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Even as medical marijuana and cannabis will be legal in Illinois as of January, 2020, medical and recreational use of ma...
11/08/2019

Even as medical marijuana and cannabis will be legal in Illinois as of January, 2020, medical and recreational use of marijuana will be strictly prohibited in public housing.

Join us for a public conversation about the future of cannabis in Illinois and the fight for justice and equity in pubic housing communities, some of the people and places that have been most impacted by the war on drugs.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cannabis-legislation-racial-equity-reparative-justice-public-housing-tickets-80810838393

Join activists, advocates, and legal experts for this important public forum about racial equity and cannabis legislatio...
11/08/2019
Cannabis Legislation, Racial Equity, Reparative Justice & Public Housing

Join activists, advocates, and legal experts for this important public forum about racial equity and cannabis legislation.

Even as medical marijuana and cannabis will be legal in Illinois as of January, 2020, medical and recreational use of marijuana will be strictly prohibited in public housing, including all homes and households part of Chicago Housing Authority's Housing Voucher Program.

Join us for a public conversation about the future of cannabis in Illinois and the fight for justice and equity in pubic housing communities, some of the people and places that have been most impacted by the war on drugs.

Join activists, advocates, and legal experts for this important public forum about racial equity and cannabis legislation.

San Francisco voters just passed two major affordable housing propositions -   including the biggest citywide zoning eff...
11/06/2019
Two San Francisco affordable housing measures head toward victory - The San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco voters just passed two major affordable housing propositions - including the biggest citywide zoning effort for affordable housing in the city's modern history. Backed by a cross-section of city officials: Proposition A includes $150 million for public housing, $220 million for low-income housing, $60 million for middle-income housing, $150 million for senior housing, and $20 million for educator housing. Proposition E would amend the planning code to allow affordable housing and educator housing projects on publicly-owned land and expedite approval of such projects.
https://www.sfexaminer.com/news/s-f-affordable-housing-measure-winning-in-early-results-prop-c-failing/

Overturn of The City’s vaping ban easily fails

Join us tomorrow at our offices for a conversation with 25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez, Peter Holsten (of Holsten...
10/28/2019

Join us tomorrow at our offices for a conversation with 25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez, Peter Holsten (of Holsten Development), Win Curran (of DePaul University), and Alyssa Frystak (author of report “Small But Mighty: Combating the Affordable Housing Crisis Through Small-Scale Historic Rehabilitation”) surrounding how the preservation movement can support the growth of affordable housing and insure that existing affordable housing in an area is better retained.

More information can be found below.

COLLABORATIVE RESISTANCE: Join our Artist in Residence, William Estrada, tonight at 6 PM at the University of Illinois a...
10/22/2019
Voices: William Estrada | Gallery 400 | University of Illinois at Chicago

COLLABORATIVE RESISTANCE: Join our Artist in Residence, William Estrada, tonight at 6 PM at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Gallery 400 Lecture Hall to learn about Estrada's practice and his current projects that focus on inquiry and mobilization.

Voices: William Estrada Image courtesy William Estrada. Collaborative ResistanceDate: Tuesday, October 22 Time: 6pm Location: Gallery 400 Lecture Room Lecture Title: Collaborative Resistance   William Estrada discusses how teaching has influenced his arts practice and describes current projects tha...

10/15/2019

Thanks to everyone who came last week to Lost & Found, the first of our outdoor film screenings at our Taylor Street site! It was a beautiful night for the community and we were so excited to screen some insightful and beautiful films about public housing across the country. A special shoutout to our friends at Media Burn Independent Video Archive and South Side Home Movie Project for helping us curate the films that were screened.

Check out a clip from the evening below!

In honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day, the Museum will be closed. We acknowledge that the land where the Museum is has bee...
10/14/2019
Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Rethinking How We Celebrate American History

In honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day, the Museum will be closed. We acknowledge that the land where the Museum is has been stewarded by the Miami, Peoria, Potawatomi, and Illinois tribes. At our offices in River North, which is just blocks away from where Cabrini-Green once stood, we also recognize a similar history of forced displacement.

The Smithsonian writes about lifting up the rich history, cultures, and traditions of Indigenous peoples of America and the importance of reassessing histories.

Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day! On Monday, more states, cities, and communities than ever will observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day in place of or in addition to Columbus Day. They’re part of a larger movement to see a more complete and accurate history of the United States presented in our schools an...

