Visit: Cultural and Arts Organization/Venues Directory. Cultural and Arts Calendar. Civic Knowledge. Community Events Calendar. News from Co-laboring Organizations in the Community. Tracking Community Trends I, Tracking Community Trends II. (Reflections on the state of arts, culture, entertainment in Hyde Park and Kenwood: In "I" go to Culture, in "II" scroll alphabetically to Cultural Vitality.) Checkerboard Lounge. Harper Theater. Blackstone Library. Community News. Calendars and Directories index. Nonprofits and the Media with some quick contacts contacts and funders-see also in Neighborhood Links and Media. Nonprofit Helpers.
Arts and Cultural News bits and tips, seminars, links
A service of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference and its website, www.hydepark.org. Help support our program: Join the Conference!
conference report from the Conference Reporter,
Maps. To UC and the Arts, below.
HOT NEWS- 5SCREEN THEATER COMING TO HARPER THEATER! HyPa Space becomes artist, high schoolers studio
Announcements, meetings, opportunities et al.
Two local giants are celebrating anniversaries by re-thinking "the middle," "scupture," or "the object." Smart Museum 40, Hyde Park Art Center 75.
Radio Hyde Park-Andrew Holzman writes- You are the first to know about a new project of the Herald: Radio Hyde Park. This is a new way to tell your stories and get your news in Hyde Park. Read on to find out what it is and how we hope you will get involved!
In a week or two, you'll see a SoundCloud player go live on the Herald website. When you press play, you'll hear, or be able to choose if you prefer, news stories, music from and interviews with local artists, and, maybe most excitingly, stories and opinions from your neighbors.
If you have a story about your past, the history of the neighborhood, an opinion about it's future--- if you have anything to say, I want to hear from you. The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference has given me funds to come and record you using state-of-the-art equipment, and your voice will be added to the programming on Radio Hyde Park.
So get excited; there are interviews with the neighborhoods political and cultural players, carefully crafted news stories, and thoughts from your friends on the way. email@example.com.
A giant has passed: Ruth Horwich. there will be a memorial at KAM, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd. Sept 20 2014, 3 pm.
7 South Side HP museums in 2014 formed a consortium known as Museum Campus South. One outcome is a trial trolley during August 2014 among the institutions, weekends 11-4. Building the support base and visibility are among advantages cited.
the institutions are: DuSable Museum of African American History, FL Wright's Robie House, Museum of Science and Industry, David and Reva Logan Center, Oriental Institute, Renaissance Society, and Smart Museum of Art.
Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 - Join the Conversation. Plan released in fall 2012.
And (requested in the Cultural Plan) the Museum Campus South (announced July 2014): DuSable Museum of African American History, Reva and David
Museum of Science and Industry, Oriental Institute Museum, Logan Center for the Arts, the Renaissance Society, Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, and the Smart Museum of Art.
Participation of the Kenwood Academy Jazz Band in a May 30 2014 50-minute world premiered work at Symphony Center is a new milestone for Hyde Park-Kenwood as well as the school AND jazz in Chicago.
In May 2014 The U of C Civic Engagement announced Community Programs Accelerator Grants for Midsouth nonprofits. Call for proposals May 30-July 5. civicengagement.uchicago.edu.
Announcement in May 2014 by Dan Friedrich (Friedrich and Katz) that its buildout of 2nd floor corporate space in East View Park tower will include performance and training-workshop space in improv theater represents a new milestone and new performance space, building upon the growth of 5-year-old Hyde Park Community Players, with which Intentional Improv (or the permanent name it will select) has a collaborative relationship.
Jazz in the Courtyard returns to Hyde Park Shopping Center 1st and 3rd Fridays at noon in summer 2014, a reduced schedule to accommodate the retailers in the courtyard. Some chairs are provided, but many bring their own. The lineup is first rate. First performance is on June 6.
The Arts Incubator (under &C Arts + Public Life and led by Theaster Gates now with Lee Bey), at 301 E. Garfield continues to expand its programming and its presence to the east with buildout of the buildings there for office and production and a cafe.
South Shore Opera Company of Chicago presents a free concert, Opera In the Movies on Saturday, June 14, 7 pm at South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive. Conducted by Leslie B. Dunner. Starring some of Chicagoland's leading operatic singers- diverse artists, with orchestra and clips of opera songs and takeoffs in favorite movies and cartoons. For a pre-concert dinner option, call The Parrot Cage (onsite) at 773 363-1903 T-Sat 3-8 or Sun 11-3 (byob corkage $5).
Hyde Park Jazz Festival is holding its 2014 Benefit June 26 at The Promontory (1539 E. 53rd St.) grill and music venue, expected to open by then. Featured at the benefit is WRW Trio- Steve Wilson, Renee Rosnes, Peter Washington Trio. Visit hydeparkjazzfestival.org. The Festival is September 27 and 28.
The Lakeside Quilting Guild is much more that people who love the ancient art of quilting. They generate quilts to give or donate to worthy causes- from hospitals to victims of disasters, organizations that work to reduce homelessness, new comers to Hyde Park, and a scholarship for a student attending the Art Institute of Chicago.
LYRIC: A new Ring (with the first black Wotan for a major company) and Lyric premiere of new opera on the Holocaust- Weinberg's The Passenger.
January 17, 2014. "At a press conference this morning, general director Anthony Freud and music director Sir Andrew Davis announced two new epic undertakings from Lyric Opera. We're thrilled to share this exciting news with you! Read on to learn more, and stay tuned for more details about these upcoming productions!
Der Ring des Nibelungen
Lyric Opera has commissioned a new Ring production to be presented one opera at a time, beginning in 2016-17 for four consecutive seasons, followed by three complete cycles in April 2020.
Lyric Opera of Chicago will present the Chicago premiere of The Passenger, the poignant and powerful, recently rediscovered opera by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, as part of the company’s 60th anniversary season.
And a new accoustical shell being built by Jeannie Gang.
One Book One Chicago- year round now. Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration.
Garfield Arts Incubator art center under Arts + Public Life. arts.uchicago.edu. Open M 12-3, W 3-6.
Harper Theater (4-screen) newly opened at 5238 S. Harper is now showing classy, first-run movies.
SHoP closed but is looking for new venues and plans of operation. Meanwhile, at Hyde Park Art Center.
Little Black Pearl continues to grow with a teen tech shop.
Molly Stone, who will continue to lead divisions of the Chicago Children's Choir, has been appointed assistant conductor of the University of Chicago University Chorus.
Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference received in September 2012 from Harper Court Art Foundation a generous $1,000 check for the Schools Committee's School Supplies Fund and Drive, and a very gracious letter. Thank you.
About Experimental Station. Connie Spreen writes: One of the questions we often receive when talking about the Experimental Station is: What is the ‘experiment’ in Experimental Station? That question is often followed by another: Has the experiment worked? Six years into that experiment, we are able to report to you our preliminary results!
Like all experiments, this one started with a hypothesis—if we brought together people with different interests, talents, and innovative ideas under one roof, we could build a cultural organization that, over time, functioned much like an ecosystem. As ecosystems mature in diversity and complexity, they become increasingly stable, resilient and adaptive. They also become vibrant, interesting places.
Since 2006, with that model before us, the Experimental Station has been creating programs, fostering initiatives and collaborations, offering discounted rents, sharing our knowledge and expertise, and building relationships with innumerable individuals, groups, organizations and agencies on the South Side, throughout Chicago and across the country.
You are likely familiar with some of our efforts, having attended events featuring the Bread and Puppet Theater, Maggie Brown, Gene Coleman, Thomas Frank, Dr. Jane Goodall, Naomi Klein, Bryon Mealer, Michelle Alexander and Steve Edwards, Natalie Moore and Lance Williams, the Public Square, Echoes of Southern Africa, Whoop Dee Doo, Hyde Park Community Players, Anthony McCall, Red Grammer, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, Tellabration, Zak from Zakistan, and so many more. You may shop at our 61st Street Farmers Market or Blackstone Bicycle Works, or at B’Gabs Goodies Raw/Vegan Deli, a small business to which Experimental Station provides support. You may attend our community bread bakes. You may have heard about our programs to enable low-income customers to purchase healthy foods at farmers markets across Chicago and throughout Illinois, or about how our Invisible Institute has helped to rethink security in the Chicago Public Schools. You may be among the many organizations, groups and individuals to whom we have been a resource.
In the course of this experiment, we have learned how essential people like you are to helping to sustain our deepening cultural ecosystem. You can donate online at the website. Address is 6100 S. Blackstone, 60737.
Theaster Gates, UC arts programs coordinator and soon to administer the Washington Park UC Arts Incubator, has received ownership from the city of the one-time Southmoor bank just south of 67th on Stony Island for artists incubator hub space and a soul food restaurant as well as the 18,000 volume John Johnson Library (given by Linda Johnson Rice of Johnson Publishing (Ebony and Jet).
***Call for participation***
A Primer on Informal Art Education and Community Learning
Edited by Jim Duignan
This small publication is dedicated to and around the work of the Southside Hub of Production (SHoP). This community centered project encourages local culture making and is a space where broad ideas on pedagogy, performance, and innovative experimentation meet with traditional iterations on similar subjects. Through a range of alternative artistic practices, contemporary and folk art installations, small economy building, community music, woodsmithing and poetry performances, potlucks, and a consistent form of generosity and neighborly exchange, SHoP has become an important social center in Chicago. The Southside Hub of Production has served as a neighborhood hub to gather and exchange resources and expertise, install artworks and provide space for local groups to use. It is an open place to speculate on what a publicly engaging enterprise can offer the residents and in return, help to imagine better examples of resourceful living, communal artistry and a higher quality of life.
This call is reaching out to all the artists and spectators, those who presented programs, installed work and learned something that they may have brought back to the space. The musicians and builders, community residents, artists and archivists and friends who have shaped the changing nature of the facility and activated it alongside the members of the Southside Hub whose sense of living drive the project.
Call for Entries
Please provide clear images (photo or drawing) and short descriptions of your project or program at SHoP. We would also appreciate the dates, any details or
insights to your work.
The primer is 5.5 x 8.5, printed in black and white.
Final Deadline for materials is August 16, 2012
Send these items to Jim Duignan at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chicago Board of Education in November 2012 approved the CPS Arts Education Plan. http://cpsartsplan2012/
Logan Center for the Arts- new phone no 773 702-arts. arts.uchicago.edu/logan.
The University of Chicago has announced its 2013 Artists in Residence: musician LeRoy Bach, photographer Cecil McDonald Jr., musician Tomeka Reid, filmmaker Cauleen Smith and writer Avery R. Young. From press release:
During the 10-month residency, the artists will have access to UChicago’s world-class academic and research resources, as well as studio space, a woodshop, and program and exhibition space at the Washington Park Arts Incubator, which will open in early 2013 at the corner of 55th Street and Prairie Avenue. The residents can utilize the performance and practice spaces at the new Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. Each artist will receive an honorarium of $10,000 and a stipend for materials.
The artists-in-residence program is an initiative of Arts and Public Life, developed in partnership with UChicago’s Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture and with support from the Office of Civic Engagement.
“The jury selected artists that all have a common interest in direct engagement. The artists’ desire to collaborate with the campus and greater community during their residencies was attractive, particularly during the opening year of the Washington Park Arts Incubator,” said Theaster Gates, director of Arts and Public Life. “Some of the residents have collaborated on projects and performances in the past. We want to nurture these partnerships and provide support to further the artistic outcomes.”
For more information and bios of the artists, please visit: http://artsandpubliclife.uchicago.edu/page/artists-residence-program
The City of Chicago seeks your input on the first district-wide Chicago Public Schools Arts Education Plan. Developed by the CPS Department of Arts Education, in partnership with Ingenuity Incorporated and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Plan will set the standards and policies for improved and expanded arts programs across Chicago's public schools. Weigh in at one of these sessions:
Also: Common Core Workshop with experts for Public Schools arts partners. Thursday, July 26, 10-noon. RSVP to get the location- eventbrite.com/event3578771201.
New murals went in in fall 2012 in th north side of the 51st viaduct. Called "Survivors Spirit", the panels are quite diverse.
Barbara Crane was awarded the City of Chicago's first Ruth Horwich award.
Court Theatre earned 15 Jeff nominations in 10 categories for its 2011-2012 season.
Kate Doubleton, former director of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, has been hired to run 2012's two-day Hyde Park Jazz Festival.
Hyde Park Community Players is putting out a call for proposed productions. They may be changing the schedule/months. so contact them at email@example.com for what you need to do.
Chicago Sculpture International will be bringing world class sculpture to our Lakefront parks 2012-13. For information on this really bid show, visit. http://chicagosculpture.wordpress.com.
The Washington Park Arts Incubator on Garfield Blvd. in Washington Park neighborhood, opening fall 2012 under leadership of Theaster Gates, has been awarded $400,000 for programming by ArtPlace 11-institution collaborative, in conjunction with the University of Chicago, according to a June 2012 release. Go to news.uchicago.edu/ for release.
Seminary Co-op Bookstore's move from 5757 S. University to 5751 S. Woodlawn will commence in June 2012. It's not clear from their gracious community email exactly when this will be finished. They are 50 years young!
CPS Board approved the CPS Arts Education Plan in November 2012. This supplements the Chicago Cultural Plan.
Highlights of the resolution:
- "the Board believes that every student deserves to receive a comprehensive and sequential study of every art form, including visual art, music, dance, and drama from pre-K through 12th grade"
- "the Board values the critical role that certified arts teachers play as the anchors for robust arts programs and creating strong arts partnerships in schools"
- "the Board recognizes the arts--visual arts, music, dance, and drama--as a core content area."
Additionally, the CPS Arts Education Plan immediately achieved its first new policy win for CPS students when the Board also approved the expansion of high school graduation requirements in the arts to allow for dance and drama in addition to visual arts and music.
Moving forward, beginning next semester, CPS high schoolers must still complete the same two credits in two separate arts forms, but now dance and drama are also recognized courses that can be applied towards graduation.
Today, July 16 the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) released the DRAFT Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 plan- still open for public comment and will host four town halls meetings to continue the conversation with Chicago residents and stakeholders across the city. The draft plan can be downloaded at www.chicagoculturalplan2012.com or www.cityofchicago.org/dcase. (Not working July 16)
What's in it- (according to the July 16 Sun-Times)- 10 priorities, 36 recommendations, and 200 initiatives. The more expensive highlights (to be paid for by a dedicated cultural tax) include:
Linking DuSable Museum and Science and Industry (how?) and poss. others in a Museum Campus South (10-20 year project at about a million+)- this got the most attention in our area,
A dedicated permanent year round indoor-outdoor festival site,
Provide equitable access to arts education- every child, grade, school, art form,
Grants/incentive for the film industry,
Matching grants from philanthropy, private sector, the city,
Streamline zoning and permits including for street vendors and installations and performances,
A culture 311 interactive manual and directory including for providers to navigate procedures.
