Please join Beauty Breaks, Sunday April 29, 2018 from 12 – 3pm for “Sheilds & Sustainabilty,” with Jacqueline “Jackie Abena” Smith and Jared Brown. Stay after for “The Currency of Social Structure,” with The Kola Nut Collabrative from 4 – 6pm.
A shield is not made in battle. Beauty Breaks will hold a live podcast between Jacqueline “Jackie Abena” Smith and Jared Brown as they publicly discuss their work, practice and relationship to sustainability in our political and nutritional present.
Participants will later learn fun ways to prepare and sustain before, during and after a disaster or crisis. They will be exposed to facts about aftermaths of past natural disasters as well as indigenous practices that have assisted in challenging times. A brief game will be played that involves creative, critical thinking with objects of survival.
This Beauty Breaks session will be an affinity space for black-identified people. We ask our allies to refrain from attending our Beauty Breaks session form 12 – 3pm, but please stop by for “The Currency of Social Structure,” with The Kola Nut Collabrative from 4 – 7pm.
*Please know that all ticketing is donation based and goes toward the continuation of Beauty Breaks and the work of presented facilitators. bit.ly/BBShields
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About Jacqueline “Jackie Abena” Smith :
Jacqueline is an urban grower, earth stewardess, writer and food justice advocate. She is the descendant of a Mississippi sharecropper and has obtained a B.S. degree in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota on a 4-year academic scholarship and M.S. degree in public service from DePaul University. The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program has given Jacqueline training hours to be certified as a master gardener. She has also written for the Environmental and Food Justice blog on Africanness and indigeneity in the Black farming community. Jacqueline is the 2017 winner of Green America’s Green People Green Planet Award. Her volunteer service includes being project coordinator of the Green Lots Project (an organization educating and inspiring far south side Chicago community residents to garden) and assisting at the Healthy Food Hub marketplace in Chicago’s South Shore community.
About Jared Brown:
Jared is an interdisciplinary artist born in Chicago. Jared’s work constructs a mythology around his origins and archives thier existence as a black celestial being. In recent work, he has been broadcasting audio and text based work through the radio, in live DJ sets, and on social media. Jared considers himself a data thief, understanding this role from John Akomfrah’s description of the data thief as a figure that does not belong to the past or present. As a data thief, Jared makes archeological digs for fragments of black American subculture, history and technology. Jared repurposes these fragments in audio, text, and video to investigate the relationship between history and digital immaterial space. Jared interested in exposing the contradictions and complexity within black American subculture and considers these gaps and slippages as a type of code that holds the key to a personal and collective future. Jared holds a BFA in video from the Maryland Institute College of Art and moved back to Chicago in 2016 in order to make and share work that directly relates to his personal history.
Again, this Beauty Breaks session will be an affinity space for black-identified people. We ask our allies to refrain from attending our Beauty Breaks session form 12 – 2:30, but please stop by for “The Currency of Social Structure,” with The Kola Nut Collabrative from 3 – 6pm.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
There are no ID or minimum age requirements.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
We are one block from the California Pink Line Station and the 94 and 21 buses. All car parking is by permit only on our block.
What can I bring to the event?
Please bring clothes you are comfortable to move in and the energy to talk and move with a group of people.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.