Oct
28
12:00 PM12:00

Lost and Found: Stories of Displacement from Chicago and the Baltic Nations

RSVP HERE  This event is taking place at 6500 S. Pulaski Rd.

RSVP HERE 

This event is taking place at 6500 S. Pulaski Rd.

Displaced people around the world are forced to make difficult decisions about what they take and what they leave behind. This is true for diverse communities from the Baltic states to the public housing developments of Chicago, where individuals have organized to rebuild a new sense of home. Join the National Public Housing Museum and Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture for a pop-up exhibition that invites participants to share stories about the loss of home due to political, economic and social upheaval, and the objects that give meaning to their lives.

This program is a part of the Chicago Cultural Alliance's Inherit Chicago. Inherit Chicago is a city wide festival of art, ideas and performance at neighborhood heritage museums and cultural centers. Head to InheritChicago.org for a full list of events!

Public Transportation: 1 Block South of Pulaski & 65th street. Bus - 53A & 63

Parking: Street parking

NPHM Photo Credit: Archives of Keep Strong Publishing Company, Circa 1977. Courtesy of Helen Shiller.

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Oct
22
1:00 PM13:00

Right to the City: Walking Tour + Discussion

The tour begins at the former site of Cabrini Green and brings participants from there to the National Public Housing Museum’s Chicago Architecture Biennial Exhibition, Housing as a Human Right: Social Construction, followed by a discussion about the right to the City. 

1-2pm Walking tour / 2-3pm Discussion

*Registration required for the walking tour.  RSVP here

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Speaking truth to power, the tour leader, Raymond McDonald was a 15-year old youth, during the protests to save Cabrini Green from demolition.  He gave voice to the resident’s desire to remain in their homes within the neighborhood, and the bond that public housing residents had with one another. This moment was captured in the compelling documentary film “70 Acres,” made by Ronit Bezalel. McDonald will discuss what has happened since to the Cabrini area now, which includes a newly gentrified neighborhood anchored by a Target Store, but also the last remaining row houses with residents still fighting for the “Right to Return.”

After the tour, the NPHM will host a Right to the City conversation with Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, a long-time activist and politician. The discussion will reflect on the Plan for Transformation’s stated goals, and how public housing residents and the city continue to grapple with the aftershock and effects. The conversation, moderated by NPHM Director Lisa Yun Lee, will address how residents, activists, artists, and educators can better collaborate in envisioning spaces in a more just manner with an emphasis on moving beyond what we are against- to define what we are for. 

This event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals requiring Sign-Language Interpreters, Real-time captioners, or other accommodations should contact at (773) 245-1621 or info@nphm.org several days in advance of the event.

Special thanks to The Field Foundation and Chicago Architectural Biennial.

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Sep
14
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception for Women's Rights are Human Rights: International Posters on Gender-Based Inequality, Violence and Discrimination

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This event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals requiring Sign-Language Interpreters, Real-time captioners, or other accommodations should contact Shirley Alfaro at (773) 245-1621 or salfaro@nphm.org at least one week in advance of the event. 

Food sponsored by Wow Bao

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Aug
11
10:30 AM10:30

Invitation To ACE Summer Design Team Presentation

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Join us and the ACE Summer Design team for the unveiling of an installation at the future site of the Museum. For the past eight weeks, under the guidance of ACE mentors and in collaboration with NPHM, students from Chicagoland high schools have been designing a project that anticipates the opening of the Museum and extends to the surrounding community a glimpse of what is to come. During the construction of the Museum this project will be displayed. This upcoming Friday, August 11th from 10:30 to 11:30am, @ 1322 W Taylor St., there will be an unveiling by the students, as well as an awards presentation. As we build a strong community within and for the museum, we understand that often young people are at the forefront of these efforts and issues. This project will showcase just that. 

See you there!!!

See you there!!!

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The Project(s) TalkBack
Jul
23
2:00 PM14:00

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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Oct
1
11:00 AM11:00

"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! http://bit.ly/CHANPHM

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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Mar
24
5:30 PM17:30

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! 

The NPHM

For a press release, CLICK HERE.

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May
14
6:30 PM18:30

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.
 
TICKETS FOR RESIDENTS 
 
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 cacker@nphm.org.

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Nov
20
6:00 PM18:00

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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Aug
18
3:30 PM15:30

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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Aug
18
3:30 PM15:30

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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Aug
18
3:30 PM15:30

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!

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Creating the Inclusive City
May
29
5:30 PM17:30

Creating the Inclusive City

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. 

Find our who is on our panel here - http://bit.ly/1gl8NYI

RSVP here - http://bit.ly/1ofD37A

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