About Our Work In Chicago

Right now, Chicago is being described as a violent city; We need to change the way our City’s story is told. Violence is not just gunshots and homicide statistics. Trauma is a collective, not individual, experience that ripples through families and neighborhoods. Transactional services that address the root causes of violence are essential: housing, workforce development, education. But we aspire to a bigger solution, where the people of this city, especially those who are underestimated, ignored and more affected by violence, don’t just survive – they thrive.

ConTextos provides the opportunity for people affected by violence to write and publish their personal stories in order to heal as individuals, families, and communities, to build empathy and change assumptions, and to author a new story of Chicago that lifts all voices.

More About Chicago

Chicago Programs

ConTextos uses the power of personal narrative to foster reflection and healing.

Authors Circle

The Authors Circle is a co-created space for exploration and discovery, that uses reading, writing and engaged dialogue as vehicles for transformation. Participants “read as writers” as they draft, revise, illustrate and publish their memoirs. Throughout the process, individuals learn to take and accept critical feedback, improve reading and writing skills, and reflect upon the past to imagine a different future.

Publication Celebration

Publishing is what allows a writer to become an Author. Final text drafts and illustrated galleys are published as beautiful books (available both physical and digital) which can be read by people near and far, thereby influencing hearts and informing perspectives.
At Publication Celebrations, Authors present their final works to their friends, family and the general public.

Alumni Programs

We recognize that after our youth graduate as Authors they continue to engage in the ConTextos community in order to receive additional support, access additional programming, engage friends, family and the broader community in the healing power of story.

More About Programs

Blogs

July 24, 2019

Salon Speaker: José Olivarez

What is Salon? Every month we bring in a writer or artist to share their work and have a conversation with published Alumni Authors. Salon Speakers discuss…

Read Post
July 24, 2019
Chicago

Protected: Salon Speaker: Alex Kotlowitz

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

Read Post

There Are No Events at the moment.

Subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated on future events

  • Chicago News Letter
  • El Salvador News Letter

Popular Books

Be Still and Know

Alexander Weatherspoon

Read The Book
All books