About Ayana Contreras
I am passionate about sound and color. I work in radio, my first professional hosting gig was hosting WBEZ’s “Global Overnight” program in 2007. I am currently host/producer of Reclaimed Soul, a weekly radio program on Vocalo.org 91.1fm (sister station of WBEZ). I am additionally Executive Producer of two other weekly programs on Vocalo:
My mission with my productions is to illuminate issues and perspectives that are too often left out of mainstream media. I also want my work to shift perceptions about what we choose to value (and what we don’t value nearly enough).
I taught Radio and Podcast Production and Media Literacy to High School students through YOUmedia (a collaboration between the Digital Youth Network, The MacArthur Foundation, and the Chicago Public Library).
I recently completed an Arts + Public Life residency at the University of Chicago. Before that, I was a resident artist at Theaster Gates’ Dorchester Projects (an experiment in re-valuing the undervalued and rebuilding a community). Additionally, I play in a band: King of Dahomey.
I also love Chicago: where we’re going and where we’ve been.
I believe in the power of out-of-the-box ideas. Ideas can baptize our perceptions and forever change our view of the world, if we only believe in possibility and ask questions (despite what might be right in front of us). This site is intended as a portal to such change. Look out.