Category: Arts

Maywood Artist Shifts Focus To Black Women

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 || By Michelle Dybal/Wednesday Journal || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Artist Jesse Howard works inside of his Maywood home studio last year. | File 

Maywood artist Jesse Howard is well-known for his work depicting African American men gripped by injustice and fighting against it, with much of his oeuvre influenced by his upbringing on Chicago’s West Side.

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PMSA Students Create Holiday Artwork In Maywood Park

Monday, December 18, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: PMSA students during the Dec. 5 unveiling of their holiday windows on display in Burton Park in Maywood. | Courtesy District 209 

Proviso Township residents converged on Burton Park, at the corner of 15th Ave. and Washington Blvd., in Maywood, on Dec. 5 to unveil the Maywood Park District’s Christmas Holiday Windows, an exhibit created by Proviso Math and Science Academy students.

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Proviso Idol Winners Crowned

Monday, December 11, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Proviso Idol participants during the Dec. 2 final competition at Proviso West. | Courtesy Proviso Township 

Nine area young people competed for cash prizes in the 8th annual Proviso Idol competition, held Dec. 2 at Proviso West High School School in Hillside. The first-place winners in each of the four divisions won $700 in cash.

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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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