What are you doing to getsomejoy?

It all started at the 2022 Black Joy Parade.

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?

CURRENT LOCATION:

Oakland Public Library, Elmhurst Branch

1427 88th Ave, Oakland, CA

Visit the Community Literary Therapy Wall until the end of June 2022 to grab a Black Joy Parade Edition Literary Therapy Workbook and let us know what you’re doing to getsomejoy.

Black Joy Parade 2022

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?

View more photos here.

WHAT HAD HAPPENED WAS…

Black Joy Parade 2022 Recap + Case Study

7,860 miles. 300 workbooks. 101 ways to get some joy.

Oakland Public Library

Our wall spent March + April 2022 at Oakland’s Lakeview Branch.

View the photos here.

What meal or dish represents joy to you? Why? Write about a memory attached to this dish. PANCAKES! Drawing of a stack of pancakes on a plate with syrup. Because they're fun to eat for breakfast and special when you eat them at night.
Photoo of a yellow felt wall with post cards clipped on strinngs.
What does joy mean to you? How does it look, feel, sound, taste? Joy feels like ease and elation. Like solving a puzzle that unlocks your destiny. Like alignment in life and self. Sounds like children laughing at the swings.

LET’S KEEP THE PARTY GOING

Sponsor our Community Literary Therapy Wall.

Your generous support will helps us transport + expand the wall, print postcards + workbooks, and build more Community Literary Therapy Walls in more cities.

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