May 15th 2017

Propel yourself into the week with Artist-in-Residence YAW at Before Work.

We generally associate Mondays with the blues and the dreaded start of the week. We also generally associate the time after 5 as the moment to unwind. Before Work hopes to bridge a gap and perhaps change the narrative around how we recharge and when.

Before Work will consist of live music, fresh herbal tonics/juice, coffee, and light pastries. Each month will feature an artist or practitioner that will help propel us into the week.

Photo courtesy Yaw Agyeman.

This event is FREE.

YAW has performed on both the theatrical and musical stage. He has toured in the play Red, Black and Green: a blues (MAPP) and performed in the world premiere of the musical, “Mister Chickee’s Funny Money” (Chicago Children’s Theater). The play features music from the Motown Great, Lamont Dozier. He has been featured on VH1’s “Soul Cities”, a show produced by Nelson George that showcases singers in cities all over the country, as well as on the Africa Channel’s, “Soundtracks at Red Kiva”, a program that focuses on artists of African descent. Currently, he is a member of the artistic collaboration, “Black Monks of Mississippi”, headed by the dynamic and prolific, Theaster Gates.

The ten-month Artist-in-Residence program for individual artists places specific emphasis on those whose work critically engages issues of race and ethnicity and works to advance their artistic ambitions and opportunities. During this program, resident artists have access to rehearsal, performance, and exhibition space at or near the Arts Incubator in Washington Park, as well as access to the academic and research resources of the University.Artist Residency programs are supported by Arts and Public Life, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, and The Joyce Foundation.

These events are wheelchair accessible. Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in these events should contact Arts + Public Life for assistance at 773.702.9724 or

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