Connecting with Reza Rites and Friends, Connecting for Change in New Bedford

by Reza Corinne Clifton 


NEW BEDFORD, RI – From October 25 to October 27, if you were a community activist living in the Northeast, there was a chance that you were attending the Connecting for Change Conference that was held in New Bedford. 

The annual “Bioneers Network Event” is presented by the Marion Institute, an organization that works “with individuals, schools and communities to inspire change in the areas of health and healing, sustainability, green economics, environmental education, spirituality and much more.”

On the second day of the conference, Saturday, October 26, I produced and moderated a panel discussion called Doin’ It The First Time: A Conversation with Artists and Activists about Launching First Albums, Art Shows, Books, and Social/Political Campaigns.

Another presenter at the conference was Hawah Kasat, who hosted a screening of his documentary, “Fly By Light,” a film in which audiences see a group of youth from Washington, DC who spend eight days in West Virginia as part of an effort to use art, peace and a “green environment” to “challenge the entrenched abuse, violence and neglect cycles of their past.”

The photos provided here include one showing the spirit of my introduction and early conversations with Kasat, and a series documenting the powerful performances given by Christylez Bacon and Marie Michaelle, two artists who also sat on my Doin’ the First Time panel. 

For more information about Connecting for Change, visit To see a trailer for Fly By Light, click here

For an archived listing of the “Doin’ It the First Time” panel, click here to view it on the CFC website or here to see the FB event page. For more information about Christylez Bacon, click here. For more information about Marie Michaelle, click here