Rebel Betty "Amara "Rebel Betty" Martín is an AfroIndigenous Puerto Rican Artist, DJ, Educator and Organizer born and raised in Chicago.
Rebel is the founder of ChiResists a collaborative creative organizing platform. She is currently working on cultivating cooperative barrio economics, raising awareness and creating dialogue on water protection, gentrification and issues affecting Black, Brown and Indigenous communities. She is also the facilitator of the DeColonial Open Mic.
Rebel is also a lifelong visual artist working through photography, film and collage to depict the magic of the barrios and hoods of Chicago and to trace back ancestral forms of resistance and beauty. The work is recording present history while acknowledging the roots and lived experiences of past resistors.
Her visual art, organizing and cultural works center on the preservation of culture and black and brown communities through facilitated dialogue, music, education and the arts.
Rebel is also an educator with more than 7 years experience providing school based arts programming, workshops and providing social justice based arts education most recently leading the Teen Lab advanced art apprenticeship at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has also presented workshops/performed at University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana for Black & Latina Womxns Summit 2019, Art Institute of Chicago - 2017, University of Illinois at Chicago - 2018, DePaul University - 2018, Allied Media Conference - 2018 and New Latin Wave Festival - 2018 in New York and has been featured in The Chicago Reader, The Chicago Tribune, South Side Weekly, Gozamos, Remezcla and Hyperallergic.
Rebel has also served as an organizer, mentor and educator with Quennect 4 Gallery, Las Artelitas and the International Indigenous Youth Council Chicago.
Rebel is available for workshops on the following topics:
Gentrification and Housing Movements in Chicago - Highschool Ages +
Art and Protest: Community Defense - Highschool Ages +
Zine/Collage making for Liberation: All Ages
Circle Keeping through Open Mics - All Ages
The Feminist Healing Power of Community Markets
Building Community in the Classroom - For Educators
The Chicago Reader
HYPERALLERGIC - October 2018
The Chicago Tribune - July 2018
South Side Weekly
Mujeres en Medio
THE CHICAGO ARTS ARCHIVE: A 60 INCHES FROM CENTER PROJECT
I AM SELFLESS/PHILARTHROPY
Radio One Chicago
Chicago Freedom Summer