Passion to Profession Happy-ish Hour

  • The Commons
    Second Floor, East Side
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Featured image

Anisa Olufemi performs Parachute, a performance about black femme safe space, at 21Minus, curated by the Teen Creative Agency, Jun 16, 2018
Photo: Grace DuVal, © MCA Chicago
Jada-Amina at the Flaxman Library. 2018
Photo by Anisa Olufemi

About the Event

Passion to Profession is a workshop series created by artist Anisa Olufemi and cofacilitated by artist-educator Jada-Amina. The PTP program aims to create a welcoming, informative, and productive space for youth ages 14–18 to work with practicing artists, both established and up-and-coming, in imagining pathways for pursuing a sustainable career in the arts.

Youth-led events, highlighting youth voices and open to visitors of all ages, are organized by Chicago artists under 21 with the support of the MCA’s Manager of Youth and Family Programs Grace Needlman.


About the Artists

Hailing from Chicago’s South Side, the emerging vocal performing artist Shawnee Dez wants nothing more than to share her god-given vocals and consciousness among vast audiences. Currently in the early stages of her career, Dez intently engages her listeners, encouraging energy exchanges by immersing herself in public meditation translated by way of a dynamic multiranged alto-melodic sound.

Mia Ghogho is a mixed-media artist currently pursuing her BFA in studio arts at the University of Illinois. Her work is grounded in cultural history and the metaphysical; through it she explores civilization, consciousness expansion, mythology, and healing. Pivoting between painting, collage, and garment construction, she creates dialectic works influenced by the bodily adornment, health disparities, and ways of life throughout the indigenous American and African diaspora.

Jada-Amina is an interdisciplinary visual artist, art worker, teaching artist, and curator interested in creating alternative and experimental spaces for youth and other crucial community stakeholders to explore and enrich their creative understandings, possibilities, and aspirations.

Anisa Olufemi is an independent curator and interdisciplinary artist pursuing her BFA with a focus in art histories of the African Diaspora. She hopes to contribute to the ongoing conversation around arts education accessibility and POC art space inclusion through the series of workshops, Passion to Profession.

Daniel Stewart, also known as Danny Photo, is a full-time photographer and occasional DP. He is experienced in portraiture and fashion photography, shooting primarily on film. He has been photographing for the past six years and freelancing for two. Stewart has worked with competitive brands such as Nike, Jordan Brand, Interscope Records, GQ, and more.