16% of the initiatives will annually cost over a million, another half are $50,000 to a million, and the remainder (c. one third+) less than $50,000. Timeframe: 60% could be achieved in 18 months, another third in 18 months to 5 years.
Did you know.... the city says Chicago has the third-largest creative economy in the U.S.- 24,000 enterprises (650 nfp orgs) generating $2 billion + annually, employing 150,000 people. $2.2 billion economic impact. It attracts jobs and businesses and tourists, improves neighborhood vitality and quality of life, according to the Mayor's forward.
The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is asking residents, cultural organizations, community groups and the business and civic community for their input in developing the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan. The plan will deliver a set of recommendations to further build on Chicago’s vast cultural assets and vibrant communities, as well as to promote economic growth and to strengthen Chicago’s reputation as a global cultural destination.
Please help us spread the word about the City of Chicago’s efforts to develop a new cultural plan. All are welcome and encouraged to participate in a series of Neighborhood Cultural Conversations that will result in the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan. Each of the neighborhood conversations will have an area devoted to promoting awareness of cultural resources in the area. If you are interested in promoting your organization at a resource table at any of the neighborhood conversations, please contact Lisa McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lisa is part of the Cultural Plan team.
Note, Chris Jones in the Tribune argues that the emphasis should be on the arts' role in reducing violence, esp. among youth, and getting more arts into the schools.
http://www.chicagoculturalplan2012.com. In the draft (paraphrased):
Major needs- Focus on neighborhoods,
capacity growth of the sector,
global cultural positioning,
profound civic effect,
broad commitment to cultural sustainability
10 priorities: (The first-listed seem to be garnering the largest support in regional meetings)
attract and retain artists and creative professionals,
reinvigorate arts education and created opportunities for life-long-learning through the arts,
honor authentic Chicago Culture in daily life,
facilitate neighborhood planning of cultural activity,
strengthen capacity of arts providers,
optimized city policies and regulations so initiatives can thrive,
promote culture as a driver of prosperity and quality of life,
make Chicago a global cultural destination,
make a priority of innovation- what and how we do it,
integrate culture into public life across sectors- public, nonprofit, and private
Art+culture > innovation and challenge. It's integrated into Chicago's unique roles and identity and it's grass roots.
It contributes to economic development, strong neighborhoods, innovation, environmental sustainability (incl. as districts), public health, early learning, public safety, well-being and quality of life.
Why a plan? to translate needs and identity into a tool to address gaps, participation, impact, opportunities, and expression of identity.
And some negative reasons: The heavily-grown arts sector shows signs of strain; arts education is limited in the schools, weak also in capacity building and global positioning.
And to bring the broad community together to tease out ideas, opportunities, priorities. To be locally, block-by-block inspired and aware and globally informed.
Increase and communicate impact of existing access via increased access, effective delivery, preservation of local heritage, support, visibility
Realize the potential for broad civic impact in overall wellbeing, economic vitality, tourism, coordination of stakeholders and larger communities
Ensure community needs and aspirations are met into the future. (Variety, growth of citizen participation, value for all ages, partnership development.
Focusing the needs- Accessibility (safety in public spaces, zoning and policy, effective communication, physical distribution, transportation;
Focus on neighborhoods but also cross-pollination including downtown and the neighborhoods;
Capacity-building (the sector is weak here: training, affordable/accessible space, resource development, grantmaking model, navigating agencies);
Global positioning (we're only no. 7 in US city int'l visitor destinations, no. 34 in innovation among world cities!)
Profound civic impact (we are weak in regional workforce and the arts innovation that lead to strong workforce and innovation and distinctive culture that leads to people on the streets rather than deserts and a growing small and community business sectors)
Broad commitment to cultural sustainability via shared responsibility with other sectors like health- both ways.
Planning culturally, integrating culture considerations into all kinds of planning and via planning in other sectors - advocate for a principle of governing, model for doing business, approach to collaboration that bring culture into every sector, citywide. Transformative, inspiring, expressing, uniting.
The plan is organized by Categories, Priorities, Recommendations, and Initiatives.
The overarching categories: People, Places, Policies, and Planning Culturally
People- 2 priorities--
Attract and retain (means: sustainable funding, job creation, communication, spaces, professional development
Reinvigorate arts education (with lifelong learning) (sustainable, for all, collaborative)
Places- 2 priorities-
Honor authentic culture in daily life,;
Neighborhood planning of activities and spaces.
Policies: 2 priorities-
Strengthen capacity of providers at critical stages of growth;
Optimize policies and regulations so creative initiatives thrive.
PROMOTE culture as a driver of prosperity and quality of life;
Make Chicago a global cultural destination;
Priority on (sustainable) innovation;
Integrate culture into public life in all sectors across the board
Recommendations (by People, Places, Policies, and Planning Culturally- the 36 recommendations and 200 Initiatives are in the plan here.) Judging from presentations and break-out organization at the regional meetings, the 36 Recommendations appear to be pretty well set, but the 200 total Initiatives under the Recommendations are very much still in flux, some being thought by breakouts at regional meetings unclear, not in line with its Recommendation, or disliked period- especially those thought to be city (or even politician-imperialistic/bureaucratic or top-down, or making culture carry too much the burden of business and overall growth- as though a quid pro quo for help?). And many were thought to be necessary but directed to government agencies with little relevance to arts providers, enablers, or delivery. Therefore, this site is listing only the Recommendations at this time. VISIT/DOWNLOAD THE PLAN AND SEND IN YOUR OWN COMMENTS. We'll let you know the cutoff date.
People: (1-4) Attract and retain artists and creative professionals and
(5-9) Reinvigorate arts education for all Chicago and create opportunities for lifelong learning.
Recommendation 1. Critically examine and expand sources of cultural funding to match the potential and diversity of the cultural community.
Recommendation 2. Create a comprehensive system to accommodate space needs for artists and creative professionals.
Recommendation 3. Assemble a culture job corps focusing the skills of cultural sector providers towards citywide issues.
Recommendation 4. Facilitate a reliable and sustainable multimedia communication platform to accommodate networks among providers.
Recommendation 5. Develop equitable access to arts education in the public schools - every child, every grade, every art form, and every school.
Recommendation 6. Develop expanded funding options for arts education programs.
Recommendation 9. Strengthen arts education in schools through citywide cross-sectoral collaborations.
Places: (10-13) Honor authentic Chicago culture in daily life and
(14-17) Facilitate neighborhood planning of cultural activity
Recommendation 10. Link neighborhoods to each other and to downtown.
Recommendation 11. Broaden participation of all Chicago residents in culture.
Recommendation 12. Communicate and celebrate every neighborhood’s cultural expression.
Recommendation 13. Expand the vitality of Chicago’s neighborhoods through integration of art in public places citywide.
Recommendation 14. Continue cultural planning process through effective ongoing neighborhood participation.
Recommendation 15. Sustain funding for neighborhood cultural planning.
Recommendation 16. Expand the number of spaces for culture in every neighborhood.
Recommendation 17. Encourage and maintain vibrant cultural districts citywide.
Policies: Strengthen capacity of arts providers at critical stages of growth (18-20) and Optimize city policies and regulation
so creative initiatives thrive (21-23)
Recommendation 18. Advocate for funding strategies among philanthropic, private, and public sector that respond to cultural sector’s operating
Recommendation 19. Build capacity among cultural organizations across all budget levels.
Recommendation 20. Coordinate resources within cultural sector and across diverse stakeholders.
Recommendation 21. Develop the resources, systems, and coordination across city departments that reflect a pro-culture government.
Recommendation 22. Develop new revenue streams for culture.
Recommendation 23. Streamline city processes to simplify achievement of cultural initiatives.
Planning Culturally: (24-26) Promote culture as a fundamental driver of prosperity to continually strengthen our quality of life, and
(27-29) Make Chicago a global cultural destination, and
(30-32) Place a priority on cultural innovation - what we do and how we do it, and
(33-36) Integrate culture into civic life - across public, nonprofit, and private sectors
Recommendation 24. Communicate the broad civic impacts of culture to city departments and elected officials.
Recommendation 25. Communicate the benefit of culture towards achieving private sector objectives.
Recommendation 26. Maintain comprehensive database measuring cultural health: space use, programming, participation, funding/resources.
Recommendation 27. Establish and market Chicago as a cultural destination with extensive global reach.
Recommendation 28. Initiate and develop thriving global exchanges with international cultural institutions and artists.
Recommendation 29. Develop a comprehensive cultural tourism plan to reach Chicago’s potential as a global cultural destination.
Recommendation 30. Manifest a citywide focus on innovation through on-the-ground physical spaces and events celebrating and developing creative thinking.
Recommendation 31. Develop forums to encourage new idea creation.
Recommendation 32. Strengthen the critical pathways that accelerate artists' and creative professionals' concepts into market-ready products.
Recommendation 33. Identify strategy for implementing the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 supported by nonprofit, public, and private sectors.
Recommendation 34. Integrate culture across all City departments and agencies and within major infrastructure projects.
Recommendation 35. Integrate culture in the values, systems, and workplace of the private sector.
Recommendation 36. Integrate culture throughout nonprofit sector.
University of Chicago announces the Neubauer Family Collegium for Culture and Society, to be housed in the former Meadville School of Theology main building, 57th and Woodlawn.
From: Robert J. Zimmer and Thomas F. Rosenbaum [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 9:58 AM
Subject: New initiative in humanities and humanistic social sciences
To: University faculty
From: Robert J. Zimmer and Thomas F. Rosenbaum
Subject: New initiative in humanities and humanistic social sciences
Date: June 27, 2012
We are very pleased to announce the establishment of the Neubauer Family Collegium for Culture and Society, a major initiative in the humanities, humanistic social sciences, and their connections to other disciplines. The Neubauer Collegium will focus on the study of large-scale questions that transcend any single discipline. In doing so, it will support distinctive and collaborative research projects, visiting scholars from around the world, and public outreach. The Collegium will create an intellectual destination in Hyde Park that will enhance the University’s initiatives around the globe.
The establishment of the Neubauer Collegium is based on the recommendation of Martha Roth, Dean of the Humanities Division, and Mark Hansen, Dean of the Social Sciences Division, which in turn is founded on several years of work and discussion by members of their faculties. We are especially grateful to Joe and Jeanette Neubauer, whose $26.5 million gift in support of this initiative once again sets a standard for philanthropy that has lasting impact. David Nirenberg, the Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought, will be the Neubauer Collegium’s founding faculty director. The Neubauer Collegium will be located in the former Meadville-Lombard Seminary building at 5701 S. Woodlawn, and will formally begin operations in fall 2012.
The Neubauer Collegium reflects the University’s commitment to humanistic inquiry and discourse, important not only for its own merits but because it comes at a time when some other institutions are retreating from the humanities. Along with investments such as the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, the Graduate Aid Initiative, and the broad-based expansion of University faculty, the Neubauer Collegium continues to support and build the humanities and humanistic social sciences, central to the University’s mission.
Big gains in 2011: Hyde Park Jazz Festival bigger and better than ever
Hyde Park Jazz Society was about to end travails in a celebratory return to Room 43
Lots at Rockefeller including Buddhist monks, a rare St. John's Passion and Mass in B Minor....
Hyde Park featured in city and national arts programs under HyPa
SHoP Southside Hub of Production opened at Fenn House-- really hopping
Museum of Science and Industry landmark temp and permanent exhibits, a live-iner, restoration projects
Logan Center nearing opening and Smart has several key exhibits
Tons of musical events
The opening for Feast at Smart Museum Feb. 16 was one of the biggest crowd scenes at an art event in Hyde Park in a long time (probably since the groundbreaking for the Logan Center or the opening of Hyde Park Art Center's new building. The exhibit is quite impressive and thought-provoking.
Joan Collaso and RainbowPUSH are forming a Voices of Social Justice young adult choir. To schedule audition, call 773 373-3366.
One Book One Chicago Spring 2012. Gold Boy, Emerald Girl as the Spring 2012 One Book, One Chicago selection. A collection of short stories set in modern day China, author Yiyun Li shares stories of struggle and triumph.
If you are an artist looking to work on a multi-month collaborative project with a small set of artists and the curators for a major exhibit at Hyde Park Art Center, visit http://www.hydeparkart.org/education/school-and-studio/the-center-program. Mike Nourse, Dir of Ed, Hyde Park Art Center. Dec. 8, 2011.
Tom and Madeleen Burrell have lent a 6-foot sculpted head of Dr. King to DuSable Museum.
Kenwood artists win prizes May-June 2012. At the Kenwood Art Show in the King room, artists including sculpture, painting and photography from advance placement to challenged was honored. The transfer grid portrait "Honest Abe" by over 100 students won the gold medal in the all-City Arts Competition. All-City silver medal winners are Victor Burks-Miles, Sam Clendenning and Khary Milloy. Junior and watercolorist Jylen Grayson won a bronze medal. AP student DeAndre Perkins received a scholarship from Marwen for his portraits of rap celebrities. He will attend the Maryland Institute College of Art. Armani Howard won a full scholarship the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Brendon Williams, Edward Harris, and Kayla Long also won scholarships.
Uniting for Impact: Arts Policy and the 2012 Elections
What will the 2012 elections mean for the arts in America? Convened by Arts Alliance Illinois and others.
To explore that question, the Cultural Policy Center is joining Arts Alliance Illinois and the Americans for the Arts Action Fund to host a conversation the morning of October 31 at the Chicago Cultural Center. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP: www.surveymonkey.com/s/uniting-for-impact
Here are the details:
Uniting for Impact: Arts Policy and the 2012 Elections
Monday, October 31, 2011
8:30 am Reception | 9 - 10:15 am Program
Chicago Cultural Center
Claudia Cassidy Theater & G.A.R. Hall
78 East Washington Street
Speakers include U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), Americans for the Arts Action Fund President and CEO Robert L. Lynch, and Commissioner Michelle T. Boone of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
2012 could be a critical year for the arts in America. What are the policy issues taking shape in the presidential and congressional races? How will proposals to reduce the federal deficit impact cultural organizations at the local level? How can arts leaders leverage the elections to communicate policy goals and messages?
Go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/uniting-for-impact to RSVP for Uniting for Impact: Arts Policy and the 2012 Elections.
The Oriental Institute has hired Dr. Jack Green of the Ashmolean, Oxford as its new Chief Curator of the Museum and Egyptologist Brian Muhs for the faculty.
For the first time in 26 years Chicago is developing a new Cultural Plan, the core being hubs. Input sought at public meetings- Feb 18 10 am-noon at DuSable Museum. Also Feb 15 6-8 at Columbia College, Feb 16 at Senn High School 6-8 and Feb 21 6-8 at National Museum of Mexican Art.
HyPa is morphing into Culture Coast Network. The 501 status goes to the formally, at least separated out Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Culture Coast will concentrate on coordination between and promotion of its members- mostly institutions and organizations, but not exclusively, and on promoting the greater mid South as a cultural and artistic destination area-- the Culture Coast! Website is http://www.culturecoast.org.
