Meeting History: A Garfield Park Citizen Archive Exhibit at Legler Regional Library

The exhibit "Meeting History: A Garfield Park Citizen Archive" is on display at Legler Regional Library from September 2 to November 17. This collaborative project visualizes a history of Garfield Park that centers historical Black joy, ownership, legacy and preservation through the sourcing of citizen archives. 

This project is a collaboration between the CatchLight Local Chicago Visual Desk, led by CatchLight Local Fellow and visual artist Samantha Cabrera Friend,  ProPublica, and the Institute for Nonprofit News, and made possible with generous support from the Kresge Foundation, McCormick Foundation and PhotoWings.

A virtual panel discussion about the project will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 17 at the Legler Regional Library. The panel will be moderated by Tony Briscoe of ProPublica and will include project participant Annette Britton, artist Samantha Carbrera Friend, and Stacie Williams, Division Chief over Archives and Special Collections at the Chicago Public Library, and a member of Blackivists, a national group of Black archivists. The discussion will be live streamed on Crowdcast and interactive. A recording will be made available at a later date.

About CatchLight 

CatchLight, is a nonprofit media organization leveraging the power of visuals to inform, connect and transform communities. Borrowing from the practices of art, journalism, and social justice, it believes in the power of visual storytelling to foster a more nuanced and empathetic understanding of the world. It serves as a transformational force, urgently bringing resources and organizations together to better inform and connect communities. Its goal is to discover, develop, and amplify visual storytellers at all levels.  

About ProPublica 

ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism with moral force. We dig deep into important issues, shining a light on abuses of power and betrayals of public trust — and we stick with those issues as long as it takes to hold power to account. 

About Institute for Nonprofit News 

Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) strengthens and supports more than 300 independent news organizations in a new kind of media network: nonprofit, nonpartisan, and dedicated to public service. The INN community shares best practices, collaborates on stories, pools resources, and receives cutting-edge training in professional, organizational, and business development