Chicago, IL

On July 19, 2009, as part of Brave New Voices 2009, Life Is Living :: Chicago, IL was presented in collaboration with Chicago’s Kuumba Lynx in collaboration with MAPP International Productions. Held at Clarendon Park, and themed “So Fresh & So Green,” the event was a reclaiming & celebration of our lives during a time when cultures of death are being popularized.

The event featured:

  • B-Girl/B-Boy Battles
  • Freshest Footworker
  • Tightest Trick Skateboard Competition
  • The Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle
  • Baddest Burner
  • Soccer & B-ball Tournaments
  • and SPEAK OUT Offernda
With performances by:

  • Rebel Diaz
  • Saul Williams
  • Kuumba Lynx Performance Ensemble
  • FootworKINGz
  • BNV Green Team
  • Peace Poets
  • Solar 5
  • FM Supreme
  • Purpose of Life
  • Theaster Gates
  • UPLIFT HS marching band.
Educational activities included:

  • Eco-education w/The Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Mosaic Art making w/Beacon Street Gallery
  • HIV testing w/American Indian Health Service of Chicago
  • Recycled Art w/Little Black Pearl
  • Guerilla Theater w/Kuumba Lynx
  • Live murals & stencil art w/Connect Force
  • and a mobile recording studio w/INFERNO