In October 2011, Larry Norman was reappointed Deputy Provost of the Arts, recognizing his leadership and innovation in the University and surrounding neighborhoods.
David Bevington has not only issued a revision of his 29 volume Complete Works of Shakespeare but published Murder Most Foul: Hamlet through the Ages.
Chicago Arts + Environment Xchange. The Xchange is a free online forum, coordinated by the Global Alliance of Artists, where artists and environmental groups in the Chicago region can find project partners, post opportunities, share resources, and collaborate on projects to improve the environment.
Interested? Check out the Xchange online at www.aex.globalallianceartists.org and register to attend the official Launch on August 25th at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Thanks so much, Catherine Game
Global Alliance of Artists
Chicago, IL USA
Did you know that you can visit the Art Institute, Field Museum or Brookfield Zoo for FREE with a museum passport from the Chicago Public Library?
Passes for families of up to four people are available for check out from Chicago Public Library branches. Each library location has a limited number of Passports for each of the 13 museums that participate in the program, and one Museum Passport can be checked out per person, per loan period. The loan period for each Great Kids Museum Passport is one week.
More information and a list of participating museums and institutions is available at http://www.chipublib.org/eventsprog/programs/kids/grkids_museumpass.php.
Chicago Presents has new director, Amy Iwano.
Hyde Park Jazz Festival news. Visit http://www.hydeparkjazzfestival.org.
The two-day festival, September 29 and 30, and in its 6th year, includes trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, sax and clarinetist Victor Goines, vocalist Dee Alexander, guitarist Jeff Parker and cellist Tomeka Reid-- and that's just a teaser. Dozens of headliners in 13 or more venues throughout the Hyde Park and Kenwood neighborhoods. For 2012, Kate Dumbleton, formerly of Chicago Jazz Ensemble and many more music organizations and venues, will be Festival Director. And while the University of Chicago is an out-front sponsor, this is by no means a "University" festival!
The Festival always kicks off with a Gala, this year featuring Victor Garcia, Afro-Latin trumpeter, September 14. Where else but at the Logan Center! 915 E. 60th St. Walter and Shirley Massey will be honored.
The Op Shop S.H.o.P. Southside Hub of Productivity in Fenn House, 5638 S. Woodlawn.
November 20, Sunday, 5:30-8:30 pm. Special Happiness Potluck at SHoP, 5638 S. Woodlawn. This special pot-luck seeks to broaden our local community and invites The Happiness Project to dinner and conversation joining together two of Chicago’s newly formed community art initiatives on the north and south side - 6018NORTH and SHoP. Over food we discuss how a neighborhood can increase the quality of life within the city. http://6018north.net/.
The Op Shop needs help getting set up with S.H.o.P. Southside Hub of Productivity in Fenn House, 5638 S. Woodlawn.
To support SHoP on a sustainable basis visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1096371050/the-southside-hub-of-production-living-culture.
http://firstname.lastname@example.org See bustling schedule in our Arts Calendar page.
George Rumsey writes: SHoP does not get its space free-- needs support. Herald, November 16, 2011
For many years, much of he neighborhood has enjoyed the fusion of art and culture in our own special Hyde Park blend through the industrious efforts of the folks who put on the Op Shops. Now those daring souls have undertaken a new endeavor called the South Side Hub of Production, or SHOP.
Shop provides a stimulating array of contemporary art practices, creative and inspiring programming and even community meals. It foster independent cultural productions outside of the usual instructions for and by the community.
I want to encourage everyone who is interested to become a part of SHOP. Bring your family, your friends and your creativity to Fenn House at 5638 South Woodlawn Avenue. You will find classes, concerts, readings, art rooms for use, a thrift store, library space for tutoring, game playing and socializing. There are even plans in the works for a wood shop and a recording studio.
But SHOP needs community support and involvement. Many people assume that the space has been donated, or that the costs are being subsidized by some outside organization or company. The Unitarian Church generously makes Fenn House available to SHOP for a space use fee, and the organizers must raise the funds to pay these fees, as well as to cover costs, materials, supplies, advertising and minimal staffing-with no assumed funding except that donated by volunteers and members (donations are tax-deductible through The Resource Center.
Check out the SHOP website at southsidehub.org for a list of artists, projects, workshops, classes and updates. and then consider becoming a supporter, by making a donation at kickstarter.com (search for "southside hub"). We need community help for SHOP to become a sustainable center for contemporary arts and independent culture.
Now: Fellow builders, makers, artists, good neighbors and friends of the Op Shop,
S.H.o.P. (the Southside Hub of Production) recently signed a 1-year lease with the Unitarian Church on the Fenn House, (formerly the Blue Gargoyle) to develop a temporary cultural and community space. SHoP’s main aim is to stimulate local cultural activities and to foster artistic and cultural enrichment of all kinds in the community. Attached you will find the invitation (containing details on the project) and our wishlist.
We need helping hands to make this beautiful old mansion fabulous again and ready for all to come. We are looking for people who can do many different types of tasks, who might have some tools with which to do them, and want to help this project get off the ground. For the first few weekends we particularly need people who are able to take up old carpeting, clean floors, and remove curtains and fixtures, as well as patch and prep surfaces to be painted. We also need a couple of folks who know how to putty windows or are willing to learn. (We will have a skilled contractor who will teach us.)
Work days begin this Saturday, the 27th, from 10 – 6. They will continue every Saturday from 10-6 for a number of weeks, until our expected opening on October 1st.
If you can lend a hand- please email Laura Shaeffer at email@example.com, or Michael Eastman at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to help but don't have Saturdays available, let us and we will work with your schedule.
Rather than being paid in dollars, any labor you put in for SHoP can be logged into the time-bank and later redeemed for other goods and services volunteered by other community members through out time bank. More details on how the time-bank works will be available soon or upon request.
In addition to the attached wishlist, we are starting a sponsorship program based on the model of the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), our Community Supported Cultural Center welcomes your tax deductible contribution of any amount! Any questions can be directed to Laura or Michael.
We look forward to working with you and seeing you at SHoP soon.
What- Fellow builders/makers/artists,
S.H.o.P. (the Southside Hub of Production) in collaboration with Dilettante Studios would like to invite you to propose an installation, project, built-in, or work with other artists/designers/builders on existing projects, for our upcoming grand opening. SHoP recently signed a 1-year lease with the Unitarian Church on the Fenn House, (formerly the Blue Gargoyle) to develop a temporary cultural and community space as an extended iteration of the Op Shop, Laura Shaeffer's ongoing project.
SHoP focuses on cooperative learning, skill sharing, community involvement and development, inter-generational events and programs, and developing manual competency. SHoP will house exhibits, salons and conversations, workshops, classes, potlucks, a kunstverein (community museum), a recording studio, a wood working studio, social clubs for various ages, a library for unpublished and self published works, a seed bank, and a time bank ... and other things that may develop.
The Fenn House has 16 rooms, some available for rent as artists studios or small not-for-profit businesses. Some may remain open as installation spaces or experimental rooms that will be adaptable to artist/design projects. Follow this link for pictures of Fenn house. There will be an open house this Saturday the 27th, between 2 and 4 p.m. if you would like to see the space and propose an idea.
We would like to invite you to design/build something for the space, a piece of furniture, an installation, a treatment of a room, a playful interactive design of a room, a meditation on some aspect of domestic/family (in the broadest sense)/community life... or something we haven't thought of yet. Projects will be judged according to relevance and suitability to the space and expected audience, which will include a wide range of age and ethnicity.
Aside from proposing your own projects, there are a couple of possible ways to contribute your talents and skills.
1. Artist/builder John Preus recently relocated furniture (desks chairs, office and classroom furniture) from his installation, the World as Text, at Columbia College down to the Fenn House, as part of his project, Slow Recovery. The project considers forms of care and usefulness, and will document the varied and ongoing transformations of the pieces of furniture over the course of their lifespan, as the objects are re-written into varied and novel functions. Some of the furniture will be turned into a bar/jungle gym, and Preus welcomes help from adults and their children in designing and building the Jungle Bar, which will serve local home brews to the parents, and lemonade for the kids. Parents can chill while their children get hopped-up on sugar.
2. Re-imagine John's furniture in some other form, such as one of the following:
3. SHoP will need a number of functional installations that also welcome creative, artistic, poetic, conceptual play. Needs include:
-a stage for performances, either movable or able to be used as a seating platform, or able to accommodate potlucks, sitting/eating.
-modular and portable seating
The Herald on August 3 2011 reported on what may be the final end of hopes to start reconstruction on a new theater and headquarters (52,000 sf), foundations started several years ago on the northeast corner of 47th and Greenwood. The city has announced default on the loan. Meanwhile, Muntu headquarters and trains its dancers at the Gary Comer Center, 71st and Ingleside, and holds its performances at the Harris Center in Millennium Park and elsewhere, but in 2009 announced a $21 million fundraising drive of which it has raised just under a million and was $52,000 in the red.
But was it the final? The Theater's Joan Gray clarified to the Herald, as in the August 10 issue. The Boeing $3 m grant is still in play, but $2.7 was spent on pre and early construction before the funding for the new center fell apart in the recession, including a $9m construction loan from New Century Bank--FDIC swept that bank into MB Financial, but the latter declined the Muntu loan. $1.75 city Empowerment Zone funds went when the state did not extend the deadline to get the project built. The state $4.5 grant status in unclear. Gray nonetheless says their $21 m fundraising is still underway, they want their own place, and will continue to program despite a $2 million funding gap. Muntu is in conversation with the city on the present or other sites.
May 26 the city sent notice that Muntu is in default on its $1 2002 Empowerment Zone grant so the city can repossess within 60 days of its notice. Muntu leaders were said by the Herald to deny any problems or that it might also use its $3 million Boeing grant (September 2005), even though the letter from the Department of Housing and Development says that is no longer available. The city grant required construction within two year on the land sold to them for $1 in November 2002. The company also is alleged to have failed to pay at least some property taxes in 2009 and 2010 and had a suit against it by the architect, although that was settled. Also uncertain is the status of a 2003 $4.5 million state grant. Originally estimated to cost $10 million, cost had escalated to $15 m by 2005.
Alderman Will Burns told the Herald he is actively watching the Muntu situation. The optimal would be that the Muntu center be built there. If not, some retail.
We are excited to share with you news of the launch of the University of Chicago’s Arts and Public Life Initiative, with Theaster Gates appointed as its inaugural director. A major component of the Initiative will be the creation of the Washington Park Arts Incubator. We invite you to read the official announcement:http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2011/09/29/arts-and-public-life-initiative-deepen-university039s-engagement-local-arts-commu
This initiative is a vital component of our plans to expand the role of the arts on campus by strengthening our relationship with cultural and civic partners in the city and especially on Chicago's south side. We look forward to collaborating with and learning from all of you as we expand our role in the Chicago arts community through this and other initiatives.
The Arts and Public Life Initiative will complement the arts-based community engagement already happening on campus. Existing programs at Court Theatre, the Smart Museum of Art, the Oriental Institute, and Theater and Performance Studies, among others, offer superb models and opportunities for continued partnership in community outreach and arts education. The Arts and Public Life Initiative will also increase interactions between the University of Chicago and artists and organizations across the city.
As Director of Arts and Public Life, Theaster will work to achieve the initiative’s primary goals: advancing artistic ambition through a program of artist residencies, amplifying cultural assets by promoting interactions between artists and cultural institutions on the South Side and the University’s faculty and students, and inspiring creativity in youth through apprenticeship programs and enhanced K-12 arts education efforts. The Washington Park Arts Incubator will play a central role in the success of the endeavor.
Theaster, who is also an accomplished practicing artist, brings a wealth of experience and insight to the project. He will work closely with University colleagues, our Aldermen, and other community partners to ensure a high level of artistic, scholarly, and community engagement happens in Washington Park, on campus, and elsewhere in the city. In addition, Theaster will continue as Resident Artist and Lecturer at the University.
Please join us in congratulating Theaster on his new role as the inaugural Director of Arts and Public Life. Expect more exciting news on this front in the coming months.
Finally, we thank all of you for your continued support of the arts at the University of Chicago. We are fortunate to be part of Chicago's rich arts community. This announcement follows the news of the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry and precedes the 2012 opening of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, all initiatives that support the distinctive culture of arts practice and scholarship at the University of Chicago.
Deputy Provost for the Arts
Professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Theater and Performance Studies, and the College
Mary J. Harvey
Associate Provost for Program Development
U. of C. opening arts program (Wash. Pk. Arts Incubator)
Hyde Park Herald, October 5, 2011. By Daschell M. Phillips and Sam Cholke
The University of Chicago is planning a $1.85-million art center at 301 E. Garfield Blvd. "The front used to be a liquor store, now it will be a space where jazz, gospel, blues and lectures can happen," said Theaster Gates, coordinator of arts programming for the university and a Woodlawn-based artist. "Our hope is the building is the first of many projects and is a cultural anchor for the boulevard."
The university will restore a 10,000-sqauare-foot terra cotta building that faces the boulevard and wraps around onto Prairie Avenues. The space will host exhibition space, an artist residency program, and a workshop space. Gates worked with Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) for six months hashing out details for the arts incubator. "I had some concerns when the university started buying up property around the boulevard that they should come in the right way," Dowell said at a Sept. 29 community meeting. "I think this is a great stat."
In 2008, the university bought several parcels along Garfield Boulevard, including the proposed arts center building. The purchase sparked concerns in the neighborhood that the university was land banking and would leave the lots to run fallow for years. The arts center, which is expected to being renovations this winter, is the first project announced for the university's Washington Park property.
"I think this is a great plan because it is a catalyst for further development of Washington Park. Garfield Boulevard is an important asset to the community," said Dowell, who pressured the university repeatedly to begin a planning process for the property. "It's also going to expose the young people in the community to the power of art and culture and let them know that they can expand their world beyond just Washington Park."
Though the university committed $1.85 million to the project, the new arts incubator will look for additional funding sources. "Right now, I'm in hustle mode talking to our friends in the foundations," Gates said, adding that he hopes to fund three artists' residencies a year which is expected to cost $250,000. The residents would have access to the art center and the resources of the university, including the library and faculty.
Gates said he is planning to target youth in Washington Park with limited options. "We hope it's a place where young people who are not necessarily bound for the college track can begin to think about the creative industry," Gates said. To accomplish this, the art center hopes to partner with likeminded organizations like the Little Black Pearl and the DuSable Museum, especially for the design lab component and beautification projects.
Faheem Majeed, former director of the Southside Community Arts Center, is involved with the prject, and there is a small advisory group that includes Andre Guichard, owner of Gallery Guichard; Monica haslip, founder and director of Little Black Pearl; and Brian Smith of Steele Life Galleries. Gates is also in the beginning stages of discussing the project with Carol adams of DuSable Museum and is working closely with HyPa.
