Room to Bloom Manifesto for Feminist Decolonial Arts and Culture

We are the artists of the future. We are storytellers and healers. We are caregivers and children. We work out of joy and decide our own wages. We distribute funding with transparency and consensus. We work in studios that are playgrounds. We have space for rest and space for movement. We nap at least once a day. We grow our own food. We make art accessible to everyone. We abolish entrance fees. We respond to political conditions. We interrogate our own intentions. We inspire laws. We are amateurs and professionals. We bring forth abundance. We listen to the animals and give voice to the trees. We are mountains, plants, and earth. We paint with the colors of the earth. We cry together when it rains. We make art that cannot be touched. We make art from the moment of birth. We make art to communicate across species. We tell stories about the past. We dance and hold hands and close our eyes together. We swim with the fish deep in the ocean. We communicate through mycelial networks. We merge with the rest of creation. We experience pleasure and pain in a kaleidoscope of emotion. We are everything and nothing. We time travel. We reinvent ourselves. We are reborn.  And when we wake up, we find ourselves in a dream of the future.

– A manifesto for feminist decolonial art by the Room To Bloom network

Edited by Lena Chen