Ward 16: “Englewood Arts Collective”

Filmmaker: Pugs Atomz

A trü & tite doc on how EAC came to be and how its founders, through a communal, multi-disciplinary approach to artmaking, are changing long-existing narratives on Englewood and forging the shape of Chicago to come.

About the Artists


Growing up in the 16th ward I had so many amazing and influential experiences that have helped shape me into the man and artist I am today. It is a place that is dear to me and a place I have focused most of my art practice on over the years. Documenting is a common thread of my Art from murals, painting, video, fashion, and music.

Pugs Atomz

Ward 16

Chicago’s 16th Ward includes Chicago Lawn, Englewood, Gage Park, New City, and West Englewood.

Organizations in Ward 16 to Explore and Support

  • Rage, Resident Association of Greater Englewood, creates tangible solutions and mobilizes residents and resources to restore our community.
  • Grow Greater Englewood, works in partnership with community stakeholders to develop local food economies and land sovereignty.
  • Imagine Englewood If, strengthening and empowering the Greater Englewood community through teaching local youth and their families healthy living, environmental awareness, and positive communication.
  • Think outside the Block, rallying the community together to enhance youth interest, skills, and abilities through positive youth development strategies. Check out their annual (9 years) “Roll N Peace” bike ride event.
  • Inner-City Muslim Action Network, supports the creation, collaboration, and presentation of community-engaged art that unites disconnected communities, facilitates transformative healing, and fosters the ability to radically reimagine the world.
  • Teamwork Englewood, improves the quality of life of the residents and stakeholders of Englewood by facilitating economic, educational, and social opportunities.

Restaurants to Check Out in Ward 16

  • Kusanya Cafe, nonprofit coffee shop and creative community gathering place.
  • Momentum Coffee Englewood, coffee and co-working space powered by Ignite Technology and Innovation. They feature coffee by Dark Matter and a co-working space.

Businesses to Check Out in Ward 16

  • Englewood Branded Inc, Englewood centric clothing brand for the whole family and clothing manufacturer with an online store and physical space.
  • Englewood Go Green Community Fresh Market, offering a great selection of fresh produce, locally sourced products, prepared meals, and much more!
  • Southside Blooms, a farm-to-vase florist on the Southside of Chicago, providing unique and fashion-forward arrangements.
  • Made in Englewood, a design and fabrication company with a strong focus on place-making, immersive experience and Product design.

Annual Events in Ward 16

  • Peace Fest,an annual event in Englewood that brings people together to honor gun violence victims and survivor families. It’s a block party-style event near 64th and Honore in Englewood.
  • The Englewood Music Fest, featuring national and local acts performing, local clothing and food vendors, Art activities, and Fun for the family.
  • Englewood Square Farmers Market, featuring goods, food, and refreshments from local Black-owned businesses, fresh produce from local farmers, and partners, Urban Growers Collective and Growing Home.

Film Credits

Created by: Pugs Atomz & Lookingglass Theatre
Directed by: Pugs Atomz
Featuring: Tonika Johnson, Pugs Atomz, David Robinson, Joe Cujo Nelson, Janell Nelson, Tonya Ward, Felix Willoughby
Produced by: Pugs Atomz & Nikolaj Sorensen
Cinematography by: Demetrius Berry, Felix Willoughby, Tanya Ward, Tonika Johnson
Location Sound by: Brandon Reed
COVID Safety Officer: Aaron McEachran
Edited by: Pugs Atomz
Music by: Dirty Dunnz, The Waffle King, Rob Smooth. Pugs Atomz,
Animation by: Matthew C. Yee, Pugs Atomz
Photography: Tonika Johnson, Felix Willoughby, Tonya Ward, Marti Price
Additional Footage: Juan and Only Productions, Alderman Stephanie D. Coleman

Originally produced by Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago, IL in July 2022.

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