WHO WE ARE
The Co-Lab Collective (Co-Lab, a play on the word collaboration) was founded by Ossie Vaughn and Daphne Pollard. These two black women partnered, because they desired to create a space where collaboration truly matters. Daphne and Ossie have created a safe space where those who they affectionately call "OUR PEOPLE" can grow and develop together. Both have a great love for culture, art, music, dance, and educating others. Not to mention both have a deep love for community and the things that impact it. The Co-Lab will provide an open air office space for entrepreneurs, freelancers, creatives, and other like-minded individuals while doubling as an intimate event venue where individuals can host events, mixers, meetings, classes, etc. The Co-Lab gives opportunities for local talent to host listening parties, art shows, and more. Montgomery, Alabama is a place rich with talent and now is the time for those people to receive their due recognition. CONNECTION + COLLABORATION across all genres are of utmost importance to Ossie and Daphne.
WHAT DOES SANKOFA MEAN?
Sankofa a word in the Akan Twi and Fante languages of Ghana that translates to "retrieve" (literally "go back and get"; san - to return; ko - to go; fa - to fetch, to seek and take) and also refers to the Bono Adinkra symbol represented either with a stylized heart shape or by a bird with its head turned backwards while its feet face forward carrying a precious egg in its mouth. Sankofa is often associated with the proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi," or “Sankofa w’onkyir” which translates as: "It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten." It implores for Africans to reach back into ancient history for traditions and customs that have been left behind. This theme reminds them to never ever forget where they came from as well as to lift while they climb.
While visiting The Co-Lab you will find the theme of Sankofa will resonate throughout the space. In order to know where you are going, you must know where you come from. You are welcome to come and experience what the Co-Lab has to offer.