Nov 30

How to Raise Money to Build a Ramp!?

I have been working with children and adults to help them improve their lives for over 45 years. Most of this I have accomplished through art-making and discussion. Some I have done via counseling and sharing resources. I have worked through Urban Art Retreat since 1984.

At our current site, we are trying to become wheelchair accessible to increase attendance of people who have physical limitations/issues so they may benefit from our programming. We plan to build a ramp, install...

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I have been working with children and adults to help them improve their lives for over 45 years. Most of this I have accomplished through art-making and discussion. Some I have done via counseling and sharing resources. I have worked through Urban Art Retreat since 1984.

At our current site, we are trying to become wheelchair accessible to increase attendance of people who have physical limitations/issues so they may benefit from our programming. We plan to build a ramp, install railings, and re-do our front steps so that people can access our first floor. We located an architect who has drawn up some plans for the changes. Now we are trying to raise the money needed to make the improvement. It sure is difficult raising money. I thought for such a good cause it would not be so difficult. We could use help.

My work with people with mental health issues has been so very gratifying providing services. We have focused on this population on site and off-site. People really appreciate the program. I love working with people who have mental health issues. I fit right in. We can be friends, share humor, make art side by side, and have great conversations. We appreciate each other. However, often, people also have physical issues too. This is a stumbling block for our on-site programming!

Some of the artists who would like to show in the steppingstone gallery here sometimes present with physical limitations. Occasionally a potential volunteer has a physical disability. Once in awhile, a person who wants to attend a meeting here has a physical disability. What to do?! We really need to be accessible to everyone.

I am wondering what ideas people may have to help us raise the money and find the support needed to become accessible to all?

Nov 25

Updated Nov 25

Groups of Volunteers have participated at Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center in the Last Two Weeks

One group has come from Phoenix High School in ROTC program. This past Wednesday a large group of volunteers from City Year showed up early and stood for long at Urban Art Retreat. They worked in different areas including the Women's Residence, the Art Studio and the North Lawndale Peace Park across this community center. Those interested in volunteering can send email to contact@urbanartretreat.com

People interested in volunteering attend orientation Saturday at noon

    Chicago Urban Art Retreat :: Home
    We have lots more news & updates. Check out all we have to offer by clicking the link below. Do you think you would like to help us get the word out about our Peace Parks Project?
    http://urbanartretreat.com

Nov 20

Updated Nov 21

Teens charged with murder as adults over killing of Rep. Danny Davis’ grandson

2584-2599 S. California Ave.

    Teens charged with murder as adults over killing of Rep. Danny Davis' grandson
    CHICAGO -- Two teenagers were charged as adults with first degree murder Sunday in connection with the killing of U.S. Congressman Danny Davis' grandson Jovan Wilson. A Cook County judge charged 16-year-old Tariq Harris and 17-year-old Dijae T. Banks with first degree murder in connection with the killing, while also denying bail for the pair.
    http://wgntv.com

  • real chicago rat relax its only pilsen

    lets get these laws changed to meet the growing senless crimes about
    these guns in the wrong hands ,, we need to show these people that
    if you want to mess with guns and do damage ,, you will be held liable
    for your actions ,, yes gun laws need to be changed and enforced fully
    and then peoples actions will think twice

Nov 10

Updated Nov 11

10 wounded in Wednesday shootings on South, West sides

About 12:30 p.m., a 13-year-old boy was shot in the leg in the 2800 block of South Trumbull in Little Village. His condition was stabilized at Mount Sinai, police said.

Wednesday’s first shooting happened about 8:20 a.m. in North Lawndale. A van pulled up to a 25-year-old man in the 1500 block of South Komensky and someone inside shot him in the leg, police said. He drove himself to Mount Sinai, where he was listed in good condition.

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About the same time, someone in a vehicle driving through the East Garfield Park neighborhood’s 100 block of South Springfield shot a 16-year-old boy in the leg, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition.

Another drive-by shooter wounded four men about 4 p.m. in the 3400 block of West Monroe in West Garfield Park, police said. A 23-year-old man was shot in the...

Thirty minutes earlier, a girl or woman walked up to a 17-year-old boy and shot him in the leg in the 600 block of South Karlov in Lawndale. He was taken to Mount Sinai in good condition after the domestic-related shooting, police said.

At 11 a.m., someone in a silver crossover vehicle shot a 26-year-old man near 108th Street and Sangamon in the Morgan Park neighborhood before taking off north on Halsted, police said. The victim was in good condition at the scene.