For Immediate Release Contact: D.E. Simmons
Chicago, IL (October 1, 2011) Art Connoisseurs Present Exhibition for Four Local Artists (Diasporal Rhythms)
Diasporal Rhythms, an art collectors group whose mission is to promote and honor the careers of contemporary artists from the Africa Diaspora presents "Our Artists, Our Members, Our Connections" an exhibition that highlights new works by four artists who were honored by the group on October 8, at 7 p.m. at Room 43 on the South Side.
The artists who present their work are: Dalton Brown, Theodore C. Feaster, Juarez Hawkins and Shyvette Williams. This event culminates a yearlong celebration of the artists and the promotion of their artistry, talent and expertise.
"It's been an amazing year of events," said D. E. Simmons, a board member of Diasporal Rhythms. "The Art Smart Series, where the artists (in separate events) shared their concepts and perspectives to painting, sculpture and stain glass was received extremely well by the community. The culminating event is the event for all the artists to showcase new works. These artists are at the top of their game, we (Diasporal Rhythms) believe and respect them and we know others will too."
Founded in 2003, Diasporal Rhythms is a community of art collectors who are dedicated to the advancement of African American culture through the promotion, collection and preservation of contemporary visual art produced by artists of the African Diaspora. With a special emphasis on collecting local living artists, the group selectively honors artists in Chicagoland who are expressing the myriad of voices in the black community through the visual arts.
In return, the artists partners with the collectors to hosts a series of artists seminars, workshops and other educational activities to help promote the artists and further the organizations' mission.
"It's outstanding to have an organization that is sincere and passionate about promoting the work of African/African American artists," said Juarez Hawkins. "The art world abounds with stories of mainstream artists whose careers were made by being in the "right" gallery, or knowing the "right" collectors and curators. It is time some of those "right" opportunities and connections open up for artists of color. Though still a grassroots organization, DR has gone a long way in bringing artists and patrons together."
The exhibition is a part of Chicago Artists" Month "Artful Networks."
For more information about Diasporal Rhythms, please visit www.diasporalrhythms.net
Diasporal Rhythms: Collectors of Contemporary Works by Artists of African Descent, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote the collection of visual art by individuals and institutions in the African American communities of Chicago through the sponsorship of activities honoring, celebrating, analyzing and presenting the works of those active contemporary artists of African descent recognized by our organization as being of quality, merit and cultural and artistic significance.
Author Blue Balliett won the Kermit Myers Achievement Award from Book Worm Angels for her children's literature.
Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center (LBP) is again trying to partner with a school for shared space and program. Options Laboratory Alternative High School (public charter) will occupy c40,000 sf and continue its mission of using the arts to reach at-risk kids aged 16-21. Options is a branch of Youth Connections Charter School, which has 20 schools locally. Options, expected to open Sept. 6, will be designated a Fine Arts and Technology alternative school serving ages 18-20, and is accepting applications at optionslab.org or at LBP for 175 open slots. Principal Shalanda Holmes recently completed the New Leaders for New Schools principal training program at Kenwood Academy (where inter alia she shepherded the showing of "Race to Nowhere" to over 300 residents and parents). She told the Herald she admires LBP Director Monica Haslip's vision to serve students who are out of sync with a traditional curriculum and need to be refocused.
"Arts" as defined in this program includes animation, gaming, music production, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and glass blowing, plus a business commitment-- all students take a two-year residency with partners such as Nike. The school (presumably through its parent organization and/or LBP) has also partnered with the University of Chicago, St. Xavier University, Museum of Science and Industry, Columbia University, Field Museum, Howard University, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
DuSable Museum in June 2011 added three to its executive team, announced Director Dr. Carol L. Adams. All three have stellar business or arts institution career records. They are Solon O Oriaikhi (finance and accounting) , Pemon Rami (educatinal services and public programs and productions), and Jacqueline K. Dace (collections and exhibits). Mr. Rami's appointment particularly gives a heads up that DuSable will be on the move in performance and media production.
It's a coming- Summer Fest July 30-31 on 53rd, then last weekend in September Hyde Park Jazz Festival.
Students participate in Jeremiah Husebos-Spofford's project. (Photo courtesy Jeremiah Husebos-Spofford)
BY Kyle Coward, Hyde Park reporter · Friday, July 1, 2011 10:00 a.m.
When Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford wanted to use the “forever open, clear, and free” lakefront to stage his project, “Give Me a Place to Stand and I Will Move the World,” he discovered the last part of that famous vision for Chicago beaches didn’t quite apply in economic terms.
“They made me get an insurance quote for a million dollars worth of liability,” said the 28-year-old Hulsebos-Spofford of the park district’s less-than-enthusiastic response to his work, in which he and a crew were to tug wood-sculpted rafts onto Windy City waters to be sailed ashore, all part of an artistic demonstration on America’s immigration experience.
That million-dollar figure wasn’t for the whole beach, actually, just the sand. The lake altogether was out of the question.
“They said ‘no’ pretty definitively,” he said. And so the trek was to Miller Beach in Indiana for the June launch of “Give Me a Place,” created during his spring artist-in-residency stint at the Hyde Park Alliance for Arts & Culture (HyPa).
Utilizing assistance from students at the Chicago High School for the Arts, where he’s an instructor, Hulsebos-Spofford spent two-and-a-half months building the wooden rafts at HyPa’s space at 52nd Street and Harper Avenue.
“I live in Hyde Park, and I know that lots of construction projects are happening all the time,” he said. “I pretty specifically targeted some Dumpsters, and got yelled at.”
With some interceding from HyPa, Hulsebos-Spofford was able to secure donated materials from the university to build “Give Me a Place,” a reflection of the Vermont native’s longtime interest in maritime-themed art.
It’s a field that has fascinated him since his first foray into art while at Bard College in New York and which he developed further during his graduate studies at UIC, where he started making floating sculptures he describes as works “looking at maritime histories and myths of water.”
It was while spending last summer in Sicily on a Fulbright grant that the idea for “Give Me a Place” first took shape.
“I was teaching art classes to primarily North African immigrant kids,” he said, adding that he also managed a project reenacting the Greek fable of Ulysses’ battling the Cyclops. “I had the kids do drawings of what Ulysses’ ship would look like and what he escaped the Cyclops on. And so when I built my sculpture, I was looking at lot of the drawings the kids were doing.”
His Fulbright work, along with the discrimination he witnessed towards non-Sicilian residents, got Hulsebos-Spofford to thinking about the negative connotations many here can’t easily shake regarding immigration, particularly Latin American immigration.
“I just didn’t like my image banks seeing the Cuban rafts,” he says pertaining to the oft-unflattering televised images, from the 1980s onward, of Cubans and others from Caribbean islands arriving onto American shores. “I feel like it’s this really charged image that a lot of Americans carry.”
With his multiethnic student crew consisting of many first-generation Americans, Hulsebos-Spofford went about making “Give Me A Place” at the HyPa space, which was open to the public during construction.
And after a pre-launch reception for the project on June 4, Hulsebos-Spofford and company ventured to Miller Beach in Indiana for the big event, where the students played the role of immigrants.
“They have a canal to launch boats, so we paddled out through that canal,” he said about the launch, which got the attention of curious sunbathers nearby. “There were a lot of phone cameras out, and a lot of baffled beach-goers.”
Check out Hulsebos-Spofford’s blog to view pictures of the event, which he hopes to replicate in other cities and turn into an educational film addressing immigration issues. And with “Give Me A Place,” he’s poised to join the likes of Theaster Gates and Dan Peterman as prominent artists putting Hyde Park art on the map.
“Just in terms of a little gem in the city,” he said, “it’s going places.”
Hyde Park herald April 27, 2011. By Daschell M. Philips
Art Chicago and NEXT have partnered with Hyde Park Alliance for Arts and Culture (HyPa) to produce VIP programming for its annual showcase, "Artropolis," May 1. This is the first time the annual international fair has ever highlighted one neighborhood in its programming.
"Just a few m iles south of the Merchandise Mart lies a wealth of cultural treasures that many fair visitors--whether from out of town or local-- don't necessarily have the opportunity to experience," said Lauren Pearson, communications director for the fair. "As the centerpieces of Artropolis, the citywide celebration of art, antiques and culture, Art Chicago and NEXT strive to promote engagement with Chicago's diverse arts and cultural districts and communities."
Through Art Chicago's partnership with HyPa, a number of its members have created a varied and compelling series of VIP visual arts offerings and experiences especially for the occasion, said HyPa's communication director Deborah Halpern. There will be eight trolleys coming to Hyde Park from the Merchandise Mart, going to different destinations. Tours of private collections, exclusively for the fair's VIP guests will take place from 9:30 a.m. until noon then a host of free viewings for the public will take place in the afternoon at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., from noon to 5 p.m.; Renaissance Society at University of Chicago in room 418 in Cobb Hall, 5811 s. Ellis Ave, from 9 a.m to 5 p.m; Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., from noon to 6 p.m. and the HyPa studio space, 5226 s. harper Ave , from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
"There will be a visitor tent set up in the park on the corner of 58th St. and Woodlawn Avenue, from noon to greet visitors and encourage them to stay in Hyde Park to explore more of the arts and culture in the area," said Halpern, who said HyPa is looking for volunteers to help navigate visitors through the neighborhood. hypachicago.org.
Winners of the 2011 57th Street Art Fair prizes.
Painting and Drawing Mary Louise Womer prize- Bill Bartlett
Vi Fogel Uretz prize- Taylor Mazer (ceramics)
Community Award- Roberta Polfus (ceramics)
Hadley Award- Paul Lambrecht (wood)
Hard Award- Michael Weiss
Herald, June 15, 2011. By Sam Cholke.
Artisans 21 will close at the end of the month when its lease ends. "I'm hopeful we'll reopen in three months," said Ann Arnas, president of teh cooperative gallery, adding that the store is considering leaving Hyde Park for the first time in 48 years. "It's a chang in times, there's a lot of space available, but it's so expensive," Arnas said. "We're not opposed to being in Hyde Park-- believe me, I love Hyde Park-- but right now, we can't support ourselves with the rent they require."
Arnas said she has vive real estate agents scouring the neighborhood, but is finding that moving downtown might be the cheaper option, where there is more foot traffic and retail rents are similar to Hyde park at $45 a square foot.
The gallery moved to its storefront at 1373 E. 53rd St. after the University of Chicago purchased its previous home at the Harper Court Shopping Center in 2008. The gallery's rent was heavily subsidized at Harper Court, which was established in 1965 in part to financially support arts-related businesses.
Artisans 21 entered the wilderness of the Hyde Park real estate market, where rent was seven-times higher than at Harper Court, just as t he economy began to slump. Arnas said the store has continued to build membership and attract shoppers, but the decline in consumer spending affecting the entire business community is also hitting the gallery. "We tell students they can get something cheap, $10 to $15, and a lot of them say, 'We don't have even that,'" said Barbara O'Connor, a photographer and knitter who sells in the store.
The gallery is soliciting donations and passing around a petition asking for support, but the store needs more than a one-time infusion of cash to stay in the neighborhood. "We've been running in the red every month for the last two years," Arnas said. An anonymous patron of the arts was financially supporting the gallery until recently, according to Arnas. "We lost our angel," she said.
When Harper Court was sold, the university helped some of the businesses relocate. Artisans 21 found its 53rd Street location on its own, and Arnas said when she reached out to the university recently for help finding a new location, "I got nothing. No feedback. Nothing."
The gallery has been soliciting support from neighborhood arts groups and Ald. will Burns (4th), and Arnas was hopeful that something could be found in Hyde Park that has the foot traffic the store needs to stay in the black. "We would like to rise like the phoenix and be reborn," said Joy Rosner, a weaver and member of the cooperative.
Artisans 21 is one of the oldest artist cooperatives in the city, and would like to continue with the business model, but is beginning to debate a change, according to Arnas. The nonprofit 21st Century Artisans also operates out o the storefront and will have to move. The nonprofit, which organizes the Hyde Park Community Art fair and offers art classes, does not share in the store's financial difficulties, according to Arnas. The gallery's goods will start going into storage on June 25 and the lease ends on June 30.
Artisans 21 going through tough times. Letter by Rob Borja Herald, June 15, 2011
We at Artisans 21 have always contended that the arts are vital to a healthy, balanced society, and that includes the handcrafted arts, which are the most accessible forms encountered in everyday life.
As you must know, Artisans 21 has been a unique presence in our city, a stalwart for four decades at Harper Court until that venues' demise last year.
We have the support of our new alderman, Will Burns, as we had of Toni Preckwinkle in the past, and a long list of "Friends of Artisans 21" signatures, but our current expenses with which we have been wrestling have proven too steep for a profit-free coop despite anonymous donor members. We have not found a new haven, but his is not an obituary. We will stay together until we have found a new home fo fine crafts.
Herald article of June 29 carries comments on the continuing relevance of collectives and cooperatives such as Artisans 21 (the latter is a cooperative, but may change its organization), with comments by Chuck Thurow, former director of Hyde Park Art Center, and Anne Arnas of Artisans 21. Both marveled at the longevity of Artisans and reflected that what makes for survival may be less the structure or business plan or local and business variations and more the commitment and perseverance of the leadership.
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Harper Court "People Watching" sculpture may be saved by Lab School, which has old associations
Herald, June 15, 2011. By Daschell M. Phillips
The University of Chicago Laboratory School has expressed interest in acquiring the "People Watching" sculpture that is currently located in Harper Court.
The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, which is serving as the guardian of the sculpture, is currently in negotiations with the Lab School to have the sculpture moved from Harper Court, where the current structure of the retail units are being razed to make way for a new shopping center.
Lenora Austin, the out-going executive director of the chamber, said she hopes the negotiation is a success so that the sculpture "wil not become the victim of the wrecking ball." The cast iron, three-figure sculpture, which was created by Lab School alum Matt freedman, was unveiled in Harper Court in 1986 and considered a nice compliment to the area, where residents lounged on benches and steps and played chess. The "People Watching" sculpture was Freedman's first large commission.
Freedman's alum status as well as the fact that his mother was a teacher at the school is part of the reason the Lab School is interested in the piece. The school is considering establishing a gallery that will display the artwork of its alumni and faculty.
The chamber is offering the sculpture as a gift to the school for the purposes of preservation. It also plans to offer the school $1,967.52-- the money it allocated to the maintenance of the sculpture--to help facilitate the move. "The move would accomplish the goals of both organizations and keep the piece in the community for all to enjoy," Austin said.
New five-screen movie theater coming to 53rd Street
The University of Chicago is bringing The New 400 Theaters, an independent movie operator that will offer a mix of art, children's and wide-release films, to the soon-to-be renovated buildings at 53rd Street and Harper Avenue.
The 10,149-square-foot theater plan includes five screens with state-of-the-art digital projection. One screening room will have tables placed between the seats for future lunch and dinner options.
The New 400 Theaters plans to discount tickets for students, seniors and children. General-admission seating will be below market prices.
"The theater, along with other strategic revitalization efforts, will bring added value to the area. It is one more piece of our ongoing conversations with the City and the neighborhood to build Hyde Park as a key destination on the South Side of Chicago," said Susan Campbell, Associate Vice President of Civic Engagement.
