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.
Notes on leadership: Chicago Civic Leadership Exchange kicks off with lessons from a pop-up choir
Leaders and alumni of nine wide-ranging Chicago civic leadership development programs were invited to the Arts Bank to take part in a “pop-up choir,” an innovative leadership workshop hosted and led by the University of Chicago.
Announcing Production Institute for South Side Media Artists
The Logan Center for the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Initiative, a program of the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center and Logan Center Community Arts, in partnership with the Community Film Workshop of Chicago, is launching a Production Institute for its South Side constituents, consisting of hands-on professional production courses for media makers. In addition to the Production Institute, short courses on audio production for podcasts and video production for web-based media; digital storytelling workshops; and short documentary production training will also be offered.
South Side Home Movie Project Aims to Fill in Historical Gaps
WTTW Chicago highlights the South Side Home Movie Project, an archive with affiliated events and screenings directed by University of Chicago Cinema and Media Studies professor Jacqueline Stewart. People with personal and home movie footage from the South Side are able to digitize and add their works to the archive, based at the University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture.
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.”