We invite family, youth, and elders to come together for a cross-generational (14+) writing workshop that will center around conversation, understanding, and empathy. This workshop is open to all--you do not have to identify as a writer. Registration is required, no prior knowledge of the writing or political topic is necessary. We look forward to learning, growing, and understanding how we can find joy through community conversation and creativity!
The Edward J Williams CollectionApril 2 Stony Island Arts Bank 6760 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 606496-7 PM
The Edward J Williams Collection at Stony Island Arts Bank holds 4,000 objects of “negrobilia” — mass cultural objects and artifacts that feature racist images of black people. This workshop invites participants to be curious and question the purpose and meaning of these objects and write about what kind of objects they would like to “own” and will learn creative writing techniques that will help them write about these objects.
Tamir Rice Gazebo 3:30-5:30 PM Tue, April 9Tue, April 16Dorchester Art Housing Collaborative 1456 E 70th St, Chicago, IL 60637
Tue, April 23Stony Island Arts Bank 6760 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60649
In the Fall of 2016, Rebuild Foundation received the Gazebo from the Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where twelve-year-old Tamir Rice was murdered by the Cleveland Police. Samaria Rice, Tamir’s mother, intends to preserve the structure as a place for care, public interaction and engagement. In this workshop, participants will take part in conversations that will cover questions such as the gazebo’s meaning, it’s placement in Chicago, and it’s connection to other acts of police brutality. We will write letters to Tamir Rice and anyone else who has suffered from oppression. These letters will be buried in the ground that the gazebo occupies on plantable paper. Once they have been planted and the ground has been watered, the seeds that are enmeshed in the paper will bloom flowers, creating new joy and life for the unjust passing of Tamir.