Community Day & Fireside Chat (July)

During our Community Day on July 31, our afternoon was full of music by La Spacer, community exchange, pop-up workshops by all these community-led efforts, projects and/or organizations:


Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Commission Legacy & cultural stewardship Bronzeville-Kenwood Mutual Aid Food distribution & community care Chicago Architecture Biennial Architecture & design Chicago Mobile Makers Youth design focused skill-building workshops Collaborative for Community Wellness Mental health access Girls Like Me Project Media literacy, digital storytelling & sisterhood People’s Budget Chicago Participatory community budgeting Shermann “Dilla” Thomas Chicago historian The Al Raby Foundation Civil rights activism, community service & youth leadership The Bronzeville Community Store Free store in the Bronzeville community The Kola Nut Collaborative Chicago’s timebank The Literary BlkGirl Project Literature & reading resources Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative: Land care, stewardship, beautification & activation Urban Explorers of Chicago Mobile S.T.E.A.M. microschool


Chicago Mobile Makers brought their amazing mobile studio & design activities.


People's Budget Chicago trained how to host-your-own Budget party, and shared their community workshop & tools to learn about the City budget. Watch this video.


Urban Explorers of Chicago brought their mobile S.T.E.A.M classroom and taught how to make upcycled family craft projects.


Girls Like Me Project brought their story booth to elevate stories about empowerment and teach girls to resist limiting stereotypes & negative media messages. Check out Dear Chicago Girls Podcast.




As part of our programming, were joined also by Katanya Raby, Executive Director at The Al Raby Foundation, and Chicago historian Shermann “Dilla” Thomas in a fireside chat.


The Al Raby Foundation’s mission is to honor the legacy of Civil Rights Leader Albert Anderson Raby through community service, activism, and youth leadership development in Chicago.


Urban historian Shermann “Dilla” Thomas is known for his popular social media videos detailing lesser-known Chicago history.






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