ConTextos Chicago

ConTextos Chicago We use the power of personal narrative to promote healing and reflection, and to foster critical thinking and dialogue. We seek to lift up the voices and insights of people affected by trauma, to challenge assumptions, and to provoke systemic change.

In Chicago, like any place with epidemics of violence, geographic areas don’t determine violent behaviors, nor does race, gender or class. Rather, victimization begets victimization. Most violence is not arbitrary, but a reflection of trauma; hurt begets hurt—those who are hurt are likely to hurt others. Violence is not just a moment with victimizer and victim, but rather a spectrum along which wi

In Chicago, like any place with epidemics of violence, geographic areas don’t determine violent behaviors, nor does race, gender or class. Rather, victimization begets victimization. Most violence is not arbitrary, but a reflection of trauma; hurt begets hurt—those who are hurt are likely to hurt others. Violence is not just a moment with victimizer and victim, but rather a spectrum along which wi

Operating as usual

APPLICATION CLOSES TONIGHT✨💻Last call for a chance to attend Into A Black Beyond 2.0 Winter Module led by dr. moore—Afri...
01/24/2022
About Into a Black Beyond by ConTextos

APPLICATION CLOSES TONIGHT✨💻
Last call for a chance to attend Into A Black Beyond 2.0 Winter Module led by dr. moore—African American, le***an, feminist, lifelong educator and learner. Learn more via https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfCpeZ-ThQie4XqruWrdT21yvcs-2n9SHqzfFFE03kbYnaH9A/viewform

In 2022, ConTextos will launch its second chapter of Into a Black Beyond, a multimedia project that aims to build a new library of writing and art created by Black Chicagoans. IABB embraces our multitudes to go beyond dichotomies. It is a space for ALL types of Black people. IABB 2.0 intends to cont...

Contribute your words to a new library of writing and art created by Black Chicagoans. Into a Black Beyond is a space fo...
01/18/2022
About Into a Black Beyond by ConTextos

Contribute your words to a new library of writing and art created by Black Chicagoans. Into a Black Beyond is a space for ALL types of Black people.

Apply today-> bit.ly/IABLKBYD & join us every Wednesday starting on February 9, 2022.

In 2022, ConTextos will launch its second chapter of Into a Black Beyond, a multimedia project that aims to build a new library of writing and art created by Black Chicagoans. IABB embraces our multitudes to go beyond dichotomies. It is a space for ALL types of Black people. IABB 2.0 intends to cont...

Black Authors interested in publishing your writing, this module is for you! Apply by January 24th to join our in-person...
01/14/2022

Black Authors interested in publishing your writing, this module is for you! Apply by January 24th to join our in-person Into a Black Beyond 2.0 writing circle via bit.ly/IABLKBYD. Winter session begins on Wednesday, February 9th.

Black Authors interested in publishing your writing, this module is for you! Apply by January 24th to join our in-person Into a Black Beyond 2.0 writing circle via bit.ly/IABLKBYD. Winter session begins on Wednesday, February 9th.

RP @rightofreturnusa The fellowship program will continue to invest in 6 formally incarcerated artists with a grant of $...
01/11/2022

RP @rightofreturnusa The fellowship program will continue to invest in 6 formally incarcerated artists with a grant of $20,000 each to support a project aimed at reforming our criminal justice system. The 2022 fellows will join a rich community of culture-shaping artists.

"The fellowship program will continue to invest in formerly incarcerated artists, supporting the creation of original wo...
01/11/2022
Right of Return

"The fellowship program will continue to invest in formerly incarcerated artists, supporting the creation of original works produced in partnership with advocates and organizers to further criminal justice reform efforts. In this fourth year, we will be awarding a diverse group of 6 artists a grant of $20,000 each to support a project aimed at reforming our criminal justice system. The 2022 fellows will join a rich community of culture-shaping artists."

https://www.rightofreturnusa.com/?fbclid=IwAR0vL2GRG5gCGlgy8jNuZfym-qg7NFr7v0sNHrS_IuwPIihUiNrt31tW9Oc

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN. DEADLINE IS JANUARY 14, 2022 11:59PM (EST). THOSE SELECTED WILL BE NOTIFIED BY FEBRUARY 28, 2022.

