Johanna Thompson, 6th-Grade Teacher, DEI Coordinator
A Conversation with Tonika Lewis Johnson, creator of The Folded Map Project
Join us on April 20 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom for a conversation with 2017 Chicagoan of the Year and creator of The Folded Map Project, Tonika Lewis Johnson. A photographer/visual artist and life-long resident of Chicago’s South Side neighborhood of Englewood, in 2010 Johnson also helped co-found Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E), whose mission is to “mobilize people and resources to force positive change in Englewood through solution-based approaches." She is also the lead co-founder of the Englewood Arts Collective, working to artistically “reframe the narrative” of Englewood. As a trained photojournalist and teaching artist, Johnson often explores urban segregation and documents the nuance and richness of the black community. Her multi-media project “Folded Map,” illustrates Chicago’s residential segregation while bringing residents together to have a conversation; was exhibited at Loyola University Museum of Art in 2018. Since then she has transformed this project into an advocacy and policy-influencing tool that invites audiences to open a dialogue and question how we are all socially impacted by racial and institutional conditions that segregate the city. Read about her current project, Belonging. We look forward to an enlightening evening, filled with beautiful visuals that inspire us to reconsider our city and our role in it. All are welcome; we hope you will join us!