Alum Lid Madrid’s (BFA 2021) skate collective, OnWord, was recently spotlighted in a Chicago Reader cover story. Madrid is a cofounder of OnWord, a local skate group that prioritizes women, trans, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming skaters of all ages and abilities. The article covers OnWord’s founding, the short film Breaking the Barrier that documents the experience, and how a grant from SAIC allowed the group to build a DIY skate park.
“This [SAIC] grant really just allowed us to turn one singular project and one singular event into an entire collective,” Madrid shared. “[OnWord] is a space for skaters—the community of skaters that we have—to share resources, to learn from each other, and also to just hang out and have a good time, and feel included in a skate park.”