There's No Place Like Home: Collaboratively Building Communities

Inspired by the work of artists Wesley and Ricky Willis, students collaboratively explored community building through visual arts and dance. Community is a uniquely important topic to Franklin Fine Arts students because they live in many different neighborhoods across the city. We chose to study the works of Wesley Willis and his brother Ricky Willis, two brothers whose distinct art works live as an homage to Chicago and their neighborhoods. We were intrigued by Wesley’s famous drawings of the skyline and by Ricky’s sculptural renderings of Chicago structures both famous and ordinary. During this project, students discussed their experiences in their own communities, as well as the social and physical resources needed to create a neighborhood. How do we build places that can connect people with what they need and with each other?

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