Silvia Gonzalez is an Artist and Educator living in Chicago curating workshops and creating zines to address police violence, labor rights, imagination, play, freedom, and confinement. Collaborative educational and artistic projects include work with local art groups such as the Chicago ACT collective, Hyde Park Dacha and the 96 Acres Project. She has organized and facilitated educational workshops at Gallery 400 and The Jane Addams Hull House that centralize the role creative work as a form of critical praxis with intergenerational participants through the 96 Acres Project Education Initiative in order to question and critically disrupt current power imbalances. Silvia Gonzalez has experience teaching and organizing community arts-based programming for Woman Made Gallery's 20 Neighborhoods Project in Albany Park, The Jane Addams Hull House for Cities of Peace, Northwestern Academy, The Art Institute's Ryan Education Teacher Programs, Street Level Youth Media, and as a full-time educator in Chicago's public and private school settings.
Undergraduate work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign included a degree in Photography and another in Art Education. Graduate work at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago included a thesis on the work done with the 96 Acres Project, describing methodologies for engaging radical possibility frameworks with young people. By engaging community knowledge and grassroots justice work in the classroom, young people are encouraged to consider the ways in which artistic intervention, storytelling, and education become multiple and interconnected points for liberatory departure.
Her writing and performance work is an attempt at translating the process of creating an identity through nostalgia and narrative. It references justice work, trauma, healing, history, xicanidad, the nepantla state, and afro-futurist inspired ideals.