Governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities, Access Living works to eliminate physical and social barriers to independence. Since 1980, Access Living has empowered tens of thousands of people with all types of disabilities with the skills and self-confidence to pursue choices, with the knowledge to fight for their rights, and with the strength to advocate for a fully accessible society. Today, Access Living continues to work toward one Chicago – an integrated, accessible community where everyone has equal access to the cultural, educational and employment opportunities this city has to offer.
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Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
The Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy is an independent, not-for-profit organization housed in the former home of Adlai Stevenson II. The property is owned and maintained by the Lake County Forest Preserve District and licensed to the Center, a public/private partnership. No ivory tower, the goal of the Center is to address challenges to democratic systems of government and conceive practical solutions to the various problems and issues faced by all nations. Non-partisan and non-ideological, its integrity will enable it to challenge conventional wisdom with inconvenient truths, in keeping with the legacy of Adlai Stevenson II.
Affinity Community Services
Affinity Community Services (Affinity) is a social justice organization that has been serving the Black and Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) communities and our allies for over 15 years. During its history, Affinity has broken new ground in providing services to Black LGBTQ communities and queer youth of color, bridging communities, and increasing knowledge about the needs of marginalized groups. The health and wellness advocacy, leadership development, and community building work, which touches over 1,000 individuals each year, continues to evolve to meet the growing and emerging challenges of the communities served.
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Alliance Française de Chicago
The Alliance Française de Chicago, founded in 1897, is part of an international network of over 1,100 Alliances worldwide. It's Mission as Chicago’s center of French language and French speaking cultures is to promote exchange, understanding, and friendship between Americans and French speaking people—including Europeans, Canadians, Africans, and people from the Caribbean and the Middle East—a world of more than 150 million French speakers. Offering a full-range of cultural events, classes for all ages, and a 14,000 item circulating library collection of DVDs, magazines, CDs, and books, invites all to join them in facilitating the development of global perspectives.
American Friends Service Committee
The American Friends Service Committee carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world. Founded by Quakers in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian war victims, AFSC's work attracts the support and partnership of people of many races, religions, and cultures. Chicago area programs focus on peacebuilding, Middle East peace, youth and militarism and the rights of taxi drivers.
Argonne National Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory maintains a broad research portfolio to advance the nation's priorities in basic science, energy storage and renewable energy, environmental sustainability, and national security. Home to some of the world's top scientists and engineers and steward to unique and world-leading scientific facilities, Argonne actively collaborates with industry, universities, and other laboratories to find viable solutions to meet today's key national needs.
Association of Women Journalists–Chicago
Association for Women Journalists-Chicago supports women in journalism and promotes fair and accurate treatment of women by the media. We are a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization comprised of working journalists, academics and students from national, local and regional news outlets and all the major journalism schools in the area. AWJ-Chicago awards scholarships to Chicago area women studying journalism, runs a theatre criticism workshop for aspiring young critics in conjunction with the Goodman Theatre and facilitates a survey, Where We Stand, to keep tabs on what’s happening in the industry.
Carter's Barber Shop
Carter’s Barber Shop (located at 3622 W. Cermak Ave) is a bustling barber shop serving Chicago’s North Lawndale community, and home to Vocalo.org’s Barber Shop Show, which airs every Friday at noon.
Center for Black Diaspora at DePaul University
The Center for Black Diaspora at DePaul University was established in 1993. Its primary goals involve the promotion and support of the study of the Black Diaspora involving dislocation, dispersion, and migration of African and African descendant populations on the continent of Africa, to and from the Americas, Europe, the Caribbean, as well as other regions of the world, with attention to cultural, political, social encounters and exchanges. The Center's programming and activities focus on history, contemporary issues, culture, performative and creative works in global and transnational contexts. The Center organizes and hosts invited talks, lecture series, colloquia, film series, photo exhibits, as well as conferences, and book discussions.
