Only one thing is more frightening
than speaking your truth…
And that is not speaking.
~ Audre Lorde
It is not by chance that our arts magazine is entitled Dragonfly. The dragonfly has been a centuries old symbol for change – a special type of transformation, one wrought from crisis but ending in self-realization and a deeper understanding of the meaning of life. This experience is often reflected in the lives of the people we serve at HopeWorks and you’ll hear it in some of the voices on the pages to follow. This transformation is rarely an easy one and as humans, we sometimes feel so very limited in how to bare the intensity of our thoughts and feelings. This struggle to create something beautiful and inspirational from the dark places is somehow mystical and pedestrian at the same time – something that is hard to fathom, yet a common daily occurrence.
Congratulations to each of our contributing artists who were brave enough to articulate their own deep emotions and unique perspectives on life.
Self-expression through art gives wind to the wings of the dragonfly and we thank these artists who were generous enough to give us a window into their transformational journeys.
Jennifer Pollitt Hill, MSW | Executive Director