Our mission is to fill a much needed void by creating arts and cultural programming, such as workshops, classes, performances, exhibitions, artist partnerships, and residencies. Our focus is to add to the artistic landscape of the Westside of Chicago while celebrating and documenting community, art and cultural history.
Founded in 2019, Front Porch Arts Center was created to serve Westside communities that although are rich and culturally vibrant, are also economically and artistically under-served.
We showcase African-American culture and history by creating spaces that explore and celebrate our beautifully complex Westside narratives through the arts. Our programming gives space for the stories, testimony, wisdom and creative expression found in front porch culture.
Westside Classic, produced in partnership with Chicago Sinfonietta, is a storytelling performance centering the voices of West Side residents. For this program, Front Porch Arts Center partners with elders of Bethel New Life and the Residents Orchestrate Project to showcase narrative storytelling with musical scores by Chicago Sinfonietta Orchestra Members.
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