The Chicago Printers Guild is rallying its members and community to support the efforts and contributions that the Southside Community Art Center continues to make in the Bronzeville Neighborhood and community at large.
I am honored to be one of those members. Join in helping me raise $1,000 for the South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) as part of the Raise It Up initiative. The SSCAC and Dr. Margaret Burroughs, one of the SSCAC founders, holds a special place in my heart and the heart of so many of the people involved with the Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project. Dr. Burroughs taught at Stateville Prison for over 25 years paving the way and creating an inspirational example for Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project. This fundraiser will provide improvements to the ceiling and lighting in the Dr. Margaret Burroughs Gallery.
The Southside Community Art Center (SSCAC) is the oldest independently-owned African American art center in the United States. Founded by Dr. Margaret Burroughs and other African-American artists in 1940, the SSCAC boasts connections to printmakers Charles White and Elizabeth Catlett, photographer Gordon Parks, and the first woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Gwendolyn Brooks. Today, SSCAC serves as an exhibition space, a venue for film and literary events, and a host for educational talks and panels including: “Black and Informed” a series of discussions and political consultation for Black Millenials in Chicago; “Existing Between Line & Space” an exhibition which featured CPG member Thomas Lucas among others; and, currently artist Jesse Howard’s solo exhibition “The Spirit of Community”.
The historic wood-paneled walls of the Margaret Burroughs Gallery at SSCAC contain 80 years worth of holes made by artwork hung there. The space is full of energy and gravitas. The ceiling and lighting, however, are in need of improvement. The CPG and SSCAC leadership have identified this project as the focus for our fundraising campaign.