Got a chance to visit the Logan Center for part of their 5th anniversary bash #LoganTurns5.
There’s no way to properly convey just how significant an addition to the University of Chicago the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts has been. To be sure, we’ve always had artists and humanists and creative thinkers on campus, that’s as much a part of the DNA of the University as anything else. Still, like many other aspects of #UChicago it’s always been somewhat obscured by how diffused it’s all been across the campus.
When Logan Center opened, and when UChicago Arts was formed, it gave focus and stature to these areas — all of which further reaffirmed their key role within the experience of the University, and has really propelled the growth of these areas. Those of us who are in areas that don’t have such a unifying center all think of UChicago Arts and the Logan Center as the model of what could be possible in other (our) areas as well.
Beyond how important the Arts have been to the University at large, I should also say that in the areas of civic engagement and local education that I focus on, The Logan Center has been an immense addition to the University’s community outreach (both locally on the South Side and further across the city). It’s certainly been a hub for youth programming – Friday matinees, family Saturdays, hosting community partnership programming like the the chicago international childrens film festival, hosting teens for ASM and YCA programming – and has a team that’s committed to expanding access to the arts and facilitating training for teaching artists and understanding that arts related programming is education programming.
When the Logan Center was being built, NSP had a program in conjunction with Facilities Services and the Architecture class at King College Prep HS (CPS) – where we talked about building design considerations with high school students and then took them on before/after tours of new spaces. Here are some #throwback photos from 2011 of the students visiting the Logan Center when it was still under construction.