Mar 14

DREAM and Vision for the Future of North Lawndale

March 21 (2-4:00) You are invited to gather and dream a vision for the future of North Lawndale at Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center, 1957 S. Spaulding Ave. at 21st.
We need you!
First, there will be an update on projects CUARC is involved in that are about improving the community. This will be followed by a facilitated creative experience expressing our vision and dreams for the future of the neighborhood. Picking up where we left off last month, we...

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March 21 (2-4:00) You are invited to gather and dream a vision for the future of North Lawndale at Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center, 1957 S. Spaulding Ave. at 21st.
We need you!
First, there will be an update on projects CUARC is involved in that are about improving the community. This will be followed by a facilitated creative experience expressing our vision and dreams for the future of the neighborhood. Picking up where we left off last month, we will take notes and document our efforts, and keep track off our vision. No need to have attended last month. We will be doing more new, easy, fun exercises. There will be one more small meeting next month, and then we will meet at a large location & accommodate a much larger number of people to accomplish a larger experience to dream for North Lawndale.
We hope to develop a plan for the future of North Lawndale much like other neighborhoods have who have successfully moved their neighborhoods forward. We will be including neighborhood organizations, chamber of commerce, elected officials, and businesses. Please consider attending our DREAM of the future of North Lawndale creative experience! Please RSVP at contact@urbanartretreat.com

Mar 14

Youth Violence/Adult Responses

I believe it is wrong to condone our youth being violent and not choosing other ways to respond to violence when they are confronted with it. I am disappointed that any adult would condone the violent behavior at recent ball game of North Lawndale team. I really do not care who started it- it is wrong to be fighting, hitting other people. This is called violence. I saw on the television news report, a grown man made a statement that...

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I believe it is wrong to condone our youth being violent and not choosing other ways to respond to violence when they are confronted with it. I am disappointed that any adult would condone the violent behavior at recent ball game of North Lawndale team. I really do not care who started it- it is wrong to be fighting, hitting other people. This is called violence. I saw on the television news report, a grown man made a statement that the Lawndale youth were only responding to the other team's violence by being violent.This is the wrong example to set for your youth! No wonder youth are out of control with adults in our community being on the wrong side of the violence in our community issue.
I often lead workshops and classes in our schools and at area organizations. It is hard to see the amount of violent talk and actions the children present. When I meet parents, I quickly learn where they get it from. When I see movies, videos, online images, video games, publicity ads, etc. I learn where they get it from, and how it is re-enforced.
We must let children know that there are consequences for their actions. If they break rules, they will need to face the music. We must be consistent. They must know what to expect and be prepared to pay for their mistakes now, before they make mistakes they must pay dearly for.

Feb 23

Updated Mar 01

Saturday Black History Month workshop Feb. 28

In honor of Black History Month we have set aside time on February 28 for 2 workshops to paint portraits of African American heroes. Adult program is 11-1 and Youth program is 1:30-3:30 in art studio. FREE. All levels welcome. No experience needed.

FREE art classes will continue beginning March 7 every Saturday for those who are signed up via email. Adults may register for 4 weeks at a time, and may continue as long as they like. Adults may re-register each month.

In order to qualify for FREE classes, people must attend 4 classes in a row & RSVP in advance.

  • Thanks Dianna at Urban Retreat, can I get more information phone or address of classes, so that I may Register, Thank you again.

  • Dianna at Urban Art Retreat social justice issues, neighborhood concerns, art

    Urban Art Retreat is located at 1957 S. Spaulding Ave. at corner of 21st. info@urbanartretreat.com Our website is www.urbanartretreat.com and Facebook.com/urbanartretreat To register for free classes, send an email to our email address in advance with your contact info and message.

    Remember, if you are ever wanting to find out contact info for a person or organization and you don't have their info- google them! Plenty of info will come up on them, including their website and contact info on that! thanks for your interest!

Jan 27

24th Ward Aldermanic Candidates Forum

Meet the candidates for alderman in the 24th ward in this video from a forum hosted by the Chicago Westside Branch NAACP: http://ow.ly/I362N.

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