by ILI Fellow Alum Theo E.J. Wilson
Get a first-hand perspective on the ILI experience from this Year 2 ILI Fellow alum.
“Adventure often announces itself with a whisper; the magnificent disguised as the mundane” - Unknown.
When I saw ILI alum, Bobby LeFebre, post the open call for submissions to the Intercultural Leadership Institute, I almost scrolled right past it. I thought it was for LatinX activists only. The opportunity looked great, but having the utmost respect for the culture, I didn’t want to infringe. He quickly clarified that it was open to far more than just LatinX applicants, and for me to take the chance and apply. I felt silly for not reading further into the details. We had a good laugh, and I applied.
ILI Fellow muthi reed shares their thoughts and photos from ILI Hawaiʻi.
Aloha. Mahalo. ‘Āina. Hawai’i. Land of sacred relationships thank you for welcoming us home to sovereign sensibility. Home is….. feelings and places of agreement, acceptance, awareness…. healing… sources of purpose….. kinships built from knowing and working side by side. Home is shared between us. Home is complex and difficult and maybe a myth. Regardless, the idea of kinship calls us lifetime after lifetime, in the people we meet, the conflicts we experience, the foods we savor and the places and spaces where we are held.
ILI Fellow Kyoung Park guest blogs on Arts Leadership and the future of his own practice.
I’ve been thinking a lot about Arts Leadership. Last year, I realized Kyoung’s Pacific Beat has outgrown its current limits and that I need to re-imagine its future for the long-term. It was easy for me to imagine what we’d strive for creatively, but I was stumped by what it’d look like to paint that picture in numbers and what it’d take to make it happen. I think of my mentor, Lee Breuer, who started as a playwright and director, and did not return to his creative writing until his 70’s, having lived a life in the theater teaching and directing. I think of Abe Rybeck, who reached out during a moment of crisis to tell me that he, too, started as an artist and then spent a lifetime building an institution.
We want to take the time to celebrate our Fellows who just finished up their ILI year by sharing their stories of who they are, what ILI means to them and how it has impacted their lives now. So please follow us as we share the stories of these amazing leaders and look through their lens!