Posts by Ross Jordan
September 20, 2010  |  Intern Chronicles
A Portait of Chicago, Part II

Hyde Park Art Center's facade displays art for the community after hours

In my last post we visited Street Level Youth Media and talked to Steven Evans about how his nonprofit empowers and supports Chicago’s young artists by introducing them to new digital media. Today’s post is all about adults and the arts. How do arts organizations engage artists and communities? One place I think has good answers is Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC), one of Chicago’s oldest and best-known arts organizations.

August 25, 2010  |  Intern Chronicles
A Portrait of Chicago, Part I

Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millennium Park gives the city a chance to reflect on itself

I’m interested in the big picture. How do arts organizations function and build support, survive and thrive? During a recent visit to Chicago I had the opportunity to sit down with four nonprofit leaders working at different levels of the city’s art scene. At a time of financial rollercoasters, shifting demographics, and a globalizing world, I was interested to see how these art organizations continued to reach out to changing communities and tap in to the creative energy they have to offer.