Join us for Into a Black Beyond 2.0. Apply today-> bit.ly/IABLKBYD for the winter module which will run every Wednesday ...
01/07/2022

Join us for Into a Black Beyond 2.0. Apply today-> bit.ly/IABLKBYD for the winter module which will run every Wednesday starting on February 9, 2022. The winter module will result in a published compilation of Sankofa Narratives written by each participant.

This is ConTextos' second chapter of Into a Black Beyond, a multimedia project that aims to build a new library of writing and art created by Black Chicagoans. IABB embraces our multitudes to go beyond dichotomies. It is a space for ALL types of Black people. LINK IN BIO

Join us for Into a Black Beyond 2.0. Apply today-> bit.ly/IABLKBYD for the winter module which will run every Wednesday ...
01/07/2022

Join us for Into a Black Beyond 2.0. Apply today-> bit.ly/IABLKBYD for the winter module which will run every Wednesday starting on February 9, 2022. The winter module will result in a published compilation of Sankofa Narratives written by each participant.

This is ConTextos' second chapter of Into a Black Beyond, a multimedia project that aims to build a new library of writing and art created by Black Chicagoans. IABB embraces our multitudes to go beyond dichotomies. It is a space for ALL types of Black people.

Afrofuturism: Virtual Lecture/Discussion – IL Humanities
01/07/2022
Afrofuturism: Virtual Lecture/Discussion – IL Humanities

Afrofuturism: Virtual Lecture/Discussion – IL Humanities

Attend An Event Feb 23 Afrofuturism: Virtual Lecture/Discussion Join Ytasha Womack and John Jennings for Afrofuturism, a virtual dialogue Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Ytasha Womack and John Jennings will lead this virtual exchange focusing on Afrofuturism and its relationship...

Are you a Black Author seeking to get published? Join our second cohort of our program, INTO A BLACK BEYOND by submittin...
01/05/2022

Are you a Black Author seeking to get published? Join our second cohort of our program, INTO A BLACK BEYOND by submitting the application in our bio.

First meeting of the Winter module starts on Wednesday, January 26th. Application closes January 10th, apply today via bit.ly/IABLKBYD

Are you a Black Author seeking to get published? Join our second cohort of our program, INTO A BLACK BEYOND by submitting the application in our bio.

First meeting of the Winter module starts on Wednesday, January 26th. Application closes January 10th, apply today via bit.ly/IABLKBYD

A new year inspires a new cohort of creation✨INTO A BLACK BEYOND 2.0 is now taking applications through January 10th. Le...
01/03/2022

A new year inspires a new cohort of creation✨INTO A BLACK BEYOND 2.0 is now taking applications through January 10th. Learn more via bit.ly/IABLKBYD

In 2022, ConTextos will launch its second chapter of Into a Black Beyond, a multimedia project that aims to build a new ...
12/21/2021

In 2022, ConTextos will launch its second chapter of Into a Black Beyond, a multimedia project that aims to build a new library of writing and art created by Black Chicagoans. IABB is a space for ALL types of Black people. IABB 2.0 intends to continue an excavation of the Chicago we call home and imagine through written, visual, and fine art. Apply today: bit.ly/IABLKBYD

In 2022, ConTextos will launch its second chapter of Into a Black Beyond, a multimedia project that aims to build a new library of writing and art created by Black Chicagoans. IABB is a space for ALL types of Black people. IABB 2.0 intends to continue an excavation of the Chicago we call home and imagine through written, visual, and fine art. Apply today: bit.ly/IABLKBYD

Into a Black Beyond 2.0 Winter Module application period is now open!Submit your application in full by January 10th💫 bi...
12/20/2021

Into a Black Beyond 2.0 Winter Module application period is now open!Submit your application in full by January 10th💫 bit.ly/IABLKBYD

Into a Black Beyond 2.0 Winter Module application period is now open!Submit your application in full by January 10th💫 bit.ly/IABLKBYD

Black Chicagoans interested in diving into the past, present, and future & creating written, visual, or a variety of mul...
12/20/2021

Black Chicagoans interested in diving into the past, present, and future & creating written, visual, or a variety of multimedia art, INTO A BLACK BEYOND 2.0 is for you!!! Applications to join winter module opens today💎APPLY TODAY bit.ly/IABLKBYD💎

Black Chicagoans interested in diving into the past, present, and future & creating written, visual, or a variety of multimedia art, INTO A BLACK BEYOND 2.0 is for you!!! Applications to join winter module opens today💎APPLY TODAY bit.ly/IABLKBYD💎

