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About Asé O

 “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”

 

Ancestor Nelson Mandela

Asé O: Descendants of Roots & Legacy is Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary's Community Art and Wellness program that grounds itself in integrational bridging, inquiry-based learning, and the full-person approach to learning. Our program centers on wellness, arts integration, literacy, and social-emotional through the lens of life. Asé O partners with organizations, participating students, and creators interested in teaching their field of focus, creatively and with collective legacy at the forefront. Our program supports organizations, families, and individuals through teaching, coaching, and building integrative curriculums that expand our awareness about ourselves and the world(s) we experience.

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Our entry point to collective legacy building and creative-based wellness centers in the traditional framework of each one, teach one mindset that investigates our role(s) in collective liberation. Asé O's approach to education builds and nourishes a sustaining foundation that uses creativity for expression, activism, community empowerment, emotional awareness, identity exploration, entrepreneurship, equitability, solution building, interpersonal development, and an understanding of systemic gaps that lead to community separation.

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Introduction to Natural Dyeing & Painting Workshop:
"Mural to our Ancestors"

Partnership with Abundant Beginnings Freedom Forest School 
Oakland, CA

 
Introduction to Natural Dyeing & Painting Workshop:
In partnership with Lion Creek Apartments || Teen Creative Camp
Oakland, CA

 

Our mission is to use creativity to expand minds and unveil new pathways that support individuals learning abilities, creative passions, careers, and potential teaching interests that welcome new ways to use their natural gifts and interest(s). This support in expansion and imagination brings forth the necessary tools that uplift healthy minds, expand hearts, and cultivate a brighter intergenerational future. 

Asé  O centers the exploration of life through the lens of creative practice that gives participants the nurturing space to explore and practice the research, discovery application, and radical action of using a creative expression for unpacking trauma and intergenerational patterns while embracing new perspectives of healing, personal fulfillment, global liberation, and social change.

 

This discovery constructs through the lens of the Socio-Ecological Model and Social Change Ecosystem of understanding our part in collective social change. ​

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Community Care

Arts Integration

Legacy building

Each one, Teach one

Inquiry- based learning

Asé O Foundations

Empowerment

Cultural &Ancestral Awareness

Wholistic Development

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Donor Spotlight:

BIG thank you to Michael Bobino, Co-Founder of F&M Publishing LLC in Oakland, CA for donating these phenomenal books! Learn more about F&M below

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F&M Publishing merges Augmented Reality with literature to create fun, educational and interactive ways to experience reading. F&M provides an opportunity for artists to discover and showcase their literary talents. Expanding on their creations through the use of technology.

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Social Emotional Learning/Understanding *(SEL)
Creative Entrepreneurship, Neighborhood Development 
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The Artivism of Environmental Healing Summer CAMP

The Artivism of Environmental Healing CAMPS

The Activism of Environmental Healing is a one or two-week youth-centered camp that unpacks the multi-purposeful collaborative effort of agricultural practices that foster healing, socio-historical understanding, emotional balance, exploration, water accessibility, creativity, and sovereignty. Through centering the power of land as a form of resilience, resistance, community healing, accessibility, and arts empowerment as social activism, participants will learn sovereign and creative healing practices that promote whole person and social-emotional learning.

The camp includes topics of herbal medicine, crop growing, poem writing, meditation, water projects, murals, nature photography, composting, and more to promote creative education and healthy living. This focus will introduce students to learning the power of ancestral indigenous land and allow them to leave this two-week camp experience with a wholistic understanding of the foundational pathways that produce self-sustainment, community service, teamwork, social liberation, environmental justice, meditation, and skill development through the creative arts. 

“Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” United States Environmental Protection

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Camp Focuses & Themes

  • Purpose of Community & Urban Gardens

  • History of Farming & Neighborhood Effort

  • Community Art and Wellness

  • What is Economic &  Environmental Justice?

  • What are Food Swamps & Deserts?

  • The Power of Intergenerational Care

  • The Gift of Community Service

  • Self-Sustainability & Sovereignty 

  • Self-Care & Ancestral Understanding 

  • Food Justice as Activism 

  • The Power of Water

              Sample Camp Lessons & Activities:

 1. The Magic of Caring for the Land   

2. Journal Making & Reflections​ 

 3. Agriculture & the Foundations of Soil   

4. Documentation: Photography & Reflections

 5. Poems to our Ancestors & The Land (mini book) 

6. Herbal Medicine 101

7. Morning Water Meditations

​8.  Bridging the Gap Banners

 9. ‘Give Thanks’  Mixed Medium Nature Altar​

10. Yes H20! Water Cycle Painting Group Mural Activity 

11. Life’s Balance: River Boats

12. Chanting to the River: Nature Instruments

and Singing Exercise​

Jaee Sumter is the Artivism of Environmental Healing (AEH) camp coordinator and developer. To host AEH at your location and introduce to you community, please email us! We would love to work with you to share this precious and vital knowledge with your youth and/or adults. Alongside their teaching, Jaee brings on guest community educators to support with teaching these camps or works with your current educators to develop lessons that most align with your community!

Community Arts & Wellness 

 

*How to implement Healing Arts, Health & Wellness into your institution and organization

The Full Implementation of 80 pages is available w partnership. 

