Who is Paris Henderson?

Paris head shotParis Henderson agreed to join us for our “Art & Movement Building: Strategies for Food Systems Change” at the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) annual conference in Philly, PA this October, and we need your help to get there.

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Paris’s Bio: Paris Henderson is a visual artist based in the mediums of street art, Illustration and videography. With a focus on using creative tools to expand narratives of marginalized communities, Paris aim’s to create a new realm of progressive storytelling for future creatives to exist within.

This July, Paris’s installation ‘Barruh’ at Grow On /urban Farms in New Orleans looked at agriculture through that community’s history and in the present day.  For the installation, Paris used natural based materials found in and around New Orleans and in the neighborhood the farm sits in.

Of that project, Paris said: “‘Barruh’ is a soft look into New Orleans agriculture history, specifically how the land has been held, starting from its original tenders (Chickasaw Nation) to the current Grow On farms permiculture practices.”

Paris illustrated the story via sheets of handmade seed paper, which were then planted around the neighborhood to produce crops that the community can harvest or consume. Click here to learn more about Paris and his work.


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The Journey Begins

Our first Conversations on Race & Racism workshop took place this past Saturday at the Naples Library, in the Finger Lakes region of New York state.

One participant said this of the workshop:

“A beginning understanding of tools to see and listen beyond my own limited understanding.”

We are looking for partner communities to continue these conversations.  To inquire, contact Rebekah (at) foodforthespirit.org.

Who is Erin Sharkey?

E_SharkeyHSErin Sharkey agreed to join us for our “Art & Movement Building: Strategies for Food Systems Change” at the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) annual conference in Philly, PA this October, and we need your help to get there.

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Erin’s Bio: Erin Sharkey is a writer, producer, educator and graphic designer based in Minneapolis. Formerly the Growing Green Creative Director at Buffalo’s Massachusetts Avenue Project, Erin is the co-founder/director of an experimental arts production company called Free Black Dirt. She is currently exploring soil, migration, farming, and astronomy as an artist in residence at the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota.  Click here to learn more about Erin and her work.


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Who is Lorna C Hill?

Lorna HillLorna Hill agreed to join us for our “Art & Movement Building: Strategies for Food Systems Change” at the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) annual conference in Philly, PA this October, and we need your help to get there.

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Lorna’s Bio: Lorna C. Hill is, at her core, is an activist, working at the intersection of racial, economic, and environmental justice everyday of her life.

Ms. Hill is the founder and Artistic Director of Ujima Company, Inc., a multicultural professional theatre company, dedicated to providing a vehicle for African American performers, theatre artists, and administrators; the preservation of African American art and artistic practices; and using theatre as a tool for building the beloved community.

Ms. Hill is a multi-talented performer and director. Her experience includes stage, feature film, television, commercials, industrial films and voice-overs. She is also widely known as a storyteller par excellence.

Ms. Hill is a poet and playwright. Her best known play, “Yalla Bitch” was performed as part of the first International Women Playwrights Conference in 1986. “YB” originated as a book of poetry by the same name, the last edition of which was designed, laid out, and printed by Ms. Hill.

Ms. Hill serves as a community resource – appearing as a role model in various school programs, providing consultant services to community agencies and serving as a guest speaker for organizations whose agendas include women’s issues, arts and culture, children’s rights, cultural competence, non-violence and building the beloved community.

Ms. Hill is a teacher and teaching artist, giving writing workshops to young people, teaching acting, providing in-service training to teachers in the use of culture as an academic resource, acting before the camera, television interview techniques, language development and personal presentation. In 2014, she retired from the Buffalo Public Schools, where she taught theatre at the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts.  Click here to learn more about Lorna and her work.


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