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The Movement Takes the Stage
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About the speaker
Join us for this special event as we learn and celebrate how creative activism won the 2020 election. Our guest speakers from People’s Action Catherine Curran-Groome and Vishal Reddy worked with over 21,000 volunteers to reach millions of voters to flip battleground states blue.
Vishal Reddy grew up in Cleveland and went to school in North Carolina at UNC-Chapel Hill. Through getting involved in student activism and local community organizing, he saw the potential of power-building via multiracial working class movements. After college Vishal returned to Cleveland, first working as an educator for an after school program for middle school youth, and later as an organizer for a scrappy homelessness justice coalition that mobilized hand-in-hand with folks experiencing homelessness. Vishal is currently enrolled in law school but took a leave of absence to work on the 2020 campaign cycle. Vishal worked as a paid canvasser and campus organizer in four states for Bernie 2020 and then as a field organizer for an anti-Trump organizing initiative in NC. Currently, Vishal is working as the Text Team Lead for People’s Action.
Since 2015 the Go infinite Tribe has been on a mission to make high quality health and fitness accessible to underserved communities in Chicago. Go Infinite is an Academy of Movement; a diverse hub of competitive athletes, callisthenic trainers, restorative healers, performance artists and Ninja Warriors. Go Infinite helps people unlock their optimal being by providing access to a variety of movement classes, workshops, events and facilities. In 2018, they partnered with Above & Beyond Family Recovery Center to turn a vacant lot on the west side of Chicago into a beautiful community garden, restorative healing space, and outdoor fitness park. Go infinite believes in stepping out of your comfort zone, breaking the rules and restrictions of society, so we can be who we truly are at the core.
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
The original camera re-commerce company, KEH has always envisioned a better way to support the passion and profession of photography. Serving the camera community since 1979, KEH has become the largest curated market for field-tested, expert-graded photo and video equipment in the industry.
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.
Ink Factory helps you communicate visually. We help fortune 100 companies, governments, nonprofits, and more by creating engaging live visual notes at events, illustrations that clarify complex information, videos that spark interest, and workshops that teach visual communication skills. Simply put: You talk. We draw. It’s awesome.™ Follow Ink Factory on Instagram @inkfactorystudio
🎥 Filming location: People’s Action Institute
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