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Gratitude & Wellness
Meditation and Chair Yoga

with Danae   Molitor 

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unabashed gratitude, growth, & gathering

an NEA Big Read initiative

Unabashed Gratitude, Growth, and Gathering will cultivate community through collaborative
programming that is centered on gratitude and gardening.

Community will include intentional gatherings of individuals

from different generations, abilities, spiritual practices and racial identities.

Unabashed Gratitude, Growth, and Gathering is a collaborative Big Read Initiative of Hamilton Wings, Gail Borden Public Library, Sanctuary Poets, Mujeres Latinas Unidas & various community organizations. Our programs will follow the seasons of growth, rest, and renewal and celebrate gratitude, community, and nature. Unabashed Gratitude kicks off with a celebration of our ancestral harvest. Books will be given away and our diverse racial and cultural communities will be asked to share what they gratefully "harvest" from their ancestors through gratitude reflections and a community engaged art installation. Five public book (only) discussions and twelve neighbor-hosted book and dinner discussions will be held
at various community locations and homes. Several planned, enrichment events will happen in nature settings. Events will include poetry writing and arts-based celebrations, workshops, and discussions inspired by the poems and themes in Ross Gay's Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude.

Unabashed Gratitude, Growth, and Gathering is a collaborative Big Read Initiative of Hamilton Wings, Gail Borden Public Library, Sanctuary Poets, Mujeres Latinas Unidas & various community organizations. Our programs will follow the seasons of growth, rest, and renewal and celebrate gratitude, community, and nature. Unabashed Gratitude kicks off with a celebration of our ancestral harvest. Books will be given away and our diverse racial and cultural communities will be asked to share what they gratefully "harvest" from their ancestors through gratitude reflections and a community engaged art installation. Five public book (only) discussions and twelve neighbor-hosted book and dinner discussions will be held
at various community locations and homes. Several planned, enrichment events will happen in nature settings. Events will include poetry writing and arts-based celebrations, workshops, and discussions inspired by the poems and themes in Ross Gay's Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude.

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, March 14th, 2023

Gratitude & Wellness - Meditation and Chair Yoga:

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Gail Borden Public Library District:

Rakow Branch

2751 W Bowes Rd, Elgin, IL 60123

Register Here

  • Saturday, March 16th, 2023

Gratitude in Our Spiritual Practice: All Faiths Welcome

9:00am - 1:00pm

St Hugh Of Lincoln Episcopal Church

36W957 Highland Ave, Elgin, IL 60123

  • Saturday, April 13th, 2024

Nature Writing Workshop

Book Discussion

Location TBD

  • Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

Art & Poetry Contest Showcase

6:30pm

Elgin Community College - Spartan Auditorium

1700 Spartan Dr, Elgin, IL 60123

Submit Contest Entries Here by 3/29

  • Saturday, June 1st, 2024

  • Friday, March 29th, 2024

  • Saturday, April 6th, 2024

Ode Poetry Writing Workshop

Book Discussion

Elder + Oat

124 W. Main Street, West Dundee, IL 60118

  • Tuesday, April 9th 2024

Planting with Gratitude for our Future Workshop 

Location TBD

Gratitude Showcase:

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Gail Borden Public Library

270 N Grove Ave, Elgin, IL 60120

Register Here

  • Friday, June 28th 2024

SCORE! - Gratitude, Growth & Gathering

Family Performance

Elgin Community College - Blizzard Theatre

1700 Spartan Dr, Elgin, IL 60123

  • Saturday, June 29th 2024

SCORE! - Gratitude, Growth & Gathering

Public Performance

Elgin Community College - Blizzard Theatre

1700 Spartan Dr, Elgin, IL 60123

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National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that is the largest funder of the arts and arts education in communities nationwide and a catalyst of public and private support for the arts. By advancing equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, the NEA fosters and sustains an environment in which the arts benefit everyone in the United States. Visit arts.gov to learn more.

 

Arts Midwest supports, informs, and celebrates Midwestern creativity. We build community and opportunity across Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, the Native Nations that share this geography, and beyond. As one of six nonprofit United States Regional Arts Organizations, Arts Midwest works to strengthen local arts and culture efforts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, state agencies, private funders, and many others. Learn more at artsmidwest.org.

What is the NEA Big Read?

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our neighbors, and ourselves through the power of a shared reading experience. Showcasing a diverse range of themes, voices, and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire meaningful conversations, artistic responses, and new discoveries and connections in each community. The main feature of the initiative is a grants program, managed by Arts Midwest, which annually supports dynamic community-wide reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read title.

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