Himalaya: Listen. Learn. Grow.
Self Care Sundays
On this episode, we’re talking to Chicago-based artist and activist, Maxwell Emcays. Maxwell got his start with t-shirt design and eventually made a name for himself with Never Forget Chi, a project that aims to memorialize the lost lives of young Chicago residents who are often forgotten in the world of fast-paced media consumption.
We talk to Maxwell about his work as a youth mentor and his goals to teach kids in underserved areas to value themselves and overcome the hardships they face. In this way, Maxwell strikes a balance between his own self-care regimen and his passion for community care.
Maxwell recounts how he developed his artistic identity as a child of immigrants, considering the meaning of “toughness” in masculinity. He also sheds a light on artistic classifications such as “fine” and “low” art and the hidden prejudice within these words.
The transcription for Maxwell's episode can be found here.