The Southside Arts and Humanities Network, “The Network,” is a collection of small and mid-sized arts and humanities organizations based on the south side of Chicago. The Network aims to leverage the space, intellectual, technological, and volunteer resources of the University (and the city) to support small arts and humanities institutions.

The Network is a space for the cultivation of the rich artistic, cultural, scholarly and human assets based on the Southside of Chicago. Our purpose is to strengthen the ties that bind together the Southside Arts and in so doing make the rest of the city aware of the abundance of cultural activity that exists south of downtown.

The Network gratefully acknowledges the generous support it has received from the Joyce Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Please join us on Saturday, April 11th, from 6:30-9:30 pm, as we celebrate the culture and legacy of Chicago’s South Side with this event honoring Timuel D. Black, the great South Side civil rights activist and author of the Bronzeville oral history Bridges of Memory. Come to Bronzeville’s historic Parkway Ballroom for the inaugural Timuel D. Black Bridges of Memory Distinguished Guest Lecture, followed by a reception and jazz concert, and a presentation from the CKP’s South Side Arts and Humanities Network, a capacity-building resource for local non-profit organizations. The inaugural Bridges of Memory guest lecture will be delivered by Kenneth Warren, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English, and author of such works as What Was African American Literature? and So Black and Blue: Ralph Ellison and the Occasion of Criticism. The Parkway Ballroom is located at 4455 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. From 1940 to 1974, the Ballroom was the destination of choice for Chicago’s African American community, and featured such performers as Count Basie, Sarah Vaughn and Nat King Cole. Now a beautifully restored Parkway Ballroom is once again a cultural hub. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Bart Schultz, at or 773.834.3929, ext 1. Free Admission and Free Food!

How Members Benefit

The goal of the Network is to help member organizations overcome isolation, gain visibility and build capacity so that they can better serve their communities and more effectively fulfill their overall vision. We work toward our goal by offering free networking events, free professional development classes, and the Non-Profit Board Leadership Certificate Program.


  • Admission to free networking events (e.g. Meet the Funders & Meet the Press)
  • Access to a listserv to advertise upcoming events (
  • Access to a directory (with contact information and a description) of arts and humanities organization
  • Access to undergraduate and graduate students who can volunteer/work with network members
  • Participation in targeted networking “Southside roundtables” for small gatherings of organizations with common interests


  • Admission to free professional development workshops taught by University faculty and staff
  • Access to discounted professional development courses at the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies (Arts, Sciences Humanities as well as Business and Professional courses)


  • Access to discounted rates on space rentals at the International House at the University of Chicago

If you would like to join our Directory please fill out our Network Directory Form (doc) or contact Bart Schultz at or call 773 834-3929.

To access the Network’s Directory in PDF form, please click here:

Network Members (PDF)