Austin is a community on the move. One of Chicago’s most historic neighborhoods, Austin is now proving it can overcome the challenges of disinvestment, deindustrialization, and crime by building on its strengths: community, creativity, and caring. Centered on Chicago Avenue, the Soul City corridor is a new public-private partnership using tax increment ﬁnancing to envision and build a new westerly gateway for Chicago -- linking the neighborhood’s proud culture to the prosperity of western suburbs, and inviting visitors and residents to enjoy the music and food that are unique to Austin’s resilient African-American community. Already, signs of progress abound. New businesses are opening, and home prices in Austin in 2020 are up nearly 25% over the previous year. Proudly situated at one of the ﬂagship intersections in the Soul City corridor, Soul City Studios is designed to embody and promote these community values.
Soul City Studios occupies a special place in the heart of the Soul City corridor -- singled out within the February 2020 Chicago Avenue Soul City Corridor Commercial Development Study Neighborhood Revitalization Plan as the “Entertainment Hub” of the neighborhood’s “Soul Center”. Enthusiastically supporting and promoting this vision, we believe the Austin community needs access to the arts, opportunities to pursue healthy lifestyles, and a space where it can gather and let its voices be heard. That is our guiding vision for Soul City Studios.
Jackson Action Coalition (JAC) is a nonproﬁt organization providing services for the community, youth, and seniors in the Chicago area. JAC's goal is to foster a commitment to youth and seniors that will promote prosocial friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and re-assert a sense of hope in the future. Only through personal relationships can a sense of individual responsibility be reestablished. JAC’s mission is to “bridge the gap and bring generations together by empowering our community, youth, and seniors through community outreach, services, and events.” JAC’s goal is to empower the community through outreach services that will empower and uplift members of the community. JAC will focus on services and events that will empower and uplift the community and bring its residents together.