As part of the YWCA Racial Justice Summit, this interactive art co-creation experience explores both racial inequities in education, and the new possibilities we want to create. Youth, Young Adults, and Educators will be invited to draw on their experiences in the educational system, and engage in radical imagination for the future. Groups will move through three types of creation stations: visual arts, music production, and poetry. As each group contributes to each station, collective co-creations will emerge into three full art pieces: a mural, a song, and a poem.
Arts Outreach and Engagement Coordinator Kayla McGhee (she/they) is one of the facilitators. She is a poet and artivist whose work focuses on creating thriving spaces of diversity and equity through various art disciplines. Their most recent work as youth outreach coordinator for Young Chicago Authors is an example of the grassroots and community-centered approach McGhee plans to continue. In the position of arts outreach and engagement coordinator, McGhee runs the Division’s student funding programs, organizes events to build community in the arts, strengthens relationships among campus and community organizations, and fosters spaces for all individuals to have access to art as a tool for wellbeing.