Excited to have an essay about the radical aspirations of the National Public Housing Museum in this issue of Portable G...
10/09/2019

Excited to have an essay about the radical aspirations of the National Public Housing Museum in this issue of Portable Gray.

We are excited for issue # 3 of Portable Gray to come out this fall!! This installment looks at "Documents, Plans, Schemes, and Dreams," with three different covers featuring the work of Karega Kofi Moyo as part of a special project by Romi Crawford & Theaster Gates . Also in this issue wonderful contributions from Carla Nappi, Judy Hoffman, Abigail Winograd, Zuleikha Chaudhari, Jacqueline Stewart & Jamila Woods, Mike Schuh, David Schutter & Adam Szymczyk, Canice Prendergast, Lisa Yun Lee, Wills Glasspiegel, Bill Brown & Ted Brown, Edgar Garcia, and Omar Khouri.

"A historic preservation hearing last Thursday brought this struggle to a head, asking District officials to confront qu...
10/08/2019
Making Black history matter in public space

"A historic preservation hearing last Thursday brought this struggle to a head, asking District officials to confront questions that scale far beyond just one neighborhood or place, namely: Whose history matters in our public realm, and how should this history be preserved as a city changes?"

Whose history matters in our public realm, and how should this history be preserved as a city changes?

CALL FOR FOOTAGE!For our upcoming Community Dinner & Film Projection , we are looking for any home movie footage from pu...
10/04/2019

CALL FOR FOOTAGE!

For our upcoming Community Dinner & Film Projection , we are looking for any home movie footage from public housing complexes across the country to screen before the featured films! Holidays, renovation projects, family reunions, we're looking for it all. If you have any footage that you wish to share for the screening, please email [email protected].

10/01/2019

CALL FOR FOOTAGE!

For our Community Dinner & Film Projection, we are looking for any home movie footage from public housing complexes across the country to screen before the featured films! Holidays, renovation projects, family reunions, we're looking for it all. If you have any footage that you wish to share for the screening, please email [email protected].

Time is running out to visit Listed. NPR discusses the installation and the Museum's mission to document and share the h...
10/01/2019
Chicago Architecture Biennial Reaches Into Closed School, Public Housing

Time is running out to visit Listed. NPR discusses the installation and the Museum's mission to document and share the histories of those traditionally left out of the mainstream record.

The site is open, weather permitting, Thursday and Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 4 PM. For full activation of the site, be sure to stop by on Fridays or Saturdays!

09/29/2019

We'll be opening late today for the Chicago Architecture Biennial, come visit us at noon!

09/28/2019

Another rainy day to means another early closure of our Chicago Architecture Biennial installation at 1322 West Taylor Street.

We will be open, weather permitting, tomorrow from 10 AM to 4 PM.

09/27/2019

Due to rainy weather, the Chicago Architecture Biennial installation at 1322 West Taylor Street is closed.

We will be open and activated tomorrow, Saturday, September 28 from from 12 PM to 4 PM, we hope to see you there!

Haven't had a chance to check out Listed. yet? Curbed sums up the project, as well as some behind-the-scenes Museum happ...
09/26/2019
11 must-see things at the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019

Haven't had a chance to check out Listed. yet? Curbed sums up the project, as well as some behind-the-scenes Museum happenings.

The site is open, weather permitting, Thursday and Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 4 PM.

A library of activism, a decolonized history, and an activated former public school.

***REMINDER***Due to unpredictable Chicago weather, we have postponed our community dinner and outdoor film screening. W...
09/25/2019
Lost & Found: Community Dinner & Outdoor Film Screening — National Public Housing Museum

***REMINDER***

Due to unpredictable Chicago weather, we have postponed our community dinner and outdoor film screening. We will now be hosting the event on October 10. We hope to see you all then, please contact [email protected] with any questions. The rescheduled event page is in the comments.

Join us on Thursday, October 10 for a community dinner and evening of films screened outdoors on the side of the last remaining building of the Jane Addams Homes. Films share stories from Robert Taylor Homes through the eyes of legendary historian Studs Terkel, as well as Stateway Gardens, Cabrini

More kind words about our Chicago Architecture Biennial installation, Listed. Thanks to ArchDaily for the write up!
09/23/2019
5 Must-See Venues at the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial

More kind words about our Chicago Architecture Biennial installation, Listed. Thanks to ArchDaily for the write up!

The third edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) has opened in Chicago with a range of new exhibitions and installations across the city.

