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    Bring Your Imagination to Life

    Elise Swopes talks about how her creative experiences bring to life new worlds that she imagines.

    Elise Swopes
    Artist & Digital Influencer

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    Your impact checklist

    Here are a list of things you can do before and after the event to join the conversation.

    • Attend a program at ElasticArts, a creation space committed to fostering creative exploration by providing work spaces and resources to Chicago artists.
    • Help the David Lynch Foundation bring Transcendental Meditation to Chicago to heal victims of trauma throughout the city.
    • Chicago is all about embracing the unconventional. See a show and support the Neo-Futurists, a collective of performers, writers, and directors committed to creating a unique experience each night.
    • Support Young Chicago Authors, an organization that teaches local youth how to narrate their own future through writing, publication, and performance.
    • Help to create a new people’s history of Chicago by telling your story to StoryCorps, a nonprofit that records, shares, and preserves the stories of communities in Chicago.

    Idea: Creativity is power.

    A Talk about the creative connections shaping our world.

    Bashir Salahuddin
    Emmy-nominated Actor, Director, Writer & Producer
    David Lynch
    Filmmaker; Founder, David Lynch Foundation
    Brian Babylon
    Comic & Radio Host
    Eve Ewing
    Writer, Cultural Organizer & Professor, University of Chicago
    Hebru Brantley
    Jamil Smith
    Senior Writer, Rolling Stone
    Elise Swopes
    Artist & Digital Influencer
    Pete Holmes
    Comedian & Actor

    Can storytelling reshape the narrative of a city? Is meditation the key to success? Can comedy help us heal? Creativity has the power to bring us closer together and is a reminder that we are a lot more alike than we are different. In this celebratory Saturday-night kickoff, we’ll dive into the revolutionary potential of mythological storytelling with Eve Ewing and Hebru Brantley, of Transcendental Meditation with David Lynch, and of self-creation with Bashir Salahuddin to rethink power and highlight meaningful connections that can reshape the future of Chicago—and the world.

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