Alum Lid Madrid’s Skate Collective Featured in Chicago Reader

A photograph of of ten individuals looking at the camera and smiling. Eight of the ten people are holding skateboards. Several basketball hoops are in the background. Concrete flooring covered in blue spray paint is in the foreground.

OnWord Skate Collective. Credit: DuWayne Padilla. Image courtesy of Chicago Reader

OnWord Skate Collective. Credit: DuWayne Padilla. Image courtesy of Chicago Reader

Alum Lid Madrid’s (BFA 2021) skate collective, OnWord, was recently spotlighted [15] 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.”


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