The New 400 Theaters opened its first venue in Rogers Park in July 2009. That site, built in 1912 near Loyola University and formerly known as Village North, is one of the oldest continuously operating movie theaters in the country.
Tony Fox, owner and operator of The New 400 Theaters, said the Hyde Park location was ideal due to its close proximity to the campus and the overall commitment from the community to upkeep its neighborhood.
"We are proud to bring our theater to Hyde Park, a place where people really care about their community," said Fox. "My passion is community service, and we hope to continue in the same tradition as we have done in Rogers Park -- to bring safe, reliable and sound entertainment to the area."
Fox said his business partner, Tom Klein, will serve as general manager in Hyde Park. Klein is also the general manager for The New 400 Theaters in Rogers Park.
He said they are interested in talking with Doc Films, the University student group that screens diverse films each quarter for students, faculty, staff and the community, to see if there are potential partnerships that could work in the new theater model.
The movie theater has a targeted opening date of fall 2012.
Museum of Science and Industry will bring back its popular Month at the Museum gig.
The museum is also ratcheting up its fundraising for restoration of the "roundhouse" as part of the museum.
Richard and Mary Gray and the Mellon Foundation have given to found a Arts and Inquiry Center at the University of Chicago. This will include brining in artists and arts and other scholars including on cultural policy to collaborate in the Harris School of Public Policy.
Hyde Park Herald, April 13, 2011. By Daschell M. Phillips
The Hyde Park Jazz Society will host its Sunday night jazz show at the South Loop Hotel starting April 17. The special licenses issued to the society by the city that enabled it to host show at Room 43 [after having left its original home in the Checkerboard Lounge in Hyde Park] have expired.
Judith Stein, Hyde Park Jazz Society board secretary, said the society is glad that L26, the restaurant and lounge inside of the South Loop Hotel, 11 W. 26st St. [at State] has taken HPJS in. "We had no choice but to move," Stein said. "The special permit we had expired and the city would not give us any more extensions -- and even if they would have, we can't afford to pay $1,700 every six weeks."
Since its move from the Checkerboard Lounge, 5201 S. Harper Ave., in Harper court, the HPJS has been moving from one venue to the next in its attempts to say somewhere in the Hyde Park, Woodlawn or Bronzeville area. With th mission of bringing jazz to the South Side -- past the South Loop area -- the society was glad to find a home at Room 43, 039 E. 43rd st. Restaurateur Norman Bolden, owner of Room 43, has an ongoing dispute with the city's Department fo Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, which charges that Bolden allowed the society to host performances without having and displaying a public place of amusement license (PPA). Bolden accused the city of delaying his request for a license because he was running for alderman of the 4th Ward. The society was able to obtain special licenses, on one of which alderman-elect Will Burns (4th) an former 4th ward ald. Toni Preckwinkle split the cost, in hopes that Room 43 would soon be given a PPA license, but Bolden's license request is still pending.
Stein said the society is still hoping that Bolden gets his PPA license soon. "We've loved our relationship with Norman, and we don't consider this the end," Stein said. Having witnessed the success of the Velvet Lounge's move to the South Loop Hotel, Stein said it seemed like a great fit for the HPJS. "We looked a several sites and they were either too big or to small, to far or didn't have a PPA license, which is now the very first thing we ask vendors who offer their venue to us," Stein said. "The South Look Hotel is a great place because it can accommodate a large group of people -- it has good parking and supportive management."
She said the HPJS has the same arrangement with L26 as it did with other venues: "they get the bar and food money and we get the door charge." Nikia Hun, manager of teh L26 Restaurant and Lounge, said she and owner Tony Glenn are glad that jazz organizations are seeking out L26 as a venue. "Jazz just fill in our laps and happens to be a great fit for our venue," said Hunt, who said the restaurant started out with a jam session on Thursdays before the addition of the Velvet Birdhouse (musicians that regularly played at the Velvet Lounge) on Fridays and now the HPJS on Sundays.
Southside Arts and Humanities Network has added to its organizational development programs (space, grants, meet the press, meet the funders, Roundtable collaboration and more) a board member certification and match program. Contact email@example.com.
Irene Sherr writes March 18, 2011: As a follow-up to recent discussions at HyPa’s Partnerships and Advocacy Committee and Art Here Art Now I & II, and in keeping with HyPa’s priority to respond to artists’ needs for space in which to work, we have made the HyPa Space at 5226 S. Harper an artist’s studio. We received a very compelling proposal from Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford which is described below. The Partnership & Advocacy Committee will develop guidelines, schedule and an application for subsequent sessions which will be available via our website. Jeremiah will be in the space after school, weekends and evenings. He will have high school students working with him on weekends. He is using the U of C’s discarded construction materials. We will also schedule some public events, including participation in the Hyde Park Day on May 1.
Project Overview: Give me a place to stand and I will move the world.
From March 12 –June 30, 2011 Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford and his high school students from ChiArts will occupy the HyPa Space at 5226 S. Harper as a studio and collaborate in the building of sculptural rafts and plastic bag costumes. ChiArts students will populate the rafts and stage an immigrant landing on the Gold Coast in the height of beach volleyball season, exploring psycho-geographies of immigrant landings in both the Caribbean and Mediterranean, as well as conjuring up the ghost of George Streeter and his beached steamboat and subsequent squatter community just off of the Gold Coast at the beginning of the 20th century.
The project hopes to address issues ranging from access to power to the phenomenon of illegal immigrants moving through the Chicago Public School system and sometimes attending college, but, after completing their studies, their inability to obtain transcripts without legal permanent residency/citizenship.
About ChiArts: The Chicago High School for the Arts is a college-preparatory, pre-professional arts training program. ChiArts offers the following art disciplines: dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts. ChiArts is the first public arts high school in Chicago and has attracted a student body that makes it one of the most diverse schools in the city.
Born in Vermont, Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford received his M.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009. He has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the British Institute and co-directed the Children's Expressive Arts Project, a not-for-profit that works domestically and internationally to effect change through the arts. Recently he spent a year living and working in Sicily as a Fulbright Scholar where he carried out a project that spanned teaching art to underprivileged teens, studying traditional boat building, and staging a reenactment of Ulysses escaping from the Cyclops Polyphemus on a large-scale floating sculpture. His work has been exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center, Mess Hall and Gallery 400, among other spaces. http://www.jspofford.com.
HyPa gives offbeat artist space. (And if you think this is offbeat, check out the "It Isn't What It Is/Sound of Nothing" exhibit and program at Hyde Park Art Center.)
Herald, May 4, 2011. By Daschell M. Phillips.
What would happen if a boat full of immigrants came to shore on Chicago's Oak Street Beach and collided with the lives of Chicago's wealthy Gold Coast residents? Resident artist Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, along with students from teh ChiArts High School, have been commissioned by The Hyde Park Alliance for Art and Culture (HyPa) to find out. Hulsebos-Spofford's project, "Give Me a Place to Stand adn I will Move the World," is designed to explore the psycho-geographics of immigrant landings on foreign shores. he and eight students fro his sculpture and drawing classes at ChiArts, 3200 S. Calumet Ave., are building sculptural rafts and plastic bag costumes that the students will use to stage an "immigrant landing" on the Gold Coast in June.
Hyde Park resident Hulsebos-Spofford is a Fulbright Scholar and has just returned from working on a similar project in Italy. He earned his (MFA) at teh University of Illinois Chicago, and went on to teach there as well as DePaul University, the British Institute and he co-directed the Children's Expressive Arts Project. His work has been exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center among other spaces.
His goal is for the students and public to understand how art can address real world issues such as immigration and first contact between cultures. "I am hoping to show up during the beach's busy volleyball schedule," said Hulsebos-Spofford, whose permit for the project is pending. He and his students are meting in the evening and on weekends at the HyPa Space at 5226 S. Harper Ave., to construct the rafts, which they are making using wood foam, polystyrene and other discarded construction materials from the University of Chicago. "The public is invited to visit with the students whenever they are working in the studio," said Irene Sherr, executive director of HyPa.
Hulsebos-Spofford said when his students- some of whom are of Pakistani, Nigerian and Mexican descent - are in the studio working on the rafts they "have informal conversations about race and economic differences." The fictional immigrant landing will be followed by a procession on the beach. The event will be recorded and Hulsebos-Spofford said he is in talks with the Hyde Park Art Center to have a viewing and discussion.
HyPA update Sept 3 2010
1. HyPa Space – Wish you had a space to hold a performance, schedule an exhibit, teach a class, have a meeting, book signing or a workshop, etc? We have just what you need and are pleased to introduce you to HyPa Space @ 5226 S. Harper. In partnership with the University of Chicago , HyPa now has the former Dr. Wax space at its disposal. This space is for you. Some of you have already contacted us, but we do not want anyone to miss out. We are working on a calendar of events. Please let Dara Epison know if you have any interest at all. We want to hear your ideas…even ½ baked are good. Right now, the space is serving as the national headquarters (!)for the Hyde Park jazz Festival. Please free to drop by to pick up promotional materials etc. More importantly, we want to make this space available for HyPa members and HyPa organization. We are working on a calendar of events.
2. What do you have planned for your fall season? Please, please submit your calendar items for exhibits, events etc. It is easy to do. Simply complete the submission form. The more content rich the HyPa site is the more traffic we will get.
3. Art Here Art Now on 53rd Street - HyPa has partnered with the University of Chicago to utilize art in a series of vacant storefronts to add interest and vitality on 53rd Street . These are temporary exhibits as part of Chicago Artist’s month. This year’s theme “the city as studio,” explores the impact of the urban environment on Chicago artists and their work, and the contributions that artists make to the vitality of our city. Art Here. Art Now is one of 12 featured sites for the 2010 Chicago Artists Month. We invite you to view this series of art installations (along 53rd St ), and to participate in artist’s ongoing practices (in corner space) through visits, conversations with the artists and scheduled events. We hope to demonstrate that art is made here, now, in daily life. We hope this evolving site of creative production, research and experimentation will spark conversations among residents, neighbors and strangers.
Mark your calendars for October 1, 2010, 5:30 – 7:30 for the opening reception to celebrate the opening of the Art Here Art Now exhibit and the HyPa Space on Harper.
4. Chicago Artists Month and HyPa – In addition to AHAN we plan to promote all of the visual art exhibits and activities that HyPa members have scheduled for October. Please be sure we have info about what you are doing. Please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be featuring these programs and events on our web site similar to the way we did the Passport to Jazz program.
arthereartnow- in the Harper Theater- early start to October Chicago Artists Month
September 1. Opening, through October? In former Hyde Park Theater, 1452-1466 E. 53rd st. arthereartnow. artnow. Window installation viewing all hours. Open studio visits Saturdays in October 1-5 pm. Studio artist Cydney M. Lewis, Marty Burns, Melissa Weber. Installations starting with Andres Callot, Danielle Paz, Peter Zeigler. Presented by Hyde Park Alliance for Arts and Culture (HyPa) and arthererartnow as part of Chicago artists Month (October) of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs www.chicagoartistsmonth.org/. Cosponsors The University of Chicago, HSA Commercial Real Estate, MAC Property Management, Thirst (? can't decipher logo), and artsuchicago.edu.
This year's theme for Artists Month is The City as a Studio. It explores the impact of the urban environment on Chicago artists and their work, and the contributions that artists make to the vitality of our city. We hope to emphasize Hyde Park's presence in this conversation and highlight the fact that arts is being made here and now, in daily life. HyPa's feed says:
arthereartnow represents the confluence of desires to see artists at work in the community. The result is a shared work space featuring three artists in the throws of their creative process. Artists Melissa Weber, Cydney Lewis, and Marty Burns have set up shop in the open store fronts in the building at 53 Street and S. Harper Avenue in Hyde Park on Chicago’s Culture Coast. Their studios will be open for visitation, and public interaction every Saturday in October from 1 to 5pm.
The idea is not to present a finished product; it’s more for people to see how things change and to see what gets created in there. arthereartnow will also feature storefront installations from artists Andre Callot, Danielle Paz, Jillian Soto and Peter Zeigler available for the public to view 24/7.
Melissa said she is really excited for Hyde Park because this project is a great example of what needs to be done with space in the neighborhood and what art can bring to the neighborhood – making art accessible and part of people’s lives here and now.
Herald Sept. 29 2010- Artists open studios to neighborhood. By Sam Cholke
Throughout October, artists can be sen in their natural habitat at the Harper Theater during the Art Here Art Now exhibition. "My intention was to be there and have a presence and start the conversation of what it means to have artists in the neighborhood," said Melissa Weber, the organizer and one of three artists who will work out of a studio space that will be open to the public throughout October at the corner of 53rd Street and Harper Avenues.
Weber, along with artists Cydney Lewis and Marty Burns, will actively work on art out of the temporary studio. She said the project is intended to present art objects as a process that develops over time, changing and maturing as the artists interact with the public. "There is an interaction, and it will have an influence on what's produced," Weber said.
Officially opening on Oct. 1, the artists have already populated in the space for several weeks and five other artists have been preparing static installation pieces for the other vacant storefronts in the old theater building. "What I've noticed is we all use found objects in a certain way," Weber said of the three evolving works.
Exposed as they may be, she said the process is not self-conscious. "Once I stat to work and think about what I'm doing with things I go into my own train of thought," Weber said. "It's not an intimidating experience." The art is affected by the subconscious perception of the passing pedestrians, she said. "A lot of people look and are curious, which is in itself rewarding," Weber said. "Over time, in this case a month, they will have walked by a number of times and have become more familiar with the process."
What people are seeing is not a glimpse into the private world of the artist, but the effects on an artist of being placed in perpetual contact with a neighborhood, according to Weber. "This is by no means a new or radical idea," she said. "The point is it's enlivening the neighborhood, and making art part of everyday life."... [Y]ou can be sure to catch them between 1 and-5 p.m. on Saturdays.
Op Shop surges through 4th iteration, even more of a force joining communities artistic, civic, economic (urban farming and much more), social, social-needs (Village) and more. Seeking also a permanent home "S.H.o.P."
S.H.o.P. Southside Hub of Production
This event announcement will give an idea of what is envisioned: September 24, Sunday, evening. Launch party for S.H.o.P. (Southside Hub of Production) at Fenn House, 5638 S. Woodlawn. For a year, this collective of independent nonprofit organizations and individuals will contain a wood shop, a recording studio, art studios, a time bank, a resource library, game room, rec room, community museum, classes, workshops, hosted potlucks, performances, literary events, and art exhibits, debates and conversations, and have office and meeting space for nonprofits and ad hoc's including the Village, - Midwest Media group, Op Shop, South Side Projections, Dilettante Studios, Resource Center, and several artists. Sponsor Ken Dunn of The Resource Center. At 5638 S. Woodlawn- Fenn House, rented from First Unitarian.
Op Shop surge: Local groups join forces with social, arts space. Example: Herald, May 4, 2011. By Daschell M. Phillips.
