In loving memory of her parents Pastor James W.L. Harvey Jr., & Evangelist Alice J. Harvey, and inspired by their commitment to community uplift and the creative nurturing of all living beings, including in her mother's own garden, Nicole Harvey - partnering with Red Line Service - has given this property over for public use by the community of N. Lawndale.

Red Line Service is led by artists with a lived experience of homelessness. We know only too well what social isolation, stigmatization, exclusion from creative pathways, and a sense of unbelonging are like. We know first-hand the impact of the calculated and designed separation of people through divestment, unequal distribution of resources, and lack of access. Inspired by Terrain Biennial's theme of Mycelium Connections, Red Line Service: A Space of Symbiosis imagines a space in which artists living with housing and food insecurity can pause, be nourished, engage in creative expression with others, and pause again.

Red Line Service: A Space of Symbiosis is a garden, but it also functions as a canvas wherein artists working together can transform a vacant lot into a thriving space: of people assembling and native plants growing, a space in which communities of care are created and recreated. Mycelium connections are quick to form but connecting fractures between people who have survived the trauma of repeated systemic failure, requires long-term investment and support and a commitment to care over time. Currently, Red Line Service: A Space of Symbiosis is a vacant lot on which artistic programming is taking place, seeds are being planted, community bonds are being forged, and meals are being shared. It is only one part of a comprehensive project that will be messy, frayed, difficult, yet dedicated to the enduring work of creating sovereign communities of people with our shared experiences of homelessness, our shared insistence on inclusion.

Join us for our events in the garden in fall, and visit us again next spring and summer when the garden begins to bloom. 

Red Line Service Public Programs in the Garden (as our contribution to the Terrain Biennial)

Red Line Service Community Mural

Sunday, October 1, 2023


1332 S Millard Avenue 

Join us as Red Line Service – in partnership with Studio WIP – creates a community mural on a vacant lot in N. Lawndale as part of Red Line Service’s contribution to the Terrain Biennial. Light lunch will be available.

Red Line Service - Plant the Seed!

Saturday, October 14, 2023


1332 S Millard Avenue 

Decorate seed shakers and sculpt earth balls; plant seeds and share treats, as we lay the groundwork together for a beautiful, thriving community garden to open in spring 2024.

Donations help make this work possible, click here to cultivate indigenous plants, pollinators and people. Be a part of a community of care in a Space of Symbiosis.