South Side Community Art Center Receives $300,000 Grant from Alphawood Foundation

South Side Community Art Center Receives $300,000 Grant from Alphawood Foundation

CHICAGO – February 8, 2016 – The South Side Community Art Center, the oldest African American art center in the country, announced today that it has received a grant totaling $300,000 from the Alphawood Foundation.  The grant is intended to allow the South Side Community Art Center to devote more resources to fundraising and development, increase staff capacity and operating hours, and begin planning for the restoration and preservation of its historic building.  The grant will be received by SSCAC over the next 3 years.

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Citywide campaign transmits love and shows the sexier side of HIV prevention

Citywide campaign transmits love and shows the sexier side of HIV prevention

Chicago, February 1 — Today, the Chicago PrEP Working Group (CPWG) launched PrEP4Love, a citywide, sex-positive media campaign designed to increase awareness of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), a daily HIV prevention pill for HIV-negative people. Honest and visceral photography with a simple tagline — “One pill. Once a day. Protect against HIV.” — is displayed in ads throughout Chicago on CTA trains and buses, as well as in an interactive, heated bus shelter at State and Lake that will be going up soon. The campaign also includes a large online advertising component anchored by the prep4love.com website — where you can see the campaign imagery.

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Congrats ChiArts!

Congrats ChiArts!

The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts®), the city's first public arts high school, has received a 1+ rating--the highest possible--from CPS's School Quality Rating Policy system, based on academic growth, student attendance and school culture, among other factors.
 

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Best theater for everyone

Best theater for everyone

I want art that asks big questions, that challenges the hell out of me and makes me laugh my face off. That’s Free Street Theater, creating performances by, for and with communities across Chicago and interrogating the idea of “where theater belongs and who belongs in a theater.” They stage stories that crack the world open, most recently The Young Fugitives’ “Track 13” exploring the history and present-day reality of crime and policing from the points of view of youth of color. “We’re trying to do something different,” said ensemble member Elijah Ruiz in an interview with HowlRound. 

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Celebrating The 606 and Great Planning in Chicagoland

Celebrating The 606 and Great Planning in Chicagoland

There are shelves in the world stuffed with good plans that never see the light of day. To celebrate great plans that do, Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) established the Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning in the 1980s to recognize visionary planning efforts with demonstrated results in the Chicago metropolitan region.

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The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform Announces Illinois Sunshine

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform Announces Illinois Sunshine

Illinois Sunshine is a tool for browsing political contributions in the state of Illinois.

The data comes from the Illinois State Board of Elections, which has been collecting this data electronically since 1994. We built Illinois Sunshine to give journalists, activists and citizens better access to this data.

Who has to report campaign finance?

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DuPage Children’s Museum to Reopen on September 19, 2015

DuPage Children’s Museum to Reopen on September 19, 2015

DuPage Children’s Museum to Reopen on September 19, 2015

From Lemons to Lemonade: We’re coming back better than ever!

 

(Naperville, IL) Back in January, DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) experienced the “Great Flood,” which damaged all three floors, causing the Museum to temporarily close. That was the bad news. But now it is time for the long-awaited good news... DuPage Children’s Museum will officially reopen its doors to the public on Saturday, September 19, 2015.

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Guatemalan Ruins Reveal How the Maya Settled Down

Guatemalan Ruins Reveal How the Maya Settled Down

Evidence unearthed in the lowlands of Guatemala suggests that hunter-gatherers and the ancient Maya culture's less mobile settlers worked together during a transitional period that lasted for hundreds of years. The findings, published online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, challenge the view that mobile and sedentary cultures lived apart, and that public monuments are built only after a culture settles down.

"Our study presents the first relatively concrete evidence that mobile and sedentary people came together to build a ceremonial center," University of Arizona archaeologist Takeshi Inomata said in a news release.

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Fixing Frank: Unity Temple gets a sorely needed $23 million restoration

Fixing Frank: Unity Temple gets a sorely needed $23 million restoration

The Rev. Emily Gage chose not to take what happened shortly after she started at Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple as an omen. “Right after I began, in the fall of '08, a giant piece of ceiling fell down right above the pulpit,” she said.

This compromise of the building's integrity did not happen during a Sunday service. No one was hurt. And life with Unity Temple, Wright's modernist masterpiece in Oak Park and a mixed blessing of a structure if ever there were one, went on.

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NQAPIA - API PARENTS WHO LOVE THEIR LGBT KIDS

NQAPIA - API PARENTS WHO LOVE THEIR LGBT KIDS

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is launching a national multilingual campaign to promote acceptance of LGBT individuals in Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. 

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The View From Above: How The 606 Trail Will Elevate Chicago’s Green Space Experience

The View From Above: How The 606 Trail Will Elevate Chicago’s Green Space Experience

There was something otherworldly about being on The 606. Images came to mind of new-world structures like Rem Koolhaas’ McCormick Tribune Campus Center at IIT and the concrete and stainless steel tube enclosing the Green Line track that passes over the building, and Helmut Jahn’s adjacent student dormitory, as did childhood images of the Jetson’s futuristic lifestyle. At other moments along the trail I felt a backwards pull, to medieval, walled cities, where passage along ramparts is cheek-by-jowl with residential quarters and cathedrals.

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Changes in personnel at Alphawood Foundation

Changes in personnel at Alphawood Foundation

Alphawood Foundation today announced a series of staff changes and additions.

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Alphawood Foundation announced a $32 million gift to SOAS

Alphawood Foundation announced a $32 million gift to SOAS

Alphawood Foundation, a Chicago private foundation, today announced a £20 million ($32 million) gift to SOAS, University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies) to advance the study and preservation of Buddhist and Hindu art in Southeast Asia. The largest ever gift in Alphawood Foundation’s history, the donation is also one of the largest recorded to UK higher education, especially in the field of arts and humanities.

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ALPHAWOOD FOUNDATION CHICAGO ANNOUNCES UNITY TEMPLE RESTORATION EFFORT

ALPHAWOOD FOUNDATION CHICAGO ANNOUNCES UNITY TEMPLE RESTORATION EFFORT

Alphawood Foundation Chicago and the Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation (the “Congregation”) announced today that they have entered into a preliminary agreement that provides a framework for the eventual complete restoration and preservation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois.  This agreement contemplates a joint campaign by Alphawood, the Congregation, Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, and other interested preservationists to raise the funds necessary to complete a comprehensive restoration of Wright’s internationally-recognized masterpiece.  As part of this agreement, Alphawood has pledged $10 million toward the cost of the effort, subject to successful efforts to raise the balance of the necessary funds.

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