Engagement and Digital Communications Coordinator
Bria Royal is a 2016 graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied Communications, Film and Psychology, and she uses those fields to guide her approach toward creative modes of storytelling, such as through her paintings, animations, and comics. Through her independent artistic ventures, she has published her work and participated in many galleries, festivals, and conferences. She seeks use those platforms, as well as her role as the Engagement and Digital Communications Coordinator at Free Spirit Media, to curate opportunities for youth to explore diverse forms of arts expression. As a Chicago native, Bria also organizes alongside many social justice organizations throughout the city as a member of For the People Artists Collective and the People's Response Team to address systemic issues affecting our intersecting communities. Outside of the arts, Bria often facilitates workshops around themes of transformative justice and issues related to mental health in activist spaces.
Chelsea and Bria, of FSM's Development and Communications team, dedicate a week each month to "Try Things" that may help advance Free Spirit Media's organizational culture and document their experiences to share with their co-workers.
Zika virus is a virus that is originally spread by mosquitoes. It has been known to cause severe problems including microcephaly. Microcephaly is a birth defect that a child can get when their infected mother is pregnant with Zika and the virus is passed through the fetus. Zika has been emerging and a way to help prevent the more serious effects of the virus is contraception.
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.
Real Chi Youth
Chicago has received a lot of headlines the past few years for the bad and the ugly. In the mainstream media, our city has become known for its crime. Yet through it all, Chicago is still one of the biggest exporters of entertainers, musicians and all-round artists (Bernie Mac, Kanye West and Walt Disney). These are the names you know. But in our documentary we wanted to get up close to some of Chicago’s notable local artists, whose goal is to shed light on the beauty and creative side of Chicago.
Our digital landscape is continuously evolving, and we needed a website that could both accommodate and anticipate that innovation - not only as we grow as a organization, but also as our participants grow as immersive and responsive creators.
VIDEO: 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.