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Center for Civic Reflection
The Center for Civic Reflection’s mission is to build community, deepen understanding, and strengthen commitment to civic life by helping people, communities and organizations think and talk about the meaning, value and impact of their work in the world. We foster the practice of reflective discussion, which utilizes provocative readings, images, and video, in order to help people consider the beliefs and values that underlie their commitments—leading to clarity about their work, stronger relationships, and more committed, effective action. CCR works with a wide variety of groups, including service and civic organizations, students and educators at all levels, health care practitioners, social workers, library and museum staff, non-profit boards, faith and interfaith organizations, and numerous other groups that are trying to make a positive difference in the world.
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Chain Reaction (Project NIA)
Chain Reaction is an initiative of the participatory community justice organization Project NIA, and serves as an action-oriented research project that supports alternatives to calling the police on young people. When police intervene in situations involving young people, ranging from loitering and petty crimes to violence, police involvement typically sets off a chain of events that can have far-reaching effects on a young person's life.
Chicago Architecture Foundation
The Chicago Architecture Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public interest and education in architecture and design. The Chicago Architecture Foundation pursues this mission through a comprehensive program of architecture tours, exhibitions, panel discussions, and youth and adult education programs. Home to the permanent exhibition: CHICAGO YOU ARE HERE, the Chicago Architecture Foundation is located at 224 South Michigan Avenue at Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604.
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Chicago Council on Science and Technology
In establishing the Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C²ST) in 2006, the founders sought to bring together Chicago’s scientific leaders – academic, corporate, government, museums, universities and national laboratories- to provide a forum for the discussion of current issues of scientific interest. Since September of 2007, C²ST has co-sponsored or produced on average two programs per month; partnered with over forty regional organizations. C²ST is an anchor to catalyze a more robust marketplace for science and gain more visibility for Chicago as a center of innovation and technology.
Chicago Children's Museum
Chicago Children's Museum's mission is to create a community where play and learning connect. The museum's primary audience is children up through the fifth grade including their families, along with the school and community groups that support and influence children's growth and development. CCM also reaches out beyond its walls by making a significant investment of resources in neighborhoods across Chicago, particularly to children who might not otherwise have access to the museum's rich array of resources.
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The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs brings the world to Chicago. Since 1922, world leaders, policymakers, and international experts have chosen The Chicago Council’s nonpartisan forum to present their insights on critical national and international issues. Each year the Council hosts more than 100 programs in downtown Chicago and in neighborhood bars and music venues, where people can meet and talk to others interested in world affairs. The Chicago Council also brings Chicago’s ideas to the world through studies and task force reports on global issues, such as migration, global agriculture, and the economic rise of China and India.
Chicago Cultural Alliance
The Chicago Cultural Alliance is a consortium of Chicago's ethnic museums, cultural centers, and historical societies whose mission is to effect social change and public understanding of cultural diversity through first voice perspectives. The Alliance connects our member museums and centers to flagship arts and cultural institutions, universities, schools, businesses and government agencies.
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Chicago History Museum
The Chicago History Museum invites Chicagoans and visitors to explore the people, places, and cultures that transformed Chicago into the urban metropolis that has significantly shaped American history and society. The Museum cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history, telling the story of the city and its people. A vital, active part of Chicago’s cultural and educational life, the Museum offers a range of popular programs and tours, as well as critical resources for Illinois educators. The Museum invites you to engage with their stories and make history yourself.
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Chicago Humanities Festival
This fall, the Chicago Humanities Festival celebratated its twenty-first season. This year’s festival, The Body, took place on October 24 (Hyde Park) and November 2-14, 2010. Dedicated to bringing the humanities to the widest possible public audience, CHF organizes an annual festival centered on a theme that changes each year. Lectures, discussions, performances, film screenings, exhibits, and author talks by some of the world’s foremost scholars, thinkers, artists, musicians, and performers take place at venues throughout Chicago’s Loop and Hyde Park.
Chicago Opera Theater
Chicago Opera Theater’s mission is to provide first class productions of small to middle scale opera repertoire in the Chicago area, develop young artists, expand and diversify its audience, be one of the best mid-sized opera companies in the country and be an integral part of Chicago’s cultural landscape. Chicago Opera Theater fulfills this mission through careful planning of repertoire, affordable ticket prices for performances in the 1,400 seat Harris Theater, and in-depth arts education and community outreach programs. The strategic objective is to remain a mid-sized opera company that offers admission at modest prices and intimate settings reflecting their belief that opera should be widely accessible.
