Working at the intersection of art, activism, and public engagement, Nia McAllister is the Public Programs Manager and Book-Buyer at The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco. Through her work, Nia strives to create participatory spaces for creative expression and literary dialogue. She is the host and founder of the Open Mic series at MoAD and has committed herself to creating platforms for amplifying the work of Black writers, poets, and artists on a global scale. As a writer and poet herself, Nia’s work has been featured on Poets of Color Podcast, Nomadic Press Dial-A-Poet Series, and in forthcoming publications.
Community care and mutual aid is essential and a critical mechanism with which we can generate change and build a more just future.
We have the opportunity to intentionally build community on a global scale. Navigating collective uncertainty and trauma has provided us the space to reimagine what gathering and coalition building looks like. As we take to virtual connection, we are expanding our reach and sharing across time and space in new and inventive ways.
The Nap Ministry is an amazing resource: “We examine the liberating power of naps. We believe rest is a form of resistance and reparations.”
There is power in every No. Reclaiming our time, space, and capacity are essential for long-term sustainability. Honoring your boundaries and communicating the ways you can or cannot show up personally, professionally, or interpersonally is an essential skill. We are our best selves when we invest in our personal wellness.