Additionally, a 28-year-old man was shot in the foot at 8:45 a.m. in the 500 block of North Lavergne, and a 16-year-old boy was shot in the hip at 1:11 p.m. in the 3000 block of West Lexington. Those shootings were thought to be accidentally self-inflicted, police said.

Additionally, a 28-year-old man was shot in the foot at 8:45 a.m. in the 500 block of North Lavergne, and a 16-year-old boy was shot in the hip at 1:11 p.m. in the 3000 block of West Lexington. Those shootings were thought to be accidentally self-inflicted, police said.

    10 wounded in Wednesday shootings on South, West sides
    At least 10 people have been shot on the South and West sides of the city since Wednesday morning. The latest shooting happened about 8 p.m. at a Gresham neighborhood store, where a clerk shot an 18-year-old man multiple times when he tried to rob the business, according to Chicago Police.
    http://chicago.suntimes.com

Oct 07

Updated Nov 11

Coffee With a Cop Day: Chicago Police Try to Build Trust Over a Cup of Joe

Where: McDonald's, 2609 S. Kedzie Ave.

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Where: McDonald's, 740 E. 47th St.

Where: Greenline Café, 501 E. 61st St.

Where: McDonald's, 4047 E. 106th St.

Where: McDonald's, 600 E. 115th St.

Where: Dunkin' Donuts, 207 W. 79th St.

Where: Starbucks, 806 W. 63rd St.

Where: Dunkin' Donuts, 5448 S. Pulaski Road

Where: Mariano's, 3145 S. Ashland Ave.

Where: McDonald's, 1454 W. 47th St.

Where: Bridgeport Coffee House, 3101 S. Morgan St.

Where: Dunkin' Donuts, 800 N. Kedzie Ave.

Where: Starbucks in Target, 1101 W. Jackson Blvd.

Where: Senor Pan, 2615 W. North Ave.

Where: Bitoy Bistro, 5946 W. Chicago Ave.

Where: Dunkin' Donuts, 6342 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Where: Panera Bread, 6059 N. Lincoln Ave.

Where: District Station, 850 W. Addison St.

Where: McDonald's, 5130 N. Sheridan Ave.

Where: Bridgeport Coffeehouse, 9135 S. Western Ave.

Where: Starbucks in Target, 2112 W. Peterson Ave.

Where: Dunkin' Donuts, 5650 W. Fullerton Ave.

    Coffee With a Cop Day: Chicago Police Try to Build Trust Over a Cup of Joe
    CHICAGO, IL - Residents will have an opportunity to meet the Chicago police officers who protect and serve their neighborhoods as part of a nationwide outreach event Friday. The Chicago Police Department will be participating in Coffee With a Cop Day, a national event established to help build trust between law enforcement officers and the communities they patrol.
    http://patch.com

  • Rakarwowski, You're correct. The cameras on the street, on the vest, and elsewhere reduce corruption, and the vast majority of cops are good. The biggest problem now is they're all laying down because of the Soros funded BLM haters. The decent black folks are who are paying the price in their 'hoods.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    RAKARWOWSKI nailed it.
    @Westsider; You're right about the attitudes of some people who don't like the police because they are accustomed to giving orders and not taking orders. Somehow they believe that it's beneath them to submit to the law, instead of complying with the law. It drives cops crazy, when someone makes their difficult job a little more difficult.

Nov 07

Updated Nov 09

Early Voting Is At An All-Time High In Chicago This Year, Beating Obama's '08 Election

Ward 22, Toman Library, 2708 S. Pulaski

Ward 24, Douglass Library, 3353 W. 13th St.

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Chicago Election Board Annex - 15 W. Washington St - New Loop Super Site with more than 100 touch screens

Ward 1, Goldblatts Building, 1615 W. Chicago

Ward 2, Near North Library, 310 W. Division

Ward 3, Chicago Bee Library, 3647 S. State

Ward 5, Jackson Park, 6401 S. Stony Island

Ward 7, Jeffery Manor Library, 2401 E. 100th St.

Ward 8, Olive Harvey College, 10001 S. Woodlawn

Ward 9, Palmer Park, 201 E. 111th St.

Ward 10, Vodak/East Side, 3710 E. 106th St.

Ward 11, District 9 Police, 3120 S. Halsted

Ward 12, McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing

Ward 13, West Lawn Park, 4233 W. 65th St

Ward 14, Archer Heights Library, 5055 S. Archer

Ward 15, Gage Park, 2411 W. 55th St.

