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“Environmentalism, Art, and the Neighborhood”: Patric McCoy in Conversation with Kahari Black

 Patric McCoy with his beloved bike

Patric McCoy with his beloved bike

“Environmentalism, Art, and the Neighborhood”: Patric McCoy in Conversation with Kahari Black
Thursday, 10/18 - 6:00-8:00PM

Doors open at 6:00, conversation begins at 6:30.

A public conversation between EPA veteran and art collector, Patric McCoy, and artist and staff member of Invisible Institute and South Side Weekly, Kahari Black, about the intersectionality of concerns about the natural world, supporting living Black artists, and the history and changing landscape of our immediate neighborhood. 

 Kahari Black in between cyclocross races

Kahari Black in between cyclocross races

Patric McCoy retired in 2006 from a 28 year career as an environmental scientist in the Air and Radiation Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Office in Chicago. He has a BA in Chemistry from the University of Chicago and an MA in Environmental Science from Governors State University.

Mr. McCoy has been collecting contemporary African American art for 41 years and has a collection of over 1000 pieces of fine art, 90% done by Chicago artists. In 2003 he co-founded Diasporal Rhythms a not-for-profit 501(c)3 arts organization comprised of informed and passionate art collectors from Chicago’s African American communities. The organization promotes the collection of art works by living artists of African descent.

Kahari Black is a community member, working artist, and media maker. Kahari currently is a Visuals Editor at the South Side Weekly and co-directs the Youth Police Project at the Invisible Institute where he facilitates conversations and makes media projects about young people's experiences with policing on the South Side Of Chicago. His long term vision is to one day create an audio/visual production house out of the Experimental Station as a resource to empower more youth through the arts & media. 

Kahari is a graduate of Whitney Young Magnet High School, a former Americorps Public Allies fellow, a college dropout who wants an undergrad degree to make his mother smile, plus a member and advocate of Chicago’s booming creative and biking scenes.

This event is a part of our Environmental Concerns project taking place from September 26th-November 18th, which looks at local intersections between the natural world and social environments through exhibitions, installations, and public events.


Kahari's website
Diasporal Rhythm's website
Recent New York Times article with Patric McCoyspeaking about collecting
Patric McCoy Interview by Rebecca Zorach on the Never The Same Archive
Patric featured in "Biking While Black" Chicago Tribune article