Produced in partnership with Front Porch Arts Center, 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. Featuring storytellers Gloria Brown, Ms. Scales, Elder T. Shanklin and Chicago Sinfonietta orchestra members Karla Galva and Edith Yokley.
Our monthly series, Westside Stories, is a public open mic for Westside residents and artists to gather in a communal storytelling forum that celebrates the Black oral tradition and the intergenerational nature of the front porch. These narratives will eventually be housed in an online archive.
Join Front Porch Arts Center for our Winter Wellness Series, created to offer community residents virtual wellness and arts workshops that heal, inspire, activate and create. Click here for more events.
In response to the aftermath related to the protests of George Floyd's murder, Front Porch Arts Center launched the Westside Mural Project. Within the movement to beautify boarded-up businesses post-protest, we saw few painted storefronts in Westside neighborhoods and recognized the importance of creating permanent public art in exaltation of voices and artists from Out West. We plan to both celebrate Westsiders’ historical and cultural narratives through art while adding to community beautification.
Our walls include:
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