Ntozake Shange

Ntozake Shange

Image by Evan Agostino/AP Photo

correspondence with Ntozake Shange

correspondence with Ntozake Shange

Courtesy of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections

Indigo

Indigo

image by Michael G. McKinne

Florida Water

Florida Water

Mama Anna Veit

Mama Anna Veit

maternal grandmother of Timothy Prolific Edwaujonte

Oranges

Oranges

image by Alice Pasqual

A Celebration

A Celebration

How To Sit by Thich Nhat Hanh, p.29

Lucille Jenkins Rumph

Lucille Jenkins Rumph

maternal great grandmother of Brittany Grier

Toni Cade Bambara

Toni Cade Bambara

Efeya Sampson

Efeya Sampson

Our friend, sister, and creative comrade. image by Tracie Williams

Candles

Candles

Ruth Mondol Pérez Fernández

Ruth Mondol Pérez Fernández

great grandmother of Angelica Mondol Viana

Rose E. Mosley

Rose E. Mosley

great aunt of Sydnie L. Mosley

Lavender Fields

Lavender Fields

Pearl Primus

Pearl Primus

honey

honey

Image by Arwin Neil Baichoo

Sitting With Our Spiritual Ancestors

Sitting With Our Spiritual Ancestors

How To Sit by Thich Nhat Hanh, p.93

Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler

Image by Patti Perret

a card from daughter Savannah to Ntozake Shange

a card from daughter Savannah to Ntozake Shange

Courtesy of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections

red dirt

red dirt

Image by Clay Banks

Pancrazia "Blanche" Campo

Pancrazia "Blanche" Campo

grandmother of Joan Bradford

White Lillies

White Lillies

Diana Marantadis

Diana Marantadis

Resident of Amsterdam Houses Community Image by Jules Slutsky

amethyst

amethyst

Image by Gabby Conde

Lola Wyllie

Lola Wyllie

maternal great grandmother of Sydnie L. Mosley

Glasses of Water

Glasses of Water

image by Jana Sabeth

Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde

Cinnamon Sticks

Cinnamon Sticks

Thomas Edgar

Thomas Edgar

uncle of Bianca Paige Smith

African Violets

African Violets

Image by Leticia Almeida

Blondell Cummings

Blondell Cummings

Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise

image by David Brooke Martin

Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston

Image by World Telegram Staff Photographer

Rosemary

Rosemary

image by Julian Hochgesang

Antonio C. Lloret

Antonio C. Lloret

maternal grandfather of Lorena Jaramillo and the family dog

pomegranate

pomegranate

Image by Sahand Babali

The Stars Overhead

The Stars Overhead

How To Sit by Thich Nhat Hanh, p.80

Isabel Espinal

Isabel Espinal

Resident of the Amsterdam Houses Community Image by Jules Slutsky

eucalyptus

eucalyptus

Image by Alex Loup

Ethel Ennis

Ethel Ennis

Image by Gilles Petard / REDFERNS /GETTY

Ntozake Shange journals on gratitude

Ntozake Shange journals on gratitude

Courtesy of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections

 

Dear God. Dear stars, dear trees, dear sky, dear peoples. Dear Everything. Dear God.

Thank you for bringing my sister...

 

Alice Walker

The Color Purple

Welcome to Spotlight in PURPLE

EXPLORE    LISTEN    SEE    SHARE

PURPLE is a multi-project universe that illuminates the power of “deep sisterhood for social change” through storytelling and movement. This sisterhood is how we thrive: we invest in one another, we honor and celebrate each other's brilliance, and we hold ourselves accountable to experiencing radical joy.

EXPLORE Our Altar

Each galaxy in the PURPLE Universe is anchored by a community created altar honoring family, artistic, and community ancestors who make our work possible and hold us accountable. Our altar practice for this work developed in creative collaboration with Dyane Harvey.

Return to the altar again and again, as desired.

 

Who is an ancestor that holds you accountable?

 

LISTEN To Our Podcast

 

This podcast is a companion to  zines created for you, a treasured member of our community. The podcast is an offering of poetry, music, mindfulness, and an invitation to join our story circle. 

 

We invite you to listen to this offering as a way to care for yourself today. Find a comfortable seat, grab a cup of something warm and delicious, inhale, exhale, and enjoy.

 

What does it mean to give yourself permission?

you have to come with me

to this place where magic is

Ntozake Shange

Spell #7

 

Each SLMDances Creative Partner created handmade zines for loved ones and elders in our community. Photos below feature pages from each of us generating a collective zine for the digital space.

SEE Our Zines

The zine pages are filled with invitations:

a recipe to prepare, poems to indulge, affirmations to articulate.

Click to see each page.

How are you caring for your community?

 

SHARE Your Reflections

PURPLE is based in archives and stars, bodies and stories. We embody sankofa as we literally and figuratively honor and adorn our backspace while we craft our way forward into the cosmos.

Practice imagining with us: What is your vision for a radically joyful future?

#SLMDPURPLE      #PURPLEvision

 

What is your #PURPLEvision?

MAY THE SPIRITS BLESS YOU

Ntozake Shange

Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo

​Spotlight in PURPLE is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council and administered by LMCC.

LMCC serves, connects, and makes space for artists and community. 

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eucalyptus

Image by Alex Loup