Arts in the Parks: The People’s Studio
Experience the work of citizens from across the city who make the parks their canvas, their stage, and their space for creative dialogue. This Chicago Park District–Arts and Culture exhibition features work by CAM Featured Artist Erik Boelkens, with Dionne Hawkins, Elaine Mcalurin, John Yost, and others. View the gallery display of Park Portraits from our cultural instructors, youth arts programs, arts partners in residence; and a community organizing data visualization project of park Cultural Centers. Additionally, there will be a series of events taking place in different parks across the city throughout the month, with highly interactive discussions and participatory events that amplify the topics of community creative development; youth as public artists; and design for public play. Participants include: Michael Rohd, Alexandria Eregbu, Free Street Theater, Jim Duignan, and Karen Ford.
The Chicago Park District envisions parks as vital spaces that encourage all Chicagoans to explore the arts and their power to enhance quality of life, neighborhood development, and community dialogue. The Parks have served Chicago artists since their inception with renowned landscape design, physical architecture, and WPA arts programming. The buildings and grounds made way for a tradition of arts programming, classes, and events giving all Chicagoans access to a public studio within walking distance from their homes. Currently the parks are home to over 32 arts organizations, present the performative work of over 1,000 Chicago artists annually through Night Out in the Parks, and offer approximately 3,000 culture and arts classes each year. The parks are the people’s studio.
All events are free and open to all ages. Free parking in Truman College Parking Lot.