From Rebecca Zorach who is researching Art and Sout.


"Art & Soul was an art center on 16th Street in CVL territory created as a collaboration between the new Museum of Contemporary Art and the CVL, Inc. Originally funded by the Illinois Sesquicentennial, in 1968, it was later supported by UIC from 1969 until 1972. It was an exciting and optimistic time for the arts, and Art & Soul bustled with activity. The original director and assistant director were the brothers Jackie and Daniel Hetherington, working with Ann Zelle of the MCA. Art & Soul held free classes and informal studio hours and also served as a library. The center hosted Ralph Arnold as artist in residence and held both children's and professional art contests. In the first one, Jeff Donaldson of AFRICOBRA won first prize, and Peter Gilbert, a local sculptor who had also been involved from the start and whose medium was animal bones, was second. Art & Soul also hosted a traveling exhibition of African sculpture from the Art Institute’s collections and sponsored a poetry reading by Black poets (Eugene Perkins, Sigmonde Wimberli, and Ebon) at the MCA. The photographer Roy Lewis created an experimental installation of his photographs on the outer wall of the building, and the Japanese-American artist Sachio Yamashita led a project to paint the outside of the building in rainbow stripes. When support was taken over by UIC in 1969, with funding from the federal Office of Economic Opportunity, the muralist Don McIlvaine became the director and the main teacher; the center focused primarily on children's art education for the three more years of its existence."