The Issue: Shortage of Jazz Music and the Arts in South Side Neighborhoods
Bronzeville, a collection of neighborhoods on the South Side of Chicago, has a rich tradition of historians and performing and visual artists, including jazz musicians, who have performed and showcased their talents in the community. Quad Communities Development Corporation would like to raise awareness among Chicagoans that the area is vibrant with art, music, and culture.
The Campaign: Hosting a Day of Jazz and Arts in Bronzeville
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then Quad Communities Development Corporation can host a half-day micro-festival in celebration of the community’s recently installed urban parklet, Jazz @ the People Spot. The micro-festival will be held from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, at Little Black Pearl Art & Design Center, 1060 E 47th St. The City of Chicago’s Department of Transportation and community organizations have teamed up to provide four People Spots throughout the city. Typically installed within existing parking spots, the miniature parks aim to cultivate and beautify the community, increase pedestrian traffic, and promote local economic development. Each additional $500 raised will provide support to other arts and culture exhibitions within Bronzeville.
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Quad Communities Development Corporation
In August of 2003 more than 75 residents and community leaders from the North Kenwood, Oakland, Douglas, and Grand Boulevard neighborhoods of Chicago came together to discuss the current state of their communities and devise methods for improvement. That marked the formation of the Quad Communities Development Corporation (QCDC), and today the team of individuals strives to bring together residents, local organizations, businesses, and government institutions to make the North Kenwood, Oakland, Grand Boulevard, and Douglas neighborhoods more sustainable, healthy, and economically diverse.
As the lead agency for the New Communities Program, QCDC worked with more than 400 community residents and stakeholders to establish a 10-year quality-of-life plan. In addition to guiding the implementation of this plan, the organization continues to focus on economic development, education, and employment services throughout communities. These three targets have led to initiatives such as the Bronzeville Community Market, academic-based support for low-income students, and life-skills and job-placement services.