The Op Shop hosted a potluck with several Hyde Park senior organizations last Friday to provide a platform for seniors to share its hopes and wishes for the community and possibly develop new social clubs. Members of the Hyde Park Village, God Neighbors and Older Women's League (OWL) participated in the social gathering and brought their food and drink offerings as well as ideas about clubs, services and gathering places they would like to see be available to seniors.
Since the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club changed its focus to youth services, the senior services that once met at the club are now scattered to different locations within the neighborhood. Laura Shaeffer, founder of the Op Shop, said the seniors have stayed in contact in pat through the Good Neighbors online Google Group [and the Hyde Park Village Google Group], which [were] started by Hyde Parker Jay Mulberry, so the Op Shop decided to invite them to a potluck for some face-to-face time.
"We're calling this a sustenance social," Shaeffer said. "Socializing is good for your health just as much as eating a healthy meal." During the social, participants were asked to post their needs, wants, hopes and wishes for teh community on the "Big Wall" and to list any new groups and clubs they want started. "We hope interest groups and clubs will come from this event," sid Susan Alitto, Hyde Park Village representative and member of O.W.L. and Good Neighbors. "Game night, gourmet food club or book clubs are all great possibilities."
The potluck was another way to hear from the community and "figure our what our village is going to look like," said Margaret Huyck, secretary of the Hyde Park O.W.L., president of National O.W.L. and member of the Hyde Park Village coordinating committee. "I think the village will be able to support what we were trying to do at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club," Huyck said. "Those who came to the club appreciated it but not many seniors came to the club." She said in order to run a really good senior program the seniors needed a different space, and the village is looking forward to building a place of comfort where they can listen to music, play games, have reading groups and just get together for social time with others.
Hyde Park Art Center is recruiting Art Corps volunteers. 773 324-5520.
The U of C has appointed Augusta Read Thomas to its Music faculty!
Hyde Park School of Dance has a new Managing Director, Mariam Thiam. She is most recently from Luna Negra Dance Theater.
Artist Jessica Stockholder will be the new chair of the Department of Visual Arts at the U of C.
Chicago Artist Resources (CAR) from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs-- includes notices of seminars, grants/scholarships, events etc. To get on the listserve, contact through http://www.cityofchicago.org/culturalaffairs.
The 2011 Creative Chicago Survey, available online in Spanish and English from February 4 - 25, will invite creative practitioners who live and work in Chicago to describe who they are and what they need to thrive, including specific space and business assistance information. This information will help the City determine policies and programs to support its Creative Sector, and be shared with interested organizations, research and advocacy efforts. The Creative Chicago Survey is unique because it invites the creative community to opt-in and define itself, rather than working from a pre-determined list.
To have the greatest impact, our goal is to hear from all creative people who live and/or work in Chicago. We are enlisting your organization's help to cast a wide net by inviting your creative community to opt-in and participate.
Who is a creative? An artist or an architect, a chef or DJ, a member of a church choir or a fashion designer, a teaching artist or playwright, an arts administrator or a filmmaker, a knitter or an industrial designer. Not just professional artists, but every person who engages in a creative practice as their job or their hobby is considered "a creative."
Many members of your staff, your audience, your board, your neighbors all engage in creative practice, and we'd like your help to invite them to take this online survey.
Here's How Your Organization Can Help:
LINK - Add a Logo and Link for the Creative Chicago Survey to your website. Download it here
EMAIL - Send emails to your entire list throughout the month of February - either as dedicated eblast or simply add a section about the survey to your existing email. We'll send you several messages in the next few weeks, and you can download the logo here
SHARE - If you'd rather not send out several emails, and would prefer to share your list with us, DCA will use it for survey purposes only.
FACEBOOK - Share the Creative Chicago Survey Facebook page with your group.
SOCIAL MEDIA - In addition to Facebook, share the link via your Twitter, Myspace, blog and other social media.
OTHER IDEAS? - Let us know if you have other ideas for getting the word out.
Survey Dates are February 4 - 25, 2011.
Project Background and Goals
In 2000, the City conducted the Chicago Artists Survey, which led to the development of the Chicago Artists Resource (CAR) website and the Creative Chicago Expo, and informed numerous artist housing developments and other policies and programs. A lot has transpired in the past decade, and results of the 2011 Creative Chicago Survey will help support and grow Chicago's current creative sector, and be an important resource for advocacy and planning. Survey results will be presented at a public meeting later this year, and disseminated online. Additional reporting and targeted analysis of specific sectors are available options.
The Creative Chicago Survey research is being conducted by Slover-Linett Strategies, a highly regarded research consultancy, while DCA is spearheading the marketing and outreach. The 2011 Creative Chicago Survey is funded by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).
Your questions and suggestions are welcome. Please contact Barbara Koenen at Barbara.email@example.com. Thank you for your support and assistance
And Arts Alliance Illinois has gotten the mayoral candidates to sign on to a set of principles for support of the arts in Chicago. Now they want platforms with specifics. Visit http://www.artspowerchicago.com and http://www.artspowerchicago.com/sign-petition.
Marketing Your Art In a Complex World
By Adam Thurman
Marketing Your Art In A Complex World
Date: Saturday, March 5
Location: Hyde Park Arts Center - 5020 S. Cornell
Description: Join presenter Adam Thurman as you and your fellow artist work together to find specific, tangible, solutions to your arts marketing challenges. The afternoon will begin with a brief presentation on some of the ideas that have been used to connect art and audience. The rest of the afternoon will be Q&A from the participants. Registration is limited to 15 participants to ensure that your unique challenges will get the time and consideration they deserve.
The cost of the workshop is $60. If you use the promo code "Network" you can save $5. To register, or learn more about the workshop visit missionparadox.eventbrite.com
Court Theatre has appointed Stephen J. Alpert as Executive Director. Charles Newell continues in his role of Artistic Director.
Check our their 2010-2010 season, which culminates in a full Porgy and Bess.
Hyde Park Suzuki is one of several key, quality programs engaging young people in the arts and integrating arts into the curriculum. Founder Lucinda Ali-Landing, Recently on NBC television, says "I am excited to have the opportunity to speak to a national audience about the importance of music education", says Lucinda. "I am equally proud that my former students are the ones who are putting the spotlight on the issue."
Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center has reached out mightily into the schools with its public arts, entrepreneurial, and arts as a deterrent to dropping out hands-on models. It has also partnered with Prologue to set up (fall 2010) an alternative charter school for ages 16-21 in line with its specialties, the Joshua Johnston Charter School. The CPS Dropout Recovery Arts Program has recommended the school and the Board of Ed has approved. About 150 students will attend in fall 2010, at LBP while is search is made for a suitable building.
A new stamp was launched June 22 2010 at DuSable Museum featuring author and film director Oscar Micheaux. This is the 33rd in the Black Heritage Series. Micheaux wrote and produced 44 feature length "race" films 1919-1948 including one that was the first to be shown in white theaters and the classic against stereotyping ("Within These Gates"), and wrote seven novels, one a national best seller. The stamp shows a picture by Gary Kelley based on a photo in Micheaux's 1913 novel "The Conquest." Visit usps.com, 1-800-STAMP-24.
South Shore Opera Company of Chicago. Watch for the next production, Feb. 25, 2012.
South Shore Opera Company of Chicago brings high quality opera and musical theater to Chicago, provides diverse established and emerging artists with opportunities to perform in professional productions, and teaches neighborhood youth in the musical arts. The mission is to make opera and musical theater more accessible to diverse Chicago audiences on the Southside and elsewhere; to enhance the lives of youth by offering music education and outreach programs; and to provide greater opportunities for diverse artists to perform in professional productions. The Company was founded by Marvin Lynn in 2008 in partnership with the South Shore Cultural center and its Advisory Council. Concerts involve a diverse cross-section of youth performers and are free and open to the public. See review of June 26 2010 concert.
July 10-August 31: Maximo Gonzalez was in residence at Hyde Park Art Center July 10-August 31 2010. Maximo's art-making practice explores the ideas of community, politics, and the economy through re-purposed materials such as currency and community participation. While in residence at HPAC, he will develop a new body of interactive paintings as well as work with students and visitors to continue making poetic objects with found materials. 5020 S. Cornell. 773 324-5520.
Ground Floor. August 29-October 31. This show dares to represent the breadth of contemporary art coming out of the many graduate-level art schools in Chicago. The Art Center's exhibition committee- Dawoud Bey, Huey Copeland, Matthew Girson, Kelly Kaczynski, and Sze Ling Pang-- has done the difficult job of selecting work by artist fresh out of the 2009-2010 programs that mark the current state of art production in this town.
Opening reception August 29, Sunday, 3-5 pm.
What and Why, for HPAC's Summer Newsletter: General: contrasting artists at the start of careers with artists retrospective or showing (Roger Brown) projects form the end of their careers, in the interest of promoting long and successful careers.) A new Bienn: Chicago is unique in it having an extraordinary density of excellent art schools. Indeed, over 300 MFA grads from 6 schools enter teh city's cultual landscape each year. With its mission of stimulating and sustaining the visual arts in Chicago, the Art Center wants to facilitate the professional success of these artists, and to contribute to the number of opportunities they have to create and experiment, and to challenge them to do something new... and to make sure that the rest of Chicago, and the world, sees the potential of these emerging artists. To that end, the Art Center's esteemed exhibitions committee, chaired by artist and board member Dawoud Bey, has been doing the hard work of selecting a group of the most promising 15-25 artists coming out of the 2009-210 graduate art programs of Columbia College Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, the School of the art Institute of Chicago, University of Chicago, and University fo Illinois-Chicago. The committee is spending the spring and early summer seeing the work of over 100 new artists recommended by their professors and visiting their studios. The final exhibition will include between 15 an 20 artists that show the strength an range of art being made here. The show attempts to represent what's happening in these schools right now, and follow the tradition of exhibitions in Chicago that trace the most notable of a certain moment. Ground Floor aims to be a discursive rather than an authoritative and definitive platform for new ideas in art.
Oral history project takes big step forward- Contributions needed-- contact the email re contributing and come on the October 17 house tour (4800 block of Ellis 2-4 pm) and November 14 program at HP Neighborhood Club 3 pm.
Release from the Society September 2010
For additional information contact: Kathy Huff, Co-Chair Oral History Committee 773-241-7141 - HPORALHISTORY@gmail.com
ORAL HISTORY PROJECT TAKES A BIG STEP FORWARD.
The goal of the Hyde Park Historical Society’s new Oral History Project is to produce high quality electronic records of interviews with well-known Hyde Parkers. The result will be a permanent history easily accessible to students, scholars, and the community at large from the Society's Archives which are housed in the Special Collections Research Center in the Regenstein Library at The University of Chicago. Other outcomes would include a written publication and the use of oral histories at monthly Historical Society programs.
Over the past years the Society and the Hyde Park/Kenwood community have shown enthusiasm in preserving local history through an oral history program. Ideally, the program would bring documents and other materials to life by individuals who can place them in the context of the times in which they were written. Proof of community interest in oral history lies in the attendance at a community seminar led by Lala Rodgers at the Blackstone Library in August, 2009: more than 75 enthusiastic history lovers overflowed the meeting room.
Currently, the Society has 35 oral histories recorded on audio cassette tapes (Leon Despres, Earl Dickerson, William Keck, Barbara Krell, Robert Picken, and Stephanie Breslauer among others). There are written transcriptions for most of the recordings, but some still need to be transcribed. The Oral History Committee, co-chaired by Kathy Huff and Lala Rogers, seeks start-up funding for electronic recording and projection equipment for producing and presenting new oral histories in an updated DVD format. Also, funds will be needed for training interviewers, preparing transcriptions, and for digitizing older audio tapes, all of which are critical steps in making the oral histories a permanent record.
The start-up cost for the project is estimated to be $7,000. Already, the Hyde Park Bank has helped to jump start the Hyde Park Historical Society's effort to raise the necessary funds to support the Oral History Project with a very generous donation.
The Committee plans to obtain further support from local businesses, foundations, and individuals. A letter has been sent to the Society's membership and friends, and there are two fundraising events planned for October 17th and for November 14th which will benefit the Oral History Project.
There are many grant or help givers. One helping smaller organizations is South Side Arts and Humanities Network of Civic Knowledge Project. firstname.lastname@example.org. http://southside.uchicago.edu.
Another is Art Works (grants to orgs between $50,000 and $1 million budget including for governance, organization, and growth). Next grant deadline Sept. 15. Get their grant application from http://www.artworksfund.org.
If you work with engagement of college students in the arts, this seminar may be for you.
Campus Connection: Engaging College Students in the Arts
A free Learning Forum for professionals working in college and university student life and arts marketing/audience engagement.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
9am – 12:30pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Join us for what promises to be a meeting of great minds. According to GradSpot.com, Chicago is the #1 city for Recent Grads, many of them from local institutions of higher learning. There are thousands of undergraduate and graduate students living in the Chicago area, attending scores of colleges and universities.
This Learning Forum is the first step in an effort designed to connect college students with Chicago’s arts organizations, building a commitment to continued participation in the arts after graduation.
Hear from a currently enrolled university student about ways to effectively communicate with this generation about entertainment options
Get insights from a panel of university experts in student life
Learn from a panel of arts organizations that are developing college student audiences
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May 12- ground breaking for the Logan Center Drexel and 60th and the huge murals children and youth (incl. kids from Fiske, Woodlawn Charter, and MAGIC made at Little Black Pearl for the construction barrier and eventually entrances). It was spectacular. Events wrapped around- 60 Days of UChicago Art. Breaking New Ground. Through June 4.
As in the May 5 Herald: By Sam Cholke
The University of Chicago will break ground May 12 on the last project in a massive south campus expansion. The university will host as day of arts events to celebrate the groundbreaking for the $114 million Logan Center for Creative and Performing Arts.
Artists at Midway Studios, 6016 S. Ingleside Ave, will open their workspaces to the public at 4:30 p.m. The artists will move out of their space int the historic Lorado Taft house and Midway Studios once teh new arts center is complete. The University has not yet determined how it will use the historic studios once vacant.
A reception and groundbreaking ceremony will follow at 5:30 p.m. at 60th Street and Ingleside Avenue across from Midway Studios.
The new arts center, scheduled to be completed by Spring 2012, is one of the last of 11 major south campus construction projects. The arts center is the largest of the new construction at 184,000 square feet, including an 11-story tower next to the Lorado Taft House. Crews will start on the tower first because of the care required of construction next to a historic landmark, according to Eric Eichler, project manager for teh arts center. Construction crews will monitor vibration levels both at the Taft house and in the adjoining neighborhood and will stop work if there is a danger of harming any structures, according to Eichler. The building will be constructed largely of cast concrete. "So much is concrete because of the acoustical separation needs," Eichler said.
The new center will be home to the university's now-scattered arts, theater and music programs.
Turner Construction has been selected as the general contractor for teh project. Turner was also the contractor for the Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery and the Booth School of Business. Turner wil not complete any of the work itself, but will subcontract all construction jobs, according to Eichler. The university has mandated that Turner subcontract 25 percent of the work to minority-owned business and 5 percent to women-owned businesses.
