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 through the "La Cultura Cura Cooperative Market in Pilsen", 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 playfully yet seriously 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 providing school based arts programming, workshops and providing social justice based arts education. She has presented workshops at the University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University, Allied Media Conference and New Latin Wave Festival in New York and has been featured in The Chicago Reader, The Chicago Tribune, South Side Weekly 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.
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