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Friday, August 14, 2015

Saturday, August 15, 2015

For three days in August 2015, we came together to dissect, empathize, heal, and began the process of re-imagining the story of race we live out every day.



Four workshops, in four different parts of Chicago, led by Cherry Steinwender, co-founder and Executive Director of The Center for the Healing of Racism, created a safe space where people from all backgrounds came together and dissected the concept of “race;” where they could share their unique experiences; where they could connect and become advocates for each other through the process.



On Saturday, August 15th, we looked at race through the lens of art and music, with a celebration featuring local Chicago artists, musicians and vendors. We celebrated the diversity of life and experience, and began to create a network to continue the conversation.



On Sunday, August 16th, we screened DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, followed by a talkback with writer/director, Justin Simien. He discussed his experience conceptualizing the film, navigating Hollywood, and the role and responsibility he has taken on as a storyteller of color.

Cherry Steinwender, the Executive Director at the Center for the Healing of Racism based out of Houston, TX

Justin Simien, the writer/director


Workshop #1

10am - 12:30pm

Edgewater Public Library

6000 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660


Workshop #2

3pm - 5:30pm, TBA

Kleo Center

119 E Garfield Blvd, Chicago, IL 60637



Workshop #3

10am - 12:30pm

Co-Prosperity Sphere

3219-21 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607


Workshop #4

3pm - 5:30pm

Breakthrough Urban Ministries

402 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, IL 60624


3:00pm - Talk back with Justin Simien


The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

The Performance Hall

915 E. 60th Street

Chicago, IL 60637


The talk back will be moderated by

FELIX PIÑEIRO, who is a graduate of Loyola

University Chicago and holds an MFA from

E.I.C.A.R. International Film School. He is a life

long Chicagoan. As co-founder of Bailout

Pictures, he has directed numerous successful

commercial and narrative projects. With over

10 years of experience, his accolades include

the Cannes Short Film Corner 2008 & 2009,

2013 LA Comedy Shorts Festival and 2015

Fantasia Fest with the feature film, "Anguish" —

in which he serves as Associate Producer.

Most recently, Felix started a podcast entitled

"The Felix Podcast" which is available on

iTunes and Soundcloud. His upcoming projects

include the short film "Cycles," which is

entering the festival circuit, and the comedy

feature, "Trivia."

Direct link to podcast:

RSS feed link to podcast:



The Felix Podcast

This is a freeform podcast that seeks truth,

authenticity and a bunch of other non-serious





Saturday, August 15th, 2015

7pm - midnight

The Hairpin Arts Center


We will look at racial identity through the lens

of music and art with a celebration featuring

local Chicago artists, musicians and vendors.

We will celebrate the diversity of life and

experience, think about the future we WANT

to see, and create a network to continue the




*Mike Stidham
‣Alfonso Piloto Nieves Ruiz
‣Etab Hrieb

*Imani Amos

*L. David Stewart







Delicious Vegan Cuisine by Ste Martaen
Interactive Photobooth
Free Beer & Refreshments




Sunday, August 16, 2015

gRACE: a graceful dialogue on race

was a 3-day event that took place in August of 2015.

Stay tuned for future gRACE events,

and in the meantime learn more about the project below...

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