Category: Arts

Local Students to Transform Maywood Park Into Holiday Dreamscape

Thursday, November 30, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: PMSA students working on their Christmas displays. | Dawn Williams-Rone/Facebook 

On Monday, Dec. 4, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Burton Park, 1616 W. Washington Blvd. in Maywood, the Maywood Park District will unveil their Christmas Holiday Windows.

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Seeking Revitalization, Maywood Group Looks to Artist Lofts

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 11/29/17

Featured image: An architectural rendering of a proposed Artscape redevelopment in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood. | Artspace

If a group of community stakeholders in Maywood have their way, the village could be home to a redeveloped building that could include living and work space for artists, similar to developments that have been cropping up around the country over the last three decades.

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Maywood Fine Arts Is Finalist for $100K Grant


Maywood Fine Arts dancers during a rehearsal earlier this year. | File

Friday, May 26, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

Eleven nonprofits in the Chicago area are finalists to receive six $100,000 grants from the Impact 100 Chicago, a women’s philanthropic organization, according to a statement released by the nonprofit on May 22.

Among those finalists is Maywood Fine Arts, the venerable Maywood-based nonprofit that’s been providing lessons in music, dance, visual arts, marshal arts and other areas for 50 years.

Impact 100 officials said that more than 200 nonprofits in the Chicago area applied for the grants during the 2016-17 cycle.

“After comprehensive reviews and site visits by Impact 100 Chicago committees, these nonprofit finalists will present at Impact 100 Chicago’s annual Grant Award Celebrations in May and June,” the statement read.

“We are so impressed by the tremendous work conducted by our nonprofit applicants to improve the lives of disadvantaged individuals right here in the Chicagoland area,” said Michele Polvere, Impact 100’s board chair co-founder.

“We congratulate all of our finalists and are so excited to help these organizations turn their projects into reality – projects that help the under-served in our local communities.”

According to the statement, Impact 100 members combine their $1,000 membership donations before voting to select the grant winners. Those nonprofit finalists that don’t win the $100,000 grants will receive merit grants.

“Since its inception in 2010, Impact 100 Chicago has awarded more than $2 million in high impact grants that have a transformative effect on the receiving organizations and those they serve,” the statement reads.

For more information about Impact 100 Chicago, click here or email

Nonprofits interested in applying for a grant during the 2017-2018 cycle can view more about our process by clicking here. Nonprofit letters of inquiry will be accepted in fall 2017.

The finalists for the 2016-17 $100,000 grants are:

• Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

• Cabrini Green Legal Aid

• CASA of Cook County

• Chicago Debate Commission

• Chicago House and Social Service Agencies

• Evanston Scholars

• Eversight Illinois

• Juvenile Protective Association (JPA)

• Logan Square Neighborhood Association

• Maywood Fine Arts Association

• The People’s Music School

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Antoine Fuqua Developing Film on Maywood Native Fred Hampton


Slain Black Panther Fred Hampton, whose life will be turned into a movie by director Antoine Fuqua, pictured below. | Wikipedia 

Antoine_FuquaThursday, May 11, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Antoine Fuqua, the Academy Award-winning director of Training Day, is developing a film about Maywood native and Black Panther icon Fred Hampton, according to numerous media reports. Deadline Hollywood broke the story.

“The untitled movie is a passion project for Fuqua,” reported Variety. “It’s based on Jeffrey Haas’ book ‘The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther,’ which has been adapted by Chris Smith.”

Hampton was assassinated in 1969 by a tactical unit comprising FBI agents and Chicago police officers, who were carrying out orders given by the Cook County State’s Attorney. After his death, a 1982 civil lawsuit, filed by family members of Hampton and slain Panther Mark Clark, resulted in a settlement worth nearly $2 million.

The Village Free Press first reported about the prospects of a Fuqua film made about Hampton in December 2015.

Hampton’s brother, Maywood resident and park district commissioner Bill Hampton, said at the time that production conversations would begin in January 2016, although he didn’t know a precise timeline for the film’s completion. Hampton said at the time that the film would be loosely based on Haas’ book.

Hampton said at the time that he hopes filming takes place in Maywood, as well as in places in Chicago. He was also hopeful that the film would hire local actors.