Avery Young, poet and songwriter extraordinaire will be one of the many musicians performing as a part of the musical en...
09/20/2019

Avery Young, poet and songwriter extraordinaire will be one of the many musicians performing as a part of the musical ensemble at our Museum site, the last of the Jane Addams Homes (1322 W Taylor St), TOMORROW, Saturday, September 21 at 3:30!

The program begins at the Little Italy Branch Library (1336 W Taylor St) with an artist talk featuring Malose Malahlela from Keleketla! Library and Jim Duignan and Jeff Kowalkowski of Stockyard Institute, which will be followed by a genre-defying concert in the Museum's courtyard.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

Learn more below!

We're honored to be ranked as one of the "must see" exhibitions in this year's Chicago Architecture Biennial! We have op...
09/20/2019
What to See at the Architecture Biennial

We're honored to be ranked as one of the "must see" exhibitions in this year's Chicago Architecture Biennial! We have open hours Thursday and Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 4 PM at 1322 West Taylor Street.

We hope to see you there!

Sweet Water Foundation’s Re-rooting + Redux tops the five things to catch at the Cultural Center and beyond.

We are thrilled to have Anabel Watson and Emily Broeker as a part of the musical ensemble that will be performing at our...
09/19/2019

We are thrilled to have Anabel Watson and Emily Broeker as a part of the musical ensemble that will be performing at our Museum site, the last of the Jane Addams Homes (1322 W Taylor St), this Saturday at 3:30!

You can join us at the Little Italy Branch Library (1336 W Taylor St) for a Chicago Architecture Biennial conversation with Malose Malahlela from Keleketla! Library and Jim Duignan and Jeff Kowalkowski of Stockyard Institute.

Music will follow the talk at 4:30. Learn more below!

"Now [the last remaining building of the Jane Addams Homes] windows are boarded up and its perimeter has been fenced off...
09/16/2019
Chicago Architecture Biennial Preview: Housing - Metropolis

"Now [the last remaining building of the Jane Addams Homes] windows are boarded up and its perimeter has been fenced off, which makes the few feet separating the sidewalk and the front entrance appear yawning. And yet murmurs seem to emanate from within, street-bound, a chorale of voices forming an eerie broadcast."

Thanks to Metropolis Magazine for highlighting the Chicago Architecture Biennial installation at our future home on Taylor Street. We will have public visiting hours starting this Thursday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

At the biennial, artists and activists shine a light on a tragic chapter of the 20th century—the rise and fall of public housing.

Community Dinner and Outdoor Film ProjectionSeptember 256:00 PM - 8:00 PMNPHM Site1332 West Taylor Street
09/16/2019

Community Dinner and Outdoor Film Projection
September 25
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
NPHM Site
1332 West Taylor Street

Artist Talk and Genre-Bending Musical PerformanceSeptember 213:30 PM - 5:30 PMLittle Italy Branch Library1336 West Taylo...
09/16/2019

Artist Talk and Genre-Bending Musical Performance
September 21
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Little Italy Branch Library
1336 West Taylor Street

Edgar Miller Legacy
09/14/2019

Edgar Miller Legacy

Staff of Terra Foundation for American Art receive Edgar Miller Legacy's inaugural Champion Award.

From left: Jennifer Siegenthaler (Terra), Lisa Yun Lee (National Public Housing Museum, event co-chair), Jamey Lundblad (Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, event co-chair, EML board member), Elizabeth Glassman (Terra), Zac Bleicher (Edgar Miller Legacy Executive Director), Eva Silverman (Terra), Gary Metzner (Sotheby's Chicago, event co-chair)

The Chicago Architecture Biennial officially launches next week, but behind the scenes, we’ve been hard at work prepar...
09/13/2019

The Chicago Architecture Biennial officially launches next week, but behind the scenes, we’ve been hard at work preparing for the grand opening next Wednesday. In partnership with Malose Malahlela of Johannesburg’s Keleketla! Library and Chicago’s own Jim Duignan and Jeff Kowalkowski of the Stockyard Institute, the Museum’s future home at 1322 West Taylor Street will be hosting a built sound environment which reflects the disappearing of public housing and gentrification.

Yesterday, the installation of the scaffolding component of Malose’s piece started on Taylor Street. In our offices, we had our second day of training of our public housing resident Cultural Workforce Training Program, who will be leading tours of the installation.

Tours will be available at the following times:
Thursday / Friday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday / Sunday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Can’t make it at these times? Contact us at [email protected] to schedule tours at other days and times throughout the week!

