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The South Side Community Art Center opened in 1940 and is one of the only surviving community art centers founded through New Deal’s Federal Art Project between 1937 and 1942. In its early years the Center was a hive of activity, as well as a who’s who of the Chicago Renaissance. Federal spending on WPA projects was cut dramatically upon
Calvin B. Jones was a Chicago painter and illustrator educated at the Art Institute of Chicago, co-director of the avant garde AFAM Gallery, and painter of murals in various cities, including Atlanta and Chicago.
"Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries is a 25-minute 1994 video produced by Kartemquin Films in association with the Spertus Museum to accompany an art exhibit addressing the relationships of African Americans and American Jews. The video explores the studios of 12 artists, six Black and six Jewish, as they prepare their work for the show.
The collection consists of photographs, newspapers, memorabilia such as post cards, flyers and posters; administrative papers, and correspondence regarding the development of the Chicago Renaissance Art Festivals.
Beginning as a dream ten years ago in the basement of a gray stone, today Little Black Pearl is a thriving nonprofit serving youth in the Kenwood/Oakland, Woodlawn, and Bronzeville neighborhoods on Chicago’s south side. Firmly rooted in the black community, as the population has changed, so has Little Black Pearl by working with an increasingly diverse youth population and
The LP collection includes various types of music pertaining to black culture in the United States, focused on the following type of artists defined as: Chicago, dance, gospel, jazz, rare, R&B.
Dr. Margaret Taylor Goss Burroughs (1917-2011) was a prominent African American cultural and community leader. She was an artist, poet, writer, educator, and institution builder, best known for founding the DuSable Museum of African-American History, the Southside Community Arts Center and the National Conference of Artists. The Margaret Burroughs papers span from 1937-2010, and showcase the depth and diversity of
Correspondence, photographs, copybooks, penmanship samples, cashbooks, newspaper clippings, poetry, essays, drawings, artifacts and miscellaneous personal items related to the life and career of Platt Rogers Spencer, penman, poet, and educator who created the Spencerian system of penmanship. The establishment of Spencerian schools of business was a highly successful endeavor in part because the entire family was involved in the business.