In the midst of the 2020 lockdowns, Voices of Wisdom & Modern Mythology was born to serve youth in our community as an alternative to standardized, modern-colonial education models.
With the increasing normalization of the technological reality as primary mode of communication, we recognize that youth growing up today are especially vulnerable to the challenges that come from growing up without healthy in-person connection, social reflection and expression. We are filling the need for educational experiences that can effectively engage with students and provide environments that support community connection, mentorship and self-expression, which can provide tools and encouragement for mental health, practical life-skills and positive self-identity at a very crucial age in a young person's development.
Voices of Wisdom & Modern Mythology is an educational model that works in partnership with Seven Vision Studios, founded by a core group of artists / educators who share a love of ceremony, healing and building community: Quincy Davis, Alexandra Loves, AshEL SeaSunZ and Sommer Moselle AKA Xamada. Our alchemy of skill-sets include: years of youth education work serving some of the most vulnerable in our community, professional music and video production, extensive training in traditional music and healing modalities. Our team of collaborators and guest artist are committed to using their artistic craft to provide uplifting messages for humanity, encouraging community-power, at this crucial time in history.
WHAT IS OUR MODERN MYTHOLOGY?
Mainstream, corporate media narratives are not the only reality, but many people have gotten lost in this illusion, especially with the increasing use of modern-technology and information, too often getting swept up in the fear and hysteria designed to cause people to feel helpless and powerless.
The question is what kind of world do we want to see for future generations?
Young people all over the world are recognizing that a new story is needed and they are seeking that but unfortunately there is almost nowhere to go to express this.
Without the support of a community, as a result, a lot of the times these expressions turn into frustration, rage, depression and other forms of grief. This energy could be seen as “rebellious” at an age when they would normally be going through an initiation, if an intact and healthy village was in place.
Historically, within cultures all over the world, community was informed through the visions and dreams moving through the village. Not just the "special" one's but each person contributing to the evolving vision of the community. Ceremonies such as the vision quest, where people would go up on the mountain to seek an understanding and clarity of their purpose, would provide a way of receiving such information. Young people would come down with gifts for the village and the collective story would change. Although at this time we may not have the capacity to take youth out to vision quest, at least we can hold space for a talking circle where everyone’s voice is heard, honored and respected.
We believe the collective healing of society's grief is manifested through individual healing, supported by community. Our dream is for the younger generation to experience this, to express their unique voice, awaken to their gifts and be a part of creating solutions, grounded in community-values and traditional life-ways.
Offer safe and supportive environments for healthy reflection, expression and exploration of one’s unique gifts including talking circles and workshops of creative expression.
Offer a bridge to elder teachings in an engaging way, that can connect with the most vulnerable youth in our community.
Introduce youth to independent musicians / Hip-hop artists that share life-affirming messages and model a way of being that is alternative to the mainstream narrative.
Support the development of career-readiness and technical skills in music production, video production and other digital creative forms with support from mentors in the profession.
Offer tools and healthy alternatives to modern forms of self-medication and trauma-response, to support the restoration of connection within one’s body, environment and overall holistic awareness.
Inspire the next generation of leaders and visionaries to awaken to their gifts and be a part of creating the new paradigm .