Crafting A Path to Co-liberation

Join us for an afternoon of radical imagination, intentional movement, and expressive art as we explore the role embodiment plays in our collective struggle for liberation.

“You Are Expansive” is a three-part pilot series (part art installation // part curriculum development) designed by social worker and artist Kayla Skinner-Roy in partnership with Riverside Art Center’s Expressive Empowerment Program. The programs offered through “You Are Expansive” use a variety of art mediums to explore the interdependence of self- and community-care and serve as a resource for collective liberation and inter-/multi-generational mental health and well-being.


July 20, 2024. 1:00 – 3:30pm.

Off Center 

$10 suggested donation



Kayla Skinner-Roy (she/her, You Are Expansive creator) is a social worker, artist, and activist committed to advancing education equity and fostering inclusive, life-affirming experiences for systematically marginalized students in conventional learning environments. As a first-generation college graduate, wellness practitioner, and a neuroqueer human, Kayla is especially interested in using expressive forms of therapy (art, music, drama, play) in concert with critical education strategies to support collective liberation and well-being. Kayla has held positions in the education and non-profit sector and is currently collaborating with folx to develop an emotionally supportive and liberation-based art program at Riverside Arts Center.
Laura Lee Smith (she/her, facilitator) is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan and a research associate at U-M’s Campus Abolition Research Lab. Laura Lee’s research interests include Race & Ethnicity, Race in Education, Critical Whiteness Studies, and Social Justice Education. She also specializes in dialogue facilitation and instructional design.
Jarell Skinner-Roy (he/him, facilitator) is a third-year doctoral candidate in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan and a research associate at the Campus Abolition Research Lab. Jarell’s current research examines the ways racially minoritized students conceptualize safety and security in the context of racialized policing and surveillance on college and university campuses. Prior to attending U-M, Jarell taught English in Benin, worked at an education nonprofit in Minneapolis, and led international programs abroad for high school students.