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$10 Million Investment Funds Arts and Culture Development in Chicago

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Sep 15, 2016

According to WTTW Chicago, “an investment of more than $10 million will help transform unused buildings and vacant lots on Chicago’s South and West Sides into centers for arts and culture that offer free community programs.”

Part of the broader “Reimagining the Civic Commons” initiative, funded by the JPB Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, the arts-led development in Chicago is being spearheaded by Theaster Gates and Place Lab at the University of Chicago.

“The work I engage in provides platforms for people to come together, to share and engage with one another,” Gates wrote in an email to WTTW. “The projects are about saving storied buildings from destruction, activating vacant lots, and turning some blighted areas into something beautiful.”

During the 2016 Conference for Community Arts Education, the National Guild will partner with Gates’ Rebuild Foundation for a tour of arts-led redevelopment in Chicago’s Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood.

Read more about the investment in Chicago here.
 

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