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The South Side Community Art Center is the nation’s oldest African American art center in the United States and is a Chicago Historic Landmark. While taking pride in our rich past, we today build on our legacy and innovatively serve as an artist- and community-centered resource with programs, exhibitions and events that inspire.

We welcome all to experience the history reverberating through our space, inspiring exciting forward momentum in artistic creation and expression.

Please view the sidebar for important information on safely visiting and engaging with the center during the coronavirus pandemic.

General Admission

We proudly keep South Side Community Art Center accessible to all by offering free admission. Those who are able are encouraged to donate to help support the center and its mission to conserve, preserve and promote the legacy and future of African American art and artists while educating the community on the value of art and culture.

Visitor Safety Guidelines

While the coronavirus pandemic continues to run its course, the safety and well-being of our guests and staff members remains of utmost importance to us.

The center is currently closed to the public due to the pandemic, but we are hosting limited public engagements that allow us to maintain social distancing. Reservations are required. We are also hosting a number of virtual events. Please view our events page [link] or sign up for our emails [link] to learn about upcoming events.

Support the mission

Donate today to keep the legacy of SSCAC alive and to ignite its future.




South Side Community Art Center is located in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood, off the East Pershing Road exit of I-90 and near the Indiana Green Line stop.

3831 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois  60653 


We are temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please see Visitor Safety Guidelines, above, for more information.