We got to live our fullest settlement-house-fan lives when we got to develop a program in partnership with Chicago’s Jane Addams Hull-House, Contested City: From the Lower East Side of New York to the West Side of Chicago, with Gabrielle in conversation with an incredible group of Chicago artists, urbanists, and activists.
The book talk and panel discussion featured Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani, author of Contested City: Art and Public History as Mediation at New York’s Seward Park Urban Renewal Area; Teresa Córdova, director of UIC’s Great Cities Institute; Nicole Marroquin featured Hull-House artist and professor at SAIC; and Jose E. Lopez, executive director of The Puerto Rican Cultural Center.
Revealing the untold stories of fifty years of community activism at the controversial Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) on New York’s Lower East Side, the book, Contested City, sheds light on the importance of collaborative creative public projects in a complex place. This unique and humane book bridges art, design, activism and urban history. Hear from the author as well as from local Chicago artists, activists and urban planners about similar displacement and activism that occurs in Chicago’s West Side neighborhoods.
Making the West Side: Community Conversations on Neighborhood Change is a multi-year Jane Addams Hull-House Museum project launched with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that brings together scholars, activists, neighborhood residents and other stakeholders to investigate the history of neighborhood change on Chicago’s West Side and connect those histories to contemporary issues and concerns.