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The Gathering: Charles White and the South Side Community Art Center

June 9, 2018
Hyde Park Art Center and the South Side Community Art Center
Free, registration required

In celebration of the special exhibition Charles White: A Retrospective, enjoy this afternoon of activities exploring Charles White’s formative years in Chicago and his relationship to the South Side Community Art Center, a vibrant site in Bronzeville for art and community and the oldest African American art center in the United States. Take a bike tour to places that shaped Charles White, join conversations with artists, create, and break bread with neighbors.

Program Schedule

Bike Tour and Artist Talk
Hyde Park Art Center
Meet at the Hyde Park Art Center for a tour of the center and a talk with muralist Dorian Sylvain. Then take a bike tour to various Chicago locations that shaped White’s early life, led by Erika Dudley, senior program manager for Progressive Conversations and Erika’s Loom. 

Activities at the South Side Community Art Center begin at 2:00

Community Mural
Drop in 2:00-6:00
Contribute to a community mural with artist Dorian Sylvain.

Bubble Painting
Drop in 2:00-6:00
Learn the technique of bubble painting with artist Candace Hunter and create a piece of your own.

Face Painting
Drop in 2:00-4:00 
A Conversation with Sapphire and Crystals artists 
Arlene Crawford, Shyvette Williams, and Joyce Owens,  
moderated by Tracie Hall  
Begins at 2:15
Engage in a lively conversation with artists from Sapphire and Crystals, an organization that generates opportunities for black women artists to share resources and empowers them to tell their own stories.  
Performance by B. Rael Ali Thunder
Watch an original performance by B. Rael Ali Thunder, inspired by Charles White’s artwork and its social commentary.
Draw like Charles White 
Enjoy a drawing demonstration led by Arthur Wright focused on Charles White's use of line. Learn about White’s work as a draftsman; then grab a pencil to make your own mark.
Storytelling with Emily Hooper Lansana and Glenda Zahra Baker 
Inspired by the work of artist Charles White and the South Side Community Art Center, hear from Emily Hooper Lansana and Glenda Zahra Baker as they present an original storytelling piece. 
Screening of Brooks People followed by a discussion with filmmaker Shahari Moore  
Engage in a special screening of Brooks People, an internationally award-winning film by Shahari Moore that celebrates Gwendolyn Brooks, South Side Chicago poet and the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize.  

Presented with the South Side Community Art Center, the Hyde Park Art Center, and the School of the Art Institute. 



The Gathering conversation series is sponsored by the Duchossois Family Foundation

Charles White, printed by David Panosh, published by Hand Graphics, Ltd. Sound of Silence, 1978. Margaret Fisher Fund © The Charles White Archives Inc.