Arts in the Parks: The People's Studio

Saturday, October 3 - Sunday, November 15

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 Eric Boelkens, with Dionne Hawkins, Elaine Mcalurin, John Yostand others.

Saturday, October 3 from 1 - 4:30 pm
Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson
Explore three distinct community cultural organizing projects from Englewood, Austin, and West Rogers Park through an interactive dialog with the citizens, artists, and park staff . Exhibit reception 1-2:00, talk 2:00-4:30.

Saturday, October 24 from 10 am - 1 pm
North Park Nature Village Center, 5801 N. Pulaski
The Chicago Park District presents a dialog on "Design for Public Play" with urban playground designers, academics, and community; tours of nature play areas; and play activities for all ages.

Saturday, November 7 from 1 - 3 pm

Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake
Youth lead an unfiltered interactive discussion about the role of arts in their lives and communities; featuring Arts partners and programs from the Chicago Park District–Arts and Culture.


Truman College
1145 W Wilson Ave
60640 Chicago, IL
Phone: (773) 907-4000
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How is the City your studio?

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.