Sept. 19, 2017 | Chicago Community Replies to Gentrification With Inclusive Art Space |

When Chicago poet Eduardo Arocho first saw the artist’s collective in Wicker Park, he was jealous. He was there for a residency, in the 1990s, but he couldn’t shake the feeling that something like it should exist in the neighborhood where he grew up, Humboldt Park.

“I started to think just how we can do something for Puerto Rican artists because I know many of them that have a lifetime of experience and have nothing to show for it,” says Arocho, who is now executive director of the Division Street Business Development Association, which provides support to entrepreneurs in Humboldt Park, long home to the city’s Puerto Rican diaspora. | Read more here

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