Added Oct 12 2017
Using Kedzie stop on CTA pink line as center ofhub, we intend to renovate buildings & build new ones to provide artists live/work spaces, galleries, bookstore, computer shop/gallery, coffee shop, park, and healthy food outlets. We will create construction jobs, shop & building maintenance jobs, grounds keeper jobs, receptionist, educator positions, art positions (visual arts, dance, music, studio), daycare jobs, coffee shop jobs, office worker, & terrific opportunities for youth & families.AREA: 21st & Kedzie, Next to & across from CTA pink line stop at Kedzie, 19th and Kedzie 4 corners, East & west of Kedzie. Create relaxing gardens w/healthy food carts,One space could be used to collaborate with “garbage pickers” who can collect furniture to be transformed into art furniture for sale on Kedzie at 16th. Recycling used furniture into artistic pieces to be exhibited & sold in a gallery. Thrift store, bookstore cafe & writing studio, fix-it/rent/learn computers shop, coffee/tea shop & art gallery. All spaces will have vending machines w/healthy food options. We want to include a daycare center with emphasis on visual arts & one with an emphasis on dance. We plan to build a music recording studio. Plan includes theatre building for middle school & high school youth. Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center will be a part of the hub at 1957 S. Spaulding, 2 blocks west of Kedzie pink line stop, we are looking at expanding into the building next to us.We are recruiting North Lawndale artists, folks interested in developing North Lawndale area for the future, & others interested in discussing project, volunteering to help. We have architects drawing up plans, setting up discussions to involve neighborhood people & others interested in being involved.