National Public Housing Museum

National Public Housing Museum The only cultural institution devoted to telling the story of public housing in the United States.
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Our mission is to preserve, promote, and propel the right of all people to a place where they can live and prosper — a place to call home.

Behind the Scenes Sneak Peek 👀The "Evicted" exhibition is being installed at our office this week!It runs 1/18-3/10 with...
01/10/2024

Behind the Scenes Sneak Peek 👀

The "Evicted" exhibition is being installed at our office this week!

It runs 1/18-3/10 with an opening reception on 1/25. Drop-in hours are Thurs. & Fri. 12-6 p.m. and Sat. & Sun. 12-5 p.m.

Inspired by Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City," the exhibition asks visitors to confront the enormity of one of America’s most devastating problems while providing context for the crisis and a call to action.

Thanks to special support from our partner Red Line Service, the exhibition will be staffed by museum educators who bring their cultural expertise and lived experience of houselessness and housing insecurity.

This exhibition is a partnership between the National Public Housing Museum, Art Works Projects, we all live here, Red Line Service, and Chicago Housing Justice League. Evicted is supported by a generous grant from the Avangrid Foundation. The exhibition is organized by the National Building Museum, where it was made possible by gifts from Amy Falls, Ford Foundation, and the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. The Illinois tour is made possible by the Illinois Office to Prevent and End Homelessness and the Supportive Housing Providers Association. Special thanks to btcRE: be the change Real Estate for additional support.

We're thrilled to welcome "Evicted" to our offices this month, on view from 1/18-3/10. Join our opening reception with w...
01/09/2024

We're thrilled to welcome "Evicted" to our offices this month, on view from 1/18-3/10. Join our opening reception with wine and light refreshments on 1/25.

🍷Opening Reception: Thurs., 1/25, RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evicted-exhibition-opening-reception-event-tickets-793467642077?aff=oddtdtcreator
📅 Exhibition On View: 1/18 - 3/10
🕒 Visiting Hours: Drop in Thurs.-Fri., 12-6 pm and Sat.-Sun., 12-5 pm
📍 National Public Housing Museum Offices, 625 N. Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60654

Inspired by Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City", the exhibition brings visitors into the world of low-income renter eviction. The exhibition challenges visitors to face the enormity of one of 21st-century America’s most devastating problems while providing context for the crisis and a call to action.

Thanks to special support from our partner Red Line Service, the exhibition will be staffed by museum educators who bring their cultural expertise and lived experience of houselessness and housing insecurity.

Your support helps us promote housing as a human right. Any donations made for Evicted will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000 by our generous sponsor, btcRE LLC! Double your impact by giving today: www.tinyurl.com/EvictedDonation

This exhibition is a partnership between the National Public Housing Museum, ART WORKS Projects, we all live here, Red Line Service, and the Chicago Housing Justice League. Evicted is supported by a generous grant from the Avangrid Foundation. The exhibition is organized by the National Building Museum, where it was made possible by gifts from Amy Falls, Ford Foundation, and the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. The Illinois tour is made possible by the Illinois Office to Prevent and End Homelessness and the Supportive Housing Providers Association. Special thanks to btcRE LLC for additional support.

01/08/2024

Our Corner Store Co-op is hiring a Museum Store Operations and Project Manager!

This role is an awesome opportunity for someone to support the Cornerstorecoop which partners with public housing residents to offer custom clothing, handmade accessories, books, limited edition zines, and more.

✔ Community-oriented role
✔ Partner with youth, artists, designers, and entrepreneurs from public housing
✔ Temp. contractor role with the potential to become a worker-owner
✔ $4,500/month stipend

Learn more and apply today: https://cornerstorecoop.com/jobs/

Get your donation in by the end of 2023 and join our mission to preserve, promote, and propel the right of all people to...
12/28/2023

Get your donation in by the end of 2023 and join our mission to preserve, promote, and propel the right of all people to a place to call home.

Your support helps us share inclusive history and inspire collective solutions to housing insecurity. Donate today at www.nphm.org/donate.

Thank you for giving!

Our offices will be closed December 23, 2023-January 2, 2024. We'll reopen on January 3, 2024. We wish you and yours a l...
12/22/2023

Our offices will be closed December 23, 2023-January 2, 2024. We'll reopen on January 3, 2024. We wish you and yours a lovely holiday season!

