Understanding Locality and Art in Chicago

Producing Local Color

October 19, 2010 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Harris School of Public Policy Studies
1155 E. 60th St.
Room 224

Diane Grams is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tulane University and coeditor with Betty Farrell of Entering Cultural Communities: Diversity and Change in the Nonprofit Arts. During fall 2010, she is a visiting fellow at the Yale Center for Cultural Sociology, a sister center to the University of Chicago’s Cultural Policy Center. Prior to joining Tulane’s faculty in 2007, she served as the associate director of the Cultural Policy Center (2003-2007).

Diane Grams presented a workshop based on her new book Producing Local Color: Art Networks In Ethnic Chicago (2010, University of Chicago Press). She discussed the increasing importance of locality within a global urban environment. Drawing on her ethnographic research in Chicago’s Bronzeville, Pilsen, and Rogers Park, she presented her analysis of the different kinds of networks of interest and support that sustain the making of art outside of the limelight. Through her investigation into a variety of art worlds, she found out how people work together to develop their communities, honor their history, and enrich the experiences of their neighbors through art.


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