Calendar: Cool South Side Events

Mark your calendars for these cool events coming soon:

Join Black Girls Jump at R.A.G.E. So Fresh Saturday
Ogden Park 6500 S. Racine in Chicago. August 4 from 3:00 PM-7:00 PM.

“So Fresh Saturdays” is a fun, intergenerational, community-driven, “edu-tainment” festival series for the entire family that tours parks throughout Greater Englewood. Each “So Fresh Saturdays” showcases various artistic expressions and workshops that focus on youth, entrepreneurship, hip hop, media, social networks, community activism, culturally-relevant history and critical resources. The centerpiece of “So Fresh Saturdays” are the performances by local dance groups, choirs, singers, rappers, poets and other artists!

Saturday, August 18 Creative Grounds presents 8×3: Art + Architecture in collaboration with the Washington Park Development Group. At Anthony Overton, 4927 S Indiana Ave, 2 p.m. Register here.

By asking how might art, design and architecture support, accelerate or amplify repurposing of closed public schools, this project aims to produce art and design installations by collaborative teams of architects and artists that can respond both to the main prompt of Creative Grounds about the future of social infrastructure and/or are inspired by the architecture of this building or the legacy of Anthony Overton.

Creative Grounds will serve as the organizing platform to facilitate collaborative projects among Bronzeville and city-wide artists, architects, students and residents—the idea is to create 24 rooms (eight classrooms per floor and three floors) that have original site-specific projects that explore the intersections between art, design and architecture.

Join us during our open house and workshop days on Saturdays (June 30, July 28 and August 18) and get a hands-on collaborative experience with these teams of artists, architects, students and neighbors.

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Maureen Kelleher

Maureen Kelleher

Maureen Kelleher is a senior writer and editor at Education Post, but before that she spent a decade as a reporter, blogger and policy analyst. Her work has been published across the education world, from Education Week to the Center for American Progress. Between 1998 and 2006 she was an associate editor at Catalyst Chicago, the go-to magazine covering Chicago’s public schools. There, her reporting won awards from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the International Reading Association and the Society for Professional Journalists. A former high school English teacher, she is also the proud mom of an elementary student at Chicago’s Namaste Charter School. Find her on Twitter at @KelleherMaureen.

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