Dragonfly Arts Magazine

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

Copies of Dragonfly 2017 are available to pick up for free at the following locations:


The Artists’ Gallery

8197 Main St.

Ellicott City, MD 21043


Bain Center

5470 Ruth Keeton Way

Columbia, MD 21044


Columbia Art Center

6100 Foreland Garth

Columbia, MD 20145


HopeWorks of Howard County

9770 Patuxent Woods Drive

Suite 300

Columbia, MD 21046


North Laurel-Savage Multi-Service Center

9900 Washington Blvd.

Laurel, Maryland 20723

This year, we are also proud to bring you Dragonfly INTERVIEWS, the magazine’s addendum featuring full-length articles featuring reflections on the arts as a vehicle for healing and social change. In Dragonfly INTERVIEWS, we bring you the voices of others who like HopeWorks engage in or appreciate the arts to stimulate, invoke, express and transform ourselves and our community.


Dragonfly INTERVIEWS 2017 is available for viewing at the link below

A PDF version of Dragonfly 2016 is available for viewing at the link below

2016 Dragonfly Arts Magazine

A PDF version of Dragonfly 2015 is available for viewing at the link below

2015 Dragonfly Arts Magazine

A PDF version of Dragonfly 2014 is available for viewing at the link below

2014 Dragonfly Arts Magazine