Arts Incubator Ribbon Cutting and Opening Reception

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March 8, 2013
January 8, 2014
UChicago Creative


The University of Chicago’s Arts and Public Life initiative on March 8, 2013 opened its new Arts Incubator in the Washington Park neighborhood—providing a dedicated space for artists to grow professionally and build creative connections with the surrounding community.

The newly renovated Arts Incubator, envisioned by internationally recognized artist and place strategist Theaster Gates, includes 10,000 square feet of studio space for artists-in-residence, a woodshop for design apprenticeship programming, and additional program space for exhibitions and events. The Arts Incubator, located at 301 E. Garfield Blvd., is housed in a two-story, terra cotta building dating to the 1920s. Learn more at:

The ribbon cutting ceremony and opening reception included a reading by 2012/13 artist-in-residence avery r. young and remarks by the following speakers:

Larry Norman, Deputy Provost for the Arts, University of Chicago

Thomas F. Rosenbaum, Provost, University of Chicago

Robert J. Zimmer, President, University of Chicago

Theaster Gates, Director of Arts and Public Life, University of Chicago

Michelle Boone, Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, City of Chicago

Pat Dowell, 3rd Ward Alderman, City of Chicago