Collective Responsibility in Movement Art-Making by Monica Trinidad

CHICAGO, Il- 

The question of "Where I'm At" was perfect timing as I shifted from holding the individual burden of answering every art request in my inbox to recognizing the necessity of collective responsibility in movement art-making & story-telling. Creating For the People Artists Collective, a Chicago-based collective of radical artists of color, was both a form of self-care and community care. Sustaining a network of artists who can take on projects that others cannot, that can offer advice, guidance and skill-sharing to each other and work on projects together is critical to not burning out as both artists and organizers! 

More on Monica:

Monica Trinidad is a queer, xicana artist and organizer in Chicago. Born and raised on the southeast side of Chicago, Monica comes from a forgotten part of Chicago, a community often left off the maps & erased in narratives. In 2012, she co-founded Brown & Proud Press, a collective of people of color with the intent of sharing personal narratives of struggle through the medium of zines as a catalyst for collective healing and movement. In the last few years, Monica has created artwork for dozens of grassroots efforts, including Chicago Childcare CollectiveOrganized Communities Against DeportationsMoms United Against Violence & incarcerationand Project NIA. In November of 2014, Monica was one of eight youth delegates to travel to the United Nations in Geneva to deliver a report on police violence against youth of color in Chicago. She currently organizes with We Charge Genocide, a grassroots effort to challenge police violence in Chicago through education and documentation, and really loves creating art that documents youth power & leadership in the movement for Black lives. 

Currently based in Rogers Park, Chicago, IL.

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