Documentaries & Book Studies

The documentary and book-study series began in 2015 as part of its Harm Free Zone Movement. Over the past two years we have partnered with over fourty organizations to develop a shared understanding about issues impacting poor people and people of color in our communities.

Developing and deepening our analysis within diverse community settings has proven to be a powerful foundation for building the common understanding that helps to create more equity and accountability for all.


SpiritHouse Inc is pleased to announce the title of our 5th book for The Harm Free Zone Book Study. From September - November 2017, we will expand our book study to the world of fiction through reading Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler. In Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler challenges us to push beyond our comfort zones and imagine what preparedness looks like in an ever changing world.

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SpiritHouse Inc is pleased to announce the title of our 5th book for The Harm Free Zone Book Study. From September - November 2017, we will expand our book study to the world of fiction through reading Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler. In Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler challenges us to push beyond our comfort zones and imagine what preparedness looks like in an ever changing world.

The Harm Free Zone Book Study, over the past two years, has explored the impacts of prison, redlining, and the utilization of cooperative work to address the impacts of structural racism in marginalized communities. Nia Wilson Executive Director of SpiritHouse statement regarding our previous book studies remains true.

“A study of this book is a perfect continuation in the development of our common language and understanding of the impacts of poverty, mass criminalization, systemic racism,”

We call ourselves Alchemists in SpiritHouse because we believe we already have everything that we need to address our needs, our joys and our ability to thrive. And that it is a matter of aligning what we have to create a world free from the legacy of systemic racism and oppression. Join us as we stretch our minds to consider what we already have to make that world possible.

“The Destiny of Earthseed Is to take root among the stars” Lauren Oya Olamina ‘Parable of the Sower’

In continued SpiritHouse fashion, of bringing more groundbreaking dynamics, we are pleased to announce our partnering with Toshi Reagon and Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Toshi is the inaugural fellow of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation DisTIL Fellowship program launched last year by Carolina Performing Arts. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation DisTIL Fellowship (Discovery Through Iterative Learning) invites artists to UNC’s campus for multiple semesters to collaborate with faculty in a department outside their own area of expertise, providing them the opportunity to gain new insights into questions they have been asking about their work and the world. The DisTIL Fellows will bring the unique creativity and approach of the arts to the work of faculty and students, helping them look at their own work through a new lens. DisTIL Fellows will share the results of their ideas and discussions with the wider community.

A singer-songwriter committed to social consciousness and supporting communities, Toshi Reagon, whose commitment to social consciousness and supporting communities will see her collaborate with Professor Danielle Spurlock in the Department of City & Regional Planning in the College of Arts and Sciences to gain insight into their work studying the impacts of the environment, social policy, government decisions and healthcare on communities. A highlight of Toshi’s residency will be the live U.S. Premiere of her newest work, Octavia Butler’s Parable of a Sower. The performances will take place at UNC’s Memorial Hall on November 16 and 17, 2018. Tickets and additional info are available at www.cpatix.org.

For weekly updates on at: https://www.facebook.com/TheHarmFreeZoneBookStudy/

Register for the 5th HarmFree Zone Book Study at http://tinyurl.com/parablecityread

 

 Please complete a short survey!

We are conducting a survey to better understand neighborhoods, social ties, and community engagement. The survey is designed to take about 5-10 minutes to complete, and your participation will help us better understand how opportunities like this one can help people think about relationships in their neighborhood. Complete the survey and you will be entered into a drawing for upgraded Parable of the Sower backpack!! We can also supply paper surveys upon request. Email us atparablecityread@gmail.com.

https://tinyurl.com/parablesurvey

 

Interested in PhotoVoice?

Parable of the Sower explores how the physical environment impacts what resources people have access to, how they organize themselves, and how they make decisions. You are invited to participate in a PhotoVoice project where you will use cameras to explore your perceptions of characteristics of the physical environment that hinder or promote community well-being. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at parablecityread@gmail.com.

 

Documentary & Discussion

SpiritHouse has, partnered with The Center for Documentary studies, to host a bi-monthly Documentary and Discussion Series.

DOCUMENTARIES

The House I Live In

Race The Power of an Illusion

Gaining Ground

American Denial

Occupy The Imagination

Wounded Places