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.
With support from UChicago, Hyde Park Jazz Festival has thrived, fostered local pride, and brought together diverse audiences
Now in its 15th year, the free, community-led festival is drawing acclaimed national and local artists
Hyde Park Herald: Arts and Public Life celebrates 10 years with opening of new store for local entrepreneurs
The anniversary celebration of University of Chicago's Arts+Public Life program included the opening of the L1 Retail Store, a space designed to support new entrepreneurs.
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.”