ART WORKS Projects’ mission is to use design and the arts to raise
awareness of and educate the public about significant human rights issues.

 

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    The Children of Syria

    Conflict & Post-Conflict, Exhibits & Installations, Gender & Children's Rights Issues, Middle East, Refugee & Displacement
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    Sustenance: Chicago & the Food Chain

    625 at 6:25, Chicago, Community Conversations & Workshops, Exhibits & Installations, Food & Resource Access, Gender & Children's Rights Issues, Labor & Economics, North America
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    House of Cards: Rebuilding

    625 at 6:25, Chicago, Community Conversations & Workshops, Documentaries, Exhibits & Installations, Gender & Children's Rights Issues, Labor & Economics, North America, Refugee & Displacement
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    Blood/Stones

    Asia/Pacific, Conflict & Post-Conflict, Documentaries, Exhibits & Installations, Labor & Economics, Refugee & Displacement
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    Horn of Africa

    Africa, Conflict & Post-Conflict, Exhibits & Installations, Food & Resource Access, Gender & Children's Rights Issues, Refugee & Displacement
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    The Missing Peace

    Africa, Community Conversations & Workshops, Conflict & Post-Conflict, Documentaries, Gender & Children's Rights Issues
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    Darfur/Darfur

    Africa, Conflict & Post-Conflict, Exhibits & Installations, Food & Resource Access, Gender & Children's Rights Issues, Labor & Economics, Refugee & Displacement
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    Congo/Women

    Africa, Conflict & Post-Conflict, Exhibits & Installations, Food & Resource Access, Gender & Children's Rights Issues, Labor & Economics, Refugee & Displacement
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    Transitions

    Chicago, Conflict & Post-Conflict, Europe, Exhibits & Installations, Gender & Children's Rights Issues, Labor & Economics, North America, Refugee & Displacement, South America
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    The Prosecutors

    Africa, Conflict & Post-Conflict, Documentaries, Europe, Gender & Children's Rights Issues, South America
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    Sanctuary & Sustenance

    Conflict & Post-Conflict, Exhibits & Installations, Food & Resource Access, Gender & Children's Rights Issues, North America, Refugee & Displacement, South America
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    We All We Got

    625 at 6:25, Chicago, Community Conversations & Workshops, Conflict & Post-Conflict, Exhibits & Installations, Food & Resource Access, Gender & Children's Rights Issues, Refugee & Displacement
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    Faces of the Child Migrant Crisis

    Africa, Conflict & Post-Conflict, Exhibits & Installations, Food & Resource Access, Gender & Children's Rights Issues, Refugee & Displacement
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    Product of Mexico

    625 at 6:25, Chicago, Exhibits & Installations, Food & Resource Access, Gender & Children's Rights Issues, North America, Refugee & Displacement
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    Workshop to Change the World

    625 at 6:25, Chicago, Community Conversations & Workshops, Food & Resource Access, Gender & Children's Rights Issues, Labor & Economics, North America
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    I Dream of Congo

    Africa, Conflict & Post-Conflict, Exhibits & Installations, Food & Resource Access, Gender & Children's Rights Issues, Refugee & Displacement
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    At What Cost

    Africa, Asia/Pacific, Community Conversations & Workshops, Conflict & Post-Conflict, Documentaries, Europe, Exhibits & Installations, Gender & Children's Rights Issues, Labor & Economics, North America, South America
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    Women Between Peace & War

    Asia/Pacific, Conflict & Post-Conflict, Exhibits & Installations, Gender & Children's Rights Issues, Labor & Economics
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    Transitions

     

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    Transitions

     

    ART WORKS Projects is pleased to launch our 2016-2017 10th Anniversary season with Transitions, a four-part international exhibition and cultural exchange between creative teams from Bogotá, Colombia; Chicago, Illinois; Goma, the Democratic Republic of Congo; and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina to co-curate a photography exhibition highlighting national journeys of transitional justice in post-conflict environments. Through collaboration, community conversations, and workshops, the four teams of curators and photographers are reflecting upon the experiences of each country’s evolution from war to peace, alongside the lessons learned by their colleagues and audiences. This project will consider multiple aspects of post-conflict society and challenges and successes at varying stages of transitional justice, from across the centuries to recently established zones of fragile peace. Preview the exhibition by watching the workshop video here!

