The Great Migration: the first Kinship Project installation event

The Great Migration (Kinship Project)

Join me for the first installation from the Kinship Project:  A collection of African American family photography & stories from 1920 to 1950

Featuring the Chicago family migration stories of:

Diane Pearson Santana
Simba Tayari
Sherry Williams

‘A Gift to Warm the Body & Soul’ food performance by Diane’s son, Chef J. Frank Santana

Music performance by my cousin, singer/songwriter Lauren Fareira ‘aka’ Senorita Awesome

Saturday, December 15th, 2012 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Southside Hub of Production – Third Floor

5638 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60637

Installation is housed in Faheem Majeed’s rooftop shack on the third floor

This event is a part of the ‘Towards a Union of Public Artists’ exhibition at SHOP.

Project supporters:
Bronzeville Historical Society
Southside Hub of Production (SHOP)

Kinship Project Preview at the Three Story Feast

Hello Friends!

You are invited to the preview presentation of A Jeli’s Tale:  An Anthology of Kinship during the Three Story Street Feast on November 18th from 6pm – 9pm.

The Kinship Project began as an experimental public participation project consisting of over 200 photographs of African American families from 1910 to 2010 hung in the hallways of SHoP.   I invited to public to add their own family stories and photography to the collection, but the publics contributed more than just their stories.   During my residency at SHoP, I had the opportunity to collect sounds of children at play, music and documentation of family keepsakes.  I would like to use this opportunity to share the Kinship Anthology with you while the project is still in progress.   I welcome your thoughts and insights about the project.

Three Story Street Feast is a cross-cultural, street-food themed prix fixe five-course meal presenting local foods prepared by SHoP “resident” chef, Samm Petrichos, of Spice ( The meal will be served in different spaces throughout Fenn Mansion in a “progressive style dinner” with performances embellishing the night.   I will be documenting sound samples of the dinner, which may become a part of the Kinship Anthology as one of the performances.

This is an opportunity for the audience to ‘peek behind the curtain’ of the Kinship Project while enjoying a delicious five-course meal.   I hope to see you there!

For more information about the event, please visit the event Facebook page at:

An Anthology of Kinship: A cuisine tasting and story sharing event featuring Samantha Hill & J. Frank Santana


Hello Friends!

When Laura Shaeffer (Co-founder & director of SHoP) invited me to participate in the Towards a Union of Public Artist exhibition, she also asked me to create a social event related to my work.  I thought about it . . . and I really wanted to create a story sharing event at SHoP.  I was discussing this idea with Kinship Project story contributor J. Frank Santana and he wanted to participate in this event.

J.Frank said to me, “I was discussing with my mother the other day about comfort dishes that warm you up when the weather changes . . . It would be great to create a tasting of favorite family dishes!”

J. Frank started to describe a few wonderful dishes for the event and everything sounded so delicious!  So I said, “Lets do it!”

Please join chef J. Frank Santana and myself in an evening of story sharing and food tasting.   This event an opportunity for people to connect and share their favorite family stories in a friendly cultural community center.   Stories are the common thread which holds us together.  So, come, listen and if you feel inspired, share a story of your own!

Event Date:  November 4th, 2012 – 3pm to 5:30pm

Event Price: $7 online tickets, $10 at the door.

To purchase tickets to the event, go to

I hope to see you there!