Sankofa City Summer School

What will the South Side of Chicago look like in 2021? As we anticipate the construction of the Obama Presidential Center, this workshop series brings South Side residents and University of Chicago students together to visualize our desired futures for our community.

Initiated in 2017 through the collaborative guidance of filmmaker Ben R. Caldwell (Los Angeles) and University of Chicago film scholar, and Gray Center Director Jacqueline Stewart (on leave academic year 2018-19), the Sankofa City Summer School has been established as an ongoing Gray Center program. See below for an archive of past associated events.

A future iteration of the summer school is being planned now, with various related events taking place over the course of the academic year 2018-2019. Please check back for updates, or sign up to receive our newsletter at the bottom of this page.

Past events

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May

 May 15, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 Gray Center Lab

Midway Studios
929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Join us for an evening with Ben R. Caldwell as the artist, renowned L.A. Rebellion filmmaker, and founder of the KAOS Network community arts center in Leimert Park, Los Angeles discusses his multifaceted work and its connection to Afrofuturism. Since 2017 Caldwell has guided the Gray Center's Sankofa City program.

 

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Jan

 Jan 09, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry

929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Join us for an evening with artist Faheem Majeed and community-based researcher Aiyah Josiah-Faeduwor as each present their work, dialogue about their collaborative efforts and think through strategies for impactful modes of collaboration. 

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Aug

 Aug 27, 2017, 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
 Connect Gallery

1520 S. Harper Court
Chicago, IL

Participants in Sankofa City Summer School: South Side Design Fiction Workshop present their visions for the future of our neighborhood, in the form of speculative design videos and objects that imagine new possibilities for public spaces. 

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Aug

 Aug 19, 2017, 1:00 AM – 3:00 AM
 Stony Island Arts Bank

6760 S. Stony Island Ave.
Chicago, IL

Vanguard L.A. Rebellion filmmaker and founder of Kaos Network Ben Caldwell kicks off a week-long workshop on visualizing the future of our community with this presentation of his work around the transformation of LA’s Leimert Park. 

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Aug

 Aug 18, 2017, 6:00 AM – 6:00 AM
 

What will the South Side of Chicago look like in 2021? As we anticipate the construction of the Obama Presidential Center, this workshop brings South Side residents and University of Chicago students together to visualize our desired futures for our community.