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My Block, My Hood, My City delivers care packages to seniors for COVID-19 prevention

By Yilin Xie
Medill Reports

What can you do to help your neighborhood prevent the spread of the coronavirus? Jahmal Cole, the CEO and founder of My Block, My Hood, My City, said, “Let’s take direct action.”

My Block, My Hood, My City, a Chicago based community organization, contacted Senior Viral Response to deliver free care packages to seniors and people with disabilities. “We are giving out hand sanitizers, soap and vitamin C pills,” Cole said.

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Chinese New Year celebration at Navy Pier heats up the festival vibe

By Yilin Xie
Medill Reports

The Chinese New Year Celebration at Navy Pier in Chicago gave people a great chance to explore the Chinese culture. Performances featuring Chinese traditional costume and music fueled up the festival atmosphere.

The celebration, a Chinese tradition, starts around the beginning of a year on Chinese lunar calendar, which is Jan. 25 this year. It is a time for family reunions and celebrating traditions.

Hundreds of people gathered at Aron Grand Ballroom to enjoy the show with their families. The performances were arranged by ComEd and Chinese Fine Art Society.

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Inclusion and Diversity, Story Jam’s new show celebrating the MLK Day

By Yilin Xie
Medill Reports

As Americans vote for their choice for president, for some voters it will be their first time to cast a ballot. And, for immigrants that first vote can take years before it becomes a reality. That was the situation for award winning story teller, Nestor Gomez, when he presented his struggle at Story Jam’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day celebration in January.

“We try to create as much diversity on stage, and much diverse storytelling as possible,” said Stephanie Rogers, the producer of Story Jam.

Story Jam includes storytelling and live music performance. Usually, one show features five storytellers and five original music pieces.

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Obstacles in front of building art center with affordable space in Wicker Park

By Yilin Xie
Medill Reports

Alma Wieser’s plan of building an art center in Wicker Park needs to cross over many obstacles. Raising money is the first. Achieving sustainable affordability in a gentrified area is the second.

Alma Wieser, the owner of Heaven Gallery, hopes to build a not-for-profit art center on North Milwaukee Avenue. The center will be dedicated to developing art in Wicker Park. A not-for-profit in San Francisco is her model.

The proposed art center will be in the Lubinski Furniture Store building. The building went on the market on Oct. 10, according to LoopNet, an online real estate marketplace.

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