Visible / Invisible Community Conversation and Performance
Date and Time:
Mar 3 2022 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
927 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL 60202

Indira Johnson

Visible / Invisible Community Conversation and Performance

Community Event

Visible / Invisible Community Conversation and Performance to accompany the art exhibit, 927 Noyes St., 2nd Floor Gallery.

About this event

The Visible Invisible Community Conversation will take the form of a round table conversation with three well-known leaders from the fields of public and mental health, Kristen Kennard, Tiffany McDowell and Kim Vigue. They will define visible and invisible forms of violence, offer community resources, and help identify individual and community action steps to address these forms of violence in our community. Laurice Bell will moderate the conversation encouraging its flow and direction while guiding the dialogue to allow different points of view to be expressed.

Some questions that may be considered are: Has popular culture provided a structure that has contributed to the lack of attention and resources to fight invisible violence? Has silence become a tool of violence, allowing it to blossom further and grow? What role does invisible violence play in explicit acts of violence and hatred?

Michaela Marchi, a multiethnic artist and a stage IV cancer survivor living with Lynch Syndrome uses her voice in stories and song to asses the state of our healthcare system, our country and the environment. Michaela will perform a song that melds her various ethnic backgrounds.

Kristen Kennard, Deputy Director & Director of Social Work Services, Moran Center
A licensed clinical social worker with experience in youth and family counseling Ms. Kennard conducts social work assessments for Moran Center clients, provides individualized therapy and case management and supervises social work programming. Her experience includes facilitating rehabilitation and problem-solving groups in a juvenile detention center, as well as crisis management counseling with locked-out and runaway youth.

Tiffany McDowell, Ph.D., Director of the Equity Institute at the YWCA Evanston/North Shore
A community psychologist and thought leader Tiffany McDowell is committed to identifying and eliminating systems that push people to the margins of society. She understands the multiple ways that our current structures create barriers to wellness, and is co-founder of the Chicagoland Equity Network, where she convened a diverse membership to advance a common equity agenda across Cook County.

Kim Vigue, Executive Director, Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
For nearly two decades, Ms. Vigue has been working to advance tribal public health and education by helping leading tribal organizations and federal agencies develop and implement culturally relevant and community-focused prevention campaigns. Her work addresses a range of issues facing Native people including suicide, youth violence, bullying, substance abuse and intergenerational trauma.

Laurice Bell, co-founder of Evanston Rules & The IDEAL Ward, a podcast and community initiative centered on DEI within the Evanston community and beyond. Ms. Bell has used her branding and marketing skills in music, fashion and entertainment working with a variety of corporations and nonprofits (incl. Gucci, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and the International Documentary Association). Laurice is a staunch supporter of many causes – rooting for the underdog and those who haven’t had a platform, fighting to make their voices heard.

Thursday, March 3, 6:30p
Masks and proof of vaccination required