Mary Ann Cain, professor of English & linguistics, received an Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist grant of $2000 toward her research for a book about Dr. Margaret Burroughs. The book is under advance contract with Northwestern University. Cain will use the grant in archival work and interviews. The grant will fund travel to Chicago for further archival research and interviews for the book.
As an artist-educator in Chicago, Burroughs co-founded two major arts institutions: the South Side Community Arts Center (funded by the Federal Arts Project in 1939 and inaugurated by Eleanor Roosevelt in 1941) and the DuSable Museum of African American history in Washington Park. She was a key figure in Chicago and in African American history in general. In addition to her work as an institution builder, she was an artist of international acclaim, an educator at DuSable High School, and a Chicago Parks Commissioner. Just last month, the 31st Street Harbor in Chicago was named in her honor.
Burroughs visited IPFW twice as part of the Visiting Writers Series and a partnership with the former Three Rivers Jenbe Ensemble in Fort Wayne. She was a prolific writer and was a long-time friend of Pulitzer-prize winning poet, Gwendolyn Brooks, also from the South Side.