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The Gathering Spaces are a series of artist-designed community areas installed along the Burnham Wildlife Corridor in Burnham Park. The project was born out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for Chicago residents through deepening connections to nature in the city. Each of the Gathering Spaces was developed by artists in partnership with a community organization located in a nearby neighborhood. The completed spaces reflect the nature and culture of the area and serve as assembly grounds and rest areas for people exploring the Corridor.
Sounding Bronzeville / / Location: West of Lake Shore Drive at 40th Street / / Lead artists: Fo Wilson, Norman Teague / / Non-profit partner: Bronzeville Community Development Partnership (Bronzeville)
Caracol / / Location: East of Lake Shore Drive at 26th Street / / Lead artists: Georgina Valverde, Diana Solis, José Terrazas / / Non-profit partner: Contratiempo (Pilsen)
La Ronda Parakata / / Location: East of Lake Shore Drive at 34th Street / / Lead artists: Hector Duarte, Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves / / Non-profit partner: Casa Michoacán (Pilsen)
Set in Stone / / Location: West of Lake Shore Drive at 33rd Street / / Lead artists: Andy Bellomo, Anna Murphy / / Non-profit partner: Chinese-American Museum of Chicago Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center (Chinatown)
Sankofa for the Earth / / Location: West of Lake Shore Drive at 42nd Street / / Lead artists: Arlene Turner Crawford, Dorian Sylvain, Raymond A. Thomas / / Non-profit partner: South Side Community Art Center (Bronzeville)
“Roots and Routes” is a collaborative project aimed at creating and sustaining the Burnham Wildlife Corridor (BWC) in order to maximize benefits for neighboring communities and nature.
Video by: Amber Mohammad Castañeda / / Still photos ©Sandra Steinbrecher 2016