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Adam Gottlieb

Adam Gottlieb is a musician, poet, teaching-artist and cultural worker from Chicago. He was one of the nominees for the inaugural Poet Laureate of Chicago in 2023. As a youth he was featured in the documentary film Louder Than A Bomb about the poetry slam festival by the same name. He is the leader of the Fusion band Adam Gottlieb and OneLove. He serves as a cantorial soloist for Tzedek Chicago, an international justice-based synagogue based in Chicago, IL. He also works as the 8th grade instructor at the Interfaith Catholic/Jewish Family School of Chicago. He has organized with a wide range of grassroots groups around issues such as housing justice, anti-gentrification, Indigenous sovereignty, education, and police/prison abolition. He also writes on occasion for People’s Tribune.

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What has been your favorite experience at Olive Tree Arts Network?
"There are lots of little moments that I remember where different kinds of breakthroughs have happened: a student discovers they can write a meaningful line of poetry; a large group falls into a calm, peaceful mode while listening to a student recite the call to prayer in the mosque; Catholic school students walk their guests through the Stations of the Cross; Jewish students explain their many holidays to a fascinated group; kids discover common interests in TV shows, books and movies, and so many more. These are the most rewarding moments."
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