January 31, 8:30am - 10:00am CST. Hosted at Gensler Chicago
part of a series on Roots
About the speaker
Kevin Coval is a poet & author of A People’s History of Chicago, Everything Must Go: The Life & Death of an American Neighborhood & over ten other full length collections, anthologies & chapbooks. He is the founder & editor of The BreakBeat Poets series on Haymarket Books, Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors, which won a MacArthur Award in 2016, & founder of Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, the world’s largest youth poetry festival, now in more than 19 cities around North America. He’s got a lot of hustles. He also is the recipient of the 2019 Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Advocacy Award, the 2018 Studs Terkel Award & the 2017 John Peter Altgeld Freedom of Speech Award. He co-hosts the podcast The Cornerstore on WGN Radio cuz he is in love with listening & can be found on the interconnected networks @kevincoval.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, located near the historic Water Tower, is one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary museums devoted to the art of our time. With an international reputation for groundbreaking exhibitions, performances, collections, and programs, the MCA presents the latest in cutting-edge, contemporary culture. Follow the MCA on social @mcachicago
Gensler Chicago’s portfolio of high-performance spaces with an eye toward imaginative and engaging experiences serves as a motivation for successfully connecting us all where we live, work, and play. Acknowledging Chicago’s unique architectural history, the office is committed to investing in people, research, and technology to expand and push the boundaries of design. Follow them on social @gensler_design
Dark Matter Coffee adheres to a philosophy where quality coffees are sourced based on traceability, innovation and social responsibility. In a world driven by technology and science, they are the gravitational resistance rooted in skill and philosophy. They are an innovative culinary family fueled by community and passion for delivering the most intellectually honest coffee you will experience. Follow them on Instagram @darkmattercoffee
Open Water is bottled water with a green conscience. That’s right: 16 ounces of purified water in 100% recyclable aluminum bottles. Aluminum is recycled more than twice as often as plastic and is also infinitely recyclable. Reusable bottles are always the best, but when you’re away from the tap, think beyond plastic. Follow them on Twitter @drinkopenwater
Founded by Creative Producer, Edwin R. Ruiz, Mondo Machine is a film and digital media hub for Chicago artists, filmmakers, writers, organizations and patrons of the arts to facilitate work that resonates with audiences worldwide. We specialize in narrative storytelling, documentary, live performance archives, and innovative event experiences. Follow them on Twitter @MondoMachine
KEH Camera has been the go-to equipment shop for photographers of all levels for 40 years. As the world’s largest pre-owned camera store, we buy and sell equipment that’s ready for the next step in its journey. We’re passionate about what we do, simply because we’re photographers too. Follow them on Instagram at @kehcamera
Alyssa Brubaker is an independent curator, graphic designer and DJ based out of Chicago, IL whose interests explore the intersections of art and music. She is currently the Visual Arts Curatorial Resident at Elastic Arts and recently curated Gesamt, 2020 and Jan Brugger: Devices to Stay Afloat, 2019. Brubaker is co-founder of Stylin’ Out Network, a talent collective and community platform that supports and engages with emerging DJ’s, artists, dancers and other creatives throughout the city, and DJ’s around Chicago as Jillian x. During the day, Brubaker is the Exhibitions Manager at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago and the Director of Design at the Evanston Art Center. She received a BFA in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA.