- Latham Zearfoss
- lathamowen [at] gmail.com
- 2427 W 34th Street
Chicago, IL 60608
Make Yourself Useful is a collective focused on anti-racist work, with an emphasis on the active role of people with white privilege within movements for racial and social justice. I formed MYU in 2014 with Vic Motherwell and Virginia Aberle.
Off Chances was an inclusive queer dance party in Chicago from 2008 to about 2018. DJs would make mixtapes each month, and occasionally friends would too. These mixes continued, mostly as my very infrequent side project. The full archive of mixes lives on Mixcloud.
Open Engagement was an artist-led initiative committed to expanding the dialogue around and serving as a site of care for the field of socially engaged art, most visibly in the form of an itinerant conference. I joined the group in 2016 and we hosted our last conference in Queens in 2018. Since 2019, the core organizers - Crystal, Jen and myself - have been researching, regrouping and considering their next offering.
Chances Dances was a night life collective dedicated to holding safer spaces for queer people and building platforms for emerging performers, artists, and musicians. Chances was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 2005 and put on hundreds of monthly events until the collective stepped back from regular appearances in 2018. I co-founded the collective with Bruce Wiest in 2005, and left in early 2016.