René Goddess Johnson

is creating Embodied Equity Play Tools

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Defender
$1
per month
For folks on a tight budget and casual members, this tier is great for entry-level support for our team. 

ALWAYS, The knowledge that my heart is warmed by your support! Every dollar means so much! <3 Thank you to each and every single Embodied Equity Player, my community is everything to me. 

I am no longer creating 'patron-only content'. When you choose to pledge as a patron of my work, you are making a monthly contribution to support my work:

  • Performance based appearances and events, in and out of the state of Maine. This could include but is not limited to my one woman show, geel, repertory performances, college or community residencies, and children's performances. 
  • Mentoring young people. Intergenerational understanding of our epigenetic makeup, is something POC youths in ur communities need. One of my greatest joys in life is helping young people understand how magnificent they are and how their childhoods, families and or communities don't define them. 
  • Writing articles and books to create change at the intersections of race, feminism, and leadership
  • Hosting a Black, Brown, Indigenous and People of Color centered local podcast that produces 30-90min long episodes with thought-leaders, change-makers, artists, advocates, teachers, mentors, authors and speakers.
  • Embodied Equity Play Apparel. White supremacy is uncomfortable enough, so our cloths aren't. 
  • Providing daily education, activation, inspiration and emotional labour through my Instagram platform of thousands of followers.
Supporter
$5
per month
This tier constitutes our fundamental layer of supporters. It's our version of community membership,  granting:

I am no longer creating 'patron-only content'. When you choose to pledge as a patron of my work, you are making a monthly contribution to support my work:

  • Performance based appearances and events, in and out of the state of Maine. This could include but is not limited to my one woman show, geel, repertory performances, college or community residencies, and children's performances.
  • Mentoring young people. Intergenerational understanding of our epigenetic makeup, is something POC youths in ur communities need. One of my greatest joys in life is helping young people understand how magnificent they are and how their childhoods, families and or communities don't define them.
  • Writing articles and books to create change at the intersections of race, feminism, and leadership
  • Hosting a Black, Brown, Indigenous and People of Color centered local podcast that produces 30-90min long episodes with thought-leaders, change-makers, artists, advocates, teachers, mentors, authors and speakers.
  • Embodied Equity Play Apparel. White supremacy is uncomfortable enough, so our cloths aren't.
  • Providing daily education, activation, inspiration and emotional labour through my Instagram platform of thousands of followers.
Warrior
$25
per month
For supporters in more comfortable financial positions who want to see the work we do leave survival mode to prosper and thrive. We utterly appreciate you. 

Consider yourself a key supporter of the arts community, we appreciate your courageous support

I am no longer creating 'patron-only content'. When you choose to pledge as a patron of my work, you are making a monthly contribution to support my work:

  • Performance based appearances and events, in and out of the state of Maine. This could include but is not limited to my one woman show, geel, repertory performances, college or community residencies, and children's performances.
  • Mentoring young people. Intergenerational understanding of our epigenetic makeup, is something POC youths in ur communities need. One of my greatest joys in life is helping young people understand how magnificent they are and how their childhoods, families and or communities don't define them.
  • Writing articles and books to create change at the intersections of race, feminism, and leadership
  • Hosting a Black, Brown, Indigenous and People of Color centered local podcast that produces 30-90min long episodes with thought-leaders, change-makers, artists, advocates, teachers, mentors, authors and speakers.
  • Embodied Equity Play Apparel. White supremacy is uncomfortable enough, so our cloths aren't.
  • Providing daily education, activation, inspiration and emotional labour through my Instagram platform of thousands of followers.

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About

I question intent as white lead, "inclusive", corporate businesses, and arts organizations flock to each new racial equity or social justice training that pops up. Yet continue to use white terrorist standards in their daily practices. Programs designed with no community based outcomes or solutions, programs with no deep rooted local agendas, fall short, at best. The work is not about being comfortable in your choices but about being bold and honest in your ignorance and blind spots, then connecting, working intimately with, and correcting practices using the resources in that community to change future outcomes. EEC brings with it a fresh look at Social Justice and Racial Equity Training in and out of Maine.

René Goddess is an Award winning, Arts & Community Organizer, Choreographer, Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs, Education and Events, Designer, Director, Embodied Equity Consultant, Innovator, Non-Profit Founder, Performance Artist, and Producer.

I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa then raised in the suburbs of Portland, Maine starting at age 6. I have spent the last 27 years fumbling and creating and somehow in all that work I have become an embodied equity consultant. From 2014 - 2019 my work with the Theater Ensemble of Color, team TEoC (TEE-oC), created a strong unconventional institution committed to social justice and racial equity as well as historical education. The dedicated, talented and committed work of TEoC’s team is recognized throughout New England for it’s outstanding original productions (Best Theater Company, Ensemble, 2018 in Portland Maine) and exceptional educational outreach programs and workshops.

Since the summer of 2013 I continue to sculpt the writing, production and performing of my interactive one-woman show, g e e l. A phenomenal actress and performer, I invite and give permission for the audience to actively participate throughout the show, destroying the illusion of a fourth wall immediately. The action of my tragic but not unique story unfolds through thoughtful storytelling, music, interactive moments with the audience, and choreography, as the audience engages in a new kind of theater experience. g e e l includes powerful dance and song in multiple languages, including English, and Afrikaans. The content themes range from severe physical and emotional abuse and trauma to self harm habits and routines, and most important many things positive. This brutally honest show is changing the arts scene in Maine and beyond.

In the show is where we first learn the tool of Embodied Equity play and how to start having a daily conversation of equity. 

VALUES

Play is for all.

Play is not meek.

Playing is necessary.

The more variety in play, the better the society. It takes a village to play.

The best way to predict fun is to create play.

Play with honesty and integrity.

Play lives and breathes by the moment.

Playing vulnerably is not just what we do; it's who we are.

Play is for the boardroom, the office and the stage.

Knowledgeable and educated key players help win the game.



Goals
$346 of $800 per month
Our goal of $800 per month would provide housing expenses. As gentrification ravages our city I feel very grateful that I am able to live in a place I feel safe, happy, and most of all creative as FUCK! I hope to able to make this my home for as long as I am in Portland. 
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