Announcing WMG’s 20 Neighborhoods Project and Partners

“20 Neighborhoods” is a community-based project celebrating Woman Made Gallery’s 20th Anniversary. The gallery is partnering with 20 Chicago neighborhood, community-based, and housing organizations to create an art exhibition based on Chicago women’s individual and collective experiences and aspirations for their homes, neighborhoods, communities, and city. Woman Made Gallery will host found-object sculpture workshops for participating women at each organization’s location, culminating in an exhibition of all the participants’ art pieces, as well as an event series, at Woman Made Gallery in October of 2012.

We are proud and excited to announce our first fifteen partner organizations:

Art Forward in Logan Square

Our mission is to integrate and infuse the arts into all aspects of community development. Our vision is that social service agencies, community development corporations and other service organizations infuse the arts as a means of realizing their missions. Arts and cultural resources are considered essential community assets, integral to achieving community goals.

Arts of Life in West Town

Established in 2000, The Arts of Life is an arts studio for people with and without disabilities in the North Shore and Chicago. The program model that we developed together, after a year spent getting to know each other and working together as a community, consists primarily of each member taking ownership of the space and having an equal voice in the decision making process. At the studio, we focus on a variety of art forms, including: visual art, performance, installation and music. Please join us in celebrating twelve years of providing high quality, innovative service to over 50 adults with developmental disabilities.

Benton House in Bridgeport

Benton House is an independent non-profit 501(c)3 organization providing social services for the Bridgeport community in the city of Chicago for over 100 years.

Center on Halsted in Lakeview

In a safe and nurturing environment, Center on Halsted serves as a catalyst for the LGBT community that links and provides community resources, and enriches life experiences.

Enlace Chicago in Little Village

Enlace Chicago is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of the residents of the Little Village Community by fostering a physically safe and healthy environment in which to live and by championing opportunities for educational advancement and economic development.

Enlace Chicago se dedica a hacer una diferencia positiva en la vida de los residentes de la comunidad de La Villita, promoviendo un ambiente seguro y saludable en dónde vivir, y proporcionando oportunidades para el avance educacional y el desarrollo económico.

ETA Creative Arts Foundation in Pullman

eta CREATIVE ARTS FOUNDATION seeks to be a major cultural resource institution for the preservation, perpetuation and promulgation of the African American aesthetic in the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the Nation. Toward this end, eta CREATIVE ARTS FOUNDATION, shall provide professional opportunities by way of training and performance for the development of both youth and adults as artists and technicians; sales for visual artists through the gallery and exposure for the general public to authentic, valid projections of African American lifestyles, experiences and aspirations.

Hamdard Center in East Rogers Park

Hamdard’s mission is to promote physical and emotional health and well-being of individuals and families by offering hope, help and healing.

House of the Good Shepherd in Wrigleyville

House of the Good Shepherd provides an opportunity for battered women and their children to embark upon a new life of self-worth and dignity. Families come to us from abusive situations and—over the course of four months—complete a comprehensive program of education, counseling, budgeting and money management, and work skills training. While at the House, families live in individual apartments, which fosters independence and self-sufficiency. Women are mentored in positive parenting and receive individual, family and group counseling.

Our overall goals are:
• to promote healing and recovery for the mothers and children we serve, and
• to enable the women to develop independence and self-sufficiency and remain free from domestic violence

Howard Area Community Center in Rogers Park

The mission of Howard Area is to assist low-income individuals and families in and near Rogers Park to stabilize their lives and develop the skills necessary to become productive community members.


Imagine Englewood If in Englewood

Imagine Englewood if… ‘s mission is to strengthen and empower the greater Englewood community through teaching local youth healthy living, environmental awareness and positive communication skills.  IEi… motivates youth and their families to seek a positive quality of life and encourages them to pursue positive change.


Living Arts Center in Andersonville 

With an emphasis on visual art and writing, Andersonville Living Arts Center offers courses for women, teenagers and children. Art therapist and founder, Suellen Semekoski explains the mission of the “arts center, which promotes wellness through creativity and mindfulness.”

Mercy Housing in several Chicago neighborhoods

Mercy Housing’s vision is working to create a more humane world where poverty is alleviated, communities are healthy and all people can develop their full potential. We believe that affordable housing and supportive programs improve the economic status of residents, transform neighborhoods and stabilize lives. Mercy Housing’s mission is to create stable, vibrant and healthy communities by developing, financing and operating affordable, program-enriched housing for families, seniors and people with special needs who lack the economic resources to access quality, safe housing opportunities.

Mexico Solidarity Network Centro Autonomo in Albany Park

En el Centro Autónomo unimos nuestra fuerza con mujeres, hombres, jóvenes, ninas y vecinas con los cuales compartimos esperanzas, sueños, ideas, donde en forma de Caracol dialogamos, desaprendemos y nos reconocemos con gente que viene desde abajo. Caminando de forma circular seguimos buscando espacios donde nuestras voces sean escuchadas. Queda entonces este espacio como un referente para dialogar, comunicarnos, respetarnos, solidarízanos y enlazar resistencias.

At the Autonomous Center we unite our strength with women, men, young people, children and neighbors, with whom we share hopes, dreams, and ideas.  Using the conch as a model we dialogue, learn and relearn as we identify ourselves with people who come ‘from below’. Proceeding in circular form we continue to explore spaces where our voices can be heard.  Using this space as a springboard for dialogue, communication, and to respect amongst one another we support and link popular resistance.

Sarah’s Circle in Uptown

Sarah’s Circle is a refuge for women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. By providing housing assistance, case management, referral services, and life necessities, we encourage women to empower themselves by rebuilding both emotionally and physically; realizing their unique potential.

Yollocalli Arts Reach in Pilsen

Yollocalli Arts Reach, a youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art, is an arts education and career-training program for teens and young adults. The Yollocalli model is based on creating a space for youth to partner with practicing artists; access the tools necessary to realize their own vision; and build skills as emerging artists. Located in the heart of Pilsen, Yollocalli is an open forum for experimentation in art-making based on issues in art, history, and youth culture.

Thank You!
We are grateful to the Efroymson Family Fund and CityArts for their generous support of this project. We still have a ways to go before we meet our funding goal. You can add your support by donating online here.

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