Chicago Public Library
Since 1873, the Chicago Public Library has offered equal access to information, ideas, and knowledge through books, programs, and other resources. Modern technology has increased that access and the Library has kept pace, offering free Internet access, WiFi and over 80 online newspapers, magazines, and databases. The Library welcomes and supports all people in their enjoyment of reading and their pursuit of lifelong learning through free author talks and educational programs every month in each of the 79 locations throughout the city. Celebrate the freedom to read, to learn, and to discover.
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Chicago Urban Art Society
The Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS) promotes the art makers visual voice by way of group or solo exhibitions, innovative teaching + learning opportunities + the creation of an arts + culture archive. CUAS is a not-for-profit organization focusing on the artist + the preservation of the Chicago art movement. CUAS promotes talent by exposing their creative community to a larger audience. Current projects include: DIY Screen Printing Workshops, Muscle in the Hustle: Contemporary Approaches to Promoting Art, Culture Vulture – Art Reviews with Sara McCool + Artist Studio Visits just to name a few!
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Community Media Workshop
The story of Chicago is often seen as the Tale of Two Cities. Unfortunately, only one of these stories usually gets told in all its detail: the glitzy and glorious downtown, where problems are forgotten and escapist fantasy reigns. Then there's the other Chicago, where most residents live, where problems linger, and solutions are created by citizens noisily exercising their democratic rights. The Community Media Workshop is trying to link the two Chicagos by encouraging the media to report on the other Chicago, and by training people of that Chicago to tell their stories.
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Community Renewal Society
Community Renewal Society is a progressive, faith-based organization that works to eliminate race and class barriers. Founded in 1882, Community Renewal informs, organizes and trains both communities and individuals to advocate for social and economic justice, while providing investigative reports on issues of education, government, housing, criminal and social justice and economic conditions through its independent, award-winning publications: The Chicago Reporter, with investigations to engage leaders and residents in critical issues around race and poverty; and Catalyst Chicago, which serves as a watchdog and resource, fueling efforts to ensure that Chicago’s public schools serve all their children well.
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Culinary Historians of Chicago
Culinary Historians of Chicago studies the history of food and drink in human cultures. Why we procure, prepare and serve the food we do has cultural, sociological, geographical, financial and political influences. We encourage participation from all walks of life: from academics to home cooks, chefs to grill masters, farmers to heirloom gardeners, food scientists to students. Our programs, and those of our sister organization Chicago Foodways Roundtable, are supported by research, fieldwork and scholarship, though geared to an informed popular audience. We welcome everyone to gather at our table to share food, drink and their life's culinary experiences.
Donors Forum is the hub of Illinois’ philanthropic and nonprofit community, and the only statewide association of funders and nonprofits of all kinds, as well as their advisors. Together, we connect and collaborate, discover and share ideas and practices, and protect and promote our missions. Join us as we leverage our collective power to improve lives and strengthen communities.
EcoMyths Alliance is a Chicago-based not-for-profit that busts environmental myths to make it easy to be green. EcoMyths creates positive and encouraging e-articles, cartoons, and videos that are the antidote to negative and discouraging environmental messages in the media. These stories connect the dots between things people encounter in everyday living and their interactions with nature, enabling people to make more informed choices. EcoMyths explores nature and conservation mysteries with some of the most respected institutions in Chicago and across America, including the Field Museum of Natural History, the Morton Arboretum, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and the National Wildlife Federation.
Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago
The Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago works to deepen understanding and appreciation of how issues relating to women, gender, creativity and community shape social policy, culture, and history. Within this framework, the Institute addresses ideas of access, representation, equity, and participation, as well as race and class, using the arts and media as a central means of research, engagement, public education, and advocacy. The Institute offers a wide range of public programs, including exhibitions, performances and discussions, as well as fellowships, research residencies, and student-based curriculum intersections within Columbia College.
