A financial gift is a powerful investment—an opportunity to transform a boarded up building into an institution that can provide resources to create new opportunities in an underserved community. It can support a bricks and mortar transformation and also the intellectual work and services within those same walls. It is an unique opportunity to center, celebrate and create lasting change for Black women, girls, and gender nonconforming media makers on the South Side of Chicago by providing programs designed to educate, raise visibility, and support and serve our communities.
We envision a world where all Black girls, women and gender nonconforming media makers and storytellers have equal opportunities to create and thrive.
Share our vision? Join us! And support the creation of a new institution on the South Side of Chicago.
Once completed, the Media Art Center will house gallery space, a 40-seat theater, an editing and computer lab, offices, and classroom and conference space. It will be open to the community and media makers with a plan to offer free workshops, courses, and comprehensive programming.
The Media Arts Center is a project made possible, in part, by the City of Chicago’s Neighborhood Opportunity Fund, which finances commercial and cultural projects in historically disinvested neighborhoods by redirecting revenue generated from downtown development. It will be located in South Shore at 2310 E 75th Street. South Shore is one of the neighborhoods that benefits from this program and is also where Sisters in Cinema’s founder, Yvonne Welbon, grew up and currently lives.
The time is now. With your help, we can make this happen!