Ward 16, Lindblom Park, 6054 S. Damen

Ward 17, Thurgood Marshall Library, 7506 S. Racine

Ward 18, Wrightwood-Ashburn Library, 8530 S. Kedzie

Ward 19, Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St.

Ward 20, Coleman Library, 731 E. 63rd St.

Ward 21, Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted

Ward 23, Clearing Library, 6423 W. 63rd Pl.

Ward 26, Humboldt Park Library, 1605 N. Troy

Ward 27, Eckhart Park, 1330 W. Chicago

Ward 28, W. Side Learning Center, 4624 W. Madison

Ward 29, Amundsen Park, 6200 W. Bloomingdale

Ward 30, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn

Ward 31, Portage Cragin Library, 5108 W. Belmont

Ward 32, Bucktown-Wicker Park Library, 1701 N. Milwaukee

Ward 33, McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N. California

Ward 34, West Pullman Library, 830 W. 119th St

Ward 35, NEIU-El-Centro, 3390 N. Avondale

Ward 36, West Belmont Library, 3104 N. Narragansett

Ward 37, West Chicago Library, 4856 W. Chicago

Ward 38, Hiawatha Park, 8029 W. Forest Preserve

Ward 39, N. Park Village Adm. Bldg., 5801 N. Pulaski

Ward 40, Budlong Woods Library, 5630 N. Lincoln

Ward 41, Roden Library, 6083 N. Northwest Hwy

Ward 42, Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State

Ward 43, Lincoln Park Library, 1150 W. Fullerton

Ward 44, Merlo Library, 644 W. Belmont

Ward 45, District 16 Police, 5151 N. Milwaukee

Ward 46, Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson

Ward 47, Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside

Ward 48, Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway

Ward 49, Pottawattomie Park, 7340 N. Rogers

Ward 50, Warren Park, 6601 N. Western

    Early Voting Is At An All-Time High In Chicago This Year, Beating Obama's '08 Election
    While the polls open bright and early Tuesday at 6:00 a.m., for those who want to head in early, there's still time at select locations through 7:00 p.m. on Monday. The Chicago Board of Elections reported on Sunday that early voting is at an all time high in the city, with 284,506 votes cast.
    http://chicagoist.com

Nov 07

Updated Nov 08

9 Killed, 42 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago

...in an alley in the 4700 block of West Congress, authorities said. Harrison, of the 1800 block of South Homan, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:41 p...

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...old man was found at 4:23 p.m. lying on the ground in the 4900 block of West West End, according to Chicago Police. He had been shot in the torso and was taken to...

...Villa, 36, was sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked car in the 5600 block of South Kolmar when a silver vehicle pulled alongside and someone inside opened fire, according to police and...

...45 p.m., the 22-year-old was sitting in a parked car in the 700 block of West 45th Street when someone in a dark-colored vehicle pulled up and fired shots, hitting him in...

...a dark vehicle pulled alongside and someone inside fired shots, authorities said. Moye, of the 4900 block of South Dorchester, was shot in the chest and taken to Christ Medical Center, where he died at...

...Heights neighborhood. Elijah Terry, 23, was standing outside at 3:39 p.m. in the 10100 block of South Halsted when another male walked up, pulled out a gun and opened fire, authorities said. Terry...

...Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 p.m. He lived in the 1100 block of West 107th Place...

...officers responding to a call of a person shot at a gas station in the 8200 block of South State in the South Side Chatham neighborhood found a man in a vehicle with multiple gunshot...

...wound to the neck on the lawn of a West Englewood neighborhood home in the 5900 block of South Winchester, authorities said. Richardson, who lived in the 2100 block of West 63rd Street, was pronounced...

...home in the 5900 block of South Winchester, authorities said. Richardson, who lived in the 2100 block of West 63rd Street, was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:30 a.m...

...and died of a gunshot wound to neck, authorities said. Virges, who lived in the 7500 block of South Calumet, was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:11 p.m...

...was found unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the chest in an alley in the 4700 block of West Congress, authorities said. Harrison, of the 1800 block of South Homan, was taken to Mount Sinai...

...a passenger in a vehicle being driven by a 21-year-old man in the 200 block of West 76th Street when a dark-colored vehicle pulled alongside and someone inside fired shots in their direction...

