Through events, activations, installations

we build awareness, enable open dialogues and spark collective imagination about the future of social infrastructure in our city.

January 31, 2019

During summer of 2018, Creative Grounds (www.creativegrounds.org) invited teams to collaborate in this activation series at former Anthony Overton Elementary. These activation took place between July and September in this closed school in Bronzeville, Chicago.

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August 22, 2018

This past Saturday, August 18, we held our final activation day for [8x3]: ART + ARCHITECTURE at the former Anthony Overton Elementary School. The teams that joined in the activation were at varying stages of progress, with some developing prototypes for new iterations...

August 6, 2018

On Saturday, July 28, we held the second public activation for [8x3]: ART + ARCHITECTURE this summer. This time around, a total of six teams and quite a few volunteers came to collaborate, each team being at different stages of the design and installation process....

July 19, 2018

With great energy this past week! We hosted a social for those who wanted to either visit the building, get familiar with the space and classrooms, find a team or a partner, or just meet other participants! Teams or interested participants can still sign up for 8x3: Ar...

July 19, 2018

This week teens from the Chicago Architecture Foundation's Neighborhood Teen Ambassadors program visited former Overton School. As part of this program, Teens are spending a week (July 16-20) embedded in the neighborhood and working in collaboration with Urban Jun...

July 9, 2018

On Saturday, June 30, we held our public activation #1 event of the summer. On this extremely hot day, we had two teams kicking-off their projects – Our Great, Great Wall and Chicago Extra Large

OUR GREAT, GREAT WALL team met inside in a cool first floor room that was...

March 10, 2018

Jane Addams Hull House Museum is hosting a series of events to continue the conversations about closed schools in the City:

Part 3: More Schools of Sale?

Chicago Public Schools Before and After the Moratorium

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

6:00 PM  8:00 PM

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March 10, 2018

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Collaborative public activation at former Anthony Overton Elementary School in Bronzeville, Chicago. Opening Closings is part of Creative Grounds—a research and creative initiative exploring the urban and community role of schools after the largest school cl...

December 24, 2017

Collaborative public activation at former Anthony Overton Elementary School in Bronzeville, Chicago. Opening Closings is part of Creative Grounds—a research and creative initiative exploring the urban and community role of schools after the largest school closure in th...

October 10, 2017

From October 10 – 23 this iteration of Creative Grounds research is exhibited at the School of the Art Institute, Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects.

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