PARK: 96 Acres is a public art installation and data visualization proposal by artist and designer Landon Brown and developed for the Chicago arts and advocacy organization 96 Acres. 96 Acres is a series of community-engaged, site-responsive projects that involve community stakeholders’ ideas about social and restorative justice issues, and that examines the impact of incarceration at the Cook County Jail on Chicago's West Side.
Since 2014, eight artists and artists groups have produced on-site art projects chosen from almost fifty call for proposals from all over the U.S. PARK by Landon Brown was identified as a project that would create opportunities for community engagement, while at the same time interrogating the jail’s history, and provoking a dialogue around its political, historical, and cultural resonance. Working collaboratively, the PARK team of Landon Brown, 96 Acres Director and artist Maria Gaspar, Simone Alexander (Enlace Chicago), and Ayana Contreras (Vocalo), will produce the PARK event in August, 2015.
Funding for 96 Acres and PARK has been generously provided by The National Endowment for the Arts, the Chicago Community Trust, The Field Foundation, and Local SSA #25 with fiscal support by the Chicago Public Art Group and production support by Enlace Chicago.