Chicago is more than just its Northside
It is not enough for Black people to perform art in white neighborhoods. And it is not acceptable when Black people—who produce an asset that is wholly rehabilitative and restorative—do not have a place to develop and engage with that asset in their own neighborhood.
If we want to care for communities across Chicago, then we cannot ignore the role arts play in shaping healthy, peaceful, and successful communities—rather we must invest in the spaces and resources Black artists and communities need to flourish.
Although the creativity of Black artists in America has stirred, inspired, and persevered for centuries, the outlets for its expression—even today—have remained limited and underfunded.
WHAT IS THE LILLIAN MARCIE VISION?
The physical aspects of our plan are bold and carefully considered: a modern theatre complex featuring a 350-seat multi-level, flexible performance stage; a second more intimate 100-seat boutique theater; and related areas, such as rehearsal spaces, dressing rooms, offices, and outdoor gathering spaces.