What does it mean to work with and in community at a national museum?How does a commitment to local empowerment inform t...
12/20/2023

What does it mean to work with and in community at a national museum?

How does a commitment to local empowerment inform the mission of national museums?

How do the tensions and benefits of the national and local shape the work of national museums?

Join us for a conversation on Tuesday, February 6 at 12 p.m. at the National Museum of Mexican Art to discuss these themes with our Executive Director Lisa Yun Lee, Carlos Tortolero, and Billy Ocasio, three leaders committed to a more socially just Chicago and beyond.

This free event includes a box of delicious foods from many different Chicago neighborhoods and cultures.

🎟️ Register for free: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reimagining-chicagos-collective-future-tickets-779485521177?aff=oddtdtcreator&mc_cid=7e7198695f&mc_eid=UNIQID

This is a Chicago Architecture Biennial program in partnership with the National Public Housing Museum, National Museum of Mexican Art, and The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture.

With the National Museum of Mexican Art, National Public Housing Museum, and National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

We were thrilled to have our Associate Director Tiff Beatty and Artist as Instigator Dr. ShaDawn Battle sit down with Da...
12/18/2023

We were thrilled to have our Associate Director Tiff Beatty and Artist as Instigator Dr. ShaDawn Battle sit down with Darcel Rockett of the Chicago Tribune to talk about public housing, footwork, our residency program, and so much more!

The nonprofit museum chose the South Side native as its newest Artist as Instigator for her research into the footwork dance culture.

12/15/2023

We’re taking a look back at the National Public Housing Museum's On the Lawn we documented this past summer which featured a multi-genre lineup of artists from public housing including Roxanne Shante (Queensbridge Houses), DJ Spinderella (Pink Houses), Isaiah Sharkey (Cabrini-Green Homes), Reginald Robinson (Henry Horner Homes), Slique Jay Adams (ABLA), and Christopher Maddog Thomas (Altgeld Gardens) performing with Juke 4 Liberation. Taking place Millennium Park and co-presented with WBEZ, On the Lawn had over 3,300 attendees present celebrating public housing residents!

Recently, T&D’s Ben Kolak and Kyra Mitchell met up with the team to film the museum’s collection in preparation for their opening this Spring. Go to nphm.org to learn more about the museum’s mission and watch the full concert video at the link in our bio.

12/15/2023

This holiday season, we are bringing you a 90-second story from Lynn Bowens of New York City’s Rangel Houses that sparkles with warmth and nostalgia. In sharing her vivid memories of festive decor in her public housing development, she calls to mind the spirit of home and community. Lynn’s narrative is part of our Oral History Archive, which is the wellspring of the stories we preserve and share.

Please make a gift today at www.nphm.org/donate. When you donate to our annual fund, you’re investing in the power of storytelling, art, and civic engagement to inspire new ways to address housing insecurity. We are grateful for your support.

In these times, we hope you enjoy this small moment of cheer.

12/12/2023

We're hiring a Director of Learning and Cultural Workforce Development! 📣

This role provides strategic leadership to align exhibit learning, tours, and school programs for in-person and digital audiences, emphasizing the importance and connections between history, arts, culture, and public policy.

This position also nurtures wonder and curiosity and provides leadership for developing the museum’s cultural workforce training program, which includes a commitment to training public housing residents as cultural workers and provides pathways to employment at the museum, including for key positions such as educators, curators, visitor service staff, and oral historians.

Learn more and apply: https://www.nphm.org/careers-internships

The only cultural institution devoted to telling the story of public housing in the United States.

Shop the Corner Store Co-op Holiday Sale 🎉Shop with our Corner Store Co-op this holiday season and enjoy a 20% discount ...
12/08/2023

Shop the Corner Store Co-op Holiday Sale 🎉

Shop with our Corner Store Co-op this holiday season and enjoy a 20% discount with the code HOLIDAY20 when you check out.

The discount code is only valid through December 22, so don’t wait!

The Cornerstorecoop partners with youth, artists, designers, and entrepreneurs from public housing communities to bring you custom clothing, books, handmade accessories, and limited edition zines.

Our newest product, the Footwork Saved My Life: The Evo of Chicago Footwork t-shirt, courtesy of our current Artist as Instigator Dr. ShaDawn Battle, is available for order now!

