PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH URBANA ARTS + CULTURE PROGRAM
APPEARING: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2022 (VIEW FULL SCHEDULE)
VENUE: 25 O’CLOCK BREWING CO: 208 W Griggs St, Urbana, IL 61801
Ayana Contreras is a cultural historian, memory worker, radio DJ and archivist. An avid collector with over 8000 vintage vinyl records, she hosts the Reclaimed Soul program on WBEZ and Vocalo Radio in Chicago. She is also a columnist for DownBeat magazine, and her writings have been published in Chicago Review, Oxford American and Bandcamp Daily among other publications. Her book on Post-Civil Rights Era cultural history, titled Energy Never Dies: Afro-Optimism and Creativity in Chicago, was published December 2021 through University of Illinois Press.