Jan 29th 2021

Jenna Anast: Our Community Dreams

@ Threewalls


Opening Friday, January 29th, from 7PM - 8:15PM

What dreams does the community of Pilsen have for the year 2021?

What: Community Workshop/Public engagement. Attendees are encouraged to participate in the dialogue or simply be present.
When: January 29th 2021 at 7p.m.- 8:15 p.m. CST
Who: Hosted by Jenna Anast and facilitated by Hilda Franco



An extensive story that mainstream media is continually sharing is that the year 2020 is the almighty year that has caused chaos, heartbreak, despair, and all the world’s injustices. A year that was defined to be the demise of humanity. In my experience, this year, although ultimately tragic in its own right, has many of the harmful qualities that have existed since I’ve been in existence: inadequate health care, choosing profits over the safety and well-being of people, unequal distribution of wealth, white supremacy, to name a few. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated all of these injustices.

I believe that by naming our dreams out loud, practicing community care, sharing collective wisdom, setting intentions together, and spell casting, we can keep each other safe and cared for.

In this public engagement, I am asking the community that I call home, Pilsen, What do you dream for your community in the year 2021?

Think of what you would like to manifest that may seem impossible or might take a supernatural force to complete.

I believe that many of our ancestors had a difficult time imagining they could get through many of the injustices they got through without assistance from something larger than themselves.

I believe many of our ancestors understood that it was going to take us bringing our gifts together to achieve liberation using radical imagination and dreamwork.

Come to this engagement prepared to DREAM BIG and ask for what you want to see for yourself and your community.

Accessibility Statement

My desire for this public engagement is for everyone to have their humanity recognized.

This moment in time, and all moments in time, is an opportunity to embrace and understand the importance of all human existence. During my engagements I want to express that I believe there is no human that is an “enemy” but rather harmful systems that require dismantling.

This accessibility statement is created for this particular public engagement and will continue to develop as I develop as an artist and human being.

The desire for this public engagement is to have authentic dialogue with partners, community members, and collaborators in the neighborhood of Pilsen and to continue to build an accessibility statement statement together.

The following is accessibility notes for this engagement:

Spoken Interpretation (English to Spanish).

Having closed captioning

Having a designated chat room host: someone who can intercede to relay any information that the speakers or host need to know in the moment.


Creating and sharing a shared set of agreements before the chat begins that will be emailed to participants the day before the virtual event

Before this engagement an email will be sent out to all participants that includes agreements and or added accessibility notes.

If you have any specific needs, wants, or desires in regards to accessibility for this community workshop/ public engagement, please reach out and I will do my best to honor those requests.

This workshop/public engagement is part of the research and development stage for the RaD Lab+Outside the Walls Fellowship fellowship I was granted in June of 2020 from Threewalls.

Quote from Threewalls:

It is our hope that this program will inspire big ideas from Chicago-based artists in the ALAANA community in advancing a racially just society. The radical imagination that Surdna encourages is what Threewalls practices every day.

The fellowship will help expand the funding landscape and distribute the funds to the most vulnerable community—ALAANA individuals.

You can find more information about my journey with this fellowship by visiting my website www.journeyswithjenna.com or emailing me specific questions.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop will be transcribed and potentially recorded for archival and research purposes. You may opt out of being recorded at anytime. I will be sure to ask again at the beginning of the workshop/public engagement.

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