West Side Arts: Rootwork, Girl Bands, and Activating Public Archives

Come hear about emerging art initiatives in Pilsen, North Lawndale, Austin and the Lower West Side. Curators, artists and activists will discuss the vibrant work they are doing with West Side neighborhoods. Panelists include: Tracie D. Hall, director of the Joyce Foundation’s Culture Program and founding curator of Rootwork Gallery, which features artistic expression around healing, reconciliation, and the investigation of folk, street and indigenous cultures; Nicole Marroquin, artist and activist, who uses art, archive and living testimonies to make connections between youth-led political movements and spatial justice; and Sarah Beth Woods, a community activist and multidisciplinary artist who explores femininity through material culture, artifice, and adornment. Woods is the creator of the video project, Hear the Glow of Electric Lights, which features girl groups from the 1960s, and she is working with young women on the west side to assemble a new girl’s musical group. The discussion will be moderated by Ra Joy, Executive Director of Change Illinois.

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Making the West Side: Community Conversations on Neighborhood Change is a multi-year  project funded through the National Endowment for the Humanities that brings together scholars, activists, neighborhood residents, and other stakeholders to investigate the history of neighborhood change on Chicago’s West Side and connect those histories to contemporary issues and concerns. The website site Making the West Side seeks to connect the many communities within the Chicago West Side neighborhood through conversations surrounding West Side history and the neighborhood’s continued change.