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.
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.
Art Exhibit Honors Torture Victims of Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge
WBEZ News covers Still Here, the Arts Incubator exhibition showcasing six design proposals submitted by commissioned artists which will become the Chicago Torture Justice Memorial. The public memorial brings awareness to the torture of more than 120 Black men and women from 1972 to 1991 by the Chicago Police Department under the direction of former Police Commander Jon Burge. The memorial is intended to honor the decades-long struggle for justice, as well as the survivors, families, and communities targeted by Burge and his midnight crew.
Community Neighborhood Initiatives
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