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Meet the artists behind the powerful Black Lives Matter artwork being shared across social media

Meet the artists behind the powerful Black Lives Matter artwork being shared across social media

Naimah Thomas chose calm colors to depict the softness of Breonna Taylor, the woman who was shot eight times by an officer and killed in her home. Teddy Phillips opted for bold, bright colors to draw a viewer's gaze to his subject: George Floyd, the man who died in police custody after an officer pinned him to the ground and held a knee to his neck for nearly nine minutes.  Dani Coke and Jill Cartwright are intentional about the words they choose. They want their message to hold weight and depict the truth. As people flood their streets in protest against police...

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Rising Chicago Artists Can Get Exposure — And Food — At Build Coffee’s ‘Meal-Based Residency’ In Woodlawn

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Rising Chicago Artists Can Get Exposure — And Food — At Build Coffee’s ‘Meal-Based Residency’ In Woodlawn

WOODLAWN — Naimah Thomas, a Rogers Park-based counselor and art therapist, will debut her “Wounded Healer” project at Build Coffee in Woodlawn on Saturday. Thomas’ installation will wrap up the first cycle of Build Coffee’s Meal-Based Residency Program, where artists receive a free meal and a drink from the shop at 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. three days a week for the duration of their show. The show begins at 4 p.m. Saturday. “Wounded Healer” consists of “pieces of art that I’ve made that embody how I feel about therapy; how I navigate the world and the healing process,” Thomas said....

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