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To preserve, conserve and promote the legacy and future of African American art and artists, while educating the community on the value of art and culture.
The SSCAC, located is one of the last surviving art centers of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The government at the time guaranteed operational monies for an art center if, and only if, the community could buy a building. Under the steel determination of Margaret Burroughs, a challenge went out to the community to do for self, if only a dime at a time. And the community responded over and over again. The building was purchased in 1940 with the official opening in 1941.
In its 75 years in operation, the South Side Community Art Center has been home to many nationally recognized artists, including Dr. Margaret Burroughs, Richard Hunt, Archibald Motley, Eldzier Cortor, Bernard Goss, Charles White, William Carter, Joseph Kersey and Gordon Parks.
(Snippet By Chlee Hunter Contributing Reporter Chicago Defender. Full article on-line)