West Side artists turn train viaduct into gallery

Several photos taken by deceased Austin photographer Dorrell Creightney were put up last month under the Laramie and Kinzie viaduct. The picture, selected by Austin photographer Vanessa Stokes and Ceightney’s daughter, were installed in the 37th Ward as part of the city’s 50 x 50 Neighborhoods Arts Project..

Plato avoids closure with contract renewal with CPS

The Chicago Board of Education voted this week to renew Plato Learning Academy’s contract for two years, giving the Austin school more time to improve its rating. Specific conditions for the contract renewal will be finalized with Plato’s operator early next year, officials say.

Austin school faces likely closure next year

The Chicago Board of Education is expected in early December to take action to shutter Plato Learning Academy, a K-8 contract school that has two campuses in Austin, for failing to meet the district’s academic standards. Parents, students and community members plan to speak at the Dec. 6th board meeting in hopes of saving the school.

West Side girls tap dance to a bigger world

Female dancers from Chicago’s West and South Sides recently performed at La Follette Park in Austin as part of the 2017 Peacebook Festival hosted by Collaboration Theater Company. They’ve performed in other Chicago neighborhoods, too.