Vanessa Stokes: Bringing Art to the Front Porch
The neighborhood of Austin, on Chicago’s Westside, has lacked a public art center for over 10 years. Landmark graduate Vanessa Stokes decided it was time for that to change.
Front Porch Arts Center is a new nonprofit in Chicago with a big mission: to reclaim, re-imagine, and celebrate the Westside’s art, community, and culture. Brainchild of artist and community organizer Vanessa Stokes and writer and educator Keli Stewart, the Center works to ‘reexamines African-American social and cultural history by creating spaces that explore our complex contemporary narratives.’
Front Porch Arts Center recently began its first monthly event series, Motherwit, a ‘curated kitchen table conversation celebrating the diverse narratives of Westside women.’ The first month’s discussion included motherhood, creativity, and work, and was put on through a partnership between Front Porch Arts Center and Westside Arts House.
The Center is quickly gaining attention, including a recent article with Block Club Chicago.
If you would like to help support this nonprofit organization, they have a fundraising platform online.