Homan Square

SAIC at Homan Square is a community of dedicated North Lawndale residents and artists along with artists and scholars from SAIC who engage audiences and communities in collaborative processes to identify issues, promote public discourse, and catalyze social change within specific institutions, neighborhoods, and other public contexts. It is a platform to share, support, and amplify what is already there by adding resources and bringing in others.

SAIC’s work at Homan Square aspires to engage all kinds of artists’ backgrounds, working across disciplines, combining object making, performance, research, writing, and design with community organizing in projects that integrate studio art practices with civic engagement.

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Homan Square History
Aerial View of Homan Square

Over the past two decades, North Lawndale has mobilized with drive and vision to build a safer and more connected neighborhood at the center of the former Sears, Roebuck and Co. campus—an area that has come to be known as Homan Square.

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This is our Community

Nichols Tower also houses seven other community and citywide organizations, a unique structure that helps faculty, artists, students, staff, and participants get to know and collaborate with each other.

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Public Programs

The North Lawndale community is directly engaged through a curriculum of free arts courses offered by SAIC’s Continuing Studies.

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Degree Classes

Classes and workshops at SAIC at Homan Square incorporate education in the visual arts with community engagement and social practice. The classes bring contemporary artists to the table of community work with the community for the community.

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The residency provides three artists per year to work on an project in North Lawndale with studio space in the Nichols Tower, stipend and administrative support to build platforms for public participation in their art. Artist are chosen by a community jury and supported with a Lawndale mentor. The artist in residence works with the community to develop creative solutions to local issues and build connections between people and the places they live.

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