Rest in power bell hooks, we are forever influenced by her words. Sharing a blog post by comrade adrienne maree brown th...
12/16/2021
adrienne maree brown – 'The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.' – camus…documenting my liberation

Rest in power bell hooks, we are forever influenced by her words. Sharing a blog post by comrade adrienne maree brown that our ConTextos Chicago team shared this morning✨✊🏾✊🏿 adriennemareebrown.net

'The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.' – camus…documenting my liberation

Contextos Subasta
12/07/2021
Contextos Subasta

Contextos Subasta

Para participar debes registrarte y crear tu usuario. No olvides leer los términos y condiciones, y el manual de la subasta.

12/06/2021

Join us at Gene Siskel Film Center for the #ChooseHope Film Screening this Thursday, 12/9 at 6PM

A special thank you to Strides for Peace for highlighting ConTextos & including us on the panel✨🙏

Get your tickets/more info http://bit.ly/3Fni1Aj

12/02/2021

At 95th Street in Roseland, Circle of Roses engaged in ongoing conversations about love and life, preview a snippet of Author Caitlin who shares the harsh reality of those incarcerated who are not serving time alone, those they love suffer alongside them too.

ConTextos & Chicago CRED collaborated to bring our first all-femme circle to life. Learn more about Circle of Roses by following linktr.ee/ConTextosChi

Help our storytelling efforts this #GivingTuesday by making a tax deductible donation. Each dollar will be matched by a ...
11/29/2021

Help our storytelling efforts this #GivingTuesday by making a tax deductible donation. Each dollar will be matched by a generous donor! Link to donate: contextos.org/donate

Help our storytelling efforts this #GivingTuesday by making a tax deductible donation. Each dollar will be matched by a generous donor! Link to donate: contextos.org/donate

Today is the last day to place a bid in ConTextos first art auction!!! stART With A Story visual memoirs are the perfect...
11/19/2021

Today is the last day to place a bid in ConTextos first art auction!!! stART With A Story visual memoirs are the perfect gift for the art lover in your life! Place a bid before they are gone. Thanks to a generous donor, all bids will be matched!!!

https://bit.ly/stARTwithaStory

Today is the last day to place a bid in ConTextos first art auction!!! stART With A Story visual memoirs are the perfect gift for the art lover in your life! Place a bid before they are gone. Thanks to a generous donor, all bids will be matched!!!

https://bit.ly/stARTwithaStory

The Countdown to the Biggest Day of Generosity is here! #GivingTuesday is around the corner but you don't have to wait t...
11/18/2021

The Countdown to the Biggest Day of Generosity is here! #GivingTuesday is around the corner but you don't have to wait to donate to ConTextos✨Donate today & your donation will be matched through November 30th via ConTextos.org/donate

The Countdown to the Biggest Day of Generosity is here! #GivingTuesday is around the corner but you don't have to wait to donate to ConTextos✨Donate today & your donation will be matched through November 30th via ConTextos.org/donate

We are delighted to open our doors at 2240 South Michigan to the wonderful team at The Simple Good for their South Loop ...
11/16/2021

We are delighted to open our doors at 2240 South Michigan to the wonderful team at The Simple Good for their South Loop Pop-up Shop featuring Chicago French Press Coffee, Live Art by Mario Mena, and DJ Set by Cam Be! Join us for the #grandopening on Thursday, November 18th, 5-8PM 🎉

We are delighted to open our doors at 2240 South Michigan to the wonderful team at The Simple Good for their South Loop Pop-up Shop featuring Chicago French Press Coffee, Live Art by Mario Mena, and DJ Set by Cam Be! Join us for the #grandopening on Thursday, November 18th, 5-8PM 🎉

We can’t stop smiling about last week’s beautiful book release celebration for Circle of Roses, our first all-femme prog...
11/09/2021
Circle of Roses: Honoring the Women of Roseland and Rosemoor

We can’t stop smiling about last week’s beautiful book release celebration for Circle of Roses, our first all-femme program created by Naimah Thomas in collaboration with Chicago CRED ✨🌹🌹🌹

Follow the link to read the book 📖 & learn more about Circle of Roses: Honoring the Women of Roseland & Rosemoor

https://bit.ly/CircleofRoses

"There is no greater agony than leaving an untold story inside you." -Maya Angelou ConTextos and Chicago CRED are proud to present Circle of Roses, lifting up the stories and insights of women who are too often ignored amidst narratives around Chicago’s on-going violence. These women are more than...

