Monica Trinidad is a queer Latinx cultural strategist and visual artist, born, raised, and residing in Chicago, Illinois. Over the past several years, Monica has created zines, digital graphics, mixed media posters, and other visual art amplifying youth-led, intersectional, and grassroots abolitionist organizing work in Chicago and nationally. Her creative practice invites individuals to reimagine a better and more just world, centered around experimentation, interdependence, abundance over scarcity, process over product, and following the leadership from directly-impacted communities.
Emphasizing the power of cultural strategy in organizing for political change, Monica co-founded Brown and Proud Press (2011) and For the People Artists Collective (2015), organized with grassroots efforts such as We Charge Genocide (2014) and No Cop Academy (2017-2019), and most recently became a member of Justseeds Artists Cooperative. Monica holds a Bachelor's Degree in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was awarded the Civic Engagement, Community Service, and Community Organizing (CESCO) award. Her work has been exhibited at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Sullivan Galleries, DuSable Museum, and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.
You can view Monica’s artwork most recently on the cover of Mariame Kaba’s New York Times Bestseller book, We Do This ‘Til We Free Us. You can listen to Monica on her podcast, The Lit Review, a literary podcast by, with, and for community organizers, on Spotify, Soundcloud, and Apple Podcasts.