Community Development


In partnership with the Department of Culture and Special Events, Greater Southwest Development Corporation’s (GSDC) Artist Response Program is designed to give local artists an opportunity to bring awareness and give voice to the issues their communities face on a day-to-day basis as well as provide a professional development opportunity for our grantees. GSDC is interested in using public art as a tool to catalyze development in racially and economically segregated communities on the southwest side of Chicago. With over 50 years of experience in the world of economic development, GSDC has a keen understanding regarding the design, planning, and implementation of successful community development programs. GSDC believes that public art is crucial when it comes to giving voice, preserving local culture, providing an income stream for local artists, and providing professional development opportunities in underserved communities on the southwest side of Chicago. 

Through GSDC’s Public Art Project Grant, GSDC will be funding 15 artists from across the Southwest side of Chicago to implement innovative and community-minded works of public art that provokes dialogue, reflection, community ownership, and action.

DEADLINE: October 1st, 2021

Please direct all questions or comments to:
Viri Martinez