The Homan Square Story Share project developed from a partnership between SAIC’s Office of Engagement and the Homan Square Foundation to collect and archive stories from residents in the North Lawndale neighborhood as a part of the SAIC’s preparation to create a campus extension in Nichol’s Tower. The project sought to connect SAIC to the North Lawndale community by listening to the history of the neighborhood through the stories of its residents. Stories have been archived and returned to the community. The stories also served as valuable information for identifying community interest in arts education programs.
The Management Studio student team directed and produced the Homan Square Story Share in collaboration with an ethnographic project team. The students collected and archived stories, developed a tagging system for story themes, and worked closely with neighborhood residents to share the material. Listen to the student team talk about the project on public radio here. You can hear some of the stories collected here.