We debuted our Community Literary Therapy Wall in the Healing Village at the 2022 Black Joy Parade in Downtown Oakland, California so people could write about joy.
Over 800 people in over 20 countries have experienced our Literary Therapy Writing Program.
We brought postcards, pens, Black Joy Parade Edition Literary Therapy Exploration Workbooks, fried chicken stickers, and wellness resources by 1Degree.
Then we took our Community Literary Therapy Wall on the road. To date, it has lived in two branches of the Oakland Public Library.
Where will our wall go next?
HOW CAN WE MAKE SCHOOL MORE JOYFUL?
Windsor High School. Windsor, NY
In October 2023, GetSomeJoy collaborated with the Broome County Family Violence Prevention Council to bring our Community Literary Therapy Wall, a Literary Therapy for Educators + Administrators workshop, and a keynote presentation on centering joy at school to the yearly multidisciplinary gathering of educators, administrators, wellness professionals, advocates, and community leaders.
BECAUSE EDUCATORS NEED JOY, TOO
Buena Vista University. Storm Lake, Iowa
GetSomeJoy shared about joy-infused education during a keynote presentation, offered space for educators to collaborate on tools for coping and finding joy in a Literary Therapy for Educators and Administrators breakout session, and crowdsourced ideas for cultivating more joyful learning environments on our Community Literary Therapy Wall.
OAKLAND BLACK PRIDE
As the official mental health partner of the 2023 Oakland Black Pride Festival, we created space for reflection in a Literary Therapy Writing Workshop on using creativity, storytelling, and joy to navigate grief and loss and by hosting our Community Literary Therapy Wall among the vendors, DJs, food, and family-friendly fun at the 2023 Queer Expo.
Yes, we had fried chicken stickers, too.
SPREADING JOY IN THE STACKS
On its third stop, in the spring of 2022, our Community Literary Therapy Wall offered space for reflection on what joy and somewhere to to grab one of our Black Joy Parade Edition Literary Therapy Workbooks.
BRING SOME JOY TO YOUR MEETINGS + EVENTS
What does joy mean to your coworkers? Hosted by Miro, our Virtual Literary Therapy Wall will help you foster connnection and prioritize mental health at work.
We invited the community to reflect and share:
What are you doing to getsomejoy?
What does joy mean to you? How does it look, feel, sound, taste?
What meal or dish represents joy to you? Why?