Spirit McIntyre (pronouns: spirit/they/them), is a Cellist, Vocalist, Lyricist, Wellness Advocate and Sound Healer, who has used their gender identity, musicianship, empowerment practices and Reiki to uplift Black & Brown LGBTQ and Women’s communities for the past ten years. Spirit’s reputation for honesty, compassion, and accountability allows for deeply transformative healing to be a through line in all of their performance and advocacy work. They learned the importance of naming Black women’s labor and creativity as artistry while producing the Black Women’s Arts Festival in Philadelphia, PA from 2006-10 and have been intentionally empowering historically undervalued communities, community artisans, and community members ever since.
They have generated a number of solo and collaborative workshops over the years, most notably: “Economy of Liberation: Cultivating Black Feminist Lives- imagining Blackness in the future as our foundation for liberation” with Wildseeds: The New Orleans Octavia Butler Emergent Strategy Collective for the 17th Annual Allied Media Conference in Detroit, MI June 2015; “How Is Your Art Practice A Reflection Of Your Lyfe- exploring how one’s art practices intentionally curates their lyfe” included in awQward’s teach in camp for QTPOC in New Orleans, LA, Sept 2017; and “#FreedomWork: Holding Our Power As TGNC Folks Of Color- rewriting our stories of freedom to centralize our power and abundance” created for TRANScend: A Retreat for Trans and Genderqueer Folks, Yorkville, CA, Oct 2017.
Spirit believes in supporting the financial stability of LGBTQ POC communities and in August of this year they were the national headliner for Basic Rights Oregon’s Education Fund for Trans Justice & Racial Justice programs and helped them raise more than three times the amount raised in previous years. Additionally, as a member of the musical duo, Spirit & Sparrow, Spirit has ensured other TGNC folks of color get hired as part of their performance productions. Spirit is also the composer and producer of: ‘Blusolaz’, ‘Bars Of Gold’, 'It Soon Come', and 'Mourning To The Moonlight'. They continue to advocate for all spaces being safe spaces for their expansively-gendered, expansively-endeared, spirit/they/them pronouned-self to exist.
Learn more about their work at: https://www.facebook.com/spiritwerks/