     

    625 at 6:25

    Thursday, September 29; 6:25 – 8:00pm
    Transitional Justice – A Global Overview
    Join us for a community conversation and panel discussion about transitional justice from a global perspective, including insight and perspective about the four countries highlighted in ART WORKS Project’s current exhibition, Transitions: Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH); Colombia; the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); and the United States (US).

     

    Speakers include:
    David Peyton, Northwestern University, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, Dept. of Political Science
    Helena María Olea Rodríguez, University of Illinois at Chicago, Criminology, Law and Justice and Latin American and Latino Studies
    Edin Hajdarpasic, Loyola University Chicago, Dept. of History 
    Leslie M. Harris, Northwestern University, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, Dept. of History

     

    Saturday, November 19; 12:00 – 3:00pm
    Transitional Justice – The United States: A Work in Progress
    Join us for a discussion (two panels) about the journey towards an equitable society since the national abolition of slavery in 1865. Using such indicators as access to education, property, and justice mechanisms we will consider the successes and failures of post-Civil War America. This event is free and open to the public. Please click here to register to attend.

     

    Panel 1: Slavery, Equity, & the Law, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
    During this panel, we will take a look at the historical foundations of racial inequity in the United States - beginning with slavery and the Civil War and leading up to today.

     

    Moderator: Susan Gzesh, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, University of Chicago

     

    Panelists:
    Kate Masur - Northwestern University, Department of History
    Jeanette Samuels - Samuels & Associates, Ltd.

     

    Panel 2: Education, Property, & the Public Voice, 1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
    After establishing the historical framework for inequity in the first panel, the second panel will address its contemporary legacy and the American social and government structures where inequity appears today.

     

    Moderator: Sonya Anderson, Leading Educators

     

    Panelists:
    Linda Lutton - WBEZ, education reporter
    Steve Bynum - WBEZ, Worldview
    Janet Smith - University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Urban Planning and Policy

     

    Thursday, December 15; 6:25 - 8:30 p.m.
    Closing Reception: The Next Generation of Justice
    625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago

    To celebrate the closing of Transitions, our NextGen committee is hosting a casual evening of conversation on the role of art and media in the expression of civil rights and social justice for the Black community here in Chicago and the rest of the US. This event is free and open to the public. Please click here to register to attend.

     

    Speakers include:
    Martine Granby - photographer and documentarian
    Amanda Kleintop - PhD Candidate, Department of History, Northwestern University
    Sophia Nahli Allison - Transitions US photographer

     

    625 at 6:25  is ART WORKS Projects’ cornerstone program designed to give audiences the opportunity to learn about and discuss a range of regional and global human rights and social justice topics with photographers, journalists, diplomats, academics, advocates, and humanitarian providers. Questions and conversations are highly encouraged.

     

    The program is free and open to the public. For parking information and directions to our studio click here.

     

    Opening Reception
    September 15, 6:25 PM – 9:00 PM
    625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago

     

    Join us for an evening of networking and casual discussion for the launch of Transitions at our 625 Studio Gallery. The exhibition will close November 4, and will be followed by installations in each of the partner countries. Community conversations at the 625 Studio Gallery, at Chicago Public Library locations, and in Chicago Public Schools will expand the dialogue.

     

    Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Post-Conflict Research Center/WARM Foundation
    Photography by Midhat Poturovic

     

    Colombia: Centro Nacional De Memoria Histórica
    Photography by Juan Arredondo

     

    Democratic Republic of Congo: Yole!Africa
    Photography by Martin Lukongo

     

    United States: ART WORKS Projects
    Photography by Sophia Nahli Allison

     

    Major funding for Transitions is provided through the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation International Connections Fund.

     

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    COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS AT THE CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY

     

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    New for 2016/2017 Season: Community Conversations at Chicago Public Libraries (CPL)

     

    ART WORKS Projects is excited to announce an expansion of its community conversations this season to include discussions at regional and local branches of the Chicago Public Library. Join AWP and local experts to explore human rights issues at the global level and discuss ways in which those issues are important and relevant to the Chicago community.

