Sep 14th 2019

#creativechicago is back to explore the question “What does Chicago need?” Join Tonika Lewis Johnson (R.A.G.E – Resident Association of Greater Englewood) and Paola D. Aguirre (City Open Workshop) for an interactive conversation about Chicago’s history of systemic segregation.

Tonika Johnson is a visual artist and photographer from Chicago’s South Side Englewood neighborhood. In 2010, she helped co-found Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.) and now she serves as its full-time Program Manager. She was featured in Chicago Magazine as a 2017 Chicagoan of the Year. Her work has been featured at Rootwork Gallery in Pilsen, the Chicago Cultural Center, Harold Washington Library Center, and the Chicago Reader. Her latest photography project titled “Folded Map” illustrates Chicago’s residential segregation.

Paola Aguirre is an architectural and urban designer, and founder of Borderless Studio, a collaborative and interdisciplinary urban design consultancy based in Chicago, and the Borderless Workshop, a research and creative platform focused on rethinking cities in the US-Mexico border region.

Creative Chicago is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Claim your free tickets at

Panel 1: The State of Arts and Culture in Chicago
Breakout Session 1: The Folded Map Project
Panel 2: Policies for an Arts-Driven City
Breakout Session 2: Trading Races

In 2018 as part of the Terra Foundation’s initiative Art Design Chicago and under the banner of Creative Chicago, CHF convened artists from across the city for a six-hour conversation about Chicago-style creativity, past, present and future. To kick off Chicago’s fall cultural season, CHF returns to Creative Chicago, picking up on its key question: ‘What does Chicago need?’ through a set of conversations, digital polling and interactive experiences designed to elicit ideas about how our city’s residents, cultural institutions and artistic legacies/collections can work to develop empathy, friendship and connection across its citizens.

Yollocalli Arts Reach Pop Up Youth Radio will be producing a live radio show onsite.

The Richard Gray Program recognizes a significant gift from founding CHF board member Richard Gray. This program is presented with the generous support of the Terra Foundation for American Art, and in partnership with The Joyce Foundation, Lake Forest College, and Metropolitan Planning Council.

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