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PUBLIC BENEFIT

The Harold Washington Cultural Center is committed to children, community, and culture.  There has been amazing opportunity created for at risk and low income youth through the programs and events.

According to a recent two-year study released this month by researchers from the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania has revealed a quantitative relationship between the presence of cultural resources in a neighborhood and key aspects of social wellbeing, particularly in less advantaged neighborhoods. The research was part of the school’s ongoing Social Impact of the Arts Project (SIAP).

Professor Mark J. Stern and SIAP director Susan C. Seifert found that low- and middle-income residents across New York City with more access to cultural resources experience better education, security, and health outcomes compared to residents of neighborhoods with similar economic profiles but with fewer cultural resources. The research departs from previous studies by including the arts as “intrinsic” to residents’ having the freedom to live valuable lives, while also looking at its effect on other aspects of wellbeing.

When controlling for factors including economic status, race, and ethnicity, the relative higher presence of cultural resources in lower-income neighborhoods is linked with several health, safety, and education benefits. These include a 14% decrease in indicted investigations of child abuse and neglect, an 18% decrease in felony crime rate and also a 17–18% increase in the number of students scoring at the highest level on standardized Math and English tests.
 
Stern and Seifert reached the conclusion building on their similar prior study done in Philadelphia. That research was funded by ArtPlace and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the current study on New York City comes at a time when many are calling for the elimination of the agency.

​This is why the Harold Washington Cultural Center is so important.  Our arts partners currently include:

​BROADWAY IN BRONZEVILLE
CASSANDRA BELL STUDIOS
​DRESS THE PART T.H.E.I
GREAT DEBATERS
HAPPINESS CLUB
​HWCC WARDROBE AND COSTUME CREATION
M.A.D.D RHYTHMS
​SAMMY DYER SCHOOL OF DANCE AND THEATER
​SOCIAL WORKS COMMUNITY IMPACT SUMMIT
CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL CHANGE FILME FESTIVAL
CHICAGO HUMANITIES FESTIVAL
THE READ LIVE



 
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Tobacco Road Inc, a 501 c 3 non profit organization is has been actively seeking 3 new board members is it you?  We are accepting nominations to Board of Directors.   Board members serve for 2 year terms. Have fundraising, advocacy, and outreach responsibilities. Must be a business owner or operator in the Bronzeville neighborhood and in the financial industry.
 
The mission of the Harold Washington Cultural Center is to preserve and protect the rich, diverse culture, and history of African Americans through the education and professional development of Chicago's youth. HWCC provides a number of programs and opportunities free to the community at large in the area in visual and performing arts.

As a board member, you are part of a dynamic team that will help guide the programs and priorities of the Harold Washington Cultural Center. The has an annual meeting per year. Board members are expected to make meaningful and appropriate personal contributions to the board and its programs and are also expected to demonstrate leadership in encouraging member participation in HWCC programs year-round.
 
Nomination Requirements
 
If you would like to nominate someone or be considered for our board membership, please submit a letter of intent that includes interest and qualifications, a current resume, and 2 letters or recommendations. Send nominations to: Harold Washington Cultural Center Tobacco Road, Attn: Nominating Committee, 4645 S. King Drive Chicago, IL 60653 email us events@hwccchicago.org
extended deadline for submission is  October 15, 2017 5:00 pm

​2016 ANNUAL REPORT

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BOARD MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

Friday  January 6, 2017f
TOBACCO ROAD INCORPORATED ANNUAL BOARD MEETING
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6:30 PM
YOU MUST RSVP BY NOON FRIDAY January 6, 2017 TO ATTEND

EMAIL US AT EVENTS@HWCCCHICAGO.ORG


Come out and learn about the upcoming activities at the Harold Washington Cultural Center and how you can join our team.










ARCHIVED MINUTES 2016
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Board Meetind October 6, 2016
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10-6-16 Board Minutes

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