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Open Letter To My Younger Self: You'll be fine. Let Go.

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Open Letter To My Younger Self: You'll be fine. Let Go.

In November of 2017,  I received a text that would fulfill a couple of my dreams. Curator, Neysa Page-Lieberman asked “Would I like to go to Morocco to paint a mural?” For a moment it didn’t feel real. For years I’ve flipped through magazines and the internet fascinated with artists that traveled the world to paint multi-story murals in countries I’d never been. It was something I often hoped to do.  I started my public art career about 8 years ago, while running a full time art business which consisted of gallery exhibits, corporate commissions, merchandise development, the works. This came after 10...

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Can we Desegregate Chicago?

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Can we Desegregate Chicago?

I want to know how successful we would be as a city if we integrated more -- if we combined strengths and competed less -- if we built bridges and created financial sustainability amongst each other. What would Chicago be like if it wasn’t segregated?

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TraffickFree

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TraffickFree
This year, 2018, we will partner with TraffickFree to exhibit artwork that helps to share a visual glimpse into the lives of human trafficking survivors. 

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Brooklyn Community Pride Center

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Brooklyn Community Pride Center
Artists, Jenny Q and Sam Kirk completed their final mural of 2017 at the new Brooklyn Community Pride Center in Bedstuy, Brooklyn. Together they have completed 10 murals this year between New York and Chicago, celebrating various cultures through vibrant colors while creating dialogue via their focus on marginalized communities for the public to enjoy.

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Smart University

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Smart University

For World AIDS Day in 2013, we collaborated with Smart University and Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York to develop a community based program that would help inform residents about safe sex and HIV/AIDS Awareness.  The program included developing several artworks about practicing safe sex and recognizing women and youth who are living with HIV/AIDS as the powerful beings that they are, a community art exhibit at East Harlem Cafe that shared artwork by the women in SMART's art program, and a holiday party held at Union Settlement where the community came together to complete a mural about AIDS awareness.  Thru online messaging and...

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