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Wish well cards spread out on a table. Do you have a wish for this community?

During the run of The Gospel of Lovingkindness, we asked audience members to share their wish for our community’s future. These wishes will be added to the stream of community wishes at the Arts on Chicago Wish Well on the corner of 35th Street and Chicago Avenue, but here are a few highlights:

"Passionate. Painful. Powerful. Poetic. --Pioneer Press "breathless" "insightful" --CityPages "Don't miss it. See it twice." --Minnesota Theater Love "moving, heart-breaking, inspiring" "an electrifying production" --Talkin' Broadway

The reviews are in! THE GOSPEL OF LOVINGKINDNESS “resonates in age of ‘Black Lives Matter,'” is “passionate, painful, powerful [and] poetic,” and has “a savage, breathless, you-can’t-peel-your-eyes-away edge.”

Art Block leaders with their social analytics mapping.

“Sociography” This poem was written by Molly Van Avery after a dinner conversation with the 2015 Art Block leaders in May.

The Gospel of Lovkingkindness. Photo of Thomasina Petrus and Namir Smallwood connected by the Chicago skyline.

From the playwright of THE ROAD WEEPS, THE WELL RUNS DRY comes an equally powerful and poetic contemporary drama inspired be true events. Two young men growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Manny’s life is on track, and Noel’s life is derailing. Manny just sang at the White House; Noel just got kicked off the basketball team. When their paths cross, they risk everything for their dreams, leaving behind two grieving mothers and a city on the verge.

people listening to poetry at the 2014 Poetry Picnic

Our Art Blocks program is introducing a new Block Swap initiative in which Art Block leaders team up to host larger scale events!

cast of Ima Be Me, So Be You

The Oak Park and Pillsbury House + Theatre FANS students present “Imma Be Me, So Be You,” an original performance on the importance of embracing ourselves and each other.

Chicago Avenue Project - Elvis Has Left the Building

Elvis Has Left the Building features nine original, short plays written by professional playwrights, directed by professionals, and performed by some of the Twin Cities’ top theatre artists in partnership with South Minneapolis youth.

This poem was written by Molly Van Avery after a dinner conversation with the 2015 Art Block leaders in March. “poverty forces creativity…”

Cecile McLorin Salvant

Pillsbury House Theatre presents a live Jazz at Lincoln Center webcast of Cécile McLorin Salvant singing Billie Holiday on Saturday, April 11. The performance will be broadcasted in HD at 8:30 p.m. CST. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended.

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