Tiff Beatty is the current Associate Director at the National Public Housing Museum, co-founder of House of the Lorde, a Black feminist arts space, and creator and host of Art Is Bonfire, a decade-long poetry cypher fire ritual. She received the Roberta “Bobbie” Raymond Leadership & Innovation Award from the The Oak Park Regional Housing Center (2022), was a Chicago United for Equity Senior Fellow (2020-2021) and a recipient of the Field Leader Award from the Field Foundation of Illinois (2019). Tiff Beatty was a featured performer in The People’s Church of the G.H.E.T.T.O (2019) and Thank the Lorde (2018). Tiff has written articles for Crain's Chicago Business and History News Network and her work has been covered by The New York Times, Ebony Magazine, Chicago Tribune and more. She lives in Bronzeville, Chicago with her partner and was born and raised in Tacoma, WA.
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Tiff Beatty is a cultural organizer, arts administrator, poet, and host.
Tiff performs at Notes on Masculinity at The California Clipper in Chicago.
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Chicago United for Equity
House of the Lorde is a spiritual and physical space rooted in Black Feminist Practices.
We Believe in studying the sacred work of Black feminist poets, thinkers, and artists.
We Believe showing up as our full selves liberates us all.
We Believe in joy and tending to our pleasure.
We Believe erotic feelings are a deep source of hidden knowledge within all of us.
We Believe in celebrating our differences.
We Believe in unleashing our radical imaginations forges new worlds that can hold our freedom.
We Believe everything we need is within us.
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Above: Tiff Beatty opens The People's Church of the G.H.E.T.T.O (Greatest History Ever Told To Our people) with Bronzeville Goddamn, a spoken word poem, reflecting on notions of home, displacement, and the legacy of the late public housing resident activist and journalist Beauty Turner.
Below: Tiff Beatty reads at Thank the Lorde (2019) at Steppenwolf Theatre.
Photo credit: Candice Majors
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