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.



Chicago Workers' Collaborative Workers' Theater is made up of Latino, African American, LGBTQ, female and male temp workers from Chicago and Waukegan. Over the last 10 months, artist Jasmin Cardenas has been working with CWC workers using a transformational methodology for social justice called Theatre of the Oppressed. The technique has developed the workers' voices by articulating experiences of workplace exploitation, discrimination and gender violence to through images and powerful scenes. The process has been one of personal breakthroughs, collective healing and power-building. The Workers' Theater has performed at Lookingglass Theatre, done street performances and targeted community performances educating the public on workers' rights, advocating for workers and recruiting new members. Recently they toured to Pennsylvania to present at The Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed Conference. Julian Boal, a leader of the International Theatre of the Oppressed Movement from Brazil, watched the performance and stated: "The best play I've seen in a long time!!! Long live the Chicago Worker's Collaborative! Power to the People!"


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.


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.

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Patricia Evans is a photographer based in Chicago. For over a decade she documented the construction of Chicago’s Millennium Park and the final years of high-rise public housing. She has exhibited and published widely.Her series on sexual assault, an installation of twenty-five photographs, is in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Her photographs appear regularly on the websites The View From The Ground and Voices and Faces. She is working on a book on the demolition of high-rise public housing in Chicago and the building of Millennium Park: 1999 to 2006. Recently she completed an artist book and exhibit titled Into the Light.





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