On Sunday, April 17, children in Englewood took advantage of enjoying cooperative temperatures by painting and trying their hands at crafting sculptures outdoors. The adults enjoyed viewing art by local and international artists, as well as listened to presentations from successful authors and business owners. The Englewood Enterprise Gallery located at 7039 South Wentworth Avenue, hosted an Empowerment Open House on Sunday; inviting the community to come meet and network while learning all of the programs the gallery has to offer.
Open houses will be scheduled monthly throughout the summer to ensure as many residents of Illinois take advantage of the creative space’s new initiatives in supporting the creative arts and writing, technology and business communities. Multiple creative arts programs will be offered to children as a means of providing a positive platform for children while providing a safe space.
Creative business expertise shared
Life purpose coach and speaker Talayah Stovall, author of Light Bulb Moments and Crossing the Threshold, shared her story during the open house event and encouraged attendees who wish to start a business to tap into their “why.” Sarah Robinson, web developer, artist and President of the Sarah Robinson Group worked with the youth. Through one of the gallery’s many programs, Robinson teaches youth art classes, assisting them in framing their visions and executing their concepts.
South Shore Current Magazine publication Health Editor, photographer and videographer Dr. Dyiva Kinney is also part of the gallery’s creative team to support youth activities. Local artist and Englewood Enterprise Gallery Director Nuri Madina II hosted Sunday’s open house and wants the public to know that there’s emerging spaces on the south side that are well-equipped to support them in their business endeavors.
“I know a lot is going on Downtown, but we have a lot of good things going on here on the south side, all while providing a safe haven for the kids. We’re all about creativity and positivity here, because there’s a lot of good things and good people in Englewood,” Madina said.
The Englewood Enterprise Gallery is a place where people can learn to use tools and develop creative projects. Individuals, organizations and small business enterprises alike can pick up valuable skills and network while share and save costs via creative platforms. Monday, April 18 kicks off the gallery’s Spring Break Art Camp, offering youth participants chalk, paint or pencils to express themselves. Assistance with poetry will also be offered. Free art classes for children will be offered every Saturday, beginning April 22.
Business, Arts and Technology (B.A.T.) Center
The gallery’s Business, Arts and Technology (B.A.T.) Center provides a platform for local artists to showcase their work. The center promotes small business operations via the following:
- Business and enterprise development workshops
- Leadership development
- Co-working space
- Financial education workshops
- Global workstation training
- Basic web design for personal use and for small business
- Virtual and technology workshops
- Sewing, fashion and apparel technology
- Sustainable technology workshops
Some non-profit partnerships that the gallery supports are the 713CEG Community Empowerment Group — a grassroots organization that offers the Prom Girls Rock program — a free prom dress giveaway event. Donations are needed. To support this initiative, visit www.713CEG.org and www.promgirlsrock.org, respectively, or call 312-554-5160.
To support the array of The Englewood Enterprise Gallery’s non-profit creative initiatives for inner-city youth or for small businesses, visit their GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/m7u53f58. Their current fundraising efforts in continuing to do outreach by providing free artistic and creative classes for Chicagoland area youth are outlined.
To join the gallery’s newsletter distribution list, find out how to become a philanthropic partner or enroll a child in their spring break art program going on this week, visit www.englewoodenterprisegallery.com or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org