Revival Arts Collective | Reinvest/Reinvest
On Saturday, September 21, Revival Arts Collective co-hosted Reinvent/Reinvest with See Potential as part of a larger project entitled Revival: Bronzeville.
The Revival Arts Collective (RAC) is a network of citizen activists committed to using arts and culture as a catalyst for community redevelopment in the city of Chicago.
The Revival Arts Collective was conceived in 2011 by Frankie M. Brown, Andres L. Hernandez, and L. Anton Seals Jr., and has continued to evolve through the support and efforts of other Chicago activists, artists, designers, educators, and entrepreneurs.
Revival: Bronzeville was envisioned as a vehicle for increasing citizen dialogue and participation in Chicago’s community redevelopment activities, particularly in areas where physical and economic improvements were planned, but have unfortunately stalled or slowed to a halt. Given this context, Revival: Bronzeville offered an arts-based community development approach to jump-start conversations around neighborhood revitalization, and creatively engage local citizens in these efforts.
Focusing on citizen-driven, community development through the arts, Revival: Bronzeville consisted of public art installations, arts programming, public dialogues, and panel presentations around six topic areas: arts and culture, community engagement, education, economic development, health and wellness, and history and preservation.
Revival: Bronzeville took its form and name from the tradition of religious revival meetings, in which ministers and fellow church members fulfill their evangelical missions by traveling to communities across the country, pitching large tents to serve as temporary houses of worship, and after a few days, packing up and moving on to the next community. Revival: Bronzeville operated in a similar, yet secular fashion.