No community can thrive without the arts. Artists and creators play an important role in helping to define the shared life of a community and contribute broadly to economic development. To support the burgeoning North Lawndale art scene, the Foundation for Homan Square and the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council (NLCCC) are sponsoring Gallery Nights at the Homan Square Community Center. These fun events offer a showcase for local artists and highlight the collaborative programming done by the School of the Art Institute (SAIC). The NLCCC Arts & Culture Committee, led by Sheila McNary, play a vital role in planning and hosting these inspiring events.