    9 Killed, 42 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago
    CHICAGO (CBS) - Nine people were killed and at least 42 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday evening and Monday morning. The latest killing happened Sunday afternoon in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. An 18-year-old man was found at 4:23 p.m.
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com

Nov 07

Updated Nov 07

When and Where You Can Early Vote in the Chicago Area

Ward 22, Toman Library, 2708 S Pulaski

Ward 24, Douglass Library, 3353 W 13th St

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Ward 1, Goldblatts Building, 1615 W Chicago

Ward 2, Near North Library, 310 W Division

Ward 3, Chicago Bee Library, 3647 S State

Ward 5, Jackson Park, 6401 S Stony Island

Ward 7, Jeffery Manor Library, 2401 E 100th St

Ward 8, Olive Harvey College, 10001 S Woodlawn

Ward 9, Palmer Park, 201 E 111th St.

Ward 10, Vodak/East Side, 3710 E 106th St

Ward 11, District 9 Police, 3120 S Halsted

Ward 12, McKinley Park, 2210 W Pershing

Ward 13, West Lawn Park, 4233 W 65th St

Ward 14, Archer Heights Library, 5055 S Archer

Ward 15, Gage Park, 2411 W 55th St.

Ward 16, Lindblom Park, 6054 S Damen

Ward 17, Thurgood Marshall Library, 7506 S Racine

Ward 18, Wrightwood-Ashburn Library, 8530 S Kedzie

Ward 19, Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W 111th St

Ward 20, Coleman Library, 731 E 63rd St

Ward 21, Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S Halsted

Ward 23, Clearing Library, 6423 W 63rd Pl

Ward 26, Humboldt Park Library, 1605 N Troy

Ward 27, Eckhart Park, 1330 W Chicago

Ward 28, W. Side Learning Center, 4624 W Madison

Ward 29, Amundsen Park, 6200 W Bloomingdale

Ward 30, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N Kilbourn

Ward 31, Portage Cragin Library, 5108 W Belmont

Ward 32, Bucktown-Wicker Park Library, 1701 N Milwaukee

Ward 33, McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N California

Ward 34, West Pullman Library, 830 W 119th St

Ward 35, NEIU-El-Centro, 3390 N Avondale

Ward 36, West Belmont Library, 3104 N Narragansett

Ward 37, West Chicago Library, 4856 W Chicago

Ward 38, Hiawatha Park, 8029 W Forest Preserve

Ward 39, N. Park Village Adm. Bldg., 5801 N Pulaski

Ward 40, Budlong Woods Library, 5630 N Lincoln

Ward 41, Roden Library, 6083 N Northwest Hwy

Ward 42, Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N State

Ward 43, Lincoln Park Library, 1150 W Fullerton

Ward 44, Merlo Library, 644 W Belmont

Ward 45, District 16 Police, 5151 N Milwaukee

Ward 46, Truman College, 1145 W Wilson

Ward 47, Welles Park, 2333 W Sunnyside

Ward 48, Edgewater Library, 6000 N Broadway

Ward 49, Pottawattomie Park, 7340 N Rogers

Ward 50, Warren Park, 6601 N Western

3200 Washington Blvd.

901 Wellington Ave.

2100 Ridge Ave.

2750 Indiana Ave.

2300 Old Glenview Rd.

69 W. Washington, Pedway & 5th FL

    When and Where You Can Early Vote in the Chicago Area
    With early voting records shattered over the weekend, Monday marks the last day voters can cast an early ballot before Election Day. Sites will open at 9 a.m. across Chicago and close at 7 p.m. Some suburban locations will close at 5 p.m.
    http://www.nbcchicago.com

  • The Shadow Democrat 49th ward voting for Trump.

    One thing that I promise is that Tommorow night, when CNN and MSNBC, give the results and are forced to say TRUMP 45th PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, I will not come here to make fun of anyone. Yes, this is Chicago and the majority of the population leans Democratic so it will be a very difficult night and following days for some of you.

  • jericho58 resident

    I look forward to seeing what you have to say tomorrow night, young guy. But something tells me you're not going to be anywhere to be found tomorrow night.

    I'm afraid Trump voters are seriously out of step with the country and the electoral math. Things have certainly gotten crazy for sure, but on balance we're still basically a civilized country that values decent behavior, and we don't elect bullies, birthers and gropers for president.

Oct 26

Urban Art Retreat Has a Radio Show Called Arts Social Justice on BlogTalkRadio

Today we interview the chair of the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council Arts and Culture subcommittee about the Arts and Culture Festival at Douglas Park. Here is the link

http://tobtr.com/s/9568983

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