stART With A Story is a culmination of our work over the last five years in Chicago. Our stories are our greatest asset ...
11/04/2021

stART With A Story is a culmination of our work over the last five years in Chicago. Our stories are our greatest asset and we need your support to keep telling them! Text SWAS to 844.753.2024 to donate today or visit bit.ly/stARTwithaStory and join us for our virtual mixer TODAY✨🎨

Meet our 🌟stARTIST🌟Dave Ellis Flynn, also known as (EWRKS) is a Chicago-based multimedia artist creating within the inte...
11/03/2021

Meet our 🌟stARTIST🌟Dave Ellis Flynn, also known as (EWRKS) is a Chicago-based multimedia artist creating within the intersection of race, s*x, & gender. Flynn’s visual work is an abstract graffiti-styled surrealism. A graduate of Chicago State University, Flynn has been part of the activist & artist community for years, using his art & voice as a means to challenge & question the world around him.

Join us tomorrow, November 4th to celebrate stART With A Story participating artists & bid on Dave's and other stARTIST’s visual memoirs via bit.ly/stARTwithaStory

Powerful stories need an audience! We hope that you will take part in this exciting end of year event to honor Authors a...
11/02/2021

Powerful stories need an audience! We hope that you will take part in this exciting end of year event to honor Authors and Artists, and to experience first hand the sharing and exploration of their stories through written and visual memoirs.

Registration is free and your donations are encouraged! Our stories are our greatest asset and we need your support to keep telling them! Text SWAS to 855.737.1099 to donate today or visit https://bit.ly/stARTwithaStory

Meet our 🌟stARTIST🌟Kalief Dinkins: “I am a Creative from the south side of Chicago. I am entrenched in culture, fashion,...
10/27/2021

Meet our 🌟stARTIST🌟Kalief Dinkins: “I am a Creative from the south side of Chicago. I am entrenched in culture, fashion, sports, and fine-art. The first thing I ever painted was a pair of timberlands and Air Force 1’s. Art is my voice and I use it as an outlet to speak for myself and others. In a world that doesn’t seem to want me to grow, I still flourish.”

stART With A Story showcases how ConTextos fosters literary and visual arts for healing, so that individuals and communities hardest hit by violence can rebuild and reimagine the beauty around them. We are proud to have organized stART With A Story with the help of Kalief. Learn more via bit.ly/stARTwithaStory

Meet our 🌟stARTIST🌟Eugene Micah Muhammad: “Being able to create while simultaneously surrounded by death and adversity i...
10/25/2021

Meet our 🌟stARTIST🌟Eugene Micah Muhammad: “Being able to create while simultaneously surrounded by death and adversity is a blessing. When most people see an object, their primary focus is what’s shown on the surface — but I commonly find my imagination naturally gravitating toward what’s underneath. My creative work includes the use of hand/digital illustrating, mixed media, garment modification, and model-building.”

Place a bid on Eugene’s and other stARTIST’s visual memoirs via bit.ly/stARTwithaStory

Meet our 🌟stARTIST🌟Chicago based fine artist and singer/songwriter, Brionna Sorrét, has been honing her paint pushing sk...
10/22/2021

Meet our 🌟stARTIST🌟Chicago based fine artist and singer/songwriter, Brionna Sorrét, has been honing her paint pushing skills professionally since 2013. From timeless portraits to boundless abstract pieces, much of her visual art is created in robust color through acrylic or watercolor mediums. In her auctioned self portrait, Brionna explored her reality of existence within a new age world marred by chaos, corruption and greed while she maintains an unshakeable sense of inner peace.

