February Brown Bag – “Arts in Action Initiatives”
Learn more about efforts to expand the local history narrative from a predominantly white experience to a more inclusive and accurate account at an upcoming program at the DeKalb County History Center.
This program is part of “Brown Bag Lunch/Local Lore,” a free lecture series offered in collaboration by the Ellwood House Museum and DeKalb County History Center, and will begin at 12 p.m. on Thursday, February 1 at the DeKalb County History Center, 1730 N. Main St., Sycamore.
Arts in Action began in June 2020 with discussions between two local history organizations – the Ellwood House Museum and the DeKalb County History Center. After listening to conversations about racism in DeKalb County, staff dug into their archives with unsettling results. An online exhibit was launched on March 31, 2022, as part of a Healing Illinois grant. It was clear that more work needed to be done and more stories needed to be shared. Additional funding from Illinois Humanities, DeKalb County Community Foundation, DeKalb County Mental Health Board, and the Juday Family was secured, and the project was expanded. The goal is to unearth and share some of the lesser-known stories of DeKalb County and its diverse history.
This presentation will share updates on the project’s latest accomplishments, including oral history clips that have recently been uploaded at www.createchange.today, and the accompanying project app. The program will also share details of upcoming initiatives and programs, including a panel discussion with locals who participated in the Civil Rights Movement, a Sam Robbins concert, and more. Anyone interested in learning more about Arts in Action and how to get involved with this project are encouraged to attend this program.
Brown Bag/Local Lore is funded in part by the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund. Parking is available onsite at the DeKalb County History Center. Learn more by visiting www.dekalbcountyhistory.org or by calling 815-895-5762.