ART WORKS Projects’ mission is to use design and the arts to raise
awareness of and educate the public about significant human rights issues.
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!
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).
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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
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?
November 12, 12:30 pm
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?
November 16, 6 pm
6907 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626
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?
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?
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?