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A reinvigorated Bronzeville community

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A more culturally connected Chicago

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A more artistically equitable world

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.

WHY NOW?

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. 

A reinvigorated Bronzeville community

in which the past, present, and future of Black performance art and cultural life flourishes.

A more culturally connected Chicago

in which people on the Southside have better access to arts and people on the Northside have more opportunities for engagement with performance on the Southside.

A more artistically equitable world

in which outlets for creative expression for Black performers aren’t limited to the far away realms of Hollywood, but are instead right down the street, woven into the community’s fabric, and fortified with resources needed to make dreams a reality.

WHAT INVESTMENT IS NEEDED?

WHO IS DRIVING THE LILLIAN MARCIE PROJECT?

PEOPLE

The Lillian Marcie Center project is led by a talented group of artists, community members, and professionals who are dedicated to seeing the project through to completion and success. Below are the key individuals, partnering firms, and organizations involved.