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Remembering Kenneth Williams: An Artist, Advocate, and Beacon of Light




A message from our Executive Director, Nancy Gomez:


I am deeply saddened to announce the passing of our artist, Kenneth Williams. Kenny died from natural causes on June 27th.


As an artist, Kenny saw the world through a unique lens, transforming his observations into profound artworks that touched many staff members, his fellow artists, collectors , his community and family. His art was a reflection of his Bronzeville community, full of color and depth that spoke to his curious mind and hope for a better world. Each piece he created was a testament to his extraordinary talent that was both beautiful and accessible. Kenny was not just an artist but a fierce community activist. He championed the rights and dignity of all individuals. His voice was loud and clear, advocating for inclusion, understanding and acceptance. Through his efforts he tried to bring about significant change and inspired others to join his cause, creating a more inclusive and compassionate world.


Known for his boisterous and lively personality, Kenny brought joy and laughter to every room he entered. His energy was infectious, his laughter contagious, and his presence a beacon of light. He had the unique ability to connect with people from all walks of life making everyone feel valued. He leaves behind many artists at Project Onward who valued his friendship and knowledge and enjoyed his many diatribes and opinions on the state of the world.


Though he is no longer with us, his spirit lives on in the art he created, the lives he touched, and the positive changes he championed. His legacy is one of creativity and unwavering dedication to making the world a better place. He will be deeply missed but not forgotten.


Rest in peace, Kenny!


With Deepest Sympathy,

Nancy


Visitation: Tuesday, July 9th 10:00am-11:00am

Funeral Service: 11:00am-12:00pm

Pullman Christian Reformed Church

424 E. 103rd St

Chicago, IL 60628


Burial/Internment: 2:00pm-3:00pm

Oakland Memory Lanes

15200 Lincoln Ave

Dolton, IL 60413

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