What role do art and storytelling play in creating safe, just and healthy communities for women and girls?

As writers, actors, artists and creators, women and girls are sharing their stories of survival, resistance and healing like never before. Through social media movements like #MeToo and #GirlslikeUs, women and girls are leveraging their stories to advocate for change and daring to create a better world for all women and girls.

Join Chicago Foundation for Women for an evening of performances as local artists share their stories of resistance, healing and social change.


Harold Washington Library
400 South State Street

Thursday, July 19, 2018
6:00 PM




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2nd Story believes that well-crafted, well-told stories can be a catalyst for change for artist and audience alike. 2nd Story is dedicated to creating and crafting story-sharing experiences that foster meaningful connections between individuals and communities.


Jacqueline Alcántara is an illustrator and educator from Chicago. She is fueled by electronic and jazz music, carbs and coffee. Her first published book titled "The Field", (written by Baptiste Paul) was released March 2018 with NorthSouth Books. She is excited to be working to promote inclusiveness and diversity in children’s literature and the illustration field.



Resita Cox is a poet, writer and producer from North Carolina, currently residing in Chicago. Resita has been writing ever since she learned to hold a pen, and has been performing for more than 7 years. She graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she served as president for the first and oldest Black student performance group. She is the co-founder of the People Say Open Mic series, a free, monthly open mic on 79th and Ashland, and “The Living Room Poet” series.

Viola Project

The Viola Project uses the works of William Shakespeare to unite and empower girls from diverse backgrounds so they may grow up to be whoever they want to be. The Viola Project celebrates play and performance in young people while creating a foundation for young women to stand up, advocate for themselves, and demand inclusion.





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