Meet TSG Executive Board Member, Shannon Lindsey

By Alexis Abellera

Shannon Lindsey is an Executive Board Member of The Simple Good and is responsible for managing the Programming Committee to supports putting together TSG Art Showcases for TSG students! She believes in the mission of spreading positivity and finding the good in our daily lives. She also wants to change the negative conversation of violence in the city of Chicago into a positive conversation by being a part of the solution to change the city for the better. It all starts with arts in Chicago encouraging students to use expression and activism through art. To learn more about how Shannon supports TSG’s mission, please read the interview below.

Where are you from and what brought you to Chicago? I grew up in Indianapolis and moved to Chicago shortly after graduating from Purdue for my first job.

What is your professional background? I have a degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University with a MBA from Depaul University. I have 20 years of experience in sales engineering/technical sales in different areas of the Chemical industry. I currently work for Elkem Silicones — a global manufacturer of Silicones elastomers and fluids.

How do you connect to the arts? While I’ve spent most of my career and schooling in the maths and sciences, I’ve come to realize that I’m drawn to artists and the way they express themselves. I’ve dabbled in and worked to foster my own creativity…but I feel the connection the most when I’m in the presence of an artist expressing themselves thru art. Experiencing live music in a small venue with an artist who is playing their heart out for the love of their craft is such a powerful experience for me. I can appreciate almost any art once I know the story of the artist and the experiences which have led to their creations.

What has it meant to you to be a member of The Simple Good board? I believe in the mission of the Simple Good. One thing that has frustrated me since living in Chicago is the constant negative conversation surrounding gang and gun violence in the city. Being a member on the board feels like a way to be a part of the solution and in turn help change the narrative about Chicago.

Why do you think art is important for youth in Chicago? Because it fosters expression and activism. Many of these kids see things everyday that are unimaginable. Hard for even an adult to process I internally. This gives them a process and outlet for doing so.

What impact have you seen being made by The Simple Good? The final showcases are a great place to interact with the kids. The presence of positivity in their lives which shows in their artistic expression and is absolutely heartwarming.

What does ‘the simple good’ mean to you? Finding the positivity and beauty in all things…the silver lining.

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