Past Event

Art of a Community Speaks - Across Generations


This week’s conversation features Barbara Jones-Hogu (AfriCOBRA founding member and printmaker) and Skyla S. Hearn (photographer and archivist).

This event is free and open to the public.

The Art of A Community Speaks — Across Generations is coordinated with the South Side Community Art Center’s on-going historical research project, The Art of Community Speaks, supported by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Ford Foundation, and the University of Chicago’s Arts Council.

For more information about this event or the series, please call (773) 373-1026 or visit

More about the Speakers

Barbara Jones-Hogu is a Chicago-based artist associated with the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. She is was one of the muralists who created the important “Wall of Respect” in 1967 on the south side of Chicago – a public work that inspired the creation of socially, politically and culturally themed murals across the urban American landscape. Jones-Hogu is a founding member of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA) a group of Chicago-based artists that came together in 1968 to define a uniquely black aesthetic in visual arts. Her work has been exhibited widely at venues including the Studio Museum in Harlem, Howard University, Cornell University and the National Center of Afro-American Artists in Boston.

Skyla Hearn is a young artist and graduate student at the University of Illinois’s School of Library and Information Science. She is currently working to develop a new organizational system at the South Side Community Art Center to chronicle the extensive collection in digital and physical archives.