The Evanston Arts Council will present an evening of “art, conversation, community, and inspiration” at an event it calls “Women Speak” on Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Parasol Room of the Morton Civic Center.

Admission is free with tickets available online.

Event organizer is artist Fran Joy, whose work is currently on exhibit at the Parasol Room and will inform a discussion titled  “A Celebration of the Strength and Spirit of Women.”

A panel of women will speak on topics including faith, community building, social justice, and personal growth. Lisa Degliantoni, founder of 1100 Florence and Evanston Made, will serve as moderator.

Panel speakers include Meleika Gardner, founder of Evanston Live TV and ELTV Network; Monique Brunson Jones, president and CEO of Evanston Community Foundation; Joi Anissa Russell, director of strategic partnerships with the Moran Center; Susana Sandoval, UN human rights commissioner, multidisciplinary artist and community developer;

Also Cindy Jones, producer, writer and spoken word artist; Angela Valavanis, founder of Creative CoWorking and the historic Colvin House; Chloe Smith, ETHS 2020 honor student; Malik Turley, founder of Hip Circle Studio; Karli Butler, social director, Curt’s Cafe South; Dr. Natalee Olson, chiropractor; and Dickelle Fonda, psychotherapist, social justice activist, trauma survivor, #MeToo.

Additional information  is available online.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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