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.
Play space is a million-dollar idea
Collaboration between UChicago students and Claremont Academy sixth graders wins $1.5 million city grant
Block Club Chicago: This old ‘L’ station is now a hub for South Side businesses thanks to a UChicago program
The University of Chicago's Arts+Public Life Program established a new initiative at the L1, giving entrepreneurs time to decide whether they want to branch out to their own brick-and-mortar shop or stick to e-commerce.
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.”