Project 120 -South Parks Revitalization Through Partnerships
Project 120 Chicago, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, in partnership with the Chicago Park District and with support of generous donors, is leading a team of interdisciplinary professionals to plan, develop, and carry out improvements that respect, preserve, and renew the character of the landscape as designed by Olmsted, while addressing current and future issues and needs that will promote ecology and community vitality and livability for generations to come. Read More about Project 120 Chicago, the organization.
The following video provides an overview of the vision and work of Project 120 Chicago - South Parks Revitalization through Partnerships
Project 120 - South Parks from Above
The following video was completed during the Fall 2015, and shows the South Parks as laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted and his partner Calvert Vaux in 1871 as one park system called “South Park” – a masterpiece of urban planning and park innovation. In 1893, with Washington Park completed, Jackson Park and a portion of the Midway became the site of the World's Columbian Exposition where millions of visitors from around the world explored and experienced the best examples of science, industry, art, and innovation in a newly designed city environment that would influence the direction of American architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning well into the 20th century. Today, the South Parks are once again a place for grand vision and innovation, and an influential component of Chicago's South Side cultural renaissance and resurgence.
"Project 120 Chicago strongly believes in the power of the arts to tell human stories, and we are absolutely thrilled to collaborate with Thodos Dance Chicago to bring Sono Osato’s story back to where it all began. Osato’s story is our story – a universal tale about overcoming the adversity we encounter in our lives.” - Robert W. Karr, Jr., President, Project 120 Chicago
Sono's Journey will debut on January 9, 2015 at the Auditorium Theater. Choreographed by Thodos Dance Chicago, it will reflect the life and barrier-breaking career of Sono Osato, the Japanese-American dance legend who was a star of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and American Ballet Theater, and was a favorite of choreographer Jerome Robbins, who spotlighted her in the original Broadway production of “On the Town,” the 1944 musical renowned for its progressive, diverse casting. Watch the video and learn about her roots in Chicago and her family's extraordinary connection to the Garden of the Phoenix in Jackson Park during the 1930s.
The Garden of the Phoenix - Introduction
Since 2013, Project 120 Chicago with its partner, The Garden of the Phoenix Foundation, has led the effort to foster the development of The Garden of the Phoenix in Jackson Park, which was establsihed on March 31, 1893 upon the dedication of the lost Phoenix Pavilion. Today, this site is being reimagined as SKY LANDING by Yoko Ono, which is her first permanent work of art in the Americas, and a marker of her place as an artist of profound international influence and of her lifelong mission for world peace. (See Projects)