Artist Julius Bautista working in the studio
Welcome to Project Onward!
Project Onward supports the professional development of artists with exceptional talents in the visual arts. These artists also have autism, Down’s syndrome, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia and other conditions such that they are unable to work in “normal” occupations. Project Onward provides them with studio space, materials, professional guidance, exhibition opportunities and access to markets so they can enter the creative economy and sell their work.
Project Onward is a nonprofit studio and gallery located in Bridgeport that relies on contributions grants and sponsorships from the community to continue its mission. You can assist the artists in any or all of the following ways:
VISIT Drop by Project Onward and roam the studio and gallery; meet the artists and support them by purchasing their creations – they earn 50% pre-tax of each item sold. Spend a few hours and you’ll agree that Project Onward is entirely magical. You’ll find Project Onward at 1200 W. 35th Street, Chicago, Illinois. Enter on the East (Racine) side of the Bridgeport Art Center and take the elevator to the fourth floor.
DONATE You may also make a contribution – artists receive all materials and services free of charge – but it costs PO nearly $7,000 to maintain each one each year. This year’s goal is $500,000 and your gifts can help reach it! Contribute by clicking here or on the DONATE button at the bottom of the page.
VOLUNTEER Talk to PO’s volunteers and they will tell you that the artists and artwork instantly compelled them to help the organization by assisting at the front desk or at an offsite event like Randolph Street Market or the Hyde Park Community Art Fair. You’ll be making a difference and having fun at the same time! Interested? Click here.
So stop by during the week (Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 5pm), or later every Third Friday, 6pm – 9:30pm. The artists of Project Onward will welcome you — and will guarantee that you’ll feel the magic!