Reflections On The Year That Was...
A collection of essays by Joe Wilson, Executive Director of Hospitality House
and artwork by Janet Williams, Kate Laster, Sylvester Guard, Ronnie Goodman, Maddie Putnam. Photos by Tess Davis
In August 2021, Hospitality House launched our first-ever 'Zine featuring thought provoking essays written by our Executive Director Joe Wilson intertwined with a stunning collection of art work by community artists.
The past 15 months have been physically and mentally draining, and shattered our senses of connectedness and well-being. Communities of color have been sorely tested by the pain of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each day seems further from any semblance of normalcy.
While Hospitality House staff have experienced grief and loss, we've also experienced gratitude. You've shown us the power of community. We've bid farewell to old friends and said hello to new ones. Donors like you have been generous beyond measure — not only with your gifts, but with your hearts. All around us there is hopefulness.
From "Seven-Letter Words" to "Two Cities — A Tale", these selected essays and art work seek to reaffirm our collective experience of the past, and redirect us towards collective renewal of our future. The cauldron of calamity has proven once again that whatever the struggle, no matter the crisis, we need each other. Across the country, throughout the state, and right here on our block. Our humanity matters.
This 'Zine is for you. For all of us.
Reactions to Reflections Of The Year That Was...
Thank you so much, Joe. I am very moved. Thank you for your all around heart healing work.