Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination sparked outrage on the West Side of Chicago, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum revisits West Side artists at the center of neighborhood change. Join Hull-House for "The Best Side: The Art and Soul of Jackie Hetherington," featuring works exhibited for the first time. In 1968, seven months following the uprising on Chicago’s West Side, Jackie Hetherington, co-founded Art and Soul, a unique, experimental neighborhood art center located in two storefronts at 3742 West Sixteenth Street in the North Lawndale neighborhood – an innovative collaboration between communities and museums. Art and Soul was one of a number of initiatives created by the Conservative Vice Lords Inc., an organization that promoted self-determination on the West Side. (Photo: Ann Zelle)
Making the West Side
"The Best Side: The Art and Soul of Jackie Hetherington" is part of Jane Addams Hull-House Museum's "Making the West Side" project. "Making the West Side: Community Conversations on Neighborhood Change" is a Jane Addams Hull-House Museum project that brings together scholars, activists, neighborhood residents, and other stakeholders to investigate the history of neighborhood change on Chicago’s West Side and connect those histories to contemporary concerns.