Stay tuned for more information!

Public Housing Residents have contributed to the solidarity economy in so many ways-  this is one intriguing example- le...
09/13/2019

Public Housing Residents have contributed to the solidarity economy in so many ways- this is one intriguing example- let us know if you have any info about this co-op also doing research about Altgeld Co-operative. #cooperatives #nphmentrepreneurshiphub

The Museum has been working with CHA youth from the Mikva Challenge this last summer, screenprinting NPHM t-shirts (pict...
09/11/2019

The Museum has been working with CHA youth from the Mikva Challenge this last summer, screenprinting NPHM t-shirts (pictured below!) as well as tote bags as a part of our Entrepreneurship Hub. All the proceeds from sales will be split between the Museum and the Entrepreneurship Hub participants.

Learn more about the Hub and buy your own shirt here: https://www.nphm.org/entrepreneurship-hub

#WednesdayWisdom comes from our youth putting int the work. Our Chicago Housing Authority Council partnered with National Public Housing Museum to participate in a worker's co-op fair! The council members sold t-shirts that they made at NPHM and will split the profits from the sales with the museum.

Cheat sheet: Trump administration’s road map for GSE overhaul
09/06/2019
Cheat sheet: Trump administration’s road map for GSE overhaul

Cheat sheet: Trump administration’s road map for GSE overhaul

The Treasury Department made clear in a much-anticipated report that it prefers Congress take up reform of the government-sponsored enterprises, but it also recommended steps that federal agencies could take without legislation.

The Museum will be closed on Monday, September 2, in honor of Labor Day. We will re-open at our normal hours, from 10 AM...
08/30/2019

The Museum will be closed on Monday, September 2, in honor of Labor Day. We will re-open at our normal hours, from 10 AM to 5 PM, on Tuesday, September 3.

We would like to recognize and give thanks to those early activists that heralded Labor Day into existence. On September 5, 1882, upwards of 20,000 people marched down New York City streets, carrying flags, badges, and musical instruments.

While this is considered to be the first Labor Day celebration, it was not yet an official holiday and many marchers went back to work right immediately following the parade.

On June 28, 1894, Congress made the first Monday in September a legal, national holiday known as Labor Day.

Lisa Yun Lee lives by activist Toni Cade Bambara’s call to “make revolution irresistible,” and  witnessing Lee’s...
08/29/2019
Art 50: Chicago’s Visual Vanguard 2019

Lisa Yun Lee lives by activist Toni Cade Bambara’s call to “make revolution irresistible,” and witnessing Lee’s efforts to incite through the arts a radical democracy in which resources like housing are a right, the revolution feels not just desirable, but attainable.

Thanks to NEWCITY for honoring our Executive Director, Dr. Lisa Yun Lee, as a member of this year's Art 50: Chicago’s Visual Vanguard!

We bring you our take on those who wield the most influence in the Chicago art world.

Join us at our gallery at 625 N Kingsbury Street for a conversation highlighting leaders from different local communitie...
08/20/2019
Benefits for All: Historic Preservation and Affordable Housing

Join us at our gallery at 625 N Kingsbury Street for a conversation highlighting leaders from different local communities in which Preservation Chicago is facilitating an assessment of its historic character to then develop a strategy to keep it intact, while preventing displacement of low income residents.

“The conversation is community-driven, as the best organizing and planning should be,” says Mary Lu Seidel, the organization’s Director of Community Engagement.

What can historic preservationists do to retain and grow affordable housing in Chicago neighborhoods?

HUD's new proposal would put increase burden of proof of discrimination onto the plaintiffs while creating loopholes for...
08/19/2019
How HUD Could Dismantle a Pillar of Civil Rights Law

HUD's new proposal would put increase burden of proof of discrimination onto the plaintiffs while creating loopholes for landlords and mortgage lenders. Many experts believe this proposal will weaken the Fair Housing Act.

“This is a proposal to very dramatically revise and effectively destroy an existing 2013 civil rights regulation,” says Megan Haberle, deputy director for the Poverty & Race Research Action Council. “This is a core part of the Fair Housing Act, and very early fair housing cases across the country have recognized the discriminatory effects standard.”

Read more below.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is proposing to dismantle a pillar of civil rights law.

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A national museum dedicated to telling the story of American public housing, slated to open in late 2021 on Chicago's Near West Side. Visit us at 625 N Kingsbury Street in River North to view our current exhibition, which shares the history of the Museum, objects from public housing residents, and more.

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