Kusanya Cafe is getting ready to open its doors to the public! Join them in Englewood for an exclusive sneak peek Friday, November 1st from 6pm – 9pm for food, drinks, music by soul artist Diz Crown, and art curated by Tonika Johnson.
Kusanya Cafe is located at 825 W 69th St. Chicago, IL 60621
To pre-order tickets online click here
To pick up tickets in person contact:
Demond Drummer or Rashanah Baldwin at Teamwork Englewood 815 w. 63rd Street 2nd Floor phone:773-488-6600
or Phil Sipka 773-675-4758
$20 – advanced
$25 – day of event
For the past four seasons, Bronzeville Community Garden has been a unique platform for creating community on 51st Street, while engaging residents from the broader Bronzeville community and visitors from beyond. They have facilitated many important connections and learned a tremendous amount about operating in their neighborhood.
Operating the garden has also been a great challenge. They’ve done it on less than a shoe string, relying on volunteers, re-tasked and re-used everything, and, when all else failed, providence. They’ve never sold a thing nor booked a dollar of revenue; and, they plan to continue – and to grow – in this fashion, as a community place.
To make it all work over the long haul, they’ll need the ongoing support from folks who believe in what they’re doing. The funding will support a broad range of garden-based initiatives, from our kids programming, to improved infrastructure (umbrellas for much needed shading!), and to our burgeoning Bronzeville Bikes program.
Please give us your pledge.
To watch the BCG Kickstarter video and to learn more about how you can show your support, click the link below.
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Please join us for our June launch events!
The Forum Saturday, June 22nd, 3pm - 5pm 318-328 East 43rd Street
Imagine Englewood If Sunday, June 30th, 2pm 730 West 69th Street
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SEE POTENTIAL’s contributing photographers include: Jack Bridges, Eunice Carson, Jack Delano, Cyrus Dowlatshahi, Cyrus Dowlatshahi, Nicole Harrison, Robb Hill, Dave Jordano, Andre Lambertson, Russell Lee, Brent Lewis, Jon Lowenstein, Wayne Miller, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Emmanuel Pratt, Joseph Rodriguez, Edwin Rosskam, David Schalliol, and Emily Schiffer.
SEE POTENTIAL is produced collaboratively by South Side community leader Orrin Williams, Founder and Director of the Center for Urban Transformation, and photographer Emily Schiffer. The project is produced in partnership with the Magnum Foundation. The SEE POTENTIAL project has been made possible through the generous support of Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project, Compton Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, and our 377 Kickstarter backers, with special thanks to Cushing Printing & Digital Communications.
Many thanks to those who have worked to make this happen:
Alexis Lambrou, Sophie Butcher, Jacqueline Bao, Casandra Giraldo, Mecca Brooks, Tonika Johnson, Emma Raynes, Susan Meiselas, Elizabeth Moy, Amy Poueymirou, Federico Zannier, Zevan Rosser, Blanka Lenart, Gabrielle Lyon, Takaaki Okada.
SEE POTENTIAL is grateful for the generous support from our 377 Kickstarter backers:
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For 75 years, starting in the late 1890s, the distinctive “Forum Hall”, and six generously-sized retail slots were a South Side hub for prominent performers, powerful politicians, parties and party-goers, and peddlers and patrons of all persuasions.
Nat King Cole played Forum Hall. Captain Walter Dyett directed the Pilgrim Baptist Church orchestra in it. It gave legendary bassist Milt Hinton his start and provided a key stage for many other jazz greats. It was an organizing center for the labor movement, radical groups, and Civil Rights activists. It hosted the Annual Convention of the Elks, soirees of Green Donkeys and Kute Kittens, beauty contests, boxing, and everything in between. And, all the while, it provided a range of offerings from fresh fruit and vegetables to some of the South Side’s best barbecue, ballroom dancing alongside Japanese Tea, and a Riddles Cocktail Lounge, thoughts of which still bring a shine to old-timers’ eyes. During the Dark Days of Bronzeville, The Forum went silent but stood tall: closed to business yet defying the elements, grime & crime, and the departure of three quarters of the resident base. Now, after a four-decade hiatus, local residents are working to bring it back. They’ve replaced masonry, repaired sieve-like roofs, secured the perimeter, removed mountains of debris, and begun to study both its history and the options for moving forward. Work in 2012 and 2013 has focused on engaging the community, laying out a detailed redevelopment plan and assembling a first set of resources.
SEE POTENTIAL @ The Forum is a partnership between SEE POTENTIAL and Urban Juncture, Inc. Urban Juncture, Inc. is a community development firm based in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood. Urban Juncture utilizes distinctive community assets to create the amenities and jobs that are critical to vibrant and sustainable neighborhoods.
For updates, connect with The Forum on Facebook Visit The Forum: 318-328 East 43rd Street
Bronzeville Community Garden
Bronzeville Community Garden engages Bronzeville residents by providing a fun, safe, accessible gathering place and destination. BCG is committed to beautifying their community, celebrating Bronzeville's cultural heritage, and promoting healthy eating and a sustainable environment.