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Elmhurst College is a leading liberal arts college located eight miles west of Chicago. The College’s mission is to prepare its students for meaningful and ethical work in a multicultural, global society. Elmhurst College fosters learning and enriches culture through innovation, scholarship and creative expression. Approximately 3,400 full- and part-time students are enrolled in its 22 undergraduate academic departments and nine graduate degree programs. Founded in 1871, Elmhurst College is a four-year private college affiliated with the United Church of Christ.
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The Encyclopedia Show
Chicago poets, Robbie Q. Telfer and Shanny Jean Maney, founded The Encylcopedia Show in 2008. Each month the show features visual art, comedy, music, and spoken word revolving around a chosen topic as Chicagoland Area and National artists creatively entertain and educate audiences of all ages.
EXTRA bilingual community newspaper started serving the Chicago Latino community in 1980 with award winning coverage of local news, events, entertainment, sports and issues of specific interest to the growing Hispanic market. With a circulation of over 72,000, it is one of the larger Hispanic newspapers in the region.
The Field Museum
The Field Museum's subject matter directly relates to the great issues of the present and future: environmental and cultural diversity and their interrelationships. The Field Museum understands itself as an educational center of free inquiry and a marketplace for multiple points of view on these matters. It serves as a forum where relevant controversy can be aired to inspire greater knowledge, understanding, and respect for our varied natural environments and cultural heritages. Its collections, public learning programs, and research are inseparably linked to serve a diverse public of varied ages, backgrounds, and knowledge.
Free Spirit Media
Free Spirit Media delivers in-school, after school, and summer digital media and video production programs across the city of Chicago through partnerships with North Lawndale College Prep, the Gary Comer Youth Center, Power House High School, Westinghouse College Prep, Little Village Lawndale High School, and After School Matters. FSM serves roughly 550 students every year. Through hands-on production of their own media content, participants build life skills in communication, critical and independent thinking, teamwork, and the use of technology.
Free Write Jail Arts
Free Write Jail Arts is a media arts and literacy program serving youth in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Free Write provides daily instruction in print literacy, as well as daily writing and arts workshops, with the goal of reducing recidivism and supporting students in finding meaningful pathways to self-expression and further education.
Fourth Presbyterian Church
The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago was founded in February 1871 when the congregations of Westminster Presbyterian Church and North Presbyterian Church merged. Fourth Church has always had a commitment to serving the need of its congregation and community.
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Gene Siskel Film Center
For almost 40 years, the Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has presented world-class independent, international, and classic cinema. Renamed in honor of the late film critic in 2000, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents approximately 1,500 screenings and 100 guest artist appearances year to over 65,000 film enthusiasts at its unique, sophisticated, modern facilities which have been operating since June 2001 at 164 N. State Street.
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The Goethe-Institut is the official cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. It promotes knowledge of the German language and fosters international cultural cooperation with 141 institutes in 79 countries. The Goethe-Institut Chicago offers arts and cultural programs, German language courses, support for German teachers, and provides up-to-date information on Germany to universities, schools, local authorities, and other interested parties.
Goodman Theatre, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit theater, has won international renown for the quality of productions, the depth and diversity of artistic leadership, and the excellence of its many community and educational programs. It has earned unparalleled artistic distinction, garnered hundreds of awards – including the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre (1992) – and moved dozens of plays from Chicago to stages in New York and abroad. CONTEXT: Discourse/Discussion, Goodman's newest series, engages audiences in conversations that both illuminate their productions and act as catalysts for deeper exploration.
Hyde Park Art Center
Celebrating over 70 years of success, the Hyde Park Art Center has been serving the Hyde Park-Kenwood community and surrounding neighborhoods as well as the metropolitan Chicago area with outstanding visual art exhibitions and education programs. Since its inception in 1939, the Center’s mission has been to stimulate and sustain the vitality of the visual arts in Chicago. To fulfill this mission, the Center actively pursues arts mentorship within the community it serves, fostering a collective spirit among artists, teachers and students, children and families, collectors, and the general public.
