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Mobile Meditations: A Creative Community Bike Tour / Meditaciones Móviles: Un Recorrido Creativo en Bicicleta por la Comunidad

July 13, 2024 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Four adults, shown from the hips up, stand together outdoors in front of the Damen Silos in late spring. The adults smile, point out observations, listen to each other, and wear or carry markers of an excursion (like backpacks, hats, umbrellas, paper, etc.). The Damen Silos—large concrete structures spray-painted at the top—occupy half of the photo’s background. Parts of trees, grasses, fences, barges, power lines, and distribution centers are also in the background.
Photo by/Foto de Alejandro Reyes

**New location / Ubicación nueva** @ El Paseo Community Garden (944 W. 21st St.) 

Vibe with neighbors as you ride, read, and respond to the spaces around you. Beginning at Chicago Art Department and moving through nearby neighborhoods, this bike tour invites participants to share their own observations and perspectives while reflecting together on how the design of the city and its infrastructure impact residents’ lives and relationships. The tour visits local sites that inspired featured authors’ poems and other creative writings with related readings and collaborative activities at each stop. Facilitated by Nathaniel Joseph, Rojas Oliva, and Marya Spont-Lemus with readings from community-based authors.*

Details about authors, route, languages, and more. Please RSVP.

*Performing creative writings from “Unearthing Layers, Connecting Stories: Reflections on Environmental Justice in Everyday Life,” an ¡Anímate! Studio project and upcoming book.


Pasa el rato con vecinxs mientras pedaleas, lees y respondes a los espacios que te rodean. Comenzando en CAD y moviéndote a través de los barrios cercanos, este recorrido en bicicleta invita a lxs participantes a compartir sus propias observaciones y perspectivas, mientras reflexionamos juntxs sobre cómo el diseño de la ciudad y su infraestructura impactan las vidas y las relaciones de lxs residentes. Nuestro recorrido visitará sitios locales que inspiraron los poemas y otros escritos creativos de lxs autores destacadxs, con lecturas relacionadas y actividades colaborativas en cada parada. Facilitado por Nathaniel Joseph, Rojas Oliva y Marya Spont-Lemus con lecturas de autores basados en la comunidad.*

Detalles sobre lxs autores, la ruta, los idiomas, y más. Por favor RSVP.

*Presentando escritos creativos de “Descubriendo estratos, conectando historias: Reflexiones sobre la justicia ambiental en la vida diaria”, un proyecto de ¡Anímate! Studio y libro próximo a publicarse.



Saturday, July 13, 2024
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Event Categories:


Free Admission



South Side
Life-long Learners, Teens
Free Admission, Bilingual
Event Topics
Activism, Community, Design, Environment, LGBTQ+, Public Art, Racial Identity, Social Justice, Women Artists




Chicago Art Department
1932 S. Halsted St., #100
Chicago, IL 60608 United States
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