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Monica Trinidad

"get lifted (w/kuumba lynx)" 2017, watercolor & ink, "#mariametaughtme: we have work to do" 2016, watercolor & ink, "color me rising" 2015, watercolor & ink.
"get lifted (w/kuumba lynx)" 2017, watercolor & ink, "#mariametaughtme: we have work to do" 2016, watercolor & ink, "color me rising" 2015, watercolor & ink.

Monica Trinidad is a queer, Latinx artist & organizer born and raised on the southeast side of Chicago.

A main founder of For the People Artists Collective (FTP) in January of 2016, her collective has created two radical coloring book entitled Color Me Rising and Color Me Resisting, created artwork for and participated in 4 large-scale campaigns challenging police violence in Chicago, and has commissioned artwork and led creative workshops for Chicago-based, social justice organizations, efforts, and collectives.

Monica actively pushes for spaces where both artists & organizers recognize the necessity of cultural organizing, and creates work to uplift and document struggles in Black & Brown communities in Chicago. Monica has created movement art for over 20 grassroots organizations and efforts in Chicago, and has had work shown at the DuSable Museum of African American History, the National Museum of Mexican Art, Hairpin Arts Center, and more. She is the recipient of the 2015 Windy City Times "30 Under 30", the 2016 Women and Femmes to Celebrate award, and the 2016 UIC Civic Engagement, Community Service, and Community Organizing (CESCO) award. 

Resident year: 
2017-2018
Cohort Group: 
Artist Resident