About ConTextos Chicago

Where We Work

We aim to nourish the minds, expand the voices and share the personal truths of individuals who have long been underserved and underestimated. We work with the institutions and individuals that also reach these populations that we prioritize.

Sites of Incarceration and Detention

We work with juveniles and adults who are awaiting trial and accused of, or have been sentenced for violent offenses.

Community-Based Organizations and Workforce Development

Reaching young people and young-at-heart from Englewood, Gage Park, Roseland/Pullman, Brighton Park, North Lawndale, West Humboldt Park, Garfield Park, Auburn-Gresham, and Austin currently on probation, house arrest, just leaving jail or prison, or at elevated risk of violence involvement.


In schools, we provide direct implementation and focus on teacher training to ensure sustainability of best-practices that lift up all voices.

Learn more about our programs in these places

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Program Sites

Team Members

Debra Gittler

Founder and Executive Director

Lisa Kenner

Co-Director of Programs and Partnerships

Johnny Page

Co-Director of Programs and Partnerships

Dr. Sharon Moore

Authors Circle Facilitator

Dimitri Hepburn

Authors Circle Facilitator

Luz Magdaleno Flores

Art & Communications Coordinator

Vanessa Kucera

Office Manager

Kalief Dinkins

Artist in Residence

Isaiah Manning

Author in Residence

Our Partners