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Artists Lead International Women’s Symposium This Weekend In Wicker Park

Equity Arts group plans to use a Community Land Trust model to purchase real estate in the neighborhood and dedicate the property to artists.

Alma Wieser, center, discusses her idea for a Community Land Trust inside Heaven Gallery in June of 2019.
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WICKER PARK — A Wicker Park organization dedicated to protecting local artists from displacement while pursuing racial equity is celebrating International Women’s Day with a virtual symposium.

From 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Equity Arts will lead a virtual panel discussion between community leaders and activists.

Speakers include Dorian Sylvain, of Dorian Sylvain Studios, Meida Mcneal, of Honey Pot Performance, Keli Stewart, of Front Porch Arts Center, Alexie Young, of Arts West Chicago, and Zolita, of Molasses Chicago.  

Register for the free event here.

Formerly known as Community Arts Wicker Park, the Equity Arts effort is led by Heaven Gallery co-owner Alma Wieser.

Equity Arts group plans to use a Community Land Trust model to purchase real estate in the neighborhood and dedicate the property to gallery space, artist residences, a theatre and a greenhouse.

The group has received grants from the Field Foundation and The Arts Work Fund, and Wieser said the group hopes to launch its real estate campaign this fall.

Heaven’s current home is above the Lubinski Furniture building, 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Learn more about Equity Arts here. For more information email info@equityarts.org or call 773-342-4597.

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