Our Solutions for Chicago: Event Recap

by FSM Communications


Solutions for Chicago: Diversity and Inclusion in the Creative Economy.

Free Spirit PRO and FSM Communications

Video Recap of our Annual Solutions for Chicago Sustainers Reception.

Free Spirit Media was excited to celebrate and grow our Founders Circle at this year's Solutions for Chicago: Diversity, Inclusion & the Creative Economy panel discussion at the Arts Club of Chicago on Tuesday, September 26. It was a powerful night, full of expansive conversations. What will it take to sustain and bring equity our creative economy? Here are some of your solutions:  

1. Alliances: Through collaboration, we can shift the paradigm

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"When you enter the gate, leave the gate open." - panelist Tracie Hall

Our Founders Circle is a robust network of generous individual supporters who are helping to make our civic journalism and creative workforce programming possible. We believe that it is our collective duty to use our knowledge and connections to increase the accessibility of our fields for marginalized groups. 

2. Authenticity: Diverse representation requires diverse leadership

(from left) Moderator   Bria Royal   with panelist  Tracie Hall .

(from left) Moderator Bria Royal with panelist Tracie Hall.

 (from left) Panelists  Teresa Córdova ,  Board Member   Qadree Holmes , and Alum  Qurissy Lopez .

 (from left) Panelists Teresa Córdova, Board Member Qadree Holmes, and Alum Qurissy Lopez.

Our panelists drew on their field expertise and personal experiences to deliver a powerful conversation on the importance of bringing true equity in the structure and the narratives produced by our creative economy.

3. Amplifying: Spread the word to transcend barriers

(right)  Real Chi Youth  reporter  Michael Key Jr.

(right) Real Chi Youth reporter Michael Key Jr.

Free Spirit Media is focused on content distribution to amplify youth voices. Be on the look out for the full video recap of the event coming soon to our YouTubeVimeo, and CAN TV! In the meantime, check out this short documentary from the event's media tour:


Art Ideology

Real Chi Youth

What are Chicago's local artists doing to break barriers of segregation and drive acceptance through art and activism?

by Michael Key Jr. & Jhordan Ruiz

4. Action: The future of our creative economy is in our hands

(far left)  Board Member   Liz Tate  and (far right) Free Spirit PRO alum   Ashley K. Smith

(far left) Board Member Liz Tate and (far right) Free Spirit PRO alum Ashley K. Smith

Your gift makes an impact. By making a contribution and spreading the word about Free Spirit Media, you are helping amplify youth voice in Chicago! Help us kick off our fall programming by making a contribution for Free Spirit Media.