Marlene Paez Dukes
part of a series on Nature
About the speaker
Erika is a visual artist and urban grower who speaks publicly, consults with individuals and organizations to support visioning and planning of social and economic change objectives through food, agriculture and green energy. She uses a racial equity framework in all of her practices. Integrating the creative and therapeutic techniques with food security and community development enabled Erika to establish multiple urban farms and agriculture training and education programs in Chicago. She is passionate about social justice and working with multicultural groups in the elimination of racism and oppression.
Connect with Urban Growers Collective on Instagram @urbangrowerscollective
The original camera re-commerce company, KEH has always envisioned a better way to support the passion and profession of photography. Serving the camera community since 1979, KEH has become the largest curated market for field-tested, expert-graded photo and video equipment in the industry.
Dark Matter Coffee adheres to a philosophy where quality coffees are sourced based on traceability, innovation and social responsibility. In a world driven by technology and science, they are the gravitational resistance rooted in skill and philosophy. They are an innovative culinary family fueled by community and passion for delivering the most intellectually honest coffee you will experience. Follow them on Instagram @darkmattercoffee
Open Water is bottled water with a green conscience. That’s right: 16 ounces of purified water in 100% recyclable aluminum bottles. Aluminum is recycled more than twice as often as plastic and is also infinitely recyclable. Reusable bottles are always the best, but when you’re away from the tap, think beyond plastic. Follow them on Twitter @drinkopenwater
Founded by Creative Producer, Edwin R. Ruiz, Mondo Machine is a film and digital media hub for Chicago artists, filmmakers, writers, organizations and patrons of the arts to facilitate work that resonates with audiences worldwide. We specialize in narrative storytelling, documentary, live performance archives, and innovative event experiences. Follow them on Twitter @MondoMachine
Chicago native DJ/Producer Mike Caliber has been playing some of Chicago’s Top Nitelife venues for over ten and has been DJing for almost 20 years ago. His music production has been featured on various TV programs and he is currently working towards his goal of becoming a national media personality. Follow DJ Mike Caliber on Instagram @djmikecaliber