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Street parking is free but scarce. There is a free community parking lot a few blocks away on 60th and Stony Island. The Metra stops at 59th and Stony Island.

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Recent Events

Spring Workshop Series: New Perspectives on Cultural Participation

  • Erika Dudley and Joane Friedman: " How the Civic Knowledge Project at the University of Chicago Forms Reciprocal Relationships with the Community through the Arts and Humanities"
  • John Michael Schert: "The Utility of the Creative Process"
  • Sunil Iyengar and Jennifer Novak-Leonard: " Arts Research & Data and its Chicago Connection: "Insights from the National Endowment for the Arts"
  • Steven J. Tepper: " Work and Life Outcomes for Creative Graduates: Myths and Realities"
  • Lynne Conner: " The Talking Cure?: A Theory of Social Interpretation in the Live + Digital Era"

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Winter Workshop Series: Breaking Boundaries: theory, practice, cities, and planning

  • George Lepauw: "Breaking the Box: Do We Need Arts Institutions in the 21st Century? The Case of Classical Music"
  • Kristen Schilt and Chase Joynt: "When Social Sciences Meet the Arts: The Process of Collaboration"
  • Julie Burros: "The Chicago Cultural Plan at Year One"
  • Brooke Flanagan and Hilary Odom: "Moving the Needle from Cultural Policy to Cultural Engagement"
  • Terry Nichols Clark: "Scenes: Cultural Dynamics of Neighborhoods, Chicago, Paris, Seoul, Tokyo, Lessons to Share"
  • Jennifer Novak-Leonard and Joanna Woronkowicz: "Working to Bridge the Gap: Linking Academic and Practitioner-based Arts and Policy Research"

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Fall Workshop Series: Publishing and Libraries

  • Randal C. Picker: "The Mediated Book: eBooks and the Digital Library"
  • Penny Sebring and Eric Brown: "Teens, Digital Media, and the Chicago Public Library"
  • Garrett P. Kiely: "Après la Révolution: Publishing in the Post-Digital World"
  • Siva Vaidhyanathan: "The Human Knowledge Project"
  • Kathryn Zickuhr: "Books, Libraries, and the Changing Digital Landscape"
  • Alison Gerber: "Making Cents of Art"

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Spring 2013 Workshop Series: Cultural Diplomacy

  • Bill Ivey: "Starting Over: Reconfiguring American Cultural Diplomacy for the 21st Century"
  • Robert Albro: "Cultural Diplomacy as Creative Collaboration: Applied Humanities Networks and Post-Values Partnerships"
  • Morag M. Kersel: "U.S. Cultural Policy: People, Places, and Property in U.S. Foreign Relations"
  • Richard Kurin: "Saving Haiti's Heritage: Cultural Recovery after the Earthquake"
  • Deborah Lehr: "Egypt: A Public Private Partnership to Protect the Cultural Heritage of Countries in Crisis"
  • Brian T. Edwards: "Iran, Cinema, and the Curious Logics of Circulation"

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Teaching Artists and the Future of Education — panel & community forum — February 15, 2012

The first Chicago presentation of the Teaching Artist Research Project, a study of teaching artists and their work in a dozen cities, including Chicago.

With Nick Rabkin, Jessica Hudson, Cecil McDonald, Mario Rossero, and Margaret Beale Spencer.

This forum is presented by the Teaching Artist Development (TAD) Studio at Columbia College Chicago's Center for Community Arts Partnerships and sponsored by the Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP) at Columbia College Chicago; the Cultural Policy Center, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, and NORC at the University of Chicago; and Ingenuity, Inc.

Funding for this colloquium was made possible by support from the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the Cultural Policy Center, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, and NORC at the University of Chicago.

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Future of the City: The Arts Symposium — June 7, 2011

Co-hosted with the National Endowment for the Arts and the University of Chicago's Office of Civic Engagement.

The University of Chicago presents Future of the City: The Arts Symposium, a one-day gathering of leaders who are shaping the cultural landscape of Chicago and beyond.

Arts and culture are proving their power as economic and social catalysts for the creative transformation of cities. Strategic collaborations between government, businesses, foundations and academic sectors have helped to rejuvenate neighborhoods, inspire civic and community engagement, and incubate the next generation of creative entrepreneurs. We will explore these themes, related research, and public policies as they apply to Chicago and other urban centers.

David Simon and Wendell Pierce (The Wire and Treme) will hold a special lunch-time conversation during a day full of discussions between internationally recognized researchers, artists, academics, and civic leaders.

John Holden, author of Capturing Cultural Value: How Culture Has Become a Tool of Government Policy, will provide introductory remarks to expert panelists discussing how cultural policies and arts practices around the world are evolving as individuals, organizations, and cities adjust to social changes, technological advances and economic uncertainty.

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