haiti. She first brought her experience to P.R.I.D.E. through the inaugural Pop Up Mini Art Festivals in 2017. The children’s program gave dozens of children a chance to explore their own skin color, and they proved to be a captivated audience. One child stared long and hard at her forearm, before comparing it first to her mother’s on her left, then to a helper on her right. A pair of twins talked about how the different skin colors of their parents helped create their own special shade. Entire groups sat enraptured as Freedman read the book All the Colors We Are, which helps children understand how they get their skin color.
To learn more about Felicia Savage Freedman and her antiracist professional development and training, check out Yoga Roots on Location.
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