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Everyday Resistance: Parks as Contested Spaces

Jun. 06, , 2018 2018
6:30pm - 8:00pm CDT

Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd.

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Beaches, parks, and forest preserves provide urban dwellers an outdoor setting for leisure and play. Join us for a conversation with Meida McNeal, Arts and Culture Manager with the Chicago Park District and Gia Biagi, Principal of Urbanism and Civic Impact at Studio Gang about parks as recreation and gathering spaces, but also as contested public space and the racial dimensions of use, access, safety, and leisure. Discover personal footage of Jackson Park from the E. Hector Coates Collection (courtesy University of Chicago Film Studies Center), and selections from the Nicholas Osborn, Ellis McClelland and George Reed Sr. Collections.

This program is in conjunction with the exhibition “Everyday Resistance: The Art of Living in Black Chicago” on view at the Arts Incubator through July 6, 2018. Home movies by amateur South Side filmmakers animate a domestic space, offering a visual record of leisure, performativity and an aesthetic of Blackness from the 1940s through the 1980s. For a complete schedule of programs, please visit:

Presented by Arts + Public Life with the South Side Home Movie Project.

Arts + Public Life, an initiative of UChicago Arts, builds creative connections on Chicago’s South Side through artist residencies, arts education, and artist-led projects and events. We envision a robust, collaborative, and meaningful relationship between the University of Chicago and the South Side’s vibrant civic, cultural, and artistic communities. Learn more at: