Neighborhood Arts Collective-Chicago

By forging partnerships with community-based nonprofits throughout the city, Victory Gardens works to extend the reach of performing arts into the neighborhoods, creating the next generation of arts citizens.

The Neighborhood Arts Collective-Chicago, also known as NACC, is a coalition of nonprofit organizations that uses theater-based tools to create intergenerational and multicultural conversations that are integral to the community’s health and vitality. Learn more about our partners by clicking on their logos below.

Special thanks to the Joyce Foundation for their 2018 grant to support the creation of this collective.

NACC Partners Map

Our NACC Partners

ABJ A.R.T.S.
Annie B. Jones Community Services, Inc.

El Valor
El Valor

Latinos Progresando
Latinos Progresando

Mujeres Latinas En Accion
Mujeres Latinas En Acción

North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council
North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council

North Lawndale Employment Network
North Lawndale Employment Network

2021/22 NACC Tour

Join NACC Partners and Victory Gardens this year for a series of free community events! Events will run from Fall 2021 through Spring 2022 and are open to all. Check out upcoming tour events below!

ABJ Village Expo

ABJ Village Expo

Friday, August 13, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.
1818 E. 71st Street, outdoor event/weather permitting

Come sample “A Taste of ABJ” on August 13! This free, outdoor event will celebrate the entire ABJ Community in one incredible evening. Please note that masks are required for this event for the health and safety of all.

NACC Partner Activities

All NACC programs are adapted to the specific needs and desires of each of our partners and the community they serve. Current and upcoming activities include:

Education

  • Playwriting/play development classes for youth and adults led by VG teaching artists, with a performance component.
  • Drama in the Schools residencies in partnership with local schools.

Oral History Project/Documentary Theater

  • Collecting verbatim interviews from residents to be shaped and read as living documents on stage.
  • Training youth and seniors in interview skills and bringing them together for intergenerational conversations, with the goal of capturing recollections from elders before they are lost, and challenging youth to share their perspectives with seniors.

Performance/Readers Theater

  • Presenting staged readings of VG’s plays in the community.
  • Giving residents a platform to perform the Oral Histories they have gathered.
  • Bringing residents to VG to see their stories performed on stage by working actors.

Resource Sharing

  • Participating in holiday and resource drives for community members, connecting the VG community to NACC partner communities.
  • Sharing physical resources such as meeting rooms, rehearsal space, and staff time and talent with partners, free of charge.
  • Knowledge growth through joint information and grant projects to benefit NACC partners and VG.

Keep up with the latest NACC Partner news!

Check out the archives of our monthly newsletter:

August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021

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