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The South Side of Chicago: Art as a Safe Haven for Youth

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Sarah Ward's educated youth since 1993. She believes that art plays a vital role not only in cognitive development and personal well being, but also in community building and social responsibility.

Located on Chicago’s South Side, the South Chicago Art Center is a non-profit art center for children whose mission is to provide youth with a safe place to participate in quality visual arts programs.

The Art Center is a unique place, a storefront institution where kids use culture as a tool for social exchange. 

Now in its 10th year of operation, the Art Center runs an after-school visual arts program; an in-school program in local schools; and an urban farm where kids and other community members come together to create beauty, landscaping, planting and growing. At least once a month kids explore the city in the Cultural Field Trips program. The center has an internship program for teens in which they inspire and teach the younger children.

Special guest co-host, Amina Dickerson of Dicke