TONIKA JOHNSON

Social Justice Artist/Photographer

TONIKA JOHNSON

#EnvisionEnglewood Initiative

In an immediate response to the lootings and Black Lives Matter uprisings at the start of summer during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, Englewood Arts Collective (EAC) launched an initiative to evoke empowerment and healing energy in Englewood through a few artistic public activations titled #EnvisionEnglewood.

The #EnvisionEnglewood campaign started with a Juneteenth billboard and a follow-up pop-up activation event in partnership with R.A.G.E.—a “So Fresh Saturday” where EAC gave away over 1000 PPE and 100 art kits and posters of the billboard. This visual messaging campaign culminated in an activation event on August 8th, where EAC partnered with R.A.G.E. again to organize and transform an abandoned “hotspot” known for violence into a vibrant, collaborative “art amusement park." Friends from Alt_Space were invited to add their free community market, Alt_Market to the space as well as other interactive designs by Made In Englewood and We All Live Here.

Click the following link to learn more about each organization:
https://englewoodartscollective.org/
https://ragenglewood.org/
https://www.altspacechicago.com/
https://wealllivehereproject.com/
http://madeinenglewood.com/

August 8, 2020 - Englewood Arts Collective partnered with Resident Assc. Of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.) to transform the neglected, boarded up, long time Englewood vacant corner store on the 6600 block of Halsted into a site of beauty, visual healing and envisioning. Friends from Alt_Chicago were invited to contribute by including their free community market, Alt_Market to the space as well as other interactive designs by Made In Englewood and We All Live Here.

August 8, 2020 - BEFORE

The #EnvisionEnglewood campaign started with a Juneteenth billboard and a follow-up pop-up activation event in partnership with R.A.G.E.—a “So Fresh Saturday” where EAC gave away over 1000 PPE and 100 art kits and posters of the billboard.

The #EnvisionEnglewood campaign started with a Juneteenth billboard and culminated with this pop-up activation event in partnership with R.A.G.E.—a “So Fresh Saturday” where EAC gave away over 1000 PPE and 100 art kits and posters of the billboard.

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