Building by building, artist and urban planner Theaster Gates (LF 2011) is reimagining the worth and beauty of a distressed South Side neighborhood of Chicago. "Theaster is someone who sees value in things that have essentially been discarded, in both his place making and in his art. By focusing on the neglected cultural assets of the community, he has been able to build something extraordinary,” says Carol Coletta, president of ArtPlace, a national funding collaborative.
As he reinterprets a candy store as a record archive and performance space, or a vacant building as an art and architecture library, Gates is engaging diverse partners to build a vital and artistic future for the community.
Read “Revitalizing the Soul and the Neighborhood through Art” at the UrbanLand website.
Front page photo by Charlie Vinz.