“It will be based on Fred’s life all the way up to his death,” Hampton said, adding that he didn’t know which actor will be tapped to play the role of his larger than life brother. VFP

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Artwork of Local Proviso Students Featured in Community Exhibits

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Artwork created by one of numerous Proviso Township High Schools students on display during Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine’s Black History Month Exhibition. | Proviso Township High Schools District 209 

Proviso student artworkMonday, March 13, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

[Proviso Township High Schools District 209] Proviso East and PMSA artists had their work represented in two community art exhibits this past month.

The Triton College Annual High School Show and the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine’s Black History Month exhibition. Triton College, in River Gove, held their reception on Feb. 15. Proviso East had 27 participants, including:

Jala Reid, Cynthia Perra, Amari Johnson, Dominique Wallace, Javonte Dunbar, Kurt Sturgill, Daria Maritnez, Zahory Verdin, Chastity Williams, Jared Charo, Nayelli Mendoza Palomares, Jocelyn Gonzales, Elvin Cortez, Fatima Morales, Brian Barraza, Kevin Stoletto, Jonathan Reyes, Lillian Lopez, Kianna Walker, Gerrund Caffie, Gregorio Velazquez, Andy Miranda, Isabel Saucedo, Keisha Hood, Celeste Loya, Emmy Carpena and Leila Tellez.

PMSA had 10 participants: Elena Buenrostro, Jailene Mireles , Justin Blaylock, Ariadna Perez-Davila, Cynthia Suaste, Nyah Peaches, Lucas Rosa, Melanie Hernandez, Jennifer Orozco and Van Ma.

In celebration of Black History Month, the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine hosted an artwork contest with the theme, “Aspire to equality and justice.”

The students who participated in the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Student Art Contest were from Maywood and surrounding areas.

On Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, a reception honoring the exhibiting artists was held at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine where their art was displayed. Many students from Proviso East and PMSA submitted their artwork.

The following Proviso East High School artists participated in the artwork contest:

Kiana Walker, Jay’lan Crout, Gerrund Caffie, Gregorio Velazquez, Malcome Ross, Brian Barraza, LaDashia Fields, Laura Avila, Kennedy Jackson and Nya Mitchell.

Marcia La Porte, Fine Arts and World Languages department chair, stated, “We are all very proud of our students’ hard work and dedication to their own creative process. We appreciate these local opportunities to showcase the finished product.”

La Porte also thanked visual arts instructors at Proviso East High School, who include Allison Hardiman, Daphne Hill, and Felicity Rich. VFP

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Stairway of the Stars and Maywood Fine Arts Present ‘Sleeping Beauty’


Thursday, March 2, 2017 || By Community Editor || PAID POSTING

It’s one of the most famous classical ballets in the world. First performed in Russia in 1890, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ has been exciting audiences the world over ever since. This month, it touches down in your area.

Stairway of the Stars & Maywood Fine Arts present Classical Ballet for New Audiences “Sleeping Beauty” on March 25, 7 p.m., at Trinity High School, 7574 W. Division, River Forest. Tickets are now available at Maywood Fine Arts and Stairway of the Stars! For more info, click hereVFP


Maywood Native Nominated for Grammy Award


Screenshot of a YouTube video of Todd Dulaney performing “Victory Belongs to Jesus (Live),” from his Grammy-nominated album “A Worshiper’s Heart.” 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

A Maywood native has been nominated for a Grammy Award for the Best Gospel Album of the Year.

Todd Dulaney, 33, is nominated for his album “A Worshiper’s Heart [Live].” He’s up against Tim Bowman, Jr. (“Listen”), Shirley Caesar (“Fill This House”), Kirk Franklin (“Losing My Religion”) and William Murphy (“Demonstrate [Live]”).

For a full list of the nominees, click here. The Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET.

According to the bio on Dulaney’s website, the artist “grew up as a singer and an elite athlete. After graduating from high school in 2001, Dulaney was drafted from Community College in Mt. Carmel, IL, by the New York Mets to pursue a professional baseball career.


“While refining his athletic skills, Dulaney realized that there was a higher calling upon his life. He accepted an invitation to travel and perform background vocals for gospel artist and Grammy winner Smokie Norful.”

Dulaney, who attends Living Word Christian Center in Forest Park, has worked and shared the stage with a variety of high-profile entertainers and musicians, including Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Tye Tribett, Donnie McClurkin and Michelle Williams.

He’s also made appearances on multiple national and international platforms, including BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel, TBN “Praise the Lord”, 15th Street Live, Atlanta Gospel Live and BBTV.

Dulaney is a 5-time Stellar Award nominee and was been nominated for a Dove Award in 2016. To read more about the Maywood native, click here and here. VFP

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