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.
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.
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.
Art at Keller: John Preus Exhibition Stages Reclaimed Furniture from Closed CPS Schools
Hundreds of desks, chairs, tables, and bookshelves became raw material for John Preus' art after he retrieved them from Chicago Public Schools that were closed in 2013, keeping alive conversations about what school closings have meant to communities.
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.”