Aug 14th 2020

When We Fight, We Win

@ Chicago Art Department

1926 S Halsted St, #100, Chicago, IL 60608

Opening Friday, August 14th, from 5PM - 8PM

On view through Saturday, August 15th

When We Fight We Win

In the fall of 2019, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and Local 73 (SEIU) banded together and marched in solidarity to demand justice for the students of Chicago Public Schools. Over 30,000 bodies flooded downtown, demanding restorative justice programs, nurses and librarians in every school, shared planning time, and equitable resources to be allocated across our city’s schools. This moment shed light on the depths of divestment from our students and working class families, delivering a historical win.

When We Fight We Win, is a sliver of collective movement building engaging art as an opportunity to educate, inspire, and heal. The show, therefore, serves as a site of reflection, recuperation, and strategizing in the midst of a global pandemic and national civil unrest.

In reflection, how do we pivot to center the voices of students and families most directly impacted by criminalization, police brutality, immigration policies, inequity in housing, healthcare, lack of access to food and other basic necessities? How can we use this living and breathing show as an opportunity to learn and imagine what’s next? Schools continuously find themselves as the centerpiece and heart of our communities. As such, it is our duty to continue to fight, and continue to win.

Curated by: Silvia Inés Gonzalez
Text edited by Niamh Burke
Wall Text Illustrated by: Shelby Rodeffer
Special thanks to the Chicago Teachers Union, teachers, families, students and Art Build supporters.

Artists in the show include teachers from CPS, local Chicago artists and activists. This is not a comprehensive list, it is a growing list. This is also not a comprehensive show! If you want to help identify artists or contribute to this list, please contact:

Lucy Cotton
Shelby Critchett
Sam Kirk
Janice Lim
Erin A. Lynch
Jhoanna Maldonado
Jesse Malmed
Nicole Marroquin
Gabriel Mejia
Sandro Murrillo
Jocelyn Moreno
Grace Needlman
Grae Rosa
Lucila Saldaña Olazaba
Jesus El Maestro Sanchez
Aram Han Sifuentes
Nathaniel Tingley
Monica Trinidad
For the People Artists Collective
The Chicago ACT Collective

Programming will be scheduled by appointment as well as online between the opening on the 14th and September. Please follow this event page + @silvia.ines.gonzalez on instagram for updates.

** Masks and social distancing required for in person viewing/appointments.

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