William Estrada — ART NOW!

by Art and Art History

Lecture Art & Art History Design

Wed, Mar 13, 2024

6 PM – 7:30 PM CDT (GMT-5)

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1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th floor - Film Row Cinema

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago Neighborhoods Are Full of Brilliance

William Estrada focuses on collaboratively generating culturally responsive works of art in public spaces. Emphasizing community-based art education practices, Estrada amplifies the radical creativity present in historically marginalized spaces and the importance of honoring existing legacies, memories, familial traditions, and daily practices. Through play, social justice, and culturally responsive art education, he invites people to radically imagine and articulate their collective needs. Centering joy in our everyday lives as radical moments that permit reimagining our interconnectivity and reliance on each other, clarifying the need to support mutual aid and creatively amplifying our power to enact change.

William Estrada is an arts educator and multidisciplinary artist. His art and teaching are a collaborative discourse that critically re-examines public and private spaces with people to engage in radical imagination. He has presented in various panels regarding community programming, arts integration, and social justice curricula. He is currently a faculty member at the UIC School of Art and Art History and a teaching artist at Telpochcalli Elementary School. William is engaging in collaborative work with the Mobilize Creative Collaborative, Chicago ACT Collective, and Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative. His current research is focused on developing community based and culturally relevant projects that center power structures of race, economy, and cultural access in contested spaces that provide a space to collectively imagine just futures. Multiples and Multitudes, his first solo exhibition encompassing various works of art over the last 20 years, is currently on display at the Hyde Park Center until October 29th, 2023.

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(right) William Estrada, Chicago Neighborhoods Are Full of Brilliance Poster, 2023, hand screen printed ink on paper, courtesy of the artist (left) photo of the artist

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