What We Do
We create collaborative relationships with like minded individuals and communities to co-create our dreams
We make original transdisciplinary artistic works that are rooted in movement, but defy genre
We conjure events that center artists from systemically neglected communities and utilize communal healing and celebration as liberatory tactics
We facilitate embodied knowledge-sharing offerings that prioritize playful experimentation over top-down models of education
We do serious work without taking ourselves too seriously, allowing us to invite ease and to experiment, to playfully restart, re-imagine, and re-frame our creative relationships, process, projects, and events until there is room for all of us, and white supremacist and hetero-patriarchal values have been relegated to the outdated and brittle colonialist ideas that they truly are.
Who We Are
Good Trouble Makers (GTM), led by Kai Hazelwood, are queer artist-agitators spinning a web of community and creative mischief, through collaboration, across the world. GTM is a flexible collaborative that invites creative relationships with individuals or communities, for a moment, a season, or a lifetime. Inspired by the words of John Lewis, Good Trouble Makers are committed to making; making art, making room, making change, making good trouble.
Good Trouble Makers are proud cultural standard bearers for people who experience *multi-gender attraction; if you have ever felt like you had to choose between being *BIPOC or *queer, were ‘not queer enough’ for queer spaces, and isolated or fetishized in straight ones, we see you, we are you, and we can’t wait to meet you!
We use art to conjour, and create joyful community because, to put it bluntly: it’s not about a seat at their table, fuck the table, let’s dance on it, to music of our own making, and together use its materials to create something better; something that leaves no one behind, and is all our own.
*We use the terms BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), queer, and bi+ in our community, and recognize they are not problem free or universal. We respect and welcome whatever language feels best to describe your own identity.
*We define Bi+ as anyone who experiences multi-gender attraction. Our definition is not limited by particular gender expression, or a binary idea of gender.
Good Trouble Makers in relationship to Mass Struggle
Good Trouble Makers acknowledge that as individuals we bring very different lived experiences to our queer, multi-racial, and multicultural shared space. Good Trouble Makers hold ourselves accountable as we endeavor to have honest and open collaborations. Growth and accountability are further developed through White Working Groups and BIPOC Affinity Groups.
As a queer, Black-led collaborative that is always operating at the intersections of art, activism, queer, and BIPOC community, Good Trouble Makers was built for this moment and the work that comes next. GTM exists to make room for our humanity, so that together we can joyfully divest from white supremacy and create communities of mutual support that recognize community members as complex, imperfect, magical, whole-ass beings.
Pleasure Activism: Adrienne Maree Brown
“How do we make social justice the most pleasurable human experience? How can we awaken within ourselves desires that make it impossible to settle for anything less than a fulfilling life? Editor adrienne maree brown finds the answer in something she calls "Pleasure Activism," a politics of healing and happiness that explodes the dour myth that changing the world is just another form of work. Drawing on the black feminist tradition, including Audre Lourde's invitation to use the erotic as power and Toni Cade Bambara's exhortation that we make the revolution irresistible, the contributors to this volume take up the challenge to rethink the ground rules of activism.”
My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies: Resmaa Menakem
“In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology. My Grandmother's Hands is a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide.”
Queer Art of Failure: Judith Halberstam
“The Queer Art of Failure is about finding alternatives—to conventional understandings of success in a heteronormative, capitalist society; to academic disciplines that confirm what is already known according to approved methods of knowing; and to cultural criticism that claims to break new ground but cleaves to conventional archives. Tacking back and forth between high theory and low theory, high culture and low culture, Halberstam looks for the unexpected and subversive in popular culture, avant-garde performance, and queer art. She pays particular attention to animated children’s films, revealing narratives filled with unexpected encounters between the childish, the transformative, and the queer. Failure sometimes offers more creative, cooperative, and surprising ways of being in the world, even as it forces us to face the dark side of life, love, and libido.”