Among the new faculty and staff who joined North Shore Country Day this year is Middle and Upper School Academic Technology Integrator Kenyatta Forbes. What many may not know is that she is also a multi-disciplinary artist who uses her own experiences as a black woman to open a dialogue about the construction of "blackness."
Using humor, gamification and her experience as an educator, Kenyatta fuses together a safe space for uncomfortable conversations. She cultivates conversation around race and identity in projects both uncomfortable and humorous. Her work also includes film, video, performance art, game design and community projects that aligns with her core values of community as activism.
She considers her most recent project, "Trading Races; a playing card game for blackness," an invitation for people to join a larger discussion on race and ethnic identity. Most recently, Kenyatta shared her card game games "Trading Races" and "Trading Rappers," in an interactive conversation about race at the Chicago Humanities Festival on September 14.
But wait, there's more! Kenyatta is also an incredible macrame artist and teacher. She holds workshops, creates commissions for residences and businesses, wedding backdrops and store installations. And she was featured on Windy City Live!
North Shore Country Day School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, college-preparatory school founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919. With rigorous academic pursuit as the cornerstone, North Shore provides many opportunities for all students to excel – in the classroom and the laboratory, on the stage and the playing field, in their communities and beyond.