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About Lauren Deutsch

Born and raised on Chicago’s south side, I attended Columbia College in the mid 70s and served as Artistic Director of Photography for the City’s Artist in Residence program later that decade.   I served on the Board of Directors of the Jazz Institute for 14 years.  As a board member I helped produce and promote concerts, program the Chicago Jazz Festival, develop a high school jazz curriculum and negotiate a home at the University of Chicago for the Jazz Institute of Chicago's archives.

My tenure as Executive Director of the Jazz Institute of Chicago began in 1996 and ended in 2018. My background in community organizing and the arts provided the impetus to develop programs in collaboration with a variety of small and large institutions, including the JazzCity program, a collaboration with the Chicago Park District which provides access to high caliber jazz performances to communities all over Chicago, the Jazz Links teacher-partnership that provides in-school residencies and after school opportunities students to perform with and learn from jazz veterans, and in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs, the conception and programming of Millennium Park's Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz concert series.

In 2006 I began a partnership with a cultural arts organization in Poznan, Poland to program and present a 6-concert Made in Chicago festival and was commissioned to create and exhibit my music-inspired artwork.

In 2004 I was selected as one of the Chicago Tribune's Chicagoans of the Year for my contributions to Chicago's cultural landscape.  In 2015 my work was included in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s “Freedom Principle,” an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and a retrospective “Lauren Deutsch: A Musical Metamorphosis: Photographs from 1979-2015” was mounted at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center.