Meet to discuss the possibilities for the area around the Kedzie pink line stop. There is nothing there right now. What if we beautified the area, developed & encouraged the addition of businesses and more residents in the area? How about bringing entrepreneurs to the area? It is ugly and empty right now. What if there were flower beds, informational kiosks, flags waving in the breeze, sculptures, and positive things to do in this area? What if we build a resource center building on the N.E. corner where 21st meets Kedzie? What if the building had storefronts with a gallery, spoken word cafe, youth program, florist shop & thrift store training & employing people with disabilities, community meeting space on the 1st floor? What if the 2nd & 3rd floors had work spaces for area entrepreneurs, services, businesses? Imagine an art walk for North Lawndale & Little Village. Picture volunteers working in pairs at the CTA stop, welcoming passengers with brochures about things to do in the area of both communities & improving security! Now, imagine that you are taking part in it's early development??!! Please consider becoming a part of helping North Lawndale & Little Village become greater & happier by changing this portal to both communities for the better.
What can people do?
* Become a liaison between our group and CTA . What kind of relationship can we have? Can we get a trash can for both sides?
*Secure donations of flowers and large heavy containers for the street/sidewalk area.
*Research building or buying info. kiosks (One per corner)
*Contact railroad company to find dates when they will work to clean up the underpasses (Kedzie and Spaulding) for our future murals.
*Distribute flyers & talk w/people door to door.
*Help develop the brochure.
*Recruit volunteers to help with project.
*Create a flyer for project.
*Work on the ArtWalk!
*Be a part of the Steering committee to oversee this project.
Chicago URBAN ART RETREAT Center (CUARC) provides guestrooms for women travelers & furnished rooms for women. CUARC also provides safe space for people who are different from each other to enjoy & learn from each other. CUARC celebrates multiculturalism, diversity, and non-violence. We provide opportunities for people to learn about and practice peace. We encourage our volunteers to learn about social justice issues and the isms to spread this information to others.
In addition to a women's residence on the second floor, we offer an art gallery for under-represented artists, art boutique, and art studio for non-artists. CUARC offers a variety of programs geared to the under represented and to educate the public about under represented populations. At our own site and at sites of other non-profits, CUARC programs include: art workshops & classes for non-artists, support & education for entrepreneurs, art shows by under represented people (people with mental illnesses, people of color, non-artists, survivors of trauma, immigrants, lesbians, gays, & seniors). Social opps. for people who are different from each other to attend, enjoy each other, and learn from each other are offered monthly. Non-violence and tolerance is encouraged at all activities.