The mission of the Obama Foundation is to inspire, empower, and connect people to change their world. That mission begins on the South Side of Chicago, where the foundation is building the Obama Presidential Center (OPC). The OPC represents a historic opportunity for Chicago: a chance to build a world-class museum and public gathering space that celebrates our nation’s first African American President and First Lady, steps away from where he began his career, where she was raised, and where—together—they made their home. Not only will the center generate billions of dollars of economic opportunity and help reconnect and revitalize Jackson Park, but it will also serve as a reminder to young visitors—from around the city and from around the world—that their potential is limitless.
Michael Strautmanis, Executive Vice President of Civic Engagement; Dr. Louise Bernard, Senior Vice President/OPC Museum Director; and Lori Healey, Senior Vice President/OPC Operation and Implementation Lead, will introduce the OPC project—from the principles that underpin the endeavor to how the cultural institution will serve hundreds of thousands of visitors per year.