5150 is expected to open in the spring/summer of 2021. While we are working to identify collaborators and shared use partners prior to our opening, we are also committed to remaining open, flexible, and ready to adapt to the needs and passions of our neighbors who will live in the building as well as the Jefferson Park neighborhood and the greater Northwest Side.
While the space itself is exciting, the true power of Friendship Community Place will be found in our capacity to build relationships as partners in our community. We are eager to utilize our space to convene conversation and community events that deepen our relationships, to create opportunities to learn and grow and engage through the arts, classes and training events and to collaborate with community organizations, businesses and individuals who share our commitments justice and equity.
How We Will Utilize Our Space:
In our kitchen, we look forward to partnering with local restaurant owners and managers to offer cooking classes for the community, working with local cafes and restaurants to create jobs training programs and to create an employment pipeline, as well as cooking and serving community meals.
Our multipurpose space will be utilized for community events of all kinds, including concerts, art exhibits, arts education and community programs, antiracism and diversity training, convening space for local non-profits and community organizers, and worship and gatherings for Friendship Presbyterian Church.
The administrative suite will have offices for Friendship Community Place and Friendship Presbyterian Church, room for local entrepreneurs to conduct their business, a conference room to host meetings, and flexible and child-centered space for our youth and kiddos to use that can also be utilized for childcare during public programming.
Programming will be determined by community needs and driven by our collaborative partnerships.