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 Collective, Organized Communities Against Deportations, Moms 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.