Shop now: https://cornerstorecoop.com/

This Giving Tuesday, let the music move you! Step into the rhythm of history at the National Public Housing Museum’s Mus...
11/28/2023

This Giving Tuesday, let the music move you! Step into the rhythm of history at the National Public Housing Museum’s Music Room exhibit, where the beats of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Elvis Presley, Jay-Z, and countless other musicians resonate from the heart of iconic housing projects.

This permanent exhibit, curated by the legendary DJ Spinderella, celebrates the diverse musical talent born in public housing, challenges stereotypes, and expands narratives.

We ask you to boldly embrace a new kind of museum—one that actively advances housing justice and amplifies community voices. Your support helps us illuminate housing insecurity, one of the nation’s most pressing concerns so that we can forge a better future together. Thank you for building with us!

Donate today: www.nphm.org/donate.

Our new Artist as Instigator Dr. ShaDawn Battle sat down with WBEZ to talk about her efforts to collect nearly 200 oral ...
11/27/2023

Our new Artist as Instigator Dr. ShaDawn Battle sat down with WBEZ to talk about her efforts to collect nearly 200 oral history interviews about the Chicago dance known as Footwork, her docuseries about the art form, and her residency with us!

ShaDawn “Boobie” Battle was named the latest “Artist as Instigator” at the National Public Housing Museum.

Meet Martin and Luther! One of our core museum exhibitions will be a recreation of the Hatch family apartment, based on ...
11/22/2023

Meet Martin and Luther! One of our core museum exhibitions will be a recreation of the Hatch family apartment, based on the family's memories from our Oral History Archive and photos.

The Hatch apartment in the Jane Addams Homes was a vibrant place, where the large family would read together, enjoy homemade donuts, listen to music, and watch Dr. Martin Luther King speak to a divided America on the TV. The family also had many pets, including two lively finches named Martin and Luther.

When we learned about the beloved birds, we knew they would make the perfect ambassadors for young people visiting our museum. We worked with our recent Artist as Instigator, Marisa Morán Jahn, to create these characters that will appear on signs explaining exhibition content in an age-appropriate way.

Your support makes this work and creative storytelling possible! Please consider donating today to help advance our mission to preserve, promote, and propel the right of all people to a place to call home.

Donate today: www.nphm.org/donate.

Annette and Bernard's love story began in the Jane Addams Homes in Chicago. When they married in 1949, Annette wore the ...
11/17/2023

Annette and Bernard's love story began in the Jane Addams Homes in Chicago. When they married in 1949, Annette wore the wedding dress, fingerless gloves, and pillbox hat with a veil that her mother lovingly crafted in their apartment. 75 years later, Annette's granddaughter brought this cherished dress back to its birthplace at the National Public Housing Museum.

Annette's wedding dress will join a collection of artifacts that reveal the vibrant lives of public housing residents in our “History Lessons” exhibition as we near the completion of our permanent site at the Jane Addams Homes in 2024. The people who contribute belongings to "History Lessons" write the objects' labels themselves, providing first-hand perspectives on public housing.

Your crucial support brings these stories and others to life at the museum. Together, we are building an institution that reshapes the way we preserve and share stories. Join us in this journey by contributing to our annual fund today.

Donate today: www.nphm.org/donate.

Join us for a virtual artist talk with our recently selected Artist as Instigator Dr. ShaDawn Battle this Monday at 6 p....
11/08/2023

Join us for a virtual artist talk with our recently selected Artist as Instigator Dr. ShaDawn Battle this Monday at 6 p.m. CT! Learn more about her artistic practice, her past work, and a look ahead into her residency.

As our fifth Artist as Instigator, ShaDawn will leverage the residency to develop and create a new work, “Place, Space, and Werkz” (working title), a multi-dimensional project that weaves together oral histories and scholarship about the evolution of Chicago Footwork dance through workshops, creative placemaking, and performances that examine the art form in relation to oppressive systems, practices, and structures.

🔗 Free Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artist-talk-dr-shadawn-boobie-battle-tickets-745683418177?aff=oddtdtcreator

Learn how NPHM 2023 Artist as Instigator Dr. ShaDawn "Boobie" Battle leverages arts and culture for public policy intervention + more!