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Illinois Humanities Council
The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) is an educational organization dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Through its programs and grants, the IHC promotes greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. Organized as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in 1973, the IHC is now a private nonprofit (501 [c] 3) organization that is funded by contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations, by the Illinois General Assembly, and by the NEH.
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Instituto Cervantes is a worldwide non-profit organization created by the Spanish government in 1991. It is the largest organization in the world concerned with the teaching of Spanish, and it maintains a presence throughout 4 continents in over seventy centers devoted to the Spanish and Hispanic American culture and Spanish Language. The mission of Instituto Cervantes is to promote the teaching, study, and use of Spanish as a second language and to contribute to the advancement of the Spanish and Hispanic American cultures throughout non-Spanish speaking countries.
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum is part of the College of Architecture and the Arts at UIC and serves as a dynamic memorial to Jane Addams, the work of her associates, and the neighborhood they served. The Museum and its programs make connections between the work of Hull-House residents and important contemporary social issues. Addams and the residents of Hull-House created opportunities for civic discourse and dialogue, advocated for public health, fair labor practices, full citizenship rights for immigrants, public education, recreational and public space, public arts, and free speech. The Museum preserves and develops the original Hull-House site for the interpretation and continuation of the historic settlement house vision, linking research, education, and social engagement.
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Metropolitan Planning Council
From Lake Michigan to the Fox River, how we use our water resources—including what we conserve, how much we waste, and what we choose to invest in water quality—is up to all of us. What Our Water's Worth is an ongoing campaign led by the Metropolitan Planning Council and Openlands to raise awareness about the value of water in northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana. Founded in 1934, Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group of business and civic leaders committed to serving the public interest through the promotion and implementation of sensible planning and development policies necessary for an economically competitive Chicago region. Founded in 1963, Openlands protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives.
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Museum of Contemporary Art
One of the nation's largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) presents exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. Each season the MCA offers a series of conversations, lectures and panels that explore the visual and intellectual complexities of contemporary art and design and their connection to culture and history. Using the MCA’s exhibitions and its collection as a point of departure, these stimulating programs put audiences in direct contact with today's most innovative artists, curators, designers and scholars.
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Neighborhood Writing Alliance
The Neighborhood Writing Alliance (NWA) provokes dialogue, builds community, and promotes change by creating opportunities for adults in Chicago's underserved neighborhoods to write, publish, and perform works about their lives. NWA hosts free writing workshops for adults in libraries and social service agencies during which participants tell their stories and make connections between their own histories and the experiences of others. Selected writing from the workshops is published quarterly in the Journal of Ordinary Thought (JOT), which was founded on the proposition that Every Person Is a Philosopher and strives to be a vehicle for reflection, communication, and change. NWA further amplifies the voices and stories from Chicago’s neighborhoods through public readings, local theatrical performances, its Ever Person Is a Philosopher Blog, and media coverage.
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The National Museum of Mexican Art
The National Museum of Mexican Art showcases 3,000 years of creativity from both sides of the Mexican border, connecting visitors to the diversity of authentic Mexican art and culture. Works from the museum’s 7,000-piece permanent collection are exhibited in four warm and welcoming bilingual galleries, and the museum’s location in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood—the nation’s third-largest Mexican community—allows for a total immersion in the richness of Mexico’s culture. Admission is always free at the National Museum of Mexican Art, the only nationally accredited Latino museum in the U.S. The National Museum of Mexican Art acquired its Class D radio station in 1996 from the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, and has since supported the various initiatives that catapulted Radio Arte into a national award-winning institution. Since 1997, Radio Arte has offered a comprehensive bilingual one-year media-training program to hundreds of youth, ages 15-21. Radio Arte’s public affairs programming is driven by young people who consider the airwaves a tool of empowerment for themselves and their communities.
The Newberry is an independent research library concentrating in the humanities with an active educational and cultural presence in Chicago. Free and open to the public, it houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts, and other printed material. The Newberry offers exhibits based on its outstanding collections, musical and theatrical performances, lectures and discussions with today's leading humanists, seminars, and teacher programs. Anyone who is at least 16 years old and who is conducting research on a topic covered by the collections may become a reader.
