Join us in welcoming a new Build Coffee artist-in-residence: Naimah Thomas!
During the residency Naimah will be showing her work on Build’s walls and leading a series of events as part of the project “Wounded Healer: Exploring community, connection, and healing through art therapy”.
Naimah Thomas, MAAT, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor and art therapist currently working in the Austin community. She primarily works with youth impacted by various intersections of trauma (race, class, gender, etc). Naimah’s body of work primarily focuses on her experiences as a Black Woman, Wounded Healer, and survivor. Wounded healers often experience deep emotional and mental wounds in their early formative years of childhood and adolescence or through some kind of trauma. Naimah uses art to heal her own emotional wounds and build community and connection through creative expression. Naimah primarily works with ink, watercolor, and acrylic.
Naimah is currently a member of For the People Artists Collective, a radical squad of Black artists and artists of color in Chicago. As artists who organize, they create work that uplifts and projects struggle, resistance, liberation, and survival within and for marginalized communities and movements in our city and our world.
☕️ Build Coffee is a coffee shop and bookstore in the Experimental Station on the South Side of Chicago. Surrounded by community-driven nonprofits and civic journalism projects, Build is designed as a hub of great coffee and radical collaboration.
🖍 The Build Coffee Meal-Based Residency Program is a gallery show and residency aiming to nourish and sustain local art and artists. For more information, see buildcoffee.org/residency