IN OUR NETWORK
In Our Network features artists, arts administrators, culture workers and curators whose engagement with the IMAN has been ongoing and integral to our work of dynamic arts programming and organizing for social change and fostering health and wellness in the inner city. More than a network, they are our community. We invite you to explore their inspiring work! (Also, check out artists On Our Radar!)
Founder and Curator of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum
Khalid el-Hakim is the founder and curator of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, a collection of over 7,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to hip-hop culture.
Culture Worker, Lavon Pettis
Over the past decade, Lavon has dedicated her time strategizing with the leadership team at IMAN to use arts, culture, and faith as a vehicle for program development for the global community.
Seasoned Hip-hop Artist, Quadir Lateef
During the past decade, Houston native, Quadir Lateef has maintained an impressive rap career while remaining rooted in activism by working with Cornell West, Jasiri X, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour and more.
Co-founder and Hip-Hop EmPowerMenT Specialist of Hip-Hop DetoxX
Brother Enoch is Executive Director and Lead EmPowerMenT Specialist of a public health not-for profit organization called Hip-Hop DetoxX.
Seasoned Musical Duo, The Reminders
The Reminders are a rare and remarkable musical duo seamlessly blending soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics.
ON OUR RADAR
On Our Radar lists artists whose applications to the IMAN Artist Roster were met with great enthusiasm. We feel they are artists to watch and we are looking forward to following their work. Check them out!
Alicia “Blue Eyes” Smith | Chicago, IL | Music | Seasoned Artist
Alyssa Crain | Detroit, MI | Visual Arts | Upcoming Artist
Asma & Jonathon Iheanacho (Two Bee Moore) | Houston, TX | Performance Art | Upcoming Artist
Augustine “Tino” Melecio | Chicago, IL | Arts Education | Seasoned Artist
Aymen Abdel Halim | Chicago, IL | Music | Seasoned Artist
Chihsuan Yang | Los Angeles, CA | Music | Seasoned Artist
Fatimah Asghar | Chicago, IL | Literary Arts | Upcoming Artist
Fatima Zehra | Chicago, IL | Visual Arts | New Artist
Gulnaz Saiyed | Chicago, IL | Literary Arts | New Artist
Hera Shakir | Chicago, IL | Music | Upcoming Artist
Honey Padre | Chicago, IL | Music | Mid-Career Artist
John the Author | Chicago, IL | Music | Upcoming Artist
Joshua “Yeshua” Gunty | Chicago, IL | Multidisciplinary Arts | Upcoming Artist
Jovonna Jackson | Chicago, IL | Visual Arts | Upcoming Artist
Larry Taylor Hill | Chicago, IL | Music | Seasoned Artist
Liz Lazdins | Chicago, IL | Visual Arts | Mid-career Artist
Lula Saleh | Minneapolis, MN | Multidisciplinary Arts | Upcoming Artist
Meriem Sadoun | Chicago, IL | Multidisciplinary Arts | Upcoming Artist
Mojdeh Stoakley | Chicago, IL | Multidisciplinary Arts | Mid-career Artist
Mos Gen | New York, NY | Multidisciplinary Arts | Upcoming Artist
Nour Zein | Mokena, IL | Music | Upcoming Artist
Norbaya “Gretl Sunshine” Durr | Chicago, IL | Multidisciplinary Arts | New Artist
Sadiyah Bashir | Bowie, MD | Literary Arts | Upcoming Artist
Samiyah Malik | Lawrenceville, GA | Visual Arts | Neewe Artist
Sarah Mohr | Albany, CA | Visual Arts | Upcoming Artist
Selma D | Chicago, IL | Performance Art | Mid-Career Artist
Sunah Nash | South Orange, NJ | Visual Arts | Upcoming Artist
Teakster | Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom | Visual Arts | Mid-Career Artist
Yolonda Welch-Jackson | Atlanta, GA | Music | Mid-Career Artist