We had the best time at the MRI Software conference recently connecting with a range of providers in the public and affo...
11/07/2023

We had the best time at the MRI Software conference recently connecting with a range of providers in the public and affordable housing sector, many of whom donated generously to the museum!

Hip-hop icon and curator of our future music room exhibition, DJ Spinderella, had attendees on their feet during her performance and then joined our executive director, Lisa Yun Lee, to talk about her time growing up in public housing and paving the way for other female DJs.

To make the day even better, we were so grateful to receive a $10,000 grant award from the MRI Foundation!

Did you know MRI's software helps public and affordable housing agencies manage regulations and better serve their residents? Our board member Allen Féliz is MRI's Vice President of U.S. Affordable Housing.

11/03/2023

🎵 Take a look back at our summer concert in Millennium Park! 🎸

After months of planning, our much-anticipated free concert on August 25th in the heart of downtown Chicago was a huge success!

The event featured a multi-genre array of artists from public housing: Roxanne Shanté (Queensbridge Houses), DJ Spinderella (Pink Houses), Isaiah Sharkey (Cabrini-Green Homes), Reginald Robinson (Henry Horner Homes), Slique Jay Adams (ABLA), and Christopher "Mad Dog" Thomas (Altgeld Gardens) performing with Juke 4 Liberation.

We hope all 3,300+ of you who joined us in Millennium Park had an amazing time dancing, singing, and celebrating public housing residents.

Missed the event? We've got you covered with concert videos and photos! https://www.nphm.org/blog/onthelawn2023recap?mc_cid=4bce9549c0&mc_eid=UNIQID&mc_cid=4bce9549c0&mc_eid=UNIQID

We are at the Obama Foundation Democracy Forum and Governor Wes Moore’s advice to all:  “Study history!”
11/03/2023

We are at the Obama Foundation Democracy Forum and Governor Wes Moore’s advice to all: “Study history!”

Just Announced: We're partnering with 50+ arts organizations for Art Design Chicago, a citywide collaboration highlighti...
11/02/2023

Just Announced: We're partnering with 50+ arts organizations for Art Design Chicago, a citywide collaboration highlighting Chicago's artistic heritage.

Our "Still Here: Linking Histories of Displacement" exhibition running from June to December 2024 will be highlighted as part of this initiative.

Co-curated by Dr. Lucy Mensah and our Executive Director Dr. Lisa Yun Lee, and in collaboration with the Center for Native Futures, the exhibition explores the histories of displacement of indigenous people and African-American families from the land where the National Public Housing Museum is located and includes art, artifacts, and public dialogues to offer alternatives to inaccurate founding narratives based in white supremacy.

We’ll also commission a public mural by Andrea Carlson that links Indigenous history with the painful history of redlining. The exhibit will contribute to the development of our land acknowledgment, and produce a handbook for museum practitioners.

More info coming in the future, but for now, take a look at the slides here for a sneak peek of some of the artworks and artifacts we'll be including!

Join Critical Resistance, Haymarket Books, and abolitionists for a critical discussion on the ongoing war on Palestine t...
11/01/2023

Join Critical Resistance, Haymarket Books, and abolitionists for a critical discussion on the ongoing war on Palestine tonight at 6 p.m. CT.

Dr. Angela Y Davis, Lara Kiswani (Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center), Stefanie Fox (Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace), and Nadine Naber (INCITE! National) will join in a discussion moderated by Mohamed Shehk (Campaigns Director of Critical Resistance) to help us understand the situation on the ground in Palestine.

Join Critical Resistance and abolitionists for a critical discussion on the ongoing war on Palestine.

Last week our Associate Director Tiff Beatty (center in first photo) participated in a roundtable with Chicago public an...
10/31/2023

Last week our Associate Director Tiff Beatty (center in first photo) participated in a roundtable with Chicago public and cultural leaders at the "At Home with the Collective: A Summit on Communal Housing" at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Architecture.

This 2-day summit gathered speakers from around the world, local stakeholders and activists, and city officials who have radically rethought established norms of living, models of homeownership, and the formal, programmatic, material, and legal parameters of housing.

In the first photo, she's pictured with City of Chicago DOH Project Manager Steph O'Connor (right) and Illinois Senator Mike Simmons (left).

