MoneyBall: A Benefit for Free Write Arts & Literacy


June 22, 2019
Chicago Art Department
1932 S. Halsted

Free Write Arts & Literacy Artists: Adam M., Adrian W., Cornelius H., Darian G., Destine P., Frankey L., Hector M., Jasmine, Jeremy D., Jonathan, Joshua S., Jovanny S., Kenneth T., Keshawn H., Kian M., Meisha, Monica L., Nakiyah P., STREETZ,

Featured Artists: Alexandra Antoine, Angela Davis Fegan, Chelsea Ross, Damon Locks, Derrick Woods-Morrow, Don Crescendo, Elizabeth De La Piedra, Emilio Rojas, Iris Bernblum, Jared Brown, Jeffrey Michael Austin, Liz Gomez, Liz McCarthy, Marzena Abrahamik, Melissa Castra Almandina, Nancy Sánchez, Norman Teague, Patricia Nguyen, Ryan Searchl1te, Shawné Michaelain Hollway, Tarnynon Onumonu, Tim Nice, Zakkiyyah Najeebah

Join Free Write Arts & Literacy for our first major fundraising event, MoneyBall!

For 19 years, Free Write has worked inside locked facilities like the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, offering literacy and arts education to detained youth. The title MoneyBall is an acknowledgment of the intersection of two critical systems in which our students and our organization are situated—the Prison Industrial Complex and the Non-Profit Industrial Complex. Both “complexes” refer to industries built on the backs of oppressed people. Everyday, the way we choose to spend money “talks” for us. MoneyBall is an opportunity to invest in Free Write’s community-based solutions and explore how we, individually and collectively, can divest from systems of violence.

MoneyBall takes place amidst Free Write’s 2019 exhibition of student work, In Conversation. As an extension of Free Write programming, we produce publications and exhibitions to bring forth student work and stories beyond the walls of the jail and into the public sphere.

This year, over 30 internationally recognized artists will be part of the conversation. In Conversation artists will create original works in response to Free Write student visual art, poetry, animations, and audio recordings. Each piece will be exhibited alongside its source material, included in a printed catalogue, and available for purchase in our silent auction.

Come for the art, stay for performances by Sam Trump, Roy Kinsey, Ben Lamar Gay, Jared Brown, E’mon Lauren, and Darling Shear.

Join us for dinner, drinks, auction, and a dance party with Free Write Sound & Vision DJs 1Solo and Tez. Have your picture taken in a MoneyBall moneygrab photobooth, and a personal fortune poem written for you by Melissa Almandina.

We all work ceaselessly to eradicate the conditions that give rise to youth incarceration. Let’s celebrate together as we lay the foundation for another amazing year of Free Write!


Get your tickets HERE!