Mutual Aid Is Our Future: Offers and Needs Market
Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 6:30-8:00PM
Food and refreshments
In partnership with Heaven Gallery and the Kola Nut Collaborative, Equity Arts presents the workshop series "Mutual Aid is Our Future."
The second of this series is “The Offers and Needs Market", a 90 to 120 minute facilitated gathering which allows groups of community members to quickly explore and map the range of offers and needs present within their block club, neighborhood association, or community organization. "The Offers & Needs Market" will be facilitated by Mike Strode.
Mike Strode is a writer, urban cyclist, facilitator, and solidarity economy organizer with the Kola Nut Collaborative residing in southeast Chicago. The Kola Nut Collaborative is Chicago’s only time-based service and skills exchange (otherwise known as a time bank) providing an open platform for mutual aid, community organizing, and networking.
Equity Arts is a project that seeks to purchase a historic artists-run property in the Wicker Park neighborhood, preserving its creative and public use. It is a social enterprise at the intersection of real estate, economy, art, and social justice, which aims to advance racial equity while cultivating and preserving the arts from displacement.
Heaven Gallery is a non-profit and multi-disciplinary arts space. In order to encourage submissions from a diverse pool of emerging artists and musicians, the gallery widely promotes an open proposal process and does not charge submission or exhibition fees. Heaven strives to make art accessible to all community members by hosting free art exhibitions and pay-what-you-can music events, and by hosting regular community events to help promote public education and discussion.
The Kola Nut Collaborative (KNC) is a mutual support network of people engaged in a reciprocal exchange of services, skills, and goods through a time bank where the currency is an hour of time for everyone. Through membership in the Kola Nut Collaborative people: create and strengthen community bonds, create economic freedom by providing an alternative means to get needs and desires met, and encourage creativity in redefining self-sufficiency, interdependence and valuation of time. The Kola Nut Collaborative introduces a paradigm where members reflect on the available resources in their lives moving from a perception of scarcity and lack to abundance and wholeness.