Lawndale residents hope new arts center stirs community change
Young people and adults from Lawndale, Little Village and Old St. Patrick’s Youth Program on the West Loop are working together to help finish a project years in the making.
Let by pastor Phil Jackson, volunteers are working to realize the dream of building the Firehouse Community Arts Center in the Lawndale neighborhood. Jackson said the center will hopefully bring about some much needed changes to a community with a history of violence.
“Stop some of the violence some of the attitudes about the racism towards one another and really use this building as a platform for some of that,” Jackson said.
The center will feature a technology lab, dance studio and recording studio. The building will be open six days a week, and the center expects visits from over 200 kids a day.
Jackson said the project will have been worth the wait as the center will bring a largely big positive change to the community.
“All those folks who have seen their gifts will now see it manifested when this building is open in support of that,” Jackson said.