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Founded 2017
NEW ORLEANS, United States


The Commonality Institute is a membership-driven forum to engage with commonality and social change, ideas at the heart of the life’s work of iconic poet-philosopher Judy Grahn. We facilitate education as a way of building community around needed ethical ideas in today’s world. In 2017, we launched the My Good Judy residency in New Orleans and our first year hosted five resident artists. Currently we have residencies scheduled through the 2018/2019 season. Public events, lectures and readings throughout the U.S. can be found on our events calendar. In our trainings we dive deep into the tools we use to affect individual, community, familial, social and ecological change. Our technology is designed to understand and change ways of being that are no longer working. We teach actionable methods for how to alter the ways in which we show up and cultivate real commonality in our own communities.

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Residents are provided a suite of rooms in an 1820’s urban Creole cottage, adjacent to Tennessee Williams’ final home in the French Quarter – the oldest historically queer neighborhood in the Americas. The building is directly across from the sacred site of Congo Square. The building also houses a dance studio, the New Orleans Drag Workshop, and The New Orleans School of Burlesque. Located on the Rampart Street streetcar line, it is easy walking and biking distance to most attractions and institutions in New Orleans.

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