Communicating with Art

Share Your presence!

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We  are pleased to offer the ingenious practice of gathering in Circles as a  sustainable communication tool to families, networks, organizations,  and businesses.  Using beads and other medium of art, we focus our  energy on creating, together.  

We celebrate tradition and gather in Circles to practice self and group affirming activities.  We use art as a medium of connection setting collective intentions while sharing and witnessing stories to promote wellness.

Waist Ware Circles

Gathering Our Femininity

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At  Waist Ware, we are honored to facilitate Circles where you and your  guest create meaningful jewelry and unforgettable memories.  We'll  provide all materials for women and girls to design their very own waist  beads.  We believe in merging cultures and sharing  productive time in a safe and sacred space.

Community Circle

Bracelet Circle

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Team building, celebration and fine motor skills all come together in a fun and creative way at a Bracelet Circle.  Everyone will make a 1 of a kind piece of jewelry and share a story or two.  Choose colors and various beads to make the event match your theme or intention.  Request a Chat to host a Circle of your own TODAY!

Kazi Circle

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Work Circle - using art and expression as communication to grow and learn.  Kazi means work in Swahilli.   We work together forming deeper connections with self and others.  A few examples of past Kazi Circles include Vision Board Circle, Yoga Circle & Belly Dance Circle. Please subscribe to learn about the next open Circle and/or host your private event at your place or ours. 

Circles Keepers

Brandon Daurham

Brandon Daurham  is  a Brother, researcher, author and social entrepreneur. As an youth   advocate and devout restorative justice practitioner Brother B (as he  is  affectionately called) has worked with youth in juvenile detention   centers, group homes, elementary schools, alternative high schools,   universities as well as on the streets of Chicago. Brother B is   founder/director and C.E.O (Community Excellence Oriented) of various   grassroot initiatives including Feed the People (Chicago), U.N.L.O.C.K.   Campaign (Prison Ministry), Stand Up To Sit Down Street Mentoring   program, Community Cardio and Our Future is Bright Tutoring and   Mentoring Services. Brandon Daurham is committed to playing his part in   the cultural, spiritual and economic renaissance of indigenous people.

Kenisha Jamison

Kenisha Jamison is the founder of Waist Ware and Circle hostess at creative communal events.  She shares the wholistic benefits of gathering in Circle  - a relationship building experience.  Solutions for growth are  presented at the organic art workshops she facilitates.  As a Circle  Keeper, she promotes the indigenous practice of communal bonding through  self-expression.  Kenisha commits to developing cohesive relationships  and effective communication tools, one Circle at a time

Antonio "Toni Mono" Monix

Antonio "Toni Mono" Monix   is a progressive young professional and artist. He pursues art through   graphic design and spoken word.  He's been afforded several leadership   positions including President of Youth As Resources ( of Chicago Area Project   ), as well as Team Leader/Administrative Assistant of Lyric Mentoring.   Antonio has performed over 200 times, spoken at several forums, and   facilitated events and workshops to bring about a more collective   community.  Currently, Antonio is mentoring youth on the south side of   Chicago at a community center called Keep Loving Each Other.    In the future, he seeks to use his creativity and make connection to   his African community globally and with communities around the world.

Featured Facilitators

LaCreshia Birts

LaCreshia was formally trained to facilitate peace circles by the  Community Justice for Youth Institute (CJYI). LaCreshia has used her  training to facilitate peace circles amongst family and friends, support  organizations that utilize restorative practices, and she has taken  positions that professionally enable her to apply her knowledge.  LaCreshia authored a peace circle curriculum for a YMCA community  initiative which involved police officers and youth. LaCreshia was  recently employed as a Student Advocate at a school where she was responsible for coordinating and facilitating peace circles.   LaCreshia  is forwarding her work by expanding her  capacity at University of Illinois.

J. Brilliance

Journey  Jamison is the co founder of Waist Ware and daughter of Kenisha  Jamison. She is an apprenticing Circle keeper in restorative justice and  community activism. The teenage facilitator specializes in the design  of your waist bead as well as the individual comfort of each attendee.  Aside from her work at Waist Ware she is an aspiring poet, playwright,  and orator. As a home schooled student she is able to work hand in hand  with her mother to create a legacy that all women can inherit. 

Melanie Brownfield

Melanie Brownfield  has  been painting and writing since age 12. She is dedicated to a  healing  environment while providing a safe place for creative  expression. As a  Columbia College Chicago design graduate, she  understands the social and  emotional importance of creativity. Join her  in a life changing  experience where you will be replenished by your  own creative energy and  will. 

Embody Physique

Embody Physique  is  a holistic preventative healthcare organization that inspires  better  living through physical education providing fun, innovative ways  to  embrace an active, healthier lifestyle.  At Embody Amoor,   an international online platform that encourages community,   redevelopment and interaction, we set a new obtainable and sustainable   quality lifestyle standard by highlighting and connecting the many   businesses, individuals and organizations that contribute to the   development and empowerment of our communities. Our programs include   everything from sensuality workshops to personal training services.

Jacqueline Smith

Jacqueline Smith   is an urban vegetable gardener and earth stewardess with expertise in   environmental sustainable garden practices.  As a master gardener she   has worked in various leadership roles within the urban agricultural   arena with the Chicago Botanic Garden, Urban Habitat Chicago, Green  Lots  Project, We Farm America and others.  Jacqueline is the owner of GrowAsis Urban Garden Consulting Inc.   Her research on food security in Chicago has played a significant role   on her entrepreneurial journey of empowering city residents to grow   their own produce through organic methods.

Jeanine Valrie Logan

Jeanine Valrie Logan   is a budding herbalista, birthworker, breastfeeding counselor, youth   ally, homebirth mama, food justice advocate, registered nurse, future   midwife. She has worked for various organizations advocating for birth   justice and safe motherhood and is the current state representative and   member of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing.  Jeanine  is also a mama blogger and blogs regularly about breastfeeding,  birth  justice, and midwifery in the Black community. She is the  co-author for  the newly released book Free to Breastfeed: Voices of Black Mothers. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters.

Ronecia Hall

Waist Bead Designer. Gem Consultant. Circle facilitator.

Community Heals

Community Heals is a group of dedicated individuals interested in rebuilding and healing our community through organized physical and intellectual activity.

Featured Facilities

Knowledge of Self - Wholistic Training & Development Center

Knowledge of Self - Wholistic Training & Development Center is a safe place for ideas, concepts, people and events that support the Black diaspora in elevation, development, transformation and success at achieving the 3 coveted goals of freedom, justice and equality.  A holistic community center designed to provide programs that stimulate  and cultivate the body physically, mentally, spiritually and  emotionally.

Englewood Enterprise Gallery

Englewood Enterprise Gallery  is a place where people can learn to use tools and develop creative projects. Englewood Enterprise Gallery is a place for individuals, organizations or small business enterprises to pick up valuable skills and networking potential.  Also, a space for us to share and save cost, while  uplifting humanity using art and creativity.