Join us on November 4th to celebrate stART With A Story participating artists and bid on Brionna’s and other stARTIST’s visual memoirs via bit.ly/stARTwithaStory

Meet our 🌟stARTIST🌟Deon Reed is a multidisciplinary artist. His work centers around the dichotomies and similarities bet...
10/21/2021

Meet our 🌟stARTIST🌟Deon Reed is a multidisciplinary artist. His work centers around the dichotomies and similarities between human nature and logic through a playfully serious lens. His art piece made for this auction is an embodiment of stress induced from creating as well as commentary on class/race. He is the co-organizer behind stART With A Story, and we are happy to have him!

stART With A Story showcases how ConTextos fosters literary and visual arts for healing, so that individuals and communities hardest hit by violence can rebuild and reimagine the beauty around them. We’re thrilled to announce that as part of this programing we’ll be launching ConTextos Chicago’s first online auction, with one-of-a kind art pieces, created by young artists from across the city. Learn more via bit.ly/stARTwithaStory

This is happening tomorrow! RSVP here: https://duke.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CkWHYcqSSkObfXlbCF1dhA
03/22/2021

This is happening tomorrow! RSVP here: https://duke.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CkWHYcqSSkObfXlbCF1dhA

We're excited to share that our Founder & Executive Director Debra Gittler will be speaking in Duke University's panel on violence in El Salvador on March 23rd at 12 EDT.

Register here: https://duke.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CkWHYcqSSkObfXlbCF1dhA

Learn more:

Mired in violence inflicted by gangs and security forces alike, El Salvador tops the list of most dangerous countries outside of an active war zone.

It was not until the end of the twelve year-long civil war that the U.S. afforded Salvadorian migrants partial protection, thereby delaying successful integration of what became U.S.’s second largest Latin American diaspora.

How did a group of disenfranchised migrant youth turn into America’s most notorious gang—the so called MS-13 ? What prevented Salvadorian and U.S. authorities from restoring order? What are the ways forward?

Tiziano Breda (Crisis Group), Stephen Dudley (Insight Crime), Kay Andrade-Eekhoff (Inter-American Foundation) and Debra L. Gittler (ConTextos) have examined El Salvador’s insecurity predicament subcutaneously. Join Piotr Plewa (DUCIGS) and Sarah Bermeo (Sanford) for an insightful conversation with the three country experts and an opportunity to ask questions.

Address

2240 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
60616

General information

Where We Work We aim to nourish the minds, expand the voices and share the personal truths of individuals who have long been underserved and underestimated. We work with the institutions and individuals that also reach these populations that we prioritize. Sites of Incarceration and Detention We work with juveniles and adults who are awaiting trial and accused of, or have been sentenced for violent offenses. Community-Based Organizations and Workforce Development Reaching young people and young-at-heart from Englewood, Gage Park, Roseland/Pullman, Brighton Park, North Lawndale, West Humboldt Park, Garfield Park, Auburn-Gresham, and Austin currently on probation, house arrest, just leaving jail or prison, or at elevated risk of violence involvement. Schools In schools, we provide direct implementation and focus on teacher training to ensure sustainability of best-practices that lift up all voices.

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when ConTextos Chicago posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to ConTextos Chicago:

Videos

Our Story

ConTextos launched in 2011 to transform traditional, rote education into dynamic learning environments that promote deep-thinking, engaged dialogue, and expression. Working in El Salvador, "the homicide capital of the world," students who were exposed to this new model of learning began to share their unique ideas, opinions and experiences, engaging in dialogue and debate. And they demonstrated the natural human instinct to share their real lived experiences, in conversations and writing – stories that navigate the violence and trauma of poverty, migration and gangs. Authors Circle (Soy Autor in Spanish), an intensive writing and social-emotional learning program, was developed to foster healing and reflection amongst victims, witnesses, and perpetrators of violence and trauma. From schools and communities, ConTextos quickly expanded into juvenile detention and gang and civilian prisons. The published works from these Authors, individuals whose stories and experiences often ignored, are then used to train teachers, law-enforcement, and thought-leaders about the real challenges and sentiments of some of the most vulnerable young people in the Americas. Authors Circle consistently demonstrates significant improvements in empathy, self-projection and literacy skills. To date, ConTextos has served over 45,000 youth in the Northern Triangle. In 2016, ConTextos was asked by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart to bring Authors Circle to Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOD) as part of his vision for criminal justice reform. ConTextos adapted its programs to meet the needs of Chicago’s violence and trauma-exposed youth. In January 2017, after twelve months of planning with CCDOC staff, ConTextos became the first outside educational program to work with detainees awaiting trial for violent offenses in maximum security Division 10. Since then, we have expanded into schools and community-based organizations, working with youth and the young-at-heart who are engaged in workforce development, re-entry, alternative-sentencing and other initiatives.

