Poetry & tableaux contemplating neighborhoods
and the threads that connect us

Art on Sedgwick with artists Kwabena Foli, Cecil McDonald Jr., and Andrew White
with three local elementary schools




Photography, 2019
With Kwabena Foli, Andrew White, and students from Catherine Cook, Franklin Fine Arts Center, and Manierre Elementary School

Artists’ Statement

Three schools, three blocks away. Separated by perplexing barriers. Created in three diverse environments, this art weaves a thread through students’ experiences. How are we the same? What do we all hold dear? What do we all believe in? At the same time it highlights how diverse and incongruent each child and school’s worlds really are.

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STAGE 1 | POETRY – Students wrote poetry about their experience of this neighborhood and their hopes for the future with poet & artist Kwabena Foli
STAGE 2 | PHOTOGRAPHY – Students brainstormed a still scene called a TABLEAU to respond to these ideas:

Show me the LOVE in your life
Show me the HATE in your life
Show me the POWER in your life
Show me the FEAR in your life
Show me the JOY in your life
Show me the FUTURE in your life




Moment in Time

Exhibit Preview

Photography & Poetry process with interviews of the artists


About The Artists

kwabena foli | kwabena foli is a multidisciplinary artist born in Belgium but raised in South Side Chicago. He is the author of ON GOD (Candor Arts), and the visual poetry collection learning rhythm (Flowered Concrete).

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He is also a former winner of the Los Angeles Review Award for poetry, Chicago poetry slam champion and national poetry slam finalist. His visual work has been shown at Fredericks & Mae’s, Chicago Artist Coalition, University of Illinois and elsewhere. He resides in Chicago.

Cecil McDonald Jr. | I am most interested in the intersections of masculinity, familial relations, and the artistic and intellectual pursuits of black culture, particular as this culture intersects with and informs the larger culture.

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Through photography, video, and dance/performance, I seek to investigate and question the norms and customs that govern our understanding of each other, our families, and the myriad of societal struggles and triumphs.   I studied fashion, house music and dance club culture before receiving a MFA in Photography at Columbia College Chicago, where I currently serve as an adjunct professor and a teaching artist at the Center for Community Arts Partnership at Columbia College Chicago.

My work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, with works in the permanent collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art, Chicago Bank of America LaSalle Collection, and Museum of Contemporary Photography. I was awarded the: Joyce Foundation Midwest Voices & Visions Award, the Artadia Award, The Swiss Benevolent Society, Lucerne, Switzerland Residency and the 3Arts Teaching Artist Award. I participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program in July 2013.

In 2016 the first edition of my monograph In The Company of Black was published and was shortlisted by the Aperture Foundation for the 2017 First PhotoBook Award.

Andrew White | Andrew White (he/him/his) is a founding Ensemble Member of Lookingglass, where he recently completed two terms as Artistic Director and currently serves as Director of Community Engagement.

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 He has participated as an actor, director, or writer in the workshop and development of more than forty Lookingglass original adaptations and world premieres.  He directed the 2016 production of Aaron Posner’s Life Sucks; wrote the book and lyrics for the 2012 production, Eastland: A New Musical; co-wrote the 2011 world-premiere, The Last Act of Lilka Kadison (subsequently produced at the Falcon Theatre in LA); wrote and directed the 2004 adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984, which received a Jeff Award for best Adaptation; and wrote and directed the company’s 1989 production of Of One Blood, about the 1964 murders of Schwerner, Chaney, and Goodman in Mississippi.

As Director of Community Engagement, Andrew is focused on building sustained relationships with community partner organizations. Since 1990 he has participated as both a teaching artist and administrator with Lookingglass Education and Community programs, working with students of all ages to create new work of their own. This has included developing and implementing arts-integrated units in elementary and high schools; facilitating faculty workshops in schools across the Chicagoland area; and working with teenagers across the city to use theater as a means of engaging their peers in dialogue about community issues, from HIV to racism. He has taught Acting as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University and National Louis University. Andrew has been a facilitator with the Anti-Defamation League, led Summer Institute sessions with teachers for Facing History and Ourselves, and has worked in corporate, non-profit, and classroom environments, structuring and facilitating conversations with participants around organizational and community issues. In 2007, Andrew co-founded Mosaic Experience, a company dedicated to dialogue and an arts-based approach to facilitating conversations about diversity with educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and corporations throughout Chicagoland. He lives in Evanston where his family includes his wife Shari, their two progeny, Julia and Asher, and a cat named Jane.



Currently on display

Sept 2020 – Present – Mintel Group Ltd. – 333 W Wacker Dr Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60606

Sept 2020 – Present – Manierre Elementary School Art Installation – 1420 N Hudson Ave, Chicago, IL 60610


March 2020 – June 2020 – Drawn Together Exhibition – Madron Gallery of Fine Art

June 2019 – Moment in Time Exhibit


“Moment in Time at Manierre Elementary” (Prints on Dibond Aluminum) – 1420 N Hudson Ave, Chicago, IL 60610

“Moment in Time” (Inkjet prints) – Art on Sedgwick Studio, MFG Community Center

“Moment in Time” (Video) – (see above)

Project Photos