Helen Butler

artist educator

The world view and cultural assumptions that have been preserved and developed by African American people include essential qualities of the African world view, emphasizing the metaphysical rather than purely physical interconnectedness in the realm of art, music, religion and in relationships among humans and nature. L.J.Myers

Be ye as the fingers of one hand, the members of one body - Baha’u’llah.In complex systems, relationships are key - Wesley, etal.

Storymaking for Service

Every group has resources and attributes that are reflected in the stories told by its individuals. Using principles of Appreciative Inquiry, we work with groups and teams to draw out the stories which represent their Positive Core. Once the Positive Core has been identified, we can assist in developing relevant and meaningful processes, activities and tools to strengthen practices in service to the whole.We formulate approaches through:
Interviews & Assessments
Positive Core Identification
Initiating Learning Journeys
Reflection & Supportive Action
Facilitation focuses on how people participate in the process of learning or planning, not just on what gets achieved.

Engagement Theatre

Engagement Theatre is an “applied theatre” form inviting audience participation as an integral component. Within the structured engagement, audience members are invited to share their own experiences and participate in activities. The theory is that when we share experiences, get to know one another, we build positive affect (love) for one another. These become the building blocks to working in community.The Quest for Light
An engagement theatre piece based on sacred writings which poses a challenge to arise and strengthen our spiritual sight and actions.
The Journey
An engagement theatre piece based on the spiritual journey of Robert Abbott. Audience members share their own stories and reflections of spiritual growth and personal resources in contributing to community.
Engagement Theatre activities temporarily on hold due to social distancing requirements

Arts for Reflection

There is value in grounding in beauty and positivity. We craft fiber arts that help others reflect on the spiritual dimension of human life and inspire hope.


...man should know his own self and recognize that which leadeth unto loftiness or lowliness, glory or abasement, wealth or poverty
Meditation is the key for opening the doors of mysteries.

Aware of life's tortuous journey, these noble beings churned the sweat of oppression into ardent mists of prayer in anticipation of our arrival.
(Art quilt honoring antebellum wash women of Petersburg, VA, 2023)

Helen Butler, MFA, actress, writer, arts/social justice devotee, is a theatre performance artist who has spent most of her professional life working at the crossroads of the arts and social movement.