Bronzeville | Education | Features

The New Dyett

As CPS reopens and reimagines a neighborhood school, Bronzeville residents push for greater community involvement

Olivia Adams

“If Dyett does not work, we view it as further disinvestment in the quality of life and the basic quality of life institutions of a particular population of people.”

—Jitu Brown

Education | Features

How Do You Score a School?

Students and administrators at Amandla Charter School argue that it deserves to stay open

Olivia Adams

“When they said it was gonna be closed, I said I’d chain myself to the doors, so all them kids can stay there.” –Christian Davis, Amandla parent

Education

A Different Kind of Education

Teachers for Social Justice fair provides resources, networking for educators, parents, and students

Bob Simpson

Last Saturday, over 700 people flocked to Kenwood Academy for a curriculum fair featuring presentations, workshops, and a panel regarding community organizing and social justice in Chicago area schools. This was the fourteenth annual fair from Teachers for Social Justice (TSJ), an organization of educators from both private and public schools, pre-K to university, who are interested in teaching social justice concepts in their classrooms. According to TSJ co-founder Rico Gutstein, the fair is one of Chicago’s largest educator gatherings of the year.

Neighbors

City Witches

Laura Gonzalez, witch for hire

Carolina Sanchez

“No, we don’t eat babies and we don’t kill cats. What you see in the movies—no. We don’t fly on brooms.”

Education

Dyett: What’s Next?

A new school and a new focus thirty-four days after the Dyett hunger strike

Sylvia Wei

This rally came about a week after the end of the hunger strike, a month-long endeavor where fifteen protestors drank only liquids and some suffered hospitalizations.

Bronzeville | Housing | Visual Arts

Bronzeville Artist Lofts offer a new live-work space

Brad Pogatetz

As the sun sets on 47th Street and Vincennes Avenue in Bronzeville, small groups of people trickle into a commanding brick building that occupies the majority of the block. A grassy vacant lot to its right is illuminated by the soft lighting from an adjacent art gallery. Inside the brick behemoth, a thin corridor lined with images of the building’s decline and rebirth leads into an open space. This, the ground floor incubator space of the Bronzeville Artist Lofts, currently houses an exhibition called The Doll Project, a series of photographs depicting roadside memorials from across the United States. The exhibit is a component of Chicago Artists Month, a five-week, city-wide celebration of local artists. Continue reading

Bronzeville | Development

Filling an Empty School

One man’s vision for the future of Bronzeville’s Overton Elementary

Where the empty Overton Elementary School building now stands on 49th Street between South Indiana and South Prairie Avenues, Royce Cunningham sees a model of environmental consciousness within an urban community: one part produce market, one part office or gathering space, and one part museum of Bronzeville history. Continue reading