As a partner in the South Side’s rich and storied arts community, we work to provide cultural opportunities, resources, and programs that reflect our community, resonate across the city, and are renowned around the world.
Supporting the work of artists and providing engagement opportunities to arts-lovers through our community relationships is vital to the mission of the University of Chicago. Over the past two decades, UChicago’s longstanding commitment to the arts has supported platforms for artists and access to arts programming through artist residencies, arts education, cultural entrepreneurship, and artist- and community-led programs and events.
We partner with people and organizations in our surrounding neighborhoods to deepen the study, impact, and celebration of South Side cultural production, and foster connections between UChicago, the South Side, and the broader city of Chicago.
The University supports and amplifies arts and culture on Chicago’s South Side, presenting a diverse array of concerts, live theater, films, exhibits, readings, and festivals each year.
UChicago launches new business accelerator program in Washington Park
Three new retail tenants — ReformedSchool, Hemp Heals Body Shop and Solo Noir — will be the inaugural fellows and occupants of the newly renovated L1 Creative Business Accelerator and retail shop, the latest addition to the University of Chicago’s Arts Block project.
Chicago Tribune: Commentary: Public art one way to address Chicago’s history of racism
Dr. Franklin Cosey-Gay and Dr. Peter Cole, Directors of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Commemoration Project, co-authored a commentary that explores the mission of their organization and seeks to help Chicago work toward racial justice through public art.
Fox Chicago: Chicagoans try to make Mother's Day special in spite of pandemic
Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, local communities have taken initiative to celebrate an unusual Mother's Day. UChicago helped with the celebrations by donating all of the flowers that would have otherwise been planted on campus in the spring.
StoryArts Summer Camp
Bess Cohen co-founded StoryArts Summer Camp, an affordable, summer program for middle school students that launched in 2015.
Community Neighborhood Initiatives
“It was encouraging to get all those people in the same room and thinking about how we can work together and how that can be scaled to work in other neighborhoods as well. We’re a small nonprofit developer, but this opportunity got us in the White House. The Civic Leadership Academy has been a life-changing experience for me.”