03/09/2013 12:16 pm ET

University Of Chicago Washington Park Arts Incubator Opens

Story by Sam Cholke, via DNAinfo Chicago:

WASHINGTON PARK — The University of Chicago celebrated the opening of its new Arts Incubator Friday morning in Washington Park, giving new life to a neglected building and new hope that Washington Park will help fulfill the potential of young people interested in art.

“This is so cool — artists leading the way. Weirdos, bureaucratic weirdos can get so much done,” said a jubilant Theaster Gates, a South Shore artist and the driving force behind the new art center at 301 E. Garfield Blvd.

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U Of C's Washington Park Arts Incubator