Includes exercises, lessons, videos, resources and ways to incorporate Healing Arts, Health & Wellness into any classroom, organization, home or alternative setting.

Developed by our Founder & Director, Janae' "Jaee" Sumter
All examples and samples are from five years Jaee teaching experiences.

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Interactive Installation: Community Mural & solutions Wall// Black Healing Summit in partnership with Community Interventions, Bakersfield, CA, February 2024

Story

Education is a powerful and accessible tool that leads to personal and collective freedom. Through Jaee Sumter's personal experiences and challenges with Dyslexia in the systemic education pipeline, their approaches to learning differed based on neighborhood and community. Jaee's migration of attending many educational environments taught them how to process information using methods that better suited their levels of understanding. This consistent practice supported them mostly beyond the classroom and in their communities that welcomed discovery as an explorative learning tool for comprehension.

Through inquiry and the mentality of trying something different, until understood, these discoveries began to build naturally as foundational ground due to the tangibility of understanding the mind and hidden interests that provided greater integration with piecing together information. Creative practice, healing artivism, and arts integration became a solid ground for learning, where beat-making, drawing and word-based flashcards, games, cooking, stepping, lists, singing as memory, vision boards, maps, movement, reading, and creative writing developed a sense of freedom, holistically. Using these practices of memorization, critical solution building, self & community awareness, consistency, legacy building, and inquiry-based learning still support their process of understanding the world from an eco-systemically and social change lens.

Over the years, this form of consistency in approach to learning and understanding supported them as a student of life and an educator. Through skill development, creative-critical thinking, and arts integration, these approaches began to support their overall confidence, organizational skills, socio-emotional understanding, and mindfulness. These approaches to learning develop as a toolkit for success that provides participants with the freedom to explore themselves, build community, and understand what liberation means to them, personally and collectively. Learning should be a daily practice of creation, information, inclusivity, liberation, and preparation for real-life experiences. Through those personal experiences and challenges, this has guided Jaee deeply in the educational field to provide supportive environments where learning is fun, mindful, and explorative, regardless of any challenges, interpersonal realities and disabilities.

Through this program, we support each person by using creative practice as a grounding point for discovering their learning styles, interests, and purpose in and beyond classroom settings, unpacking themes of social justice, and introducing new practices. 

Ase’ O is a program that offers wellness, community arts, and activism to support youth and adults in learning. Jaee Sumter is our core educating artist who teaches Arts Integration practices, manages behind-the-scenes, and coaches new teaching creators for our Ubuntu project.

Through Ase' O, we use our community arts and wellness curriculum to teach in all spaces. Our curriculum development derives from Jaee's diverse teaching experiences of working in traditional and nontraditional learning environments within and beyond the U.S. We support interested creators and practitioners in teaching their practice to the communities of color that introduce these practices in building great understanding and toolkits for success.

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Asé O: Descendants of Roots & Legacy

  • Asé  O can be in your community space for one-time classes or semester/year-long projects. 

  • Asé  O does instruct in person and virtually to all age groups, including adults. Instruction includes traditional/nontraditional environments.

  • Asé O does table at events and offers creative workshops for events, small groups, organization team building, group professional development and classes.

 

Asé O: Descendants of Roots & Legacy

 Educating Community Artist:

  • Asé O supports and coaches new and interested artists in teaching what they know to youth and adults, virtually and in person. We help you build and construct the necessary skills in your educational development within and beyond the classroom. This development includes community management, educating through the lens of your craft, curriculum building, lesson planning, teaching pedagogy, resume, etc...

  • Asé  O welcomes all interested educators of all creative fields. 

(Poets, comedians, visual artists, dancers, cooks, musicians, building/trade, public speakers, sex educators, herbalists, wellness practitioners, farmers, etc...)

Schools, Small Businesses & Organizations: 

  • Asé O supports schools, organizations, DOE teachers, and individuals in curriculum building that supports arts integration and inquiry learning within new and pre-existing. 

  • Asé  O supports organizations and professional development workshops through community art, creative team building, wellness, and meditation. 

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Our beliefs and values

 Legacy work is vital in our journey toward personal and collective liberation. As we learn from each other through active participation, we create more blueprints and roadmaps that lead to social change. Generationally, we are the leaders of today and tomorrow. We each have the puzzle piece to collective social change.

 

We believe that --- as a people, we are all the past, current and future generations of world changers, visionaries, healers, free-thinkers, builders, educators, and movement shakers that will continue the torch in liberating our collective. We valuintegrative education as one of many forms of liberation that can thrive within and beyond the classrooms.  

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Sweet Care Introduction to Herbs Class
*Frame: herbs for dyeing, medicine and art making

Partnership with University of California, Berkeley, People of Color Co-operative House
Berkeley, CA

 
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Letters to our Ancestors (Natural Dyeing Mural)

Partnership with Project Q, Queer Salon and free store || offers free resources for Black and Brown LGBTQIA+ shelter=less young people

Los Angeles, CA

Key Areas of Focus

Learning & Understanding

Collaboration & Community

Critical & Creative Thinking

Skill Development

Exploration
 Learning
Practice
Expression

Self, Socio, Cultural & Global Awareness

Analyzation & Research 

Problem-Solving & Inquiry based learning