March 5th, 2020
For Immediate Release
CHICAGO, IL — Over the last 3 years, the P.O.W.E.R. Project created platforms for joy, laughter, and celebration of the human spirit in this time of turbulence and unrest. For the fourth year, the P.O.W.E.R. Project is excited to announce that the Black & Brown Babes Collective takeover of the Comfort Station in Logan Square for the month of May. Throughout the month of May, the northwest side-based art collective will be presenting a series of musical performances, panels, film screenings, discussions, comedy, and safe space workshops, along with the odd art market and dance party. The Black and Brown Babes Takeover will be a means to uplift and highlight local artists, musicians, and creatives of color.
What: The P.O.W.E.R Project: Black & Brown Babes Collective Takeover
When: The Month of May (Multiple Dates)
Where: Comfort Station, 2579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Tickets: All programs will be donation-based, potlucks will be free.
Announcing the Black & Brown Babes Collective:
Founded in 2016 and currently administered by Rosalyn Westerfield and Piya Willwerth, Black & Brown Babes Collective began with a monthly safe space, the Black & Brown Babes Brunch, for femme individuals of color. It has since grown into a strong femme-lead community facilitating the creative and professional development of emerging artists and organizers. We are excited to take the next step in our mission.
Rosalyn Westerfield (Co-Founder of Black & Brown Babes Collective) is a Chicago native and activist raised in the city’s west side. Immersed in community building and organizing since early childhood, she has cultivated a name for herself within Chicago's underground music and art scenes that have connected the coasts through a number of musical and art networks. She strives to bring together a strong community, centralized around uplifting not just the black community, but all people of color.
Piya Willwerth (Co-Creative Director) is an illustrator, writer, and community organizer. Originally from Los Angeles, she is a Thai-born adoptee who moved to Chicago in 2010 to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been the co-creative director of the Black & Brown Babes Collective, a monthly safe space and art collective, since May 2018.
About the Presenting Organizations:
Black & Brown Babes Collective is a collective community for unity, encouragement, learning, and growth. We strive to intentionally network with one another so that we can support, uplift, and be present for each others’ creative and professional endeavors. We focus our energy on self-care and healing, but also on challenging society's racist institutions as well as our own prejudices, bias, and anti-blackness that is within our Chicago community.
Comfort Station is a multidisciplinary art space whose mission is to present challenging and stimulating programming that is open and accessible to everyone. We are a community-centric organization offering a wide variety of programs: art exhibitions, concerts, film, workshops, lectures, participatory events, and more. As a historic building in the heart of Logan Square, we aim to create an active intersection of diverse Chicago communities and promote new connections between them. Comfort Station is all ages, wheelchair accessible, and gender-inclusive.The P.O.W.E.R. Project was founded through a collaboration between Comfort Station and the Art Leaders of Color Network (ALCN).
Jordan Martins is a Chicago based visual artist, curator, and educator. He is the executive director of Comfort Station, a multi-disciplinary art space in Chicago.
Brett Swinney is a curator, organizer, producer, videographer, photographer, web developer, podcast producer and musician. At the first public programming of the ALCN (Art Leaders of Color Network), Brett co-produced the P.O.W.E.R. Project at Comfort Station and P.E.E.P. at Reunion Chicago.