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Southeast side implements their cultural plan with local art fair at former steel mill

Southeast side artists showcased their work at an art fair Saturday, September 15 on the site of the former USX steel mill, Chicago’s last undeveloped lakefront property.

The Southeast Chicago Coalition for the Arts hosted this 2nd annual art fair sponsored by McCaffery Interests, LISC/Chicago New Communities Program and Claretian Associates. The art fair took place at the Chicago Lakeside Development, 8555 South Greenbay Avenue, two blocks east of Route 41.

From tap dancing seniors to eco-friendly art-making workshops by the South Chicago Art Center to exhibits by critically acclaimed artists, the event offered something for everyone.

Activities included art exhibitions, performances and updates about development plans for the Chicago Lakeside Development.  Claretian Associates’ New Communities Program has been organizing local artists over the past five years to engage them in local projects in the community.

 “Our aim is to cultivate the sustainability and growth of the arts in Southeast Chicago by showcasing the works of artist and arts organizations that live or serve the community,” said Jackie Samuel, Director of the South Chicago New Communities Program. “With the development of the Chicago Lakeside property on the horizon, the arts build connections to our youth, celebrate our cultures and strengthen our relationships with our community. We are proud of our arts community and we want the rest of the city to know about it. ”

For more information about the Southeast Coalition for the Arts, we invite you to visit our artists’ directory showcasing our talent, resources and offerings at www.claretianassociates.org. For more information call Graciela Robledo at 773-734-9181, x13.

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