Seeking Out the Other: A Community-Building Initiative Presents the Second Event in an Ongoing Series

Seeking Out the Other: A Community-Building Initiative Presents the Second Event in an Ongoing Series

“Who are the “we” in “We the People of the United States . . .” 

Thursday, February 24th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: The Art Center Highland Park, 1957 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, IL 60035


Guest Speaker: Janea D. Harris of Insight Advocacy will give a short introduction and then moderate topics including:


  • Who are the “we” in “We the People of the United States…?”
  • Does the United States have a “national character” — what defines it and how has it changed over time?
  • What does being a “citizen” mean? What does productive, imaginative, and engaged citizenship look like at this time in our history?
  • What happens to the idea of a shared American identity (liberty, equality, individualism, populism? laissez-faire?) when social mobility declines along with trust in American institutions?


Janea D. Harris is an author (All Girls Have Sup-Her Powers, The Power of Voice, Through the Window of Winter the Rabbit) and poet who loves using creative writing to help children gain a better understanding of complex topics. As an educator, she learned that children often discover lasting life-long lessons in the books that they read. As a newer resident of Highland Park she will share some of her initial experiences after moving to the city, events which led her to co-found Insight Advocacy, with the mission to advocate for inclusion and diversity in our community by providing visibility, insight, and resources to support families of color.


Seeking Out the Other takes on the format of a community potluck meal. Attendees are encouraged to bring food that represents their own background or their family traditions. Plates, flatware and a variety of beverages will be provided.


This event is a continuation of the series ‘Seeking Out the Other’, a collaboration between the Highland Park Library, the Highwood Library, The Justice Project, and The Art Center Highland Park. Part of the Arts in Action initiative of The Art Center Highland Park, the evening’s structure and format was created by Chad Clark, Assistant Director of The Highland Park Public Library.


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Iron Five Video Event at TAC

One-night-only screening

Wilmette resident and Art Center Faculty member, Rino Liberatore will showcase his documentary “Iron Five”, chronicling the story of the 1963 Loyola Rambler Basketball Team, still the only school from Illinois to ever win the NCAA Championship in a game that shattered a racist barrier in college basketball.

In 1963 there was an unwritten rule in the NCAA prohibiting college teams to field more than two Black players at a time. Loyola’s starting line-up had four Black players and one white player. See what happened when they braved threats, tradition, and bigotry in this amazing documentary about the game Time magazine called one of the most important moments in college basketball history.

The film includes interviews with members of that celebrated team. “Iron Five” debuted at The Black Harvest Film Festival and aired on WGN-TV. It can only be seen at this special event on Thursday evening December 2nd at 7 PM at The Art Center, 1957 Sheridan Road in Highland Park. Advance tickets will are now available for this screening.

The Art Center, a not-for-profit organization, is the North Shore’s home for artistic discovery and creative exploration. Through innovative programs, exhibitions, and classes designed for all levels and ages, The Art Center provides a welcoming space for our diverse communities to experience and participate in the arts.

The documentary lasts 22 minutes and will be preceded by a director’s reel of archival work, and finish with a Q&A with the producer/director Liberatore. Question and Answer with the film’s creator will follow the presentation.


Vaccination proof must be supplied at the door and masks are required

$10 e-Ticket available here.

Sunday Salon Artist Talk

Please join us for our first Sunday Salon Artist Talk!

Engaging Diversity in the Arts: Community Discussion

The Art Center Highland Park hosts a panel discussion, Engaging Diversity in the Arts, on Sunday, September 22, 2019, 2:00-4:00pm. 

Panelists include moderator Gabrielle Lyon, PhD, Executive Director of the Illinois Humanities, and featured artists from our exhibition, IMPACT Color IMPACT Black and White, Rhonda K. Brown, Cesar Conde, and Caren Helene Rudman. 

We invite the community to this free event to join the conversation about the need for and acceptance of inclusion and freedom of expression. TACHP hopes to bring people together with Impact Color Impact Black & White, by breaking down barriers of constraints racial and negative preconceptions of those who are seen as “different”.. We hope you all join our conversation bringing communities together to make an impact in a positive way.

A Higher Level of Membership Gets You ‘Behind the Scenes’

The Affiliate Circle Experience

The Affiliate Circle is a unique opportunity for like-minded art enthusiasts to experience the best that TAC has to offer. From behind the scenes tours and private performances, to intimate discussions with local artists, The Affiliate Circle offers one-of-a-kind opportunities to engage with arts and culture attractions throughout Chicago. Be in the loop with the Affiliate Circle Experience.

  • Individual Membership $175/year
  • Household Membership $250/year (membership covers 2 individuals)

The Affiliate Circle is a 12-month premium membership package. Benefits include:

  • Participation in at least three exclusive experiences a year
  • $20 discount on every class
  • $10 discount on workshops
  • Opportunity to exhibit in the annual “In View” Member/Faculty exhibit
  • Member pricing for special events
  • Partner discounts

Most scheduled events are free for members. For a list of upcoming events, or to sign up for The Affiliate Circle Experience, please contact TAC, or call 847.432.1888.