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Calling all artists! The Radical Alphabet needs you.

Calling all artists! The Radical Alphabet needs you.

Is it possible to introduce social justice to young children?  I think so, and so does the Liberation Collective. I had the pleasure of attending the Teachers for Social Justice Curriculum Fair this weekend, which is held yearly in Pilsen.  While roaming the halls, I found “The Radical Alphabet” at the early childhood table. For…

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Youth to exhibit artwork

Looks like Pilsen isn’t the only Southside hood that likes to mix art, activism, community change, and all that good stuff. Urban Activators, an IIT student group that is part of a community engagement design studio, The Alley Project (TAP), a community organization based in Detroit, and Youth Nation will be showcasing work their students…

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Murals for peace created by youth unveiled in Pilsen

25th Ward Alderman Danny Solis and representatives from The Resurrection Project, After School Matters, Pro Arts Studios, and Yollocalli Arts Reach spoke at a mural ceremony yesterday to introduce two new murals to the Pilsen Community yesterday: Two murals were unveiled Thursday in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood to promote peace and tolerance. The murals were created…

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Urban arts retreat to the wilderness

There had to be an out-of-Pilsen post eventually right? Last Friday I attended a fundraiser for Urban Art Retreat, a creative social initiative based in neighboring Lawndale. This organization provides those in want or need with resources to positively express themselves and find some possible personal catharsis. This they do with a budget of zilch.…

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Urban Heirloom 08

New to P-Town’s streets is this astounding creature advocating for cross-cultural acceptance — perhaps (entirely) without its own knowledge. This certainly appears to be a case of last-come-first-impression. Giving a Jhonen Vasquez expression makes for an interesting technique in this instance of immigration reform. This is a fascinating mash-up of persons within the ‘hood. Both…

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From the makers of street art

Comes door art! Imagine coming home and putting a key in this beauty. I have to imagine there’s a certain ballooning of self-esteem knowing even the entryway to your actual living space is tricked out. I thought this was the finished product at first and was perfectly satisfied with its stark allure. I’m ecstatic to…

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Things I love about Pilsen #1

Recently someone told me that they just didn’t go to Pilsen. I of course immediately became defensive. Apparently this person had been jumped by gangbangers and just decided to stay out of the area altogether, which saddens me. Pilsen is such a rich community and its terrible that a very small percentage of the population…

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