Call for Artists

64th Street & Dorchester Avenue Underpass Transformation

The William G. Hill Center for the Arts, in partnership with the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement, and South East Chicago Commission, invites artists to submit proposals to transform the underpasses on South Dorchester Avenue at East 64th Street, in the Woodlawn neighborhood, through artistic activation. A total of two artists will be chosen for final project implementation, with a $2000 stipend awarded to each artist to cover material costs.

Location of proposed site:

North and South sides of the Metra/CN viaduct on East 64th Street near South Dorchester Avenue in the Woodlawn neighborhood.

Project Timeline:
  • Application Open: January 2017
  • Application Deadline: February 6, 2017
  • Chosen artists meeting with partners: March 6, 2017
  • Community Conversation at the Woodlawn Summit: March 18, 2017
  • Installation Start: early May 2017 (depending on last day of snowfall)
  • Projected completion: August 2017
Project Description

The William G. Hill Center for the Arts, UChicago Office of Civic Engagement (OCE), and South East Chicago Commission are seeking community-driven artists to activate the railroad underpass located at East 64th Street and South Dorchester Avenue in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago. A committee of individuals representing the partner groups will manage a community process that convenes neighborhood stakeholders to explore, address, and develop themes and content with the chosen artists. The local alderman, community and neighborhood stakeholders, and local residents will be given the opportunity to view final design proposals and provide feedback. The artists will then work with the partner committee to implement the approved proposals.

In addition, the committee will work closely with the partners organizations and the chosen artists to organize artist talks and community meetings, as well as coordinate with other community partners and internal units at UChicago to create a pipeline for volunteers from the local community and local schools, including University students and faculty. The committee will also manage opportunities for local residents and interested community members to volunteer on site during implementation.

By intersecting all of these various components, the goals of this project seek to deepen engagement between local artists, community members, cultural institutions, and community organizations on the mid-South Side of Chicago.


Office of Civic Engagement
Edward H. Levi Hall
5801 South Ellis Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60637