The Art of Flocking: Cultural Stewardship in the Parks

Public Programs

  • Chicago Park District

June 25–August 11, 2018

Young Cultural Stewards participating in a field trip at the Burnham Wildlife Corridor’s Gathering Space, La Ronda Parakata. Image courtesy of the Chicago Park District.

The Art of Flocking: Cultural Stewardship in the Parks is a celebration of Chicago’s community-based art practice. The project includes a series of public programs and community exhibitions for Chicago youth exploring the history and impact of Mexican-American public artist Hector Duarte and Sapphire and Crystals, Chicago's first and longest-operating Black women's artist collective.

The project includes the following two program series: ArtSeed, designed for children ages 3+ and families in 18 parks and playgrounds, and Young Cultural Stewards, a multimedia program aimed at youth ages 12–14 with hubs in each of Chicago's three geographic regions. Overall, The Art of Flocking will engage 2,500 participants through 216 individual programs at 18 parks from June 25 to August 3, 2018.

The Art of Flocking culminates with a community exhibition series held from August 1–3 at Willye White Park in Rogers Park, Piotrowski Park in Little Village, and Tuley Park in Chatham. The celebration will include live music and performance, food, youth art-making,and a parade to La Ronda Parakata Gathering Space in the Burnham Wildlife Corridor led by artist Hector Duarte and members of the artist collective Sapphire and Crystals artists.