This event is free and open to the public.
Weinberg/Newton Gallery is excited to host a screening of The Area, a feature-length, locally-produced documentary from Scrappers Film Group about the resilience of Englewood residents when a railroad company seeks to expand through their neighborhood, demolishing homes and displacing longtime community members. The screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmakers Brian Ashby and Deborah Payne in conversation with Jahmal Cole, founder of My Block, My Hood, My City. We will consider the film's relationships to our current exhibition, Block Building.
Block Building juxtaposes the past and present while tracing both a rich history and vibrant future for Chicago’s block clubs – ultralocal civic organizations that have deep roots throughout the city. The exhibition is organized in partnership with My Block, My Hood, My City and features new block club signs that have been designed and fabricated by youth in Arts and Public Life's Design Apprenticeship Program, alongside the old signs they've replaced.