The Garden is a teaching platform, with Garden produce utilized for cooking demonstrations and discussions of health and nutrition. In addition, the Garden is designed to encourage positive, informal neighborhood interaction through kid activities, free community feasts, and other family-friendly activities. To meet these objectives, the Garden includes over a dozen organic produce and ﬂower beds, the Bronzeville Butterﬂy Sanctuary, informal seating, a performance patio, a chef’s pavilion, a communal dining table, and a variety of games.
The Garden is led by a team of volunteers, including Latrice Williams (Garden Manager), Chef Tsadakeeyah Emmanuel (Culinary Director), Kalia Abiade (Program Director), RaMona Westbrook (Design Director), and Bernard Loyd (Resources Director). It was constructed by volunteers under the leadership of Chef Tsadakeeyah Emmanuel and Urban Juncture Foundation. Approximately 90% of materials used in construction were recycled or reclaimed.
Urban Juncture Foundation is the Garden’s sponsor. Supporters include Urban Juncture, Inc., Bronzeville Cookin’™, Majani310™, Brook Architecture, and Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA) of Cook County. The Garden is a member of Bronzeville Alliance Green Network and Openlands HomeGrown Chicago Food Garden Network.
The goal of the 2013 Growing Community effort is to expand programming in order to substantially broaden the Garden’s engagement of community residents and increase social capital, facilitate employment, improve health, and reduce violence. Growing Community will build on successful past efforts by investing in employment, learning, and recreational opportunities in these key program areas:
I. Community Food & Health. Improving access to good food and good health lies at the heart of the Bronzeville Community Garden™ initiative.
Work in this area in 2013 will focus on 5 key themes: • Garden agriculture • Garden network building • Garden yoga • Garden feasts and cooking demonstrations • Neighborhood tours & tournaments
For updates, connect with The Bronseville Community Garden on Facebook Visit the Bronzeville Community Garden: the southeast corner of 51st St. & Calumet Avenue
Imagine Englewood If
Imagine Englewood If (IEI) is a community center in Englewood with many free resources. IEI seeks to address the needs of the Greater Englewood community by offering a safe after school and weekend space and providing resources and information via workshops, classes, forums, professional development, community meetings, and trainings. IEI strives to promote cross-generational collaboration, empower people to better their condition, and give voice to people who often can’t speak for themselves. They address young people’s physical and mental challenges by providing peer mentoring, tutoring, art, journalism, computer classes, community organizing workshops, and promoting health and wellness education. IEI provides youth with access to information and communication skills training that will increase public participation and promote healthy and informed life choices. In addition, they empower community members to effect real change and provide resources that will build and expand IEI.
The problem: IEI has no operating budget and heavily relies on volunteers and the kindness of others to expand and maintain programming. IEI seeks to offer 24/7 programming and resources that would continue to provide a safe space for the Greater Englewood community. They are in need of funds to cover: Operating expenses, paid administrative staff, and staff to operate Summer and After School programs, website development, 20 passenger van to take youth on field trips, Building repairs and maintenance / AC put in / Heating system replaced, jobs for youth, 12 computers
IEI needs additional space to house their programs. IEI hopes to relocate to a closed Chicago public school building.
SEE POTENTIAL supports Imagine Englewood If’s vision by encouraging the community to advocate for the expansion of IEI. Text messages of support, signed petitions, and media attention generated by SEE POTENTIAL will help convince elected officials to house Imagine Englewood If in a closed Chicago Public School and offer government grants to fund IEI’s operating expenses.
Get connected with Imagine Englewood If on
Visit Imagine Englewood If: 730 W. 69th Street
Kusanya Café is an organization that exists to provide a place of empowerment and encouragement for the residents of Englewood through a comfortable and high-quality coffee establishment. Kusanya seeks to be so much more than a business within the community. They desire to provide a gathering place, an artistic outlet for youth and adults, and to provide valuable programs and to assist existing ones. By creating community with coffee, the cafe will: 1. bring together the residents of Englewood, 2. create an artistic and cultural center for people in the community, 3. be a resource for teachers, block clubs, and other service groups, and 4. employ people from the community.
Kusanya Café will be opening an inline espresso bar on 69th and Green (825 W. 69th) that serves various beverages and locally made food items. Kusanya hopes to have outdoor seating and a stage for performers that hosts weekly events. The organizers of the Kusanya dream of a place where people not only begin to see each other and the community as something worth investing in again; but also, of a place of hope where people begin to realize their own worth and that of others. Kusanya means to amass. At Kusanya Café, residents will amass community & cultural wealth by reinvesting in their own backyard.
For updates, connect with Kusanya Café on Facebook
Visit Kusanya Café: 825 W. 69th street
For community leaders, entrepreneurs, and community organizations: We seek to work with as many organizations and individuals as possible. You will be a great SEE POTENTIAL community partner if you have longstanding relationships with your community, and are currently developing projects that would benefit from our partnership. If you meet our criteria, send us an email with your ideas: SEE POTENTIAL.Chicago@gmail.com
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