South Side Community Art Center conserves, preserves and promotes the legacy and future of African American art and artists while educating the community on the value of art and culture.
SSCAC continues to serve as an established resource for the art community locally, nationally and abroad. As the oldest African American art center in the USA SSCAC takes pride in its past and present contributions to the development and showcasing of emerging and established artists. SSCAC seeks out and educate young artists; provide gallery space; educational and art programs as well as serve as a repository for African American artists, scholars, collectors and the community.
FOREVER LIVE THE SSCAC!
Come out and hear the inspiration behind exhibiting artists' creativity at our SSCAC Artists Talks. Interact with arts enthusiasts from Chicago and around the world. Engage in lively conversations with authors, filmmakers and celebrities at film and literary events.
In 2017 we presented great programming including Teen Talk Theater and four art exhibitions. We hosted our 52st Annual Art Auction as part of our collaboration with the School of the Art Institute Chicago; expanded SSCAC partnerships to include Dometi Pongo "Artist Lounge & Open Mic" founder as well as "Safe Space" presented by Columbia College Students.
Discover why the SSCAC has remained relevant for 77 years; and has been an integral part of the careers of many renown visual and fine artists and offers the Ultimate Art Experience.
Contribute to our evolution and expansion. Support the SSCAC as an artist, advocate, donor, annual contributor, art collector, enthusiast or curious observer. For fine art acquisitions visit the SSCAC Sales Gallery during regular business hours or call (773) 373-1026 to schedule private appointments.
Dr. Margaret Burroughs and other African American artists banded together determined to find a venue to showcase their art. Through dedicated fundraising efforts, 3831 S. Michigan was purchased as the home of the SSCAC. President Roosevelt's WPA Initiative paid artists' salaries. The SSCAC is the only African American Art Center of its kind opened under the WPA Initiative to remain continuously open.
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt delivered the dedication speech at the SSCAC Saturday, May 7, 1941 at 3:00p.m. The event was covered by all major local and national networks of the day.
The SSCAC became a Chicago Historic Landmark in June 1994.
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