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Healing history series to build resilience through music, conversation

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A four-part healing conversation series dedicated to diversity and music will kick off in Bastrop County in January.

The first event in the series, focused on “Race-Based Trauma: From a Historical Context to Current Experiences,” will be free and open to the public on Friday, January 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jerry Fay Wilhelm Center for the Performing Arts at Bastrop ISD.

The “Healing History” series is aimed at creating healing conversations and high-quality musical experiences to overcome the cross-cultural miscommunication that permeates our societal systems. With a focus on youth and survivors of trauma (historical and other), the series will work from a trauma-informed perspective to guide change for Bastrop County.

“It is through shared human experiences that we desire to creative inclusive approaches to resilience and the arts,” Krystal Grimes, Director of Inclusion & Resilience at Bastrop County Cares, one of several groups partnering on the event, said. “We’re very honored and humbled to be able to bring some amazing speakers to our community through this series, and to be receiving incredible support from our partners on this project, which includes the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and the St. David’s Foundation.”

The goals of the series are to increase shared understanding of historical trauma and steps towards community resilience, reduce negative and false ideologies regarding people of color, increase knowledge of the importance of power, privilege and trust in Bastrop County, and to expose guests to a high-quality musical experience.

Each event in the series will be two hours in length and open with a dedication to our ancestors, include facilitated conversations and a community discussion, and close with healing music.

Future events in the series include:

• Unconscious Bias in the Workplace on February 21

• School-to-Prison Pipeline & Media Portrayals on March 27

• Bridging the Divides on April 24

For more information, visit or call 512-581-4035.