CHICAGO ( January 11, 2018 ) Center on Halsted is proud to announce the Center will be hosting a series of Black History Month events in February. The At the Intersections series will kick-off on Thursday, February 1 with Quiet Storm: The Art & Times of Black LGBTQ Life. The event is a showcase of Black LGBTQ life through artistic expression. Visual and performance artists who will be sharing their work include:
- Darryl Terrell, queer African-American photographer
- Dr. Johari Jabir, musician and Associate Professor of African-American Studies at UIC
- e. nina jay, spoken word poet
- Gerber Hart Library, a traveling exhibition of Black LGBTQ periodicals
"Center on Halsted welcomes everyone to celebrate Black History Month with programs that highlight the diversity within LGBTQ Black history and Black culture," says Modesto Tico Valle, CEO, Center on Halsted. He adds, "We are honored that Pride Action Tank, Equality Illinois, and DuSable Museum of African-American History, have joined us as sponsors for our Black History Month series. Bringing community together to gain insight on Black History through art, and the resulting conversations, will inspire all of us to take more action for equality."
Joanna Thompson, Community Outreach Coordinator, Center on Halsted shares, "The At the Intersections series examines Black life through art, activism, and social change. Black culture shapes the City of Chicago and Black LGBTQ are undeniably a part of that narrative. Experiencing the perspectives of Black life through the artists in our series is more important for our community now than it has ever been before."
ABOUT CENTER ON HALSTED
Center on Halsted is the most comprehensive community center in Chicagoland dedicated to building and strengthening the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer ( LGBTQ ) community. Directly servicing and impacting the lives of approximately 45,000 LGBTQ individuals a year, more than 1,400 community members of all ages walk through the doors every day to participate in the diverse public programs and social services. Center on Halsted offers youth and senior programming, behavior health services, HIV testing, anti-violence work, and educational programming including cooking and GED classes. For every dollar donated to Center on Halsted, nearly 75 are spent directly on providing these community programs and services. Additionally, thousands of individuals join us in basketball, volleyball, hockey, performance, art, and music. Center on Halsted is located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood. For more information, visit www.centeronhalsted.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.