Nearby government services


Comments

What a year 2021 has been! We're so proud that in this past year, The Simple Good was able to invest in the lives of 500+ students across the country through art & social emotional learning to develop our future leaders of tomorrow! This year, we were able to spread the simple good further in Chicago than we ever have before and bring back our program to New York this summer! We also had the privilege of bringing 4 public art installations across Chicago, expanded out partnership with Chicago Public Schools, partnered with the Chicago Bulls, our family at The Silver Room, released a limited edition print with sam.kirk and artists from around the globe to help spread hope and resilience during a time of uncertainty. Oh and we opened our first TSG Retail Shop with ConTextos Chicago and Chicago French Press Let's keep this momentum going! Want to help us grow in 2022 to help us reach more youth than ever before?! There are TWO DAYS LEFT to have your gift count in 2021! Your contribution to The Simple Good is tax-deductible. Visit our Amplify our Growth campaign site at https://thesimplegood.org/growth to find out more information on making a gift and amplifying our growth.
We have so much to learn from people who do the work on the ground, love their community and believe in the people they serve. Even if you couldn't make our Choose Hope Filming Screening you can still hear what they have to say about how we can build peace, equity and a Chicago where all can thrive. View the panel discuss here and join the conversation! #ChooseHope #HonorWithAction #communitymatters Future Ties, NFP Ring of Hope Youth and Family Services, Chicago Firehouse Community Arts Center ConTextos Chicago Chicago Adventure Therapy
Thanks so much to Zorbari for representing CAT in yesterday evening’s screening of the #ChooseHope film series - you were inspiring. And thanks to Fred, Rox, and Laura for the thought they put into their interviews - y’all looked and sounded great on the Big Screen! And of course huge thanks to Strides for Peace for creating the films highlighting such inspiring, impactful community organizations. ConTextos Chicago, @Jehovah Jireh, Firehouse Community Arts Center, Ring of Hope Youth and Family Services, Chicago, The Kindness Campaign
And it's a wrap!! What a wonderful evening with some of Chicago's truly inspiring community leaders. They are a living testament to why we must strive for a Chicago where all can thrive and inspire others to be part of the solution. It was powerful to see the Choose Hope films on the big screen and to be able to share these stories with people throughout Chicago -- thanks to all who came out during this busy time to be part of the conversation. And of course, thanks to ConTextos ChicagoJehovah JirehFirehouse Community Arts Center Ring of Hope Youth and Family Services, Chicago Chicago Adventure Therapy The Kindness Campaign for choosing hope through action, leading with love and bringing out the best in our city, to Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for sharing their wonderful theater with us and to Lakeshorehy Media Productions and 5 by 12 Films Patrick Mulvey for beautifully telling these stories. #ChooseHope #EndGunViolence #communitymatters #chicagofilms #chicagostrong
Beyond every headline is an untold story of hope, resilience and community. Meet the people who fight for what they love and bring out the best in our city. 2nd Annual Choose Hope Film Screening and Panel Discussion Thursday, December 9, 6:00PM At the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Featuring Chicago community organizations on the frontlines of our greatest challenges who choose hope through action. We hope you'll join us! To get your tickets and more info, visit: bit.ly/3Fni1Aj #choosehope #chicagofilms #ChicagoFilmFest Chicago Adventure Therapy ConTextos Chicago Ring of Hope Youth and Family Services, Chicago The Kindness Campaign Future Ties, NFP
It was great getting together today to prepare for next week's Choose Hope Film Screening at Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. We look serious here, but there is so much light and inspiration as well! So much to talk about, it's going to be a great conversation -- please join us next Thursday! #ChooseHope Future Ties, NFP ConTextos Chicago Firehouse Community Arts Center Chicago Adventure Therapy https://www.eventbrite.com/e/choose-hope-film-series-screening-and-panel-discussion-tickets-210104186277
CHICAGO! We are 2 days away from the #grandopening of our TSG Shop in the South Loop at 2240 S Michigan Ave at Contextos Chicago HQ!! We are so excited to share this space with our community this week! We will be officially opening our doors to the public this THURSDAY, 11/18 from 5 pm-8 pm - it is an evening you don't want to miss. Join us Thursday evening for free drinks, (including coffee from Chicago French Press) DJ Spins by Camovement, LIVE art by the amazing Mario Mena and getting the first dibs at our newest Limited Edition TSG Quote Tees inspired by our youth to benefit our youth! Do your holiday shopping with TSG and give back this holiday season! This shop is created by the community for the community and we are looking forward to sharing it with all of you! Special thanks to our amazing partners ConTextos Chicago for hosting us and making this pop-up shop possible! Can’t wait to see you Thursday!
