Englewood Arts Collective
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The ultimate goal of the Englewood Arts Collective is to reflect the beauty of, enrich the community within, and help produce events and interactions that reflect the Englewood Chicago community in a positive way—reframing the mainstream narrative, from the inside out.


  • The power of a people when they tell their own story.

  • The power of Art as a legitimate, viable conduit for positive change in communities.

  • The potential for Artists to be leaders and influencers of said change.






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Caring Creatives


Comprised of professional photographers, writers, musicians, graphic designers, clothiers, fine artists, and street-art/graffiti muralists, we’re a collaboration who either hail from or currently live in Englewood.
Looking to hire us or just connect? Click below for full bios, social handles and portfolio samples. 



Tonika Johnson

Photographer / Community Activist

This engaging founder is the one who started it all. Her photojournalistic style and energetic spirit is capturing acclaim and attention, and this Chicago Best treasure is...


Pugs Atomz

Music Artist / Iridium CLothing

Renowned artist, Pugs music and visual artwork has been featured in movies, sports, and video games. Creative director of successful Iridium clothing company, he's also toured the world...



Writer / Media ProfessionaL

A social media maven & wordsmith, Tanya Ward (FoxBrownFox) has more than 15yrs of engagement and 6+yrs in social media marketing. Her poetry and creative writing...


Joe "Cujodah" Nelson

Muralist / Fine Artist

Chicago Transit Authority's chief Graphic Designer by day, Joe paints and illustrates commissioned and curated works of all sizes by night. From large-scale nationwide murals to international...


jovonna jackson

Mosaic Muralist / Ceramics Fine Artist

(Full bio to come)

Janell nelson

Graphic DesigNer / Creative Consultant

President and co-founder of JNJ Creative—  Janell works with a myriad of companies and cultivates passion projects that "put a little more good into the world"...


Felix Will

Photographer / Technician

(Full bio to come)

Nina Rae

Singer / Songwriter

A modern day artist with a timeless flow, this Indie soul singer has shared the stage with Common, Miguel, Alice Smith, 9th wonder, Q-Tip, and many more. Her songs have been featured on TV and with new projects brewing, she's still going strong. 

Tifase Ifatola

Textile Artist 

This self-taught seamstress and cosmetology graduate integrates African culture into fashion. "Tola" travels to the Diaspora often, frequently collaborating with African artists, but her ambitions don't stop there.


Director / Cinematographer 

ADåD (pronounced, ah-dod) is a multidisciplinary artist who uses film and music to translate his continual celebration of life. ADåD is Black excellence, a one man renaissance.. a pure creative. 


Christian Black


(Full bio to come)

Ever onward

Currently reviewing new prospects

Lets see what the future holds
We hope to have some events and programming in the Summer of 2018. Any individuals who've applied to be a new member, we'll be in touch by then! 

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