On Friday, March 11, volunteers participated in SAIC’s first-ever Day of Service in honor of the School’s 150th Anniversary. SAIC’s Day of Service is presented by the Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration and focused this year on serving Chicago's North Lawndale community through student, faculty, and staff collaboration. SAIC has made a long-term commitment to the neighborhood—the site of the first SAIC classroom space outside of downtown. The School occupies a space in the newly renovated Nichols Tower in the Homan Square area of North Lawndale, and offers art and design programming, such as a visiting artists' residency and courses.
Volunteers visited SAIC's partners in Nichols Tower, including the Firehouse Community Art Center, the Lawndale Christian Health Center, the North Lawndale Greening Committee, and the Foundation for Homan Square and enthusiastically constructed bee apiaries, created murals, and installed artwork.