Project Onward Helps Disabled Express Their Art

By Vishakha Darbha

William Douglas has been creating art since he was a child. But unlike other children, he stayed away from the company of people. As someone who battles social anxiety, Douglas found a haven in Project Onward, a not-for-profit studio and gallery for artists with physical and developmental disabilities.

Video: William Douglas narrates his life story as he creates a bouquet of flowers, at the Project Onward Gallery. (Vishakha Darbha/MEDILL)
Photo on Top: Douglas’ final piece: A bouquet of flowers bought by Robert Darnell for his wife Susan, on Mother’s Day. (Vishakha Darbha/MEDILL)

Chicago Mosaic: Blistering politics, Bronzeville jazz and Asian karaoke

The mosaic of Chicago rocks with blistering politics, Bronzeville jazz, contentious CHA commercial deals and Asian karaoke. Protesters face arrest at the BP refinery. Artists paint outdoor murals right across the windows of vaulting city walls. And the Internet of Things hands you remote control over a galactic system or all your wireless networks. Find more facets of Chicago Mosaic here.

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What to do with Chicago’s vacant public housing land

South Side students face long commutes as Chicago City Colleges consolidate programs

Englewood thrives on community gardens

Low-income taxpayers most in need of tax reform this presidential election year

Internet of Things mushrooms in Chicago thanks to Midwestern industrial infrastructure

It’s your chance for stardom in your choice of style

Conceptual art museum opens its (floating) doors

From #NeverTrump to #NeverHillary

A mosaic of murals spring to life in South Loop

Photo at top: A night image of the city of Chicago from the International Space Station. Image credit: NASA.

Ready for change: a local muralist aims to beautify tough neighborhoods

By Torene Harvin

Rahmaan ‘Statik’ Barnes is more than just the man who painted the Prince mural in Avalon Park. He has made it a mission to make many of the city’s tough neighborhoods more appealing.

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Local Programs Ensure Ex-Offenders Can Look Forward to Brighter Future

By Torene Harvin

A Medill Newsmakers Report

In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, three guests shared what they are doing to keep young men and women out of prison and on a path to success.

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Billy Corgan, local rappers & new talent take Medill Newsmakers stage

By Caley Chelios

A Medill Newsmakers Report

This edition of Medill Newsmakers looks at Chicago’s growing music scene through the eyes of influential music icons and emerging artists.

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Gender wage gap: The pay disparity in athletics

By Nicole Sedivy

A Medill Newsmakers Report

This episode of Medill Newsmakers explores the gender wage gap in athletics present at the collegiate and professional level.

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Turning an adaptive lifestyle into a rewarding lifestyle

By Hannah Gebresilassie

A Medill Newsmakers Report

When society thinks of people in wheelchairs, we often think of what they can’t do instead of what they can do. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, wheelchair users in Chicago open up about living an adaptive lifestyle.

The perspectives come from gunshot survivors, Skyhawks wheelchair basketball team members, individuals born with genetic disorders of bone fragility, Shriners Hospital patients and the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. Take a look at what these individuals living with a disability have to say.

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Online harassment: A harsh reality for women covering sports

By EmmaKate Austin

A Medill Newsmakers report

In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, we take a look at the harassment women covering sports experience online and through social media. Sports writers, radio hosts, anchors and commentators all give their take on this issue.

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