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Artistic Justice: Redefining Community Space

March 4, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Latino Cultural Center. Lecture Center B2

How does one of the largest single-site jails in the U.S. affect the identity of a community? 

Join us for an interactive conversation with Maria Gaspar, founder of the 96 Acres Project. This community-engaged and site-responsive art project addresses the social and political impact that the Cook County Jail has placed on the Little Village community and the City of Chicago. Learn how their focus has generated alternative narratives of restorative justice, and how they have mobilized residents to participate in the community’s transformative vision of a space that occupies 96 acres.

Born in Chicago, Maria Gaspar is an interdisciplinary artist engaged in practices that individually and collectively mediate and occupy physical, symbolic, and socio-cultural aspects of given sites. UIC alumna Maria Gaspar is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the departments of Performance, Contemporary Practices, and Art Education at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

This program is co-sponsored by student organizations Alpha Psi Lambda, Delta Xi Phi, Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), Mexican Students de Aztlán (MeSA), and Union for Puerto Rican Students (UPRS).

FREE refreshments and admission

For more info, please call 312-996-3095 or visit us at
If you require any accommodations please contact the number above at least one week before the program.



March 4, 2015
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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UIC Latino Cultural Center
803 S. Morgan
Chicago, IL United States

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