West Side Arts: Claiming and Reclaiming Space

Date / Time

October 12, 2017 - October 12, 2017

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Artists and educators on the West Side come together to share emerging projects that claim and reclaim space through subversive arts, cultural work and alternative education.

Join artist Miguel Aguilar from Running Street Art Tours; Leah Gipson, founder of Rectory; educator Danton Floyd, founder of 360 Nation; West Side based artist and designer Alexandria Eregbu, and urban research partners Paola Aguirre and Sara Pooley of Creative Grounds, for a discussion about transforming spaces for public education and youth development on the West Side of Chicago in the North Lawndale, Austin, West Garfield Park and Pilsen neighborhoods. Speakers will highlight local efforts that reinvest in Chicago Public Schools, recreate sanctuary spaces, and encourage residents to exercise their rights to the city.


Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and Making the West Side

This event supports Claiming Space: Creative Grounds and Freedom Summer School a new exhibition at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and is a part of the Making the West Side initiative at  the Museum. Making the West Side: Community Conversations on Neighborhood Change is an ongoing project funded through the National Endowment for the Humanities that brings together scholars, activists, neighborhood residents, and other stakeholders to investigate the history of neighborhood change on Chicago’s West Side and connect those histories to contemporary issues and concerns.

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (JAHHM) draws upon the legacy of international peace activist and feminist, Jane Addams, and her colleagues who worked to create social reform among their immigrant neighbors on the Near West Side of Chicago during the Progressive Era. The museum preserves and develops the original Hull-House site for the interpretation and continuation of the historic settlement house vision. Exhibitions and public programs examine the histories of progressive education, democratic participation and social change.

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