ALAANA :  A frican,  L atino/a,  A sian,  A rab, and  N ative  A merican

ALAANA: African, Latino/a, Asian, Arab, and Native American

The Other (Side)

  (Pictured: Artist JR's installation along the border fence in the Mexican city of Tecate)

(Pictured: Artist JR's installation along the border fence in the Mexican city of Tecate)

The Other (Side): A Creative Mapping of Borders, Belonging, and Movement will convene the arts community to reflect on the current crisis on our borders and hear from artists whose art addresses and/or contests the idea of borders, belonging, movement.

Historically, borders have represented a demarcation of limits--national, personal, psychic. Borders are not just a place of contention and struggle but also of celebration and liberation. We are borders incarnate.

Each speaker will respond to the following prompt:

  • What do borders mean to you?

  • How do you reimagine borders?

This event is scheduled for Tuesday, July 24 from 2:30 pm-4:30 pm at Reunion Chicago, 2557 W North Ave Chicago, IL 60647. This event is free and open to the public. Register here!

We will invite attendees to participate in a collaborative art-making/mapping activity as we think through healing and taking action.


-Xiaorung Jajah Wu, Supervising Attorney at the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights & Artist

-William Estrada, Multidisciplinary Artist

-Juan-Carlos Perez, Interdisciplinary Artist

-Andrea Carlson, Visual Artist

-Kayem, Hip-hop Artist and Sacred Cypher Creative at Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN)


Reunion Chicago is located on the first floor of a storefront gallery at the corner of North Ave and Rockwell St. in Humboldt Park. For more information and questions about accessibility please contact


As parking is limited, you are encouraged to use CTA, ride-sharing services, or SpotHero.


On March 14, 2018, Enrich Chicago and the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) partnered to host a listening session and community conversation about their groundbreaking study, The Cost of Segregation.

Marisa Novara (Vice President, MPC) and Alden Loury (Director or Research and Evaluation, MPC), reviewed key findings of the study and together, we answered the question: "How can the arts help change patterns of racial and economic segregation?".

This enticing and audacious idea—to reimagine our city—brought together over 50 individuals representing nearly 30 different arts and culture organizations and foundations. Together they heard the key findings of this report and engaged in a community dialogue aimed at surfacing strategies to reduce economic and racial segregation.