In a first-time partnership, the University of Illinois Chicago’s Gallery 400 and Jane Addams Hull-House Museum have been awarded research and development grants by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
The grants total over $50,000 in support of a joint initiative of work toward the creation of two linked exhibitions to be presented in fall 2024 as part of Art Design Chicago, a Terra Foundation initiative exploring and elevating Chicago’s rich art and design histories and diverse creative communities.
The initiative, “Learning Together: Art, Education, and Community,” is a project that explores Chicago’s history of arts education. Considering the central role that education settings have played in the self-recognition, cohesion, and self-determination of numerous communities across the city of Chicago, the paired exhibitions will examine how pedagogical art practices in Chicago have constituted a democratic practice, whether in small classroom and informal learning settings, or in neighborhood groups or communities. Gallery 400’s research will center on the progressive art pedagogy of disparate Chicago artist-educators in the later 20th century, with additions by practitioners in the contemporary period.