Art as a Community Development Tool: A Look at INVEST South/West
Date & Time
Friday, September 9, 2022, 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Angela Hurlock Jorge Perez

Chicago’s West and South Side neighborhoods have experienced disinvestment for decades. Prime commercial corridors in these communities have underutilized or empty storefronts, as well as many vacant lots. INVEST South/West, a public/private partnership, is a community revitalization initiative launched by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot to reverse systemic disinvestment within ten West and South Side neighborhoods. Using South Chicago as a case study, this session will detail how INVEST South/West is transforming disinvested commercial corridors to support small businesses and restore historic buildings, thereby fostering equity and resilience where it's needed most. This session will also look at a start-up effort to convert a historic masonic temple into the anchor for an arts corridor, broadening the impact of INVEST South/West in South Chicago. 

Session Type
Breakout Session