The Project(s) TalkBack
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The Project(s) TalkBack

If you haven't already seen this amazing play Join us to experience The Project(s) !

Over the last few weeks American Theatre Company's Youth Ensemble has presented an abridged version of The Project(s), a critically-acclaimed documentary play on Chicago's public housing conceived, co-written and originally directed by ATC's late Artistic Director PJ Paparelli and co-written by Joshua Jaeger. The Youth Ensemble will present it's last showing of The Project(s) followed by a talkback with the National Public Housing Museum July 23rd.

As part of our ongoing partnership with ATC, National Public Housing Museum staff and interns will lead interactive talkbacks after the Sunday matinee performance at 2 PM.

In preparation for this year's production, the Youth Ensemble has met with former public housing residents and historians interviewed for the original production, many of whom are featured as characters in the play, in order to bring their powerful testimonies to life.

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"Last Look" - October 1st Museum Celebration at the Future Site of the NPHM

Come join us at our future home on the Near West Side on Saturday, October 1st from 11 am to 3 pm.

Be sure to RSVP here!

LAST LOOK celebrates an important milestone as NPHM this week won approval from the CHA to begin the process of rehabilitating the historic "last building standing" of the Jane Addams Homes to become the museum's new home.

Come take a peek and grab last pictures of the "as-is" interiors (and remnants of last year's Biennial exhibits) before we make our major construction improvements! Local refreshments will be available.

Free and open to the public! Bring your friends! Show your support!

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RSVP for Telling Stories, Telling Belongings - A Community Storytelling Event at ABLA

The National Public Housing Museum is excited to partner up with ABLA Local Advisory Council and ABLA and community residents for an evening of community storytelling. The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum will also join us in leading the program.  

Everyone is welcome, regardless of whether you have a story to tell. Come and share, or come and listen to the wealth of stories from ABLA and Roosevelt Square!

We'd love it if you could RSVP by taking a moment to fill out THIS FORM

See you on Thursday, March 24th! 


For a press release, CLICK HERE.


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The Project(s) Spring Fundraiser May 14th

On Thursday, May 14th, the NPHM is pleased to hold its spring fundraiser at the American Theater Company's production of The Project(s).

Combining theater, music, and movement, The Project(s) celebrates public housing communities and asks what responsibility we have to others, no matter their economic circumstances.

From 2010 until 2014, Artistic Director PJ Paparelli conducted over 100 interviews with scholars, historians, and former and current residents of Chicago's public housing, including Cabrini-Green, Robert Taylor Homes, Wentworth Gardens, and Ida B. Wells Homes.
To read more about The Project(s), be sure to read the recent press from Next City and the Chicago Tribune.   
On May 14th, supporters of the National Public Housing Museum have the opportunity to view The Project(s) with other Museum friends as a part of the NPHM's spring fundraiser. 
For more details on the May 14th fundraiser showing and to purchase tickets, click HERE.
If you're a resident or you know a resident who would like to attend The Project(s) for free, either on the night of the fundraiser or another showing, please contact the Museum at 773.245.1621 or email Camille Acker at

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Ta-Nehisi Coates The Case for Reparations

Ta-Nehisi Coates reignited a national conversation over reparations for African Americans with his 16,000-word cover story for the June issue of The Atlantic. The Case for Reparations argues that long after slavery ended, decades of racist policies and deliberate injustices--from Jim Crow to redlining--have continued to systematically wrong generations of African Americans, and “[u]ntil we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole”.

The National Public Housing Museum in partnership with the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, the Center of Race, Politics, and Culture, and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs presents Ta-Nehisi Coates as he makes the case for reparations and puts Chicago and its struggle for fair housing at the center of his argument.

Join us on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 6pm at University of Chicago's International House for this important discussion.

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Columbia College Youth Program

On July 15 the National Public Housing Museum did some community outreach, with the Columbia Links Program for youth in Chicago. The Columbia Links Program is a high school journalism and news literacy program. The summer program is themed "A South Side Summer" where they will be exploring little-known aspects of Chicago South Side.  There are 18 high school students in a session, most from the city and from the South Side. Camille Acker, NPHM's Programs and Development Associate, shared the history of the museum and gave them a tour guide of our new website. Our two new interns, Salyndrea Jones and Savannah Wright, also spoke about their experiences about living in public housing and the difference between living there then and now in new mixed-income communities, which opened up the students to ask more questions. We were glad to be able to have an afternoon of lively discussion with the Columbia Links students.

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Chicago AIA

NPHM and its partners were a significant part of the annual professional gathering of the American Institute of Architecture, held in Chicago in late June.

On June 28, architecture scholars and practitioners from across the nation joined a "Mobile Syposium" through Chicago concieved by NPHM's Programs and Interpretation Vice-Chair Roberta Feldman. The tour's highlight was first-hand testimony from NPHM Staff Intern and Youth Council alumna Salyndrea Jones. As she recounted her journey from public housing in Stateway Gardens to her home today in a mixed-income development in Park Boulevard her words underscored the relevance of oral history based interpretation being conducted for the Museum's historic site at the Jane Addams Homes. Along a route which included 1322 Taylor Street, the redeveloped Horner Homes and Cabrini-Green and the preservation challenges facing Lathrop Gardens, an historical overview was provided by UIC Professor Bob Brueggman.  The mobile workshop's stops included new construction and historic preservation sites that were touchstones for architect Pete Landon's insights into contemporary design and policy questions.

The mobile symposium was previewed on June 25, by Interim Director Todd Palmer at the "Multifamily Housing, Community Design and Neighborhood Revitalization" workshop hosted by AIA Housing Knowledge Community. Together the tour and talk encouraged rethinking the potential of the "architecture tour" -- that keystone of Chicago's tourism industry -- as a platform for bringing to light overlooked, challenging and yet inspiring facets of this city that speak to how design, policy and planning touch everyday life. 

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Creating the Inclusive City

Thank you for those who attended Creating the Inclusive City. 

The conversation was both dynamic and thought provoking and can assure all us that Chicago's cultural and community leaders are tackling the lack of investment in the public sphere.  We came away with lots to consider and hope others did as well: the meaning of "Division," from the street in the city of Chicago to the implementation of divisions with populations escaping to the suburbs, to how we isolate youth from making art and being themselves. Ultimately, we were provoked to ask how to define public spaces more accessibly and equitably as places where all kinds of others might feel more "at home." 

It was a great night and we look forward to hosting everyone again soon in our space!

Creating the Inclusive City
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Creating the Inclusive City

  • National Public Housing Museum

Public housing in the United States endeavored to help the least fortunate among us become part of broader American society. Politics of inclusiveness have been undermined by cultural, economic, and political shifts. The public sphere has suffered from a lack of investment in housing, green space, transportation options as well as in arts and culture. Join NPHM as we share some of the many ways Chicago's cultural and community leaders are confronting these sobering trends through concrete, inclusive action. Artists, policy makers, non profit leaders and everyday citizens will present on their projects and initiatives and share their ideas for making a great inclusive city.

Join NPHM in conversation with Miguel Aguilar (Washington Park Arts Incubator), Adrienne Brown (University of Chicago), Irina Zadov (Hull House and Chicago Home Theater Project), Sam Spitz and Teddy Williams (Groundswell Films) and Sandra Sosa (Chicago Area Project). It's an evening to share how these cultural and community leaders in Chicago are confronting sobering trends through concrete, inclusive action. Come and join in a discussion inspired by the panelists' projects and initiatives -- and share your ideas for making great and inclusive cities. 

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