Artist, Change Agent, Pastor, Communitarian
Helms Jarrell is an interdisciplinary artist who weaves stories together using mixed media, ceramics, needlework, and jewelry making techniques. Helms says, “My work intentionally integrates art, faith, and culture into organizing strategies to build people power and social change. Using the language of culture- art, story, ritual,- I aim to cultivate folks’ sense of belonging, connection, and interdependence. through visual art, engaging community, and facilitating workshops around community and justice issues. Helms is currently theCo-Director of QC Family Tree and the organizing pastor of a church plant in Charlotte, Beloved Community Charlotte.
Since 2016, Helms has steadily expanded her connections to colleagues and community collaborators to build programming that brings together community groups to promote personal/professional growth and goal setting for social change.
Her most recent work includes her published work, A Communitarian's Almanac & Apothecary Guide, Communitarian Greeting Cards, a Rental Equity workshop as a part of a Resident Residency at the McColl Center for Art and Innovation and an Artist Theologian in Residence at Myers Park Baptist Church.
"The best thing to do with the best things in life is give them away."