We are counting down to the grand opening of our new #SouthLoop TSG retail pop-up shop! Join us next Thursday, 11/18, at 2240 S. Michigan Ave, from 5-8 pm, as we open the doors to the public for the first time! We will have drinks and music as you come in to bring in #positivevibes to our new space for the first time! Inside we will be displaying our new lines of student-inspired TSG quote tees as well as limited edition merch! We'll be featuring dope collaborations with other organizations and brands from around the city including our fam, Chicago French Press & much more! This shop is a space for community & collaboration and we are looking forward to sharing it with our Chi-town family. Stop by next Thursday and help us celebrate the good that exists around us in order to support our youth! Special shout out to our amazing partners at ConTextos Chicago for hosting us and making this collab possible! See you next Thursday!
CHICAGO! We are thrilled to finally be sharing some exciting news: the opening of our TSG Retail Shop in the #SouthLoop at 2240 S. Michigan Ave for the first time! Mark your calendars! Next Thursday, the 18th we are opening the doors of our new pop-up shop to the public! Inside, we will be launching our new line of Simple Good Quote Tees - inspired by our youth for our youth, as well as a limited edition merch drops with some exciting collaborations with brands & nonprofits across the city including our fam at Chicago French Press! We will be serving their hot coffee all Winter long as you do your holiday shopping with TSG to help spread #thesimplegood with our communities! This shop is going to be a whole vibe - a place for you to connect to the community and celebrate the good that exists around us. Stay tuned for updates all week long! A special thanks to our amazing partners at ConTextos Chicago for hosting us making this collaboration possible - can't wait to have you visit!
New TSG Pop-Up Shop Alert! We are so ecstatic to share our new project in partnership with ConTextos Chicago and Chicago French Press as we hold our first TSG Retail Shop in the South Loop! We are inviting our Simple Good community to help us with our big initiative and help us paint walls in our new home this Tuesday, 11/9! Come join us as we paint the walls of our new space, eat some pizza, and have some sips including coffee from Chicago's very own, Chicago French Press! Pop in any time after 2:00 PM next Tuesday, 11/9 at 2240 S Michigan, and bring your best painting clothes! Please email [email protected] to let us know you'll be helping! Also, share this post and tag a friend you'd love to paint with! Can't wait to see you soon!
Next up in our fab line up is Craig Hall. Craig was born and raised in Los Angeles, and presently live in Las Vegas. This is his second storytelling show after sharing a story in ConTextos Chicago's Garden Party event last April. Craig has been a lover of words dating back to when he was one year old and learning from flashcards and is now an English teacher, taking special type of pleasure in "corrupting young minds.” Here’s our "get to know you" survey for Craig: Tell us your favorite team that you root for? (balls not required) - I root for the Dodgers, Lakers, Raiders, and the underdog, most often During this past year which games helped keep you sane? -Words with Friends, and Marvel Puzzle Quest What motivates you to start your day, get out there, and “play ball”? - I like the not knowingness of the day, and the fact that I can create it as I wish, or allow it to be created for me, and simply revel in the whatever. Join us Monday night on Zoom to hear Craig’s story! To register, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsc-CspjMpG9wqUdkORdk1ZpdqszKSwkMR
We are so pleased to welcome to the ITAT family, Queena Hall! Ms.Queena is originally from Southern California and now calls Las Vegas her home. A year ago she told a story with ConTextos Chicago and is now joining us to share her beautiful words. Queena is a mom of one amazing daughter. She is also an aunt, sister, cousin, daughter, lover and friend. She writes with the goal of facilitating personal and generational healing. Our "Play Ball!" questions for Queena: Tell us your favorite team that you root for? (balls not required) - I root for those that are doing the divine work of healing and loving on a daily basis. During this past year which games helped keep you sane? - Full engagement with the ebb and flow of the Game of Life keeps me sane. What motivates you to start your day, get out there, and “play ball”? - My daughter, my stubborn belief in natural state of ‘The Good’ in humanity and the ancestors demand it. Regardless of the day, I am motivated to start because I am confident in my ability to return home and retreat. Join us Monday night on Zoom and meet Ms. Queena! To register, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsc-CspjMpG9wqUdkORdk1ZpdqszKSwkMR