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Nelson Stevens, Towards Identity, 1970. Oil on canvas. 
I am grateful that I caught the last day of "The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now" at MCA Chicago this past Sunday. The exhibition commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). With the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA), these two Chicago-based creative organizations pushed the boundaries of Black art, music, community and education. 

During this week's celebration of harvest, gratitude and the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, I'm reflecting on my gratitude for art, for stories told well, for beautiful things and funny words.

One of the quickest ways to raise your mood and vibration is to experience something beautiful. Consider taking a friend, family member, young person or yourself to an art exhibition this week. Go Soundcloud surfing. Or Goodreads surfing. Check out the photo stories on Exposure.

Whatever you do, make an effort this week to appreciate art. 
Highwater Weekly Picks 
The picks are slim this week, because I anticipate a drop in readership due to the holiday. This section will be back and popping next week. 

  • Applications are now open for Chicago-based Kartemquin Films' (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) Diverse Voices in Docs, a professional development and mentorship program for documentary filmmakers of color.  Deadline is January 15.
  • Build Your Own Blog is offering a $4,000 writing grant for new writers. The application is short and sweet too.  Deadline is November 29. 
  • Five steps you can use to catch up on personal projects you've been putting off. 


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Thanks for reading. 

Your partner in progress, 
Chakka AKA Yella Fitzgerald 
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