Ark Republic is accepting stories for the “Light Series” for the month of December

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Ark Republic is ending the year with a series of mixed-media stories of hope, empowerment, leadership, courage, brilliance family and affirmation. We want to enter into the New Year with a community collaboration called, “The Light Series.”

The Light Series will be a month-long exploration of all things light and love. So, we invite you to walk with us. Even, we ask that you participate in highlighting those in your community who need some shine, or even yourself, your business or your superpower.

Our first week, December 1 to December 7, we will feature stories of innovators in our communities. Next, from December 8 to December 15, we share stories of inspiration from our entrepreneurs. Afterwards, from December 17 to December 25, we explore spiritual, religious and family traditions, as well as, winter rituals. Finally, from December 26 to January 1, we will end the series with stories of affirmation and forward movement in this next cycle, 2020.

 If you would like to submit a personal essay, article, video, poem/spoken word or other media presentation of your work, just provide basic information and answer at least five of the questions. Once finished, send your answers and a high resolution picture(s) to the following:


  1. Please provide basic information: Name, location, social media handles
  2. What do/did you create?
  3. How do you define your work?
  4. How did you come up with the idea?
  5. Who/what inspires you? How?
  6. When did you recognize your talent?
  7. How did you create an audience or community that appreciates your work?
  8. Which of your accomplishments give you joy?
  9. If there is anything you’d like to add, please do so.


  1. Name, location of business, website, social media handles
  2. What is our business?
  3. How long have you been in business?
  4. What made you start it?
  5. What makes your business special?
  6. How does your business solve a problem?
  7. What did you find out about who you are as you built your company?
  8. What keeps you going?
  9. What do you do when you get discouraged?
  10. How do you define success?
  11. Who/what inspires you?

Family Traditions during this holiday season

  1. Please provide basic information: Name, location, social media handles
  2. What is the tradition?
  3. What do you do to carry out the tradition?
  4. What do you cook?
  5. What do you drink?
  6. What games do you play?
  7. What do you smoke?
  8. Who comes to gatherings?
  9. Where do you gather?
  10. How do you define family?
  11. What does your family look like?
  12. Who is considered the elder or a respected person?

Winter Ritual

  1. Please provide basic information: Name, location, social media handles
  2. What is the ritual?
  3. If this is from a specific tradition or people, please specify?
  4. What is the purpose of the ritual? Or, what is its significance?
  5. What is needed to perform the ritual?
  6. What do you do to carry out the ritual?
  7. Who is involved?
  8. What are important elements of the ritual?
  9. What made you implement or practice this ritual at this time of the year?
  10. How do you tap into your power?
  11. If there is anything you need to add, please do so.

Affirmations to take us into 2020

  1. Please provide basic information: Name, location, social media handles
  2. Provide your statement of positivity, empowerment and/or inspiration.
  3. How did you discover or create the affirmation?
  4. What does it mean?
  5. How does it give you strength?

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