Check out the full conference recording: https://www.youtube.com/user/uicsoa

🎉 Introducing our new Artist as Instigator: Dr. ShaDawn "Boobie" Battle! 🎉Art has the power to shape society and influen...
10/27/2023

🎉 Introducing our new Artist as Instigator: Dr. ShaDawn "Boobie" Battle! 🎉

Art has the power to shape society and influence public opinion. That potential is at the core of artist, researcher, activist, and educator Dr. ShaDawn "Boobie" Battle's artistic practice.

ShaDawn's work spans mediums including film, performances, and public talks and she's currently creating a docuseries, "Footwork Saved My Life: The Evo of Chicago Footwork," (stills from her film are below!) based on 200 oral history interviews of individuals in the Chicago Footwork scene.

This work will inform her project for our residency, “Place, Space, and Werkz” (working title), a multi-dimensional project that weaves together oral histories and scholarship about the evolution of Chicago Footwork dance through workshops, creative placemaking, and performances that examine the art form in relation to oppressive systems, practices, and structures.

Join us on Monday 11/13 at 6 p.m. CT for an artist talk with ShaDawn. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artist-talk-dr-shadawn-boobie-battle-tickets-745683418177?aff=oddtdtcreator

ShaDawn was selected from a highly competitive pool of national applicants, and we had two other amazing finalists: New York City-based artist Niko Koppel and Miami-based artist Roscoè B. Thické III.

Photo credits: Courtesy of Dr. ShaDawn "Boobie" Battle and Kameron Davis.

Oral History Programs Manager Liú Chen and Oral History corps members Troy Gaston (former Robert Taylor Homes resident) ...
10/24/2023

Oral History Programs Manager Liú Chen and Oral History corps members Troy Gaston (former Robert Taylor Homes resident) and jellystone robinson (former Ida B. Wells Ext. resident), presented at the Oral History Association Annual Meeting in Baltimore.

The theme was “Oral History As/And Education: Teaching and Learning in the Classroom and Beyond.” Liú and jellystone held a “campfire” talk about the Beauty Turner Academy of Oral History and our approach to holistic education, while Troy presented the white paper report– researched and written with Corps members Maria Moon and Colette Payne – titled “Narrating through the Carceral Divide: Directly-Impacted Researchers’ Leadership in Abolitionist Oral History within the Complex of Mass Incarceration.”

This past weekend, we celebrated Día de los Mu***os (Day of the Dead) at Taylor Street Farms 🌺💀🌹Community members came t...
10/24/2023

This past weekend, we celebrated Día de los Mu***os (Day of the Dead) at Taylor Street Farms 🌺💀🌹

Community members came together to create an ofrenda, an altar built to honor the deceased, for public housing residents.

Our ofrenda shared photographs of those no longer with us, including National Public Housing Museum Co-Founder, Ms. Deverra Beverly, the four historical figures that give the ABLA community its name (Jane Addams, Robert Brooks, Horatio Loomis, and Grace Abbot), as well as community members like Wilbur Farley and the family of oral history participant Godfrey Bey.

Did you know our Executive Director Lisa Yun Lee used to be the Director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum?At 8 p.m. ...
10/20/2023

Did you know our Executive Director Lisa Yun Lee used to be the Director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum?

At 8 p.m. tonight, Lisa will be featured in WTTW's "Jane Addams: Together We Rise" episode of Chicago Stories.

Jane Addams was inspired by a settlement house in London’s impoverished East End to create Chicago’s Hull-House. In the episode, Chicago Stories profiles this Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist and the women who joined her in her quest to enrich the lives of thousands of immigrants.

Learn more and find additional episode airdates:

Jane Addams was inspired by a settlement house in London’s impoverished East End to create Chicago’s Hull House.

This Saturday—don't miss it! Crafts, gardening, tamales, paletas, and more!
10/19/2023

This Saturday—don't miss it! Crafts, gardening, tamales, paletas, and more!

Thanks to the American Alliance of Museums for highlighting our oral history podcast, Out of the Archives!Out of the Arc...
10/19/2023

Thanks to the American Alliance of Museums for highlighting our oral history podcast, Out of the Archives!

Out of the Archives showcases diverse stories from public housing residents related to our mission of preserving, promoting, and propelling the right of all people to a place where they can live and prosper—a place to call home.

One of the BEST PARTS of the virtual Future of Museums Summit is going to be the breakout sessions at the end of each day. Many of the moderators and speakers have volunteered to join attendees in …

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