Equity Arts confronts past inequities to BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) artists and leaders by flipping the narrative of exploitation to one of transformation. The centerpiece of the organization is its equity framework that shifts power and addresses the lack of representation within cultural institutions. This policy requires that the board, building tenants and staff be a 60% BIPOC majority. Alongside this policy, the center will offer a holistic approach for
arts-based programming that will engage Chicago creatives from all corners of the city. Features include:
Through partnerships with surrounding schools, nearby senior housing and the Parks District in Wicker Park, the center will offer art workshops and youth & wellness classes designed to serve all ages of the community.
Kids from the Chicago Parks District visiting Santiago X's exhibition at Heaven Gallery
The center will offer art and entrepreneurial incubators to mentor new leaders that will train incoming cohorts from the South and Westside. Shared/co-working space will be offered to cultivate partnerships and collaboration.
Rebecca McDaniel, Anatolia Evarkiou-Kaku and Carl Alexandar performing at Heaven Gallery
The 38,000 sq. ft building will drive the local economy with innovative retail, cafe and a venue offering concerts ranging from classical to House music. The 6 lofts will house galleries, artist residencies, and nonprofit arts organizations. A green space will be located on the rooftop.
Heaven Gallery's vintage shop innovative retail model
When addressing equity, one must consider accessibility. The center will be centrally located within a transit hub that brings the North, West and South together to ensure quality of life and opportunity for people of all socioeconomic levels.
The Damen Blue Line stop and Josue Pellot's mural, This Beautiful Moment is Ours