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DuSable independent African American films festival summer-fall 2010
For a complete listing of all films please call (773) 947-0600.
57th Art Fair and the adjacent Community Art Fair- watch for it again in 2014
(find more on:) http://www.57thStreetArtFair.org. Or for the Community Art Fair,
If you love art, culture, community, and kicking off your summer with flair, you’ll find it all at the 57th Street Art Fair June 5 and 6 (2010; 4 and 5 2011) in Chicago’s historic Hyde Park neighborhood. Come down and participate in the popular Art Buying Boot Camp, a personal guided tour through the art fair with local artists and art-buying experts who can answer the dos and don’ts of buying art. Art Buying Boot Camp teaches you how to trust your taste and get comfortable with the process, helping you with everything from determining the best price for a piece to choosing the best colors to match your living room. Designed and dedicated to those that create and appreciate quality pieces of all varieties, we know you will find art to capture your heart in this family friendly environment.
57th Street Woodlawn to Kenwood, Kimbark Avenue, Bixler park up to the playground in the historic Hyde Park Neighborhood on Saturday, 11:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm first FULL weekend in June. The Art Fair is FREE and open to the public.
Herald newspaper has full pull out section including map with the vendors.
Herald in past years has said:
The 57th Street Art fair, which is the oldest juried art fair in the Midwest, starts on JUne 5, The fair will have a large number of new artists exhibiting as well as longtime artists. This year's fair highlights include new Twitter and Facebook pages, a continuance o its Art Buyers Boot Camp tours an a new logo.
"It's hard to believe we've been around for 63 years without creating [a logo]," said Brent LaRowe, head of the 57th St. committee. "We are hooping to keep happy memories in the minds of people every time they see it." He said the committee was careful to pick some quintessential Hyde Park elements for the blue, white and green logo such as Hyde Park's avian mascot the Monk Parakeet and a tree to represent the tree-lined 57th Street corridor.
Another element that is becoming a staple of the fair is the Art Buying Boot camp. The boot camp, which is in its third year, offers a private tour through the art fair with art-buying experts who advise novices on how they can make the most of their art fair experience. LaRowe said interest in the boot camp has skyrocketed this year and with 20 people already signed up there may not e immediate space for those who wait to sign up at the fair.
The committee decided to tap into social media and create a Twitter account and a Facebook page to stay connected to artists and visitors throughout the year. LaRowe said the committee will be posting live updates throughout the day at fair "so we encourage people to keep an eye on their feeds."
Du Sable Museum/ Chicago Park District received final payments for completion of the Washington Park roundhouse building as an action to the Museum.
Final payment for the Roundhouse Project at the DuSable Museum of African American History. Final payment of $914,343, from the 1999 Aquarium and Museum Capital Improvement Program, paid for the completion of the Roundhouse Project at the DuSable Museum of African American History. Total cost of the project was $2,147,600.00. Commissioner Dr. Margaret Burroughs abstained from vote due to her relationship with the DuSable Museum.
Community Art Fair saved by Artisans 21 as 21st Century Artisans thanks to IRS expediting of petition
Hyde Park Herald, April 28, 2010. By Sam Cholke
Artisans 21 Gallery has started its own nonprofit, 21st Century Artisans, to keep the Hyde Park Community Art Fair alive. "The Community Art FAir had been a project of the Harper Court Arts Council [and before that of Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference, which was given the opportunity to resume its fiscal agency], but with their change of mission the art fair lost its sponsorship," said Pat Rosenzwieg, a volunteer who is helping the new nonprofit get on its feet.
The Hyde Park Community Art Fair is an arts and crafts fair that runs concurrently with the 57th Street Art Fair. The art fair will be June 5-6 this year. To be part of the City of Chicago's Neighborhood Festival Program, the organizers must be a nonprofit organization.
Rosenzwieg said a group of artists and volunteers at the Artisans 21 Gallery asked the Internal Revenue Service for an expedited hearing of its application to get set up in time for this year's art fair. The group became an official nonprofit one month ago.
Twenty-First Century Artisans will be an advocate for crafts in the neighborhood and at local schools, according to Rosenzwieg. The nonprofit is currently doing an assessment of available crafting options from the South Loop south to South Shore to find its niche in the South Side arts community. Once the group has identified its role in the arts community, 21st Century Artisans will hire a full-time director and seek city, state and foundation grants, according to Rosenzwieg. "Once we have an initiative, a clear view of what we want to do, it will be fully staffed, Rosenzwieg said. "It's not going to happen as just volunteers."
"In the meantime, we're doing some experimentation," Rosenzwieg said. The group hosted and art day for kids to make jewelry out of recycled materials earlier this month and will host a knitting group on April 25.
The nonprofit is a member of Hyde Park Alliance for arts and Culture and the South Side Arts Council.
The remainder of the January 11 2010 TIF meeting was devoted to a very positive report on arts initiatives and creation of cultural destinations in Hyde Park and Bronzeville. Reports were by Irene Sherr and Monica Haslip for Hyde Park Alliance for Arts and Culture and by Paula Robinson of the Black Metropolis History Commission. Sherr said that HyPa wants to find pays for arts organizations to get into the schools, and brought in special performing artist o work with Kenwood students: Casandra Wilson and Jade Simmons, the latter in conjunction with the University of Chicago Dept. of Music. Hypa's latest project is Passport to Jazz-- when up, people going to listed events get perks from the venues and if they sign up for enough a free Jazz Festival vip pass. Robie House is an example of a venue new to performance, having a jazz program February 12. And ties extend as far as the Museum of Contemporary Art. The first-level objective is to have programs in Hyde Park people want to go to and to get people from all over to visit venues in Hyde Park-- make Hyde Park a cultural destination. About five places have jazz or related weekly and some occasionally, including pop-up art places and galleries such as DOVA Temporary, shopping centers and farmers' markets. They have a large e-blast list. The University of Chicago's support has been important, especially for insurance. An important exhibit on one of the HyPa partners, Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, opens at Regenstein in February. Their March production of the Mikado celebrates 50 years--and they had a tremendous turnout for auditions.
Paula Robinson of the Black Metropolis History Commission described progress of their petition and nomination to National Parks and National Trust, which would run from 18th St. to 71st and Dan Ryan to the Lake. The theme would be the Great Migration and the special community (Bronzeville) and cultural flowering in the dense area that was confined by restrictive covenants. Feasibility study is being sponsored by Rep. Rush. So one unifying focus is preservation including identification of assets-- they are doing or want to do GIS mapping. The Commission serves as umbrella for many business, cultural and tourism organizations.
Submissions Due by 15th of the month for the next cycle
Calling all artists: Not sure what is next for your artwork? Feeling bogged down in your work and not sure of its effectiveness or what to do next? For artists looking to take that next big step in their work and career, here's an opportunity to discuss current works in progress with some of Chicago's most notable curators, critics, dealers and artists.
The Open Crit program asks you to identify and explain the critical discourse surrounding your work to a public audience. What challenges are you facing in the content or style of your work and what is the best way to resolve the work and make it more successful? Designed to be useful for artists who really want to progress to the next level in their career, each artist will have up to 40 minutes of dedicated discussion with our co-facilitators and the audience. The session will provide critical response to actual works brought in for the evening. This is an opportunity to get real honest feedback, a chance to become part of the critical artistic discourse, and definitely not for the squeamish!
Artists will be chosen based on applications to the program series that show an ability to talk about artwork coherently and grow from the conversation. Submit a CV, artist statement, 10 images for consideration, an image list (including size of work and media), and a brief statement answering the question, What do you hope to gain from participating in a professional critique session? to Ray Yang, 4833 Program Director at email@example.com.
Looking to Get Involved in the Arts? Join Art Corps at the Hyde Park Art Center !
Want to get more involved in art and serve your community at the same time? Then the Art Corps needs YOU!
The Hyde Park Art Center Art Corps is a special group of volunteers who receive in-depth training about the Art Center and our programs. Art Corps members commit to volunteering 10 times a year at our events and in our gallery. In exchange, Art Corps members get a back stage view of the Art Center , a chance to interact with our staff, and to learn more about our programming. Here’s more information:
•A select group of volunteers interested in learning more about contemporary art with a community focus
•Art Corps is a volunteer program where participants assist the Art Center staff at least ten times per year and can specialize in specific program areas, such as exhibitions, publicity, and our school and studios
•Art Corps members will receive training on how to interact with our visitors through art, our exhibitions program and the history of the Hyde Park Art Center and our place in the community
•You must be at least 18 years old to join.
Interested? Click here to visit the website and download an application. The deadline is December 27, 2009. If you have questions, please contact Crystal Pernell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Op Shop to return, this time at the former Dr. Wax, 5200 block of Harper, by the Coin laundry and DOVA Temp. http://www.theopshop.org.
Herald, March 17, 2010.
The Op Shop, a month-long combination art gallery, thrift shop, arts and crafts center, performance space and just about anything else you could think of that delighted Hyde Parkers last holiday season, will return later this month, organizers say. "I've found a few of the pillars for the next Op Shop," Hyde Parker Laura Shaeffer told the Herald last week, referring to a group of people who have agreed to help develop the project.
The Op Shop is the brainchild of Shaeffer and was created through the help of may Hyde parkers late last year. Antheus Capital rented Shaeffer and her friends a vacant storefront for $1, and the group hurriedly assembled art works, a thrift shop, arts and craft projects and events to be held throughout the month of December.
The Op Shop opening on Saturday, March 27 will be at the former Hollywood Video site at 1530 E. 53rd St. In this case, it was the University of Chicago that lent the space to Shaeffer. While she remains open to any projects that might fit with her vision for the site, Shaeffer said the main projects wil center around "adhocity," which she describes as spontaneous creation using materials on hand and "being present in the process."
Marie Krane Bergman, Op Shop participant and member of Cream Co., which she called a "fluid theory and practice collaborative, including artists and others," emphasized the dynamic nature of the upcoming Op Shop. "It is not a fixed spectacle," Krane Bergman said. Among the activities being planned are a "General Economy -- Exquisite Exchange," Krane Bergman said. She described the Exchange as a site for trading garden-related items and recycling, among other transactions.
The Op Shop will also include what the group is calling a "pot luck," an invitation for anybody to bring and install their own art work.
Schaeffer said the shop will include one-time-only events as well as art work and thrift items. It is her hope that this will bring visitors back to the Op Shop to see it changing over time, much as one frequents stores with second-hand goods. "You don't go to the thrift-store once -- you don't bo to Powell's once," Shaeffer said.
Paul Durica, famous in the neighborhood for his performance-driven history tours, said he will partner with artist and photographer Zach Abubeker to do interviews with people who used the site's various businesses over time, as well as other, neighborhood history-related interviews, as part of the Op Shop.
The event's name stems from the Australian phrase Opportunity Shop, used to denote thrift stores in that country.
The Op Shop organizers said they are still looking for creative additions to the site as well as assistance preparing it for its upcoming opening. For more information or to learn how to participate, e-mail email@example.com or visit theopshop.org.
DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 East 56th Place, is the first and oldest institution of its kind in the country, dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation and dissemination of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. DuSable will be kicking off the Jazz Festival with music from 11am - 3pm featuring: Ken Chaney's Awakening * Sumito "Ariyo" Ariyoshi * Von Freeman
Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone, is an incubator of innovative cultural, educational, and environmental projects and small-scale enterprises. It is in this very special environment that Jazz will be enjoyed from 3:30 - 6:00pm with: Ernie Adams * Henry Johnson
Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Avenue, is the oldest alternative exhibition space in the City. For more than 70 years the Hyde continues to provide outstanding visual art exhibitions and education programs for all ages. At the Jazz Festival they will feature concerts from 2 - 6pm including: Julia Huff * Charles Heath * Brad Goode * Alan Burroughs
International House, 1414 East 59th Street is a dynamic program center and residence on the University of Chicago campus for students from around the world. I-House will feature non-stop jazz from 5:30 pm - 2 am Sunday morning including the famous midnight jam session hosted by Dee Alexander. Performers will be: Willie Pickens Trio * Ed Wilkerson's 8 Bold Souls ("Last Option" video) * Pharez Whitted * Jon Faddis * GARAJ MAHAL * Dee Alexander * John Wright * Jimmy Ellis * Ryan Cohan * Bobby Broom
Little Black Pearl, 1060 East 47th Street, believes that art is an integral part of a healthy community and is a thriving arts organization providing a safe environment, positive role models, and rigorous program and skill development activities and opportunities for children throughout the area. Jazz programming here will be from 1:00pm - 3:30pm and includes: Marguerite Mariama * Skinny Williams * Irwin Helfer
Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 East 58th Street, is a research organization and museum devoted to the study of the ancient Near East and is an internationally recognized pioneer in the archaeology, philology, and history of early Near Eastern civilizations where admission is always free. Enjoy jazz in the Museum Gallery and Hall here from 2:30 - 4:30pm with: Tatsu Aoki * Samuel "SavoirFaire" Williams
Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is considered one of the most important buildings in the history of American architecture. Robie House inspired an architectural revolution with its sweeping horizontal lines, dramatic overhangs, stretches of art glass windows and open floor plan making it a quintessential Prairie style house. This is the unique setting for Jazz from 2:30 - 4:15 with Miguel and Sylvia de la Cerna.
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave, is home for spiritual and musical events of many world traditions and faiths of both East and West on the University of Chicago campus. The magnificent cathedral setting will host Jazz from 2:30pm - 5:00pm featuring: Diane Delin * Tammy McCann
Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue, houses a permanent collection of over 10,000 objects, spanning five millennia of both Western and Eastern civilizations and admission is always free. Outdoors 1:00-3:30 pm. Yoko Noge and the Jazz Me Blues Band * James Sanders and Conjunto Latin Jazz Ban
A new media for discussion and arts by black youth:
Black Youth Project: http://www.blackyouthproject.com. Provides a place for black youth to speak. To generate new media information, blogs, art, conversations, webinars, data, research, policies and movements that will expand the human and social capital of young black youth, facilitating their empowerment through highlighting their voices, attitudes, lives, and experiences. Features:
• Black Youth Blogging – daily blogs by black youth on important and controversial topics and links to black youth bloggers
Rap Lyrics Database – the first public searchable database of rap music lyrics based on Billboard charts
• Curriculum Workshop – teachers, social workers, community activists, and artists can download and add to curriculum centered on the experiences of black youth and use data from the Black Youth Survey.
• Black Youth Create! – uploaded videos, spoken word, webisodes and other offerings made by black youth
• Research and Resources – listings/links to latest reports, research, books, films, documentaries, organizations and websites focused on black youth
• Survey Data & Findings – the Black Youth Project Survey includes the most extensive dataset on black youth
• Black Youth in the News – articles on black youth from newspapers across the country
Some of our favorite neighborhood events and institutions are in jeopardy with drying up and cutback of funds from government (notably Chicago Depts. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events). Please remember them. This includes cuts to next years' Hyde Park Jazz Festival just as it's hit its stride. But several orgs are being founded, from theater to opera to Japanese Garden.
