TONIKA LEWIS JOHNSON

Social Justice Artist

TONIKA LEWIS JOHNSON

The "Don't Go..." Project

The "Don’t Go…," project is the latest exapnsion of Tonika’s Folded Map Project. During the 2020 pandemic, Tonika and sociologist Maria Krysan interviewed 30 people about how they first confronted — and eventually combatted — harmful narratives about Chicago’s South and West sides. Their friends at Block Club Chicago published five of these stories. On June 30th, the five-part series concluded with a live, virtual conversation titled, "Making Chicago’s Segregation Personal," about neighborhood stereotypes, segregation and how you can better understand your community by getting to know someone else’s. To read each story, click the corresponding link.

As part of The Folded Map Project, Tonika Lewis Johnson and sociologist Maria Krysan interviewed 30 people about how they first confronted — and eventually combatted — harmful narratives about Chicago’s South and West sides. Block Club Chicago published five of these stories and this was the first story published. Click the following link to read the full story: https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/06/23/her-whole-life-a-north-side-shop-owner-was-told-to-avoid-the-south-side-the-folded-map-project-helped-her-challenge-that/

As part of The Folded Map Project, Tonika Lewis Johnson and sociologist Maria Krysan interviewed 30 people about how they first confronted — and eventually combatted — harmful narratives about Chicago’s South and West sides. Block Club Chicago published five of these stories. This is the second published story. Click the following link to read it: https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/06/25/folded-map-project-soren-student-no-go-zones-south-side-iit/

As part of The Folded Map Project, Tonika Lewis Johnson and sociologist Maria Krysan interviewed 30 people about how they first confronted — and eventually combatted — harmful narratives about Chicago’s South and West sides. Block Club Chicago published five of these stories. This is third onr. Click the following link to read the full story: https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/06/28/how-this-englewood-engineer-became-a-full-time-defender-of-the-south-side/

As part of The Folded Map Project, Tonika Lewis Johnson and sociologist Maria Krysan interviewed 30 people about how they first confronted — and eventually combatted — harmful narratives about Chicago’s South and West sides. Block Club Chicago published five of these stories. This is fourth published story. Click the following link to read the full story: https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/06/29/folded-maps-joey-della-vecchia-racism-white-privilege-tonika-lewis-johnson-maria-krysan/

As part of The Folded Map Project, Tonika Lewis Johnson and sociologist Maria Krysan interviewed 30 people about how they first confronted — and eventually combatted — harmful narratives about Chicago’s South and West sides. Block Club Chicago published five of these stories. This is final published story. Click the following link to read it: https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/06/30/when-west-sider-told-college-classmates-where-she-was-from-everything-changed-i-was-categorized-as-hood/

June 30 - Block Club Chicago partnered with Folded Map, NFP to host, "Making Chicago’s Segregation Personal," a live conversation about neighborhood stereotypes, segregation and how you can better understand your community by getting to know someone else’s. Click video to watch the virtual event.

Up Next:

Folded Map Artist Talk with Paola Aguirre