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"Big Shoulders" : The South Side Community Art Center A Cultural Institution

Andre Guichard

Artist, Curator, Gallery Owner, Father, Husband

The South Side Community Art Center

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"A Day In bronzeville" Over 200 artist on the steps of the South Side Community Art Center Photo by John Moye www.jromain.com

We cannot begin to understand the Fine Art South of Roosevelt Road without understanding its real history. My Grandmother Irene Guichard was a incredible woman from New Orleans who helped me understand deference at an early age.

def- er -ence:

1.  respectful submission or yielding to the judgment, opinion,will,etc., of another

Before you can talk about any living artist or collector, we have to pay homage and give deference to the South Side Community Art Center and understand that the galleries and collectors on the south side are continuing a glorious legacy.

"After a long well organized effort by Chicago African American artists and the community, South Side Community Art Center's doors opened in 1940, in a Georgian Revival-style residence built for grain merchant George Seaverns. One of the last surviving Works Progress Administration (WPAcommunity art centers dedicated by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1941,
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1941 dedication of the South Side community Art Center by Eleanor Roosevelt

the center jump-started the careers for many artists such as Archibald Motley Jr., Elizabeth Catlett, Charles White, Gordon Parks, Dr, Margaret Burroughs, and Gwendolyn Brooks, just to name a few.

The Center was a venue where artists and youth were taught the visual arts

Since 1940, the South Side Community Art Center has been committed to educating  youth in the fundamentals and advanced techniques of various mediums. The Center offers instruction and a creative home for young people to learn the fundamentals of drawing,

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Artist Cotor teaching at The south side community art center 1940's

painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking,photography,and


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recent pictures of students at the center

The South Side Community Art Center provides:

   • Classes in the visual arts

   • Exhibitions and collaborative space for new artists

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Diane Carr Board President and Faheem Majeed center Director with artist Elizabeth Catlett

Their work focuses on collaboration, and partners include:

          • School of the Art Institute & The Art Institute of


          • After School Matters

          • National Mexican Museum of Art

          • National Historic Trust

          • University of Chicago - South Side Arts &


          DuSable Museum                      

The South Side Community Art Center celebrates

70 years in 2010 .

Thursday, December 2, 2009  Sandra and Tim Rand were

the gracious hosts of a reception by the South Side Community

Art Center for sponsors and awareness of the 70 th anniversary

festivities.The Honorable Mayor Richard Daley was present

at the reception. Mayor Daley and Maggie Daley are Co - chairs

for the upcoming event. 

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Kim McCollough, Mayor Richard M. Daley, and Dianne Carr at the Sponsor Reception.

The reception was filled with excitement

about the upcoming event.

Partners from

the Art Institute, MCA and surrogates

both corporate and private,

from many circles,

met with the common goal of raising

money for the 70 th anniversary and

operating expenses for the center.       

The South Side Community Art Center has incredible momentum growing around the event and the future of the center. The time is now for individual activism. We all should roll up our sleeves and pitch in to keep the only surviving Works Progress Administration Art Center open for another 70 years. For more information click here: Learn More About The 70Th anniversary at SSCAC

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Support our history and the foundation of a rich cultural community! For more information about The South Side Community Art Center Click Here Now

Artistically Yours,

Andre Guichard



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