Northeastern Illinois University
Founded in 1867, Northeastern Illinois University continues to meet the demand for quality, affordable education, serving 12,000 students at the 67-acre main campus on Chicago's north side and three additional campuses in the metropolitan area. NEIU is the most diverse university in the Midwest (according to U.S. News and World Report) and a federally-designated Hispanic Serving Institution.
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Peggy Notebart Nature Museum
The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum serve as an urban gateway to nature and science. Located in an eco-friendly building amidst abundant wildlife and nature in Lincoln Park, hands-on exhibitions allow visitors of all ages to connect with regional wildlife and public programs that inspire green living and sustainability. With a history that spans more than 150 years, the Academy’s conservation efforts study, explore and protect urban wildlife and the unique natural history of the Great Lakes region. Today, collaborative conservation programs include citizen science initiatives, native habitat restoration and one of the region’s largest environmental education programs.
The Raven Foundation, an educational not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to making religion reasonable, violence unthinkable and peace a possibility. Working with cutting edge theorists in anthropology, theology and brain research, The Raven Foundation offers fresh approaches to the issues of war and peace, violence, identity and desire. Raven’s online resources, educational programs, events and artistic partnerships challenge conventional wisdom and offer practical insights into the human experience.
Remy Bumppo Theater Company
Remy Bumppo Theatre Company delights and engages audiences with the emotional and ethical complexities of society through the provocative power of great theatrical language. Masterful acting and directing by the company’s ensemble of Artistic Associates showcases the wit and wisdom of the world’s great playwrights. At the heart of Remy Bumppo’s mission is a determination to provoke thoughtful conversation with our audience about the big ideas in the plays, which we believe leads to thoughtful action and a more compassionate and civilized society.
Science in Society
Science in Society, a Northwestern University outreach initiative connecting science to the community, believes that science is fundamental, even "elemental" to our lives. Science affects us in many ways, from medical advances that touch our lives personally, to state and federal policy decisions concerning the environment or research regulations that impact our society at large. Exploring not only the science, but the legal, ethical, and even economic implications of research as well, SiS offers a single access point to find science outreach events at Northwestern designed for the public, and maintains a media library of past events so visitors can enjoy lectures from the experts on your own computer, on your own time.
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Society of Midland Authors
The Society of Midland Authors represents published authors from 12 states in the Midwest. Founded in 1915 by a group of writers including Hamlin Garland, Harriet Monroe and Vachel Lindsay, the not-for-profit organization gives annual awards for the best books by authors from this region. Six times a year, the Society hosts lectures and panel discussions. The events, which are free, take place at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in October, November, January, February, March and April.
Sixty Inches From Center
Sixty Inches From Center aims to document, archive and support art that exists outside the central iconic art institutions in Chicago. With video, audio, photography, writing, projects, and community engagement, SIFC captures and contributes to the most innovative aspects of our city's peripheral visual culture. All documentation collected is cataloged on the Sixty Inches From Center Archive and used as an educational and promotional support tool. The Sixty Inches From Center Collective Project focuses on creating new ways to engage the Chicago community with the vanguard visual arts. These efforts combined make Sixty Inches From Center an essential portal to the contemporary art periphery in Chicago and act as a testament to this work's deserved place at the global art table.
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Story Week Festival of Writers
Columbia College Chicago’s Fiction Writing Department presents the 17th Annual Story Week Festival of Writers, Sunday, March 17 through Friday, March 22. The 2013 festival “Vision and Voice” features Sapphire, Gillian Flynn, Jane Hamilton, Emma Donoghue, Joe Meno, Audrey Niffenegger, Patricia Ann McNair, 2nd Story and over 100 other readers/performers in a bevy of boundary-breaking readings, conversations, performances, and workshops. All events are free and open to the public.
Street-Level Youth Media
Street-Level Youth Media educates Chicago's urban youth in media arts and emerging technologies for use in self-expression, communication, and social change. Street-Level's community and school based programs build critical and creative thinking skills for youth who have been historically neglected by public policy makers and mass media. Using video and audio production, computer art and the Internet, Street-Level’s young people address community issues, access advanced communication technology, and gain inclusion in our information-based society.
