A day of presentations, workshops and performances to celebrate art and community activism. This event is a unique way to build community and friendship, awaken our imaginations, and broaden our vision through discussion, food, and music.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 12:30pm to 7:00pm
at the TenHoeve Center | Oakton Community College | 1600 E. Golf Rd. Des Plaines, IL 60016
12:30 - 1pm
Registration and refreshments
Workshops, Panels, and Presentations
1 - 2:15pm
William and Tai Estrada
Mobile Street Art Cart
Estrada studied food vendor carts in Little Village to develop a colorful, pedal-powered art-cart that would allow him to create free art projects with people on the streets in their neighborhoods.
Kristiana Rae Colón
Imagining a World: From Ferguson to Freedom Square
Trace the genesis of the #LetUsBreathe Collective in Ferguson and the evolution of the group’s creative resistance.
2:30 - 3:45pm
Media Resistance to Police Violence
Salome Chasnoff and Meredith Zielke facilitate this workshop based on their ongoing project, Present Absence, making visible the lives of people killed by Chicago police.
In Kristiana Rae Colón’s Covenant, four black teen femmes gathering on a bridge to cast a ritual of protection when an erstwhile hiker ally stumbles upon their ceremony.
4 - 5pm
Daytripping the Petrocapital
Explore experimental field trips as art projects examining how fossil fuels and financial markets shape notions of "community."
William and Tai Estrada
5 - 6pm
Code of the Freaks
film screening and discussion
In this blistering critique of Hollywood representations of disabled characters, Code of the Freaks gives the mic to some of Hollywood’s most incensed and ignored critics—actual disabled people.
Mapping Petroleum Lives workshop
Inspired by popular education and prison abolition organizing, participants work to diagram ways that petroleum shapes our lives.
6 - 7pm Cafeteria
Dinner and Live Concert by Groove Witness
Following in the tradition of jazz-funk groups like Liquid Soul, Galactic, and Soulive, Groove Witness plays both instrumentals and vocals, but all the music is informed by a driving rhythmic groove with jazz and blues sensibilities.
This event is FREE and open to the public. Registration is required. To RSVP, click here.
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