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Tagged with “nonprofits & activism” (5)

  1. The Chicago Tool Library

    The Chicago Tool Library is a nonprofit community lending library with the goal of providing everyone with equitable access to tools, equipment and information so they can learn, share and create. They’re open to all Chicagoans over 18 with a pay-what-you-can membership model. By removing many of the typical barriers, the Chicago Tool Library is hoping to help the city reshape its relationship to ownership, consumption, and creativity.

    With everything from lawnmowers and table saws to sewing machines, camping equipment, and food dehydrators, there is truly something for everyone. The inventory seeks to fill a number of different needs for borrowers. It has the thing that’s too expensive; the thing you only need once; the thing you’ve been wanting to try out; the thing that’s too big to store in your space and the thing you never knew you needed. Members have used the tool library to renovate their homes, start businesses, create art, and even furnish their weddings!

    Just three years in and the Chicago Tool Library already has one of the largest user bases in the country. As it continues to grow its operations, the Tool Library is juggling the needs of a diverse city, its own operational capacity and a vision of what’s possible. What does it really take to go from being an exciting new organization …

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  2. Tonika Lewis Johnson, Folded Map & Inequity For Sale

    Tonika Johnson is a visual artist/photographer from Chicago’s South Side Englewood neighborhood. She was featured in Chicago Magazine as a 2017 Chicagoan of the Year for her photography of Englewood’s everyday beauty, countering its pervasive media coverage of poverty and crime. Her “Everyday Englewood,” photography was exhibited at Loyola University’s Museum of Art (LUMA) in early 2018.

    Her project, Folded Map, visually investigates disparities among Chicago residents while bringing them together to have a conversation, was also exhibited at LUMA in 2018 from July-October. In 2021, she was selected to be the National Public Housing Museum’s 2021 Artist as Instigator to work on her current project “Inequity for Sale,” highlighting the living history of Greater Englewood homes sold on Land Sale Contracts in the 50’s and 60’s. Most recently, she was named one of Landmark Illinois’ 2022 Influencers for her current “Inequity For Sale,” project that encourages us to reevaluate and create positive change of inequities in real estate and land use practices, including historic preservation. She is also a co-founder of the Englewood Arts Collective.

    Visit www.tonikaj.com to see more.

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