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Monday, June 19, 2017
7:00 AM


Arts Incubator, Washington Park


free and open to the public

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Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (CSRPC)


Join Arts + Public Life / Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture 2016-17 Artist-in-Residence, Yaw Agyeman, for Before Work.

We generally associate Mondays with the blues and the dreaded start of the week. We also generally associate the time after 5 as the moment to unwind. Before Work hopes to bridge a gap and perhaps change the narrative around how we recharge and when.

Before Work will consist of live music, fresh herbal tonics/juice, coffee, and light pastries. Each month will feature an artist or practitioner that will help propel us into the week.

YAW has performed on both the theatrical and musical stage. He has toured in the play Red, Black and Green: a blues (MAPP) and performed in the world premiere of the musical, "Mister Chickee's Funny Money" (Chicago Children's Theater). The play features music from the Motown Great, Lamont Dozier. He has been featured on VH1's "Soul Cities", a show produced by Nelson George that showcases singers in cities all over the country, as well as on the Africa Channel's, "Soundtracks at Red Kiva", a program that focuses on artists of African descent. Currently, he is a member of the artistic collaboration, "Black Monks of Mississippi", headed by the dynamic and prolific, Theaster Gates.

Photo by Yaw Agyeman

The Artists-in-Residence program, managed by Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, is supported in part by a grant from The Joyce Foundation.