South Side in Focus originated from an interest in broadening our understanding of the community we live in, beyond the media portrayal emphasizing violence and poverty. These limited narratives fail to convey the vibrant histories and complexity of experiences within South Side communities. South Side in Focus is a group of students who began a project to expose a different narrative of the South Side, one that comes from the people who actually live and work in South Side communities. They believe in the impact of collective narratives and work to harness the power of inter- and intra- community dialogue by collaborating with community organizations. South Side in Focus aims to facilitate South Side residents in sharing their personal narratives about their communities, and to amplify their voices through public art exhibits.