     

    Fall 2016

    The fall Community Conversations with CPL complement ART WORKS Projects fall exhibition, Transitions, which can be viewed from September 16 through November 6 at the ART WORKS Projects Studio, 625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago. Major funding for Transitions is provided through the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation International Connections Fund.

     

    All events are free and open to the public.

     

    October 4, 6 – 7 pm
    Carter G. Woodson Regional Library
    9525 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60628

     

    Access to Education
    According to the World Bank, “Education is one of the most powerful instruments for reducing poverty and inequality and lays a foundation for sustained economic growth.” How is the lack of access to education manifested in Chicago and abroad, and what can communities do to make sure every child is provided with the resources they need to succeed?

     

    Panelists
    Dr. Lynne Muhammad – Science Department, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School
    Ashley Cureton Turner – PhD Candidate, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
    Amy Maglio – Founder, Women’s Global Education Project

     

    Moderator
    Sonya Anderson – Senior Vice President of Storytelling and Development, Leading Educators

     

    October 13, 6 pm
    Frederick Douglass Branch Library
    3353 W 13th St, Chicago, IL 60623

     

    Access to Justice
    Less than one percent of those arrested and held in police custody in Chicago in 2013 had a lawyer present, according to Chicago Police Data (Source: CNN, May 5, 2016). What challenges face the Chicago community in providing equal justice to all, and how are advocates addressing issues of equal treatment and rule of law globally?

     

    Panelists
    Sheila Bedi - Northwestern School of Law and the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center
    Amanda Rivkin - photographer
    Flint Taylor - People's Law Office

     

    Moderator
    Leslie Thomas - ART WORKS Projects and LARC, Inc.

     

    November 12, 12:30 pm
    West Pullman
    830 W 119th St, Chicago, IL 60643

     

    Access to Healthcare
    Access to healthcare remains prohibitively expensive for many people, despite the Affordable Care Act of 2010. For too many, accessing basic health care often requires an arduous journey to medical clinics and facilities outside their neighborhood. How does adequate access to medical care help communities protect the public health, and contribute to the community’s economic and social stability?

     

    Panelists
    Vanessa Smith - South Side Help Center
    Jennifer Brier - Gender and Women's Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

     

    Moderator
    Anna Maitland - Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

     

    November 16, 6 pm
    Rogers Park
    6907 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626


    Child Soldiers

    There are an estimated 250,000 child soldiers in the world today – with an estimated 40 percent being girls, according to international non-governmental organization, War Child. How can the international community collaborate to end this human rights abuse, and how can post-conflict societies address the unique challenge of rehabilitating those who are at once survivors and perpetrators?

     

    Speakers
    Peter Magui Bul, former Sudanese Lost Boy
    Katherine Kaufka Walts, Center for the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University Chicago

     

    December 7, 6 pm
    Conrad Sulzer Regional Library
    4455 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

     

    Remembrance and Memorialization
    In communities that have experienced widespread trauma, what are the ways collective memory is formed and how does it contribute – or not contribute – to societal reconciliation? Does an emphasis on community remembrance and memorialization reduce future transgressions?

     

    Panelists
    Kim Theriault, PhD, Art History, Dominican University
    Leslie Harris, PhD, Department of History, Northwestern University
    Elizabeth Lozano, PhD, School of Communications, Loyola University
    Clement Adibe, PhD, Peace, Justice, & Conflict Studies, DePaul University

     

    December 14, 6 pm
    Bessie Coleman Library
    731 E 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60637


    Displacement and Housing

    Globally, an estimated 65.3 million people – or one in 113 people – were displaced from their homes in 2015 due to conflict and persecution (Source: UNHCR). In Chicago, gentrification and financial hardship contribute to forced displacement, leaving families vulnerable and potentially homeless. What strategies can we apply to create and protect housing security and strengthen community stability through ensuring access to fair, safe, affordable housing?

     

    Panelists
    Janet Smith, PhD, Vorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement, University of Illinois at Chicago
    Ryan Spangler, Housing Coordinator, Heartland Alliance
    Jessica Darrow, PhD, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

     

    Moderator
    Roberta Feldman, M.Arch., PhD, Professor Emerita, UIC School of Architecture