Mar 7th 2019

Join Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, art therapist Leah Gipson, and Scheherazade Tillet co-founder A Long Walk Home, Inc. for International Women’s Day! We will explore resistance and resilience of women and girls of color through archives and photography that document community-centered art practices around well-being and activism.

Leah Gipson will share her proposal of an art therapy archive to be housed on the West Side of Chicago. This event introduces a collection of photographs from A Long Walk Home’s Girl/Friend’s Leadership Institute, a program that empowers girls and femme identified youth leaders in Chicago to end violence against women and girls. Participants will center the experiences of black girls, their art and activism, to construct an art therapy archive that highlights the history of community conceptions of black feminist strategies of care.

FREE WITH RSVP! REFRESHMENTS SERVED! No prior experience necessary. All backgrounds and abilities welcome! Workshops are located in Hull-House’s historic Resident’s Dining Hall that is wheelchair accessible.

Founded in 2003, A Long Walk Home, Inc. (ALWH) is a Chicago-based national non-profit that uses art to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people to end violence against girls and women. ALWH exposes the outrage of dating, domestic and sexual violence and inspires social change through community empowerment and public action.

Leah Gipson is an artist, board member for A Long Walk Home, and an Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Art Therapy Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Her current research interests include womanism, black feminism, black church, and the use of cultural spaces to explore the politics of individual and social change. Gipson develops counter-public projects that address gender, racial, and economic systems of inequality in Chicago’s West Side neighborhoods.

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (JAHHM) draws upon the legacy of international peace activist and feminist, Jane Addams, and other social reformers who worked, alongside their immigrant neighbors, to create social change on the Near West Side of Chicago during the Progressive Era. The Museum preserves and develops the original Hull-House site for the interpretation and continuation of the historic settlement house vision. Exhibitions and public programs elevate histories of activism, progressive education and democratic principles of participation and exchange, and connect them to present-day social justice issues.

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