Mission

Lacuna Collective Mission and Commitment 
Who We Are and Hope To Be

The Lacuna Collective is a writer, poet and artist collective founded to amplify, center, and provide creative space  for voices and experiences that lack such space to thrive.


We celebrate that we are together, alive, and creating a future as we work and love, love and work. We are generative, invitational and affirming.


These are rooms of our own. The space is ours to make and unmake. To manifest. To create. To be. In whatever form we desire. 


We work to uproot white supremist culture surrounding us and sown in us. 


We work to upend all of its manifestations. 


In the collective, we elect to nurture and praise. We are embodied and socially constructed, We shall thrive. There is no norm. There is no hierarchy of value or position. We see, hear, and feel each other as each of us say we are. We believe, accept, and fight for each other’s truth.   


We believe in art in all its forms. We move into the multi dimensional and the transformative beyond the written, beyond the confines of only a page and paper, beyond scarcity and into limitlessness.   


Interaction, impact, liveliness, and engagement is what we seek and not immortality, not commodification, not exaltation, not recognition and granting of cultural or monetary capital.  We recognize ourselves. 


We make a vow to all our futurity and to our joyous survival. 
We commit to mutual aid and amplify each other’s story and creations. We follow Alice Walker’s call. Each one must pull one. 


The collective is a third space. We are intersectional. We stand in the truth that each of us contains multitudes. No one is required to reveal themselves partially or fully unless they wish to and no one will reveal another without active consent. We will not reduce our complexities. 


We call each other what each has named themselves. We strive to not prevaricate and to communicate grievances and gratitudes. We will be both comforted and uncomfortable for this is the way to newness and to thriving. 


This mission is not static. We are always seeking to revise and rethink. We remain open to new ways of seeing and being. We will do better as we know better so that all may flourish. 

 

Full Statement of Commitment


The Lacuna Collective is a writer, poet and artist collective founded to amplify, center, and provide creative space  for voices and experiences that lack such space to thrive.


We celebrate that we are together, alive, and creating a future as we work and love, love and work. We are generative, invitational and affirming.  


These are rooms of our own. The space is ours to make and unmake. To manifest. To create. To be. In whatever form we desire. 


We work to uproot white supremist culture surrounding us and sown in us. 


We work to upend all of its manifestations including but not limited to: colonialism, genocide, racism, able-ism, capitalism, extraction, linguist discrimination, heteronormativity, queer-phobia, binaries and monism, eradication of indigeneity, gender violence,  fat-phobia, appropriation, meritocracy, trans-phobia, misogyny, dominion, femicide, anti blackness, colorism, classism, slavery, eugenics, anti Semitism, xenophobia and othering of all kinds.


In the collective, we elect to nurture and praise all processes, nonlinear time, work in progress, receptiveness, imperfection, error, open conflict, restorative practice, justice, reparation, listening, speaking, action over reaction, stillness, leisure, non production, production, humor, achievement, failure, completion, incompletion, seriousness, ways of knowing arising from inside and outside but particularly from traditions terrorized by erasure, generational planning, deep time, liminality, feralness, abundance, depth of exploration, ideas, vulnerability, risk, rage, sorrow, silliness, happiness, play, coalition, co creation, kindness, generosity, earnest, optimistic sardonic, cynical, vigilant, relaxed, presence, subjectivity, elders, youth, the middles, the mixed, in betweens, mentorship, friendship, messiness, neatness, order, disorder, origin, diversion, mutation, defection, apprenticeship,  partnership, newcomer, developing skill and craft, expertise, shared leadership seated in responsibility and care, curiosity, humility, the visceral, the serene, the natural, the constructed, self knowledge and value, impulsivity, strategy, holding space for others, taking our own space, seeking help, offering assistance without expectation of reward, expression, quiet, loud, brevity, breadth, all labor, a right to comfort for those harmed or dis-empowered, mutability, mutuality, reciprocity, and thinking, the mediocre, the sublime, the popular, the esoteric, destruction,  construction, theft, gift, the scholar, the layperson, the spiritual, the bodily, the cerebral, nonsense, refined, jagged, excess, sparseness, compression, expansion,  solitude, companionship, extroversion, ambiversion, introversion, creative obsession and fixation, creative meandering and indecision, sampling, looping, originality,  ancestors, descendants, connection, ecology, sovereignty, insistence on more than one thing being true at once. Collectivism.


We are embodied and socially constructed, We shall thrive. There is no norm. There is no hierarchy of value or position. We see, hear, and feel each other as each of us say we are. We believe, accept, and fight for each other’s truth.   


We believe in art in all its forms as counterstory, as resistance, as pleasure, as cultural artifact, as healing, as survivance, as protection, as weapon, as individual and collective expression of our being as we see ourselves, as we experience ourselves, in our own voices, for ourselves, as ours to remake the world as we wish it to be in this moment. 


We do not define art. Art is. We move into the multi dimensional and the transformative beyond the written, beyond the confines of only a page and paper, of scarcity and into limitlessness.   


Interaction, impact, liveliness, and engagement is what we seek and not immortality, not commodification, not exaltation, not recognition and granting of cultural or monetary capital by those who may or may not deem us useful, excellent, interesting, or worthy in their reflection. We recognize ourselves. 


We provide what is necessary to create to each other as we can and when we are able. We seek not to profit but to invest. 


We are radical. We do not moderate. We do not make ourselves small. We do not fit in. There is no shape to fit. 


Here, we are not interested in being included or diversifying what was never intended for us. We create this space with all of us in mind. We are equitable by nature and design. We will stumble, as we may need to learn what we and others need having been without for so long, but we will try and begin again. 


We make a vow to all our futurity and to our joyous survival. 
We commit to mutual aid and amplify each other’s story and creations. We follow Alice Walker’s call  

Each one must pull one.
Each one, pull one back into the sun
All of us must live
Or none.


We are kin. We are interdependent. The collective is a place from which we grow and become. We do not require sameness, expect, or enforce it.


We acknowledge and atone for our violence to ourselves and others. We recognize our privileges and access the power of those privileges to protect and battle for the most vulnerable aspects of ourselves and others not as allies but as compatriots. 


The collective geographically originates from unceded Kumeyaay land in San Diego, in California, in the United States. We are informed by this place and history. Most of us are diaspora, refugee, traveler. Some of us are not. As the collective unfolds, we hope to transmute boundaries and restrictions of nation states, language and our own thinking.     


The collective is a third space. We are intersectional. We stand in the truth that each of us contains multitudes. No one is required to reveal themselves partially or fully unless they wish to and no one will reveal another without active consent. We will not reduce our complexities. 


We call each other what each has named themselves. We do not assume who another is. We speak openly of difference, of alienation, of hurt from within and without. We speak openly of affinity, of incorporation, of care from within and without. We strive to not prevaricate and to communicate grievances and gratitudes. We will be both comforted and uncomfortable for this is the way to newness and to thriving. 


This mission is not static. We are always seeking to revise and rethink. We remain open to new ways of seeing and being. We will do better as we know better so that all may flourish.