I was, perhaps, more uncomfortable than I’ve ever been.It was the night of February 28, and I was attending “I’m Sorry: An Apology Party,” a one-night showing of a piece by T.J. Donovan, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute.
There is a palpable sense of history at the South Side Community Art Center. The floors are scuffed from the thousands of people who have walked through over the years; the walls are pockmarked with holes from nails used to hold up past pieces. And in its newest exhibition, “Hidden Gems,” the Center is taking advantage of its own artistic history, presenting art from its permanent collection in honor of Black History Month.
As musicians tuned their saxophones and violins, the Sunday morning service at St. Sabina’s, on 78th and Racine, began with an announcement: “If you want to get married at St. Sabina, you must attend our seminar, ‘Becoming One.’”
The early hour on a Saturday morning did nothing to dampen the spirits of the fifteen high school students attending the Environmental Justice Training Program in Pilsen.