My first instinct towards “action” always leads me to making art – and that activism has led to many creative projects that take me out of the studio and into different communities. The Please Respond artist correspondence books allow me to engage dozens of artists across the country in creative, visual conversations. Through others I have, with illustrations and text, spoken to young children and the 44th President (Cee Cee and Funny Madame blog, Letters to the President). When Grammy-nominated jazz musician Matt Wilson me to visually explore the connection between jazz and poetry, I was ready. And when I saw that a drawn line could better enable senior citizens to enjoy a walk in the shade of large trees, I drew it – and then brought in my Alderman, an architect and a horticultural therapist to complete my vision. Using a combination of art and e-communications to help activate like-minded people to engage in our political process (Stand Up and Show Up) is a how I use my art to activate others to good works, and has also helped sustain me since the 2016 elections.
Wicker Park Walkway for Seniors:
Design plan for the addition of a curving walkway to Chicago’s Wicker Park, to allow nearby residents of a low-income Senior housing project safe and graceful access to a little used grove of trees on the project’s property.