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
Spertus Institute offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. Graduate programs and workshops train future leaders and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Public programs—including films, speakers, seminars, and concerts—take place at the Institute's Michigan Avenue facility, in the Chicago suburbs, and online.
Teatro Americano (Latinos Progresando)
Teatro Americano is part of the arts and education arm of the immigrant advocacy organization Latinos Progresando. Teatro Americano is a community based youth-led theater company that explores the experiences of Latino immigrants in Chicago.
The Mash is a multi-channel publication and journalism program created for teens and produced by teens, funded by the Chicago Tribune as a major youth literacy initiative. The Mash prints a weekly newspaper with entertainment, college tips, sports and more, distributed each Thursday at more than 200 participating high schools. Teens can interact with photos, events, job listings and contests at TheMash.com. Students involved in The Mash programs are paid for their work. If you’d like to be a part of The Mash or get it at your school, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Truthout is an independent, nonprofit, online news organization which publishs investigative reporting and political commentary, focusing on topics that often go overlooked in the mainstream media, like human rights, labor issues, environmental degradation, corporate malfeasance and corruption, civil liberties and long-term solutions to entrenched societal problems.
UniVerse: A United Nations of Poetry
UniVerse of Poetry is an online archive, interactive forum, and celebration of international poetry encouraging universal dialogue, compassion and peace. UniVerse honors courageous poets from every nation of the world, regardless of territory, also including oral traditionalists, poets writing in endangered languages and poets collaborating with music and film. Curricula is currently being developed to enable schools and universities worldwide to utilize UniVerse as a free resource. UniVerse regularly hosts public events in collaboration with partners and friends.
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The UIC Social Justice Initiative
The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is engaged in a major initiative which will, in the coming year, launch several exciting new projects linking scholars and activists in Chicago and beyond. The UIC Social Justice Initiative includes a new Student Summer Institute on Social Justice, Democracy and Human Rights; active community engagement projects; and collaborations that connect the UIC community to work that is creating positive change and providing needed services from Haiti to Mexico to India. The Social Justice Initiative reflects UIC’s mission to “create knowledge that transforms our views of the world and, through sharing and application, transforms the world.”
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The University of Chicago
The University of Chicago is one of the world's great intellectual communities. The commitment of Chicago's faculty to scholarship of the highest order has led to major contributions to existing bodies of knowledge and to the creation of many new fields of study. As the nation's most celebrated teacher of teachers, Chicago places particular emphasis at the graduate level on the training of students for careers in academia and research. The undergraduate program is renowned for its emphasis on critical thinking and broad interdisciplinary exposure to the full range of intellectual discovery.
The Victory Gardens Biograph Theater
From its founding in 1974 through the present day, Victory Gardens Theater has dedicated itself to playwrights and their works as well as emphasizing the development of an ethnically and culturally diverse community of artists. Recipient of the 2001 Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre, Victory Gardens continues to expand on its new works initiative through its 14-member Playwrights Ensemble, as well as work from playwrights who are changing theater in the United States and abroad. Victory Gardens has produced more world premieres than any other Chicago theater.
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Woman Made Gallery
Woman Made Gallery is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization founded in 1992. Its goal is to support women in the arts by providing opportunities, awareness, and advocacy. It specifically accomplishes this through thematic exhibitions, corresponding poetry readings, and other events which raise public awareness and recognition of women's cultural contributions. Interesting exhibition themes with calls for art to female artists of diverse cultures, ages, sexual orientations and ideas are juried by respected art professionals to ensure that women artists have the opportunity for quality artistic exposure, and that women’s works have a contemporary forum for challenging social norms.
Young Chicago Authors
Young Chicago Authors (YCA) encourages self-expression and literacy among Chicago's youth through creative writing performance and publication. YCA provides student-centered, artist-led workshops - free to youth ages 13-19 in schools and communities. With a process that emphasizes artistic development and mentorship, YCA aims to create safe spaces where a young person's life matters. The organization and its leadership believes that through their words, young people can promote tolerance and remove barriers, transforming their lives and society.
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