How Does Your Garden Grow

"Sculpture Scropian" installation, sculpture by Peter Gray

The mission and purpose of the William G. Hill Center for the Arts is to support and improve the creative and artistic expressions and develop the personal and professional artistic and community building skills of youth and adults in Chicago’s Woodlawn Community.

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Alan Emerson Hicks, assist with the installation, sculpture by Peter Gray

Established in Woodlawn, during the fall of 2015, the Dorchester Botanical Garden, a 501 c 3 non-for -profit is a living collection of native and cultivated plant species, displayed within a bio-diverse urban environment. Our goal is to educate, engage and inspire children, young people and adults about the value plant diversity, sustainability and community well being, thereby changing the hearts and minds toward the natural world.


The mission is also to design programs that will enhance, beautify and revitalize those Communities physically, socially and economically by using multi-platform¸ multi-dimensional, multi-cultural approaches to art creation that celebrate the connection and synergy between traditional Art and nature using such things as horticulture, landscaping, lighting, botanical gardening of both vegetables and perennials and constructing outdoor and indoor installations, exhibits, and other public art expressions as the vehicles.

William Hill Gallery has been awarded the South East Chicago Commission – University of Chicago 2015 Neighborhood Enhancement Grant for the design and installation of a botanical garden in the Woodlawn- Hyde Park community.

His mission is to design a garden in the public walkway that enhances the quality of life of those people in the community that live, work and play. 

By beautifying and revitalizing the block of Dorchester between 64th Street Metra stop, to 65th street viaduct; physically, socially and economically by using multi-platform¸ multi-dimensional, multi-cultural approaches to art creation that celebrate the connection and synergy between traditional Art and nature. Using such things as horticulture, landscaping, lighting, botanical gardening of both vegetables and perennials and constructing outdoor and indoor installations, exhibits, and other public art expressions as the vehicles.



William provides programs that will also  teach,  and create visibility for new and emerging artists, particularly those artists of color who are underrepresented in the art world and who wish to become involved in utilizing the Arts as a community building tool.

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