This visionary project offers a thoughtful approach to urban development with anticipated social and economic benefits. It is an opening up of access to worldclass art for free and an equitable venue for artists of all traditions. It creates a vibrant identity and destination for the Jefferson Park Station area and a deep integration of a Chicago Park District park into neighborhood life.
While grounded firmly at the neighborhood level, the positive impacts of the Northside Cultural District will be felt across the entire City of Chicago and beyond.
What better place than Chicago to establish a new kind of cultural center?
One that places world-class art firmly in the center of neighborhood life. One that builds bridges—between renowned and emerging artists; between veterans and civilians; between individuals of diverse backgrounds who search for connection. One that welcomes and celebrates the wholeness of every person.
Research shows time and again that art is social capital. It nurtures a cooperative spirit and encourages civic engagement. It heals wounds and fosters compassion. It revitalizes economies and opens opportunities. It offers unique vehicles for inclusion and equity.
Now more than ever, to be a thriving community requires being an inspired community.
The celebrated Ed Paschke Art Center will be expanded and connected seamlessly to the other anchor institutions
Founded in 2014, the permanent collection of the Ed Paschke Art Center (EPAC) features works spanning Paschke’s entire career, from 1969-2004.
It is the largest collection of Paschke work on free, public view anywhere in the world. It includes a re-imagination of Paschke’s Howard Street Studio, featuring original art works, objects and source material amassed over the 24-year period he worked there.
EPAC encapsulates Paschke’s generous and mentoring spirit through a gallery dedicated to exhibiting local talent as well as an artist residency program.
A new home for the National Veterans Art Museum will be located in a light-filled building on the north end of the cultural center
Founded in 1981, The National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) is the only museum in the country dedicated to veteran-created art. By presenting world-class exhibitions, educating youth and families, and bringing light to the veteran experience, NVAM is changing perspectives and changing lives.
The entirely new venue doubles NVAM’s exhibition space and allows for permanent installations of widely acclaimed artworks and preservation of 2,500 works of professional art by more than 270 U.S. veterans. It also brings home Above and Beyond, the highly acclaimed Vietnam War Memorial.