The Visibility Project by The Visible Voices Ensemble!

The Visibility Project was an intergenerational community performance and art-based action that took place outside Cook County Jail on Saturday, October 11th, 2014. This event included live poetry, theater, and kite flying led by the Visible Voices Ensemble in collaboration … Continued

The Princess Who Went Quiet – a comic for kids!

One of our 96 Acres Projects – “The Princess Who Went Quiet” by artist, Bianca Diaz was released last week with Project NIA at Grace House. Project NIA’s Director, Mariame Kaba addressed how to talk to kids about incarceration with guest speakers/mothers … Continued

96 Acres Education Initiative at the Teachers for Social Justice Conference in Chicago

  In Fall 2014, 96 Acres’ Education Initiative hosted three workshops to address the ways in which power is manifested through place. Place could be determined as physical space, imagined space, or internalized space. The questions were created over the … Continued

Yollocalli Arts Reach youth stencil the Cook County Jail wall

Youth from Yollocalli Arts Reach produced a series of “reverse graffiti” stencils that were installed around the Cook County Jail wall and sidewalk with the 96 Acres Project. They included text such as, “What is your role?” and “Do you … Continued

Portraits of Resolution interviewed by the Chicago Tribune!

Artists William Estrada, Anthony Rea, and Erica Brooks were interviewed by the Chicago Tribune about their project, Portraits of Resolution, a mobile photo studio which was located outside the Cook County Courthouse for one month. The project documented the jail … Continued

P is for Power Workshops in the Gate Newspaper!

Writing and performance workshop questions the meaning of power by Rachel Hoffman. Oct. 22, 2014   On Oct. 18, Little Village community art group 96 Acres hosted an afternoon writing and performance workshop called “What does power look like?”. The … Continued

Generating Alternative Narratives Through Community-engaged Art

  Join us for a series of community-engaged art projects that address the impact of the Cook County Jail, located on Chicago’s west side, to generate alternative narratives reflecting on power and a community’s vision of transformation. Artists, educators, and … Continued

Interested in an Internship with 96 Acres?

The Assistant to the Lead Artist/Facilitator will receive both arts administration experience and hands on experience while supporting the Lead Artist in the leadership and management of a community engaged art project, involving many community stakeholders. The Assistant will gain an … Continued

96 Acres Education Initiative launched!

Do you have ideas around issues of power and place? 96 Acres seeks community workshop proposals for the Fall. Let’s build together! Submit a proposal by August 7th here or participate by contacting us at

RFP and Application for Fall Art Projects

We are currently accepting proposals for multi-disciplinary site-responsive projects taking place this Fall 2014. Please read the Request for Proposals (RFP) and submit the application listed below. Deadline: Monday, July 28th at Midnight.   RFP in English / Application in English / Frequently Asked … Continued