Here is a message from Irene Sherr from the Hyde Park Cultural Alliance,
HPCA is currently receiving consulting services through CampusCatalyst, a student driven consulting organization dedicated to non-profit organizations. So far it has been a very productive and positive experience for HPCA. CampusCatalyst is now seeking organizations for Fall 2009. Campus catalyst expects the Executive Director to be involved in our project throughout the 10-week engagement and make available a contact for the weekly meetings with the student team.
Kate Lorenz replaced retiring Chuck Thurow at Hyde Park Art Center in January 2010. Thurow told the Herald, "It has been a privilege leading the Hyde Park Art Center as executive director over the past decade, and I look forward to staying part of the center's vibrant community. HPAC is finalizing its strategic plan. Lorenz has background in arts organizations such as MCA and in business, with an MBA and played a major role in the capital campaign for the new building. She said, "It is an irresistible opportunity and I can't think of a more exciting challenge." See his analysis of HP art future as to Jack Snapper of HPKCC in People You Should Know.
Du Sable Museum and the Croatian Ethnic Institute Museum and Library were among 50 museums honored for their work by Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas. The former is opening up it historic Ryerson and Swift mansions Saturday, August 29 for Hyde Park Historical Society and friends- visit hydeparkhistory.org.
DuSable has new leadership in the person of dynamic, widely experienced Dr. Carol C. Adams.
The new 47th murals: North face of the 47th St. viaducts. The groups that won the 4th Ward competition continue their mosaics and paintings. In addition, murals are starting to go in at the 57th Lake Shore Drive underpasses under a project that includes schools. Olivia Gude is restoring her mural "Where We Come From, Where We are Going" and the "Childhood Is Without Prejudice was done and visited by original painter and founder of Chicago muralist William Walker on the 56th Metra south wall. And Blackstone Library is restoring its historic Oliver Dennett Grover murals- the restorer will give a talk on it August 31, 7 pm at the library.
September 19, 2009, the art and historical mural on the north side of 47th was dedicated by artists, donors, community members and Ald. Toni Preckwinkle (4th), who donated most of the funds ($85,000)"Reaching Back, Moving Forward, Lest We Forget the Song of 47th Street" is the name and theme of the project that celebrates mostly North Kenwood and Bronzeville with embedded photos, poetic phrases, symbols of West African and Native American symbols, and a dazzling mosaic of bricolage. Many of the photos were donated by residents. many community volunteers including Kenwood Academy students worked on preparation and installation, which at first looked very daunting to them.
To find out how arts orgs. are faring in this economy, esp. from grant-providers, contact Marcia Feston at Arts Work Fund. Marcia@artsworkfund.org.
Yet it's happening under our very noses--the cultural blossoming of Hyde Park and the South Side (Bridgeport and Bronzeville to south Shore and many points south of HP), locally in good measure under the Hyde Park Cultural Alliance and UC Civic Knowledge's Southside Arts and Humanities Network (see notice below). Between the University as consortium of major art centers and lesser venues such as Artisans 21 are three blossoming- and each unique- art centers: Hyde Park, Black Pearl, and Experimental Station.
Playwright Jose Rivera told the Herald that CHF programming on the South Side "helps solidify Hyde Park as a cultural destination, ensuring that [people are aware that] great art happens on the South Side--and that we are considered a part of the magic of Chicago..."
Hyde Park Cultural Alliance building collaborations.
Herald May 27, 2909. By Kate Hawley.
More than two-dozen arts organizations in the neighborhood have joined forces to form the Hyde Park Cultural Alliance, aimed at promoting local tourism and showcasing the community's cultural offerings. For a satellite neighborhood five miles from downtown, Hyde Park is packed with cultural institutions, from the mammoth Museum of Science and Industry to the tiny Kalapria Foundation , a classical Indian dance company.
For about a decade, a loose coalition of these groups has been collaborating on marketing and programs, mostly the annual Hyde Park Jazz festival, which debuted in 2007 and has drawn huge crowds -- 15,000 last year, for example. With the Olympics potentially on Chicago's horizon, the groups have been seeking to sep up their effort through a more formal organization, according to Irene Sherr, a Hyde Park-based consultant. The alliance received 501(c)(3) status in February and is gearing up for an official launch in September, she said.
In the meantime, the alliance is hoping to attract support and memberships. On Wednesday, June 3, the group will host a membership meeting at Little Black Pearl, the art and design workshop at 1060 E. 47th St. Any organization or individual is welcome to join, according to Sheryl Papier, president of the board. "When we combine ourselves into a bigger presence... we have much more impact when we're showing people all that Hyde Park has," she said.
At the meeting, the alliance will share its newly minted strategic plan, developed pro bono by the Boston Consulting Group, Sherr said. Also unveiled will be a new logo, designed free of charge by the renowned Chicago architecture and design firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, according to Papier. A resident of Oak Park, Papier said she feels deeply connected to Hyde Park through her work as director of marketing and communications for the Frank Lloyd wright Preservation Trust. The organization manages Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House at 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. The University of Chicago, which owns the property, is also behind about a dozen of the institutions in the alliance, from the Oriental Institute Museum to the Office of Civic Engagement.
Members not connected to the university include the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., the 57th Street Art Fair and Munto Dance Company, which is planning to build a theater at the northeast corner of 47th Street and Greenwood Avenue.
University students working with Campus Catalyst, a nonprofit that connects student volunteers with nonprofits, have been developing a plan for how the alliance can use a Web site and other technology to its strategic advantage., Sherr said. The ultimate goal is to make Hyde Park a tourist destination. "I think Hyde Park is one of teh only neighborhoods in the country that's not a central business district that has this many cultural institutions of breadth and depth," Sherr said.
At the juncture of art theory and practice, there's U of C's Artspeaks fellows talks.
At the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St. January 12-August 29: Pioneers to the Past: American Archaeologists in the Middle East, 1919-1920
“Pioneers to the Past: American Archaeologists in the Middle East, 1919-1920,” will be on display at the Oriental Institute from January 12 through August 29, 2010. The exhibit follows Illinois native James Henry Breasted’s daring travels through Egypt and Mesopotamia in the unstable aftermath of World War I. Breasted, a leading Egyptologist, was the founder of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, and this journey was the first Oriental Institute project. The goals of his ambitious expedition were to acquire artifacts for the new Institute and to select sites for later excavation.
Breasted’s story is told by never-before-exhibited photos, artifacts, letters, and archival documents including his elaborate passport and even the wind-torn American flag that he carried on the trip. His journey placed him in the Middle East at a pivotal time when the region was occupied by British and French troops who opposed the first stirrings of nationalism that ultimately created the states of the modern Middle East. Breasted’s letters refer to the luminaries of the time, many of whom he met on this trip—Faysal, king of the Arab State who later became the first king of Iraq; Gertrude Bell who founded the Iraq National Museum in Baghdad; Lord Allenby, High Commissioner of Egypt and general who recaptured Jerusalem and Damascus during the war; and T. E. Lawrence “of Arabia” whose Arab forces worked alongside Allenby. For much of the itinerary, Breasted and his four companions travelled by steamship, train, horse, cart, biplane, and Model-T Fords.
The story of the expedition is told in two voices. The first is Breasted’s own, excerpted from his detailed letters. The events of the expedition are paired with the second voice—a modern commentary that considers changes in attitudes, laws, and archaeology over the past ninety years. Visitors follow the events of Breasted’s travels, but at the same time they explore larger issues about the relationship of the past to the present, of archaeology and politics, and the relationship of America and the Middle East—questions that are vital to understanding America’s role in the Middle East today. Exhibit Curator and Museum Director Geoff Emberling commented, “The exhibit highlights Breasted’s ambition, tells a great adventure story, and makes us think about foreign involvement in the Middle East. The parallels between the First World War and today are striking.”
Breasted made important purchases of antiquities during his trip. Excerpts from his letters that describe the dealers and his negotiations are juxtaposed to objects, most of which have not been exhibited for decades. The commentary explores the antiquities trade and raises the question of the importance of artifacts for national identities, for at the time of the expedition, Egyptian nationalists had began to contest foreign control of their past.
Oriental Institute Director Gil Stein added “This exhibit gives us a fascinating glimpse of a pivotal moment in history - the birth of the modern Middle East as we know it today, and at the same time, the genesis of modern archaeological research in the cradle of civilization. Its one of the best examples I know of the ways that scholarship and politics interconnect in important and unexpected ways.”
The exhibit is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with essays by noted archaeologists and historians as well as a reprint of the biography of Breasted written by his son.
A symposium that explores the issues of how colonial attitudes have influenced archaeology, and how archaeologists work today will be presented in April 2010. For further information on the program, call 773 702 9507, or on the web, www.oi.uchicago.edu.
The Oriental Institute Museum is located at 1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, Illinois. The Museum is open Tuesday, Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m. Suggested donation for admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children. http://oi.uchicago.edu.
It's a 501 now. In 2009 it did one-acts (packing them in), a special Halloween program, and held a writer's competition and reading. It's latest production was's February 12-14, a more complex duo of one-acts at Experimental Station with twice as many actors. Collaborating or assisting were University Theater, Prof. Sally Harris of Notre Dame, and a volunteer costume-maker.
Next: June 4-6 Pat Cook's "Murder, You Must Be Kidding!" Volunteers needed, (first?) auditions have been held.
Paul Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org, 773 339-9249. It is a 501.
August 31Chicago Public Library- Blackstone Branch Mural Restoration Project Presentation. Peter M. Schoenmann from Parma Conservation, Ltd. and conservationists from Benacki & Associates gave a presentation on the process of restoring the 1904 Oliver Dennett Grover paintings in the dome. 4904 S. Lake Park. 312 747-0511. More below.
47th St. viaducts Murals are now completed. urals are starting to go in at the 57th Lake Shore Drive underpasses under a project that includes schools- see pics in http://hydeparkprogress.blogspot.com. Olivia Gude is restoring her mural "Where We Come From, Where We are Going" on the 56th Metra south wall. And others are underway.
Chicago Public Art group aids, adds to local murals. Herald, July 29, 2009. By Kate Hawley
Olivia Gude perched at the edge of a tower of scaffolding, leaning toward the overpass of teh 57th Street Metra viaduct. With a paintbrush, she dabbed carefully a the words "Where are you coming from" -- which she said didn't end up quite right the first time she painted them in 1992. She's now in the process of restoring the entire mural she created that year, called "Where We Come From, Where We Are Going." The Chicago Public Art Group, or CPAG, a nonprofit behind a range of murals and other public art art projects across the city, secured the funding for the restoration through a preservation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
CPAG is also behind a brand new mural in the works on the border of Hyde Park and [North] Kenwood, on the north side of teh 47th Street Metra underpass. Five students from Kenwood Academy High School are working with professional artists Carolyn Elaine and John Pittman Weber, who founded CPAG (then called the Chicago Mural Group) with artist William Walker in 1970.
Their mural mixes painting and bricolage, the application of tile onto the wall's surface. In recent weeks, ribbons of mirrored tile have appeared in looping, spiraling patterns across the wall, toward a design that will ultimately represent Hyde Park families and historical figures, according to Maria Gray, CPAG development director.
Community members who want to pitch in can show up for a volunteer workday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 1. Ald. Toni Preckwinkle (4th) who funded the project, wil make an appearance, Gray said.
Gude's project calls for a different kind of community participation. Its subject is commuters, who she interviewed as they stepped out of the Metra station. She captured a diverse cross-section of the local population, from a woman who compared Hyde Park to a "jail cell" to a neighborhood man who described himself as "happy, you know. I really don't have any problems in the world." He has come back in recent weeks to see the restoration underway, Gude said. Others, too, have stopped by to share their memories of the mural and the people it depicts. "It's been really fun to hear all these stories," she said.
"Under City Stone" 55th muralist eyes restoration. Herald, August 6 2008, by Kate Hawley
As art conservators picked gently at her weathered mural "Under City Stone" under the 55th Street viaduct last Friday, Carl Ask pulled a yellowed scrap of paper from a folder. "You have to see this!" she said. "This was drawn in 1972!" The tiny pencil sketch was her original concept for the mural, which has covered the north wall of the viaduct for 36 years. During that time, the image of commuters streaming away from a train station has become stained, chipped and worn away in places, prompting a restoration effort by the Chicago Public Art group, or CPAG.
The organization, which is behind five public art projects underway in Hyde Park this summer, has secured funding from the South East Chicago Commission to restore a section of Yasko's mural, according to Executive Director Jon Pounds.
As a part of that effort, experts from Chicago-based Parma Conservation were at work last friday assessing the mural's condition. Rescue Public Murals, an agency of the Washington, D.C., nonprofit Heritage Preservation, funded their work, according to Pounds's. He's hoping that the revived section of "Under City Stone" will inspire donations that will allow Yasko to complete the restoration, he said.
Though he was hesitant to put a price tag on the job, he said it would likely be in the range of $35,000. "For relatively modest money, we can get 20 years of beautiful mural," he said. Though much of the image remains, water damage has taken a toll (wiping out, among other things, Yasko's self-portrait with her young daughter on her back). And though the mural has been largely unblemished by graffiti, a local resident painted over the few tags that have appeared in recent years with squares of white paint, Pounds said.
It's current condition prompted a blogger using the name Elizabeth Fama to remark in a September post on the site Hyde Park Progress, "I think this puppy should go to mural heaven." Pounds said the image is well worth restoring because it's beautifully rendered and also steeped in neighborhood history. Yasko, a former Hyde Park resident who now lives in Whitewater, Wis., recalled that during the summer of 1972, when she created the mural, so many locals leapt in to offer advice and lend a hand in the painting that she had to limit the number of painters.
It was her first mural in a long career that has led to commissions in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. Over the years, she said she's heard from several people who lived near "Under City Stone" or were depicted in it, who remember it as a part of their childhoods.
She said she chose the poem "Rapid Transit"by James Agee, which runs through the mural, to reflect not only its location near railroad tracks but also the creativity of childhood. The poem might be read as a critique of mass transit: it begins "Squealing under city stone/The millions on millions run/ Every one a life alone/ Every on a soul undone."
But Yasko saw another message. James agee's poem actually is about children," she said. "When we're younger have wild ideas, crazy ideas. When we get older, we become tamer. It addresses that transition in life."
Installed: the big art panels to be installed in the 53rd and 55th viaduct, along with some touch up or repairs and grafitti removal. However, funds have yet to be identified to pay artists for works in the 51st and 56-57 viaducts, where overhaul work approaches. A consortium led by the 4th and 5th Ward offices is considering fixup and permanent upkeep of the west railroad embankment. Artists include Margaret Burroughs, John Himmelfarb, Calvin Jones, Terry Evans...
New murals went in in fall 2012 in th north side of the 51st viaduct. Called "Survivors Spirit", the panels are quite diverse.
One of the murals (part) on south wