Reporting Back (2015)

Many of you came out to our first exhibit for “Reporting Back: Neighborhood Dialogue in Humboldt Park” — and we were happy to see many of you returned for the closing presentation in partnership with Attitude 7 and the Illinois Humanities Council.


The exhibit, featuring all four Illinois Humanities Council groups, kicked off Monday, May 18 at Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Ave 8th Floor at Columbia College from 6:30-8:30 p.m. where members of Illustrated Press and Attitude 7 unveiled their final project to the public consisting of eight portraits of Humboldt Park residents and eight “as-told-to” narratives from the neighborhood all set within a full-color, 24-page booklet.

Reporter Darryl Holliday and artist Brian Herrera displayed the 16×20 inch portraits along with the new limited-run booklets at the event, following an exhibition in Humboldt Park in April. Check out process and final work from the 3-month process below:

This limited-run, 24-page mini-comic was available at the final event!

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In case you missed the Humboldt Park and South Loop showings here are some photos from out first event at Cup and Spoon Cafe in Humboldt Park. (Photos by Wiliiam Camargo)

And check out our interview on WBEZ’s Morning Shift from the beginning of the Reporting Back project in March 2015 to see how the project developed over three months.

Violence and crime are issues that affect many Chicago neighborhoods, but what happens when instead of looking to public officials for guidance on how to combat these issues, community members and journalists come together to engage neighborhoods directly? A range of video, radio, print and even comic journalism projects emerge. The Illinois Humanities Council’s “Reporting Back: Perspectives on Violence in Chicago Communities” series will spend three months producing multimedia stories to get communities thinking about the effect these issues have on their residents. Joining us fresh from Reporting Back’s first public conversation held Wednesday night in Bronzeville is IHC’s Simon Nyi and Humboldt Park team members Darryl Holliday and Brian Herrera.

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