Honoring 40 Years of Art, Culture, and Social change (1976-2016)

The UIC Latino Cultural Center (LCC) celebrates 40 years from Sept 1976 to Sept 2016! This video features the LCC staff (2011-2016), and a few of the many UIC students, faculty/staff and alumni, and community partners that have contributed to the center throughout the years. #lcc40

During the anniversary celebration, the LCC engaged ten local artists from the Chicago Latino community to conceptualize, repurpose, and paint ten concrete ash urns that were part of the campus grounds until it became a smoke-free campus. This art installation was designed to became part of LCC and UIC Heritage Garden satellites and tours. The ten artists painted the concrete urns with their interpretation of “social pollinators” and animal pollinators. Read more…

Cooking up a sense of place

The UIC Latino Cultural Center’s 40 Recipes Project captures the role of food traditions in immigrant life. The recipes and the stories featured here, from the Latino community and other immigrant communities, reflect some of the ways that people incorporate new and old into their everyday life here in Chicago. Food is part of how people carve a place for themselves in this diverse and changing city, where so many cultures, dialects, foods, and art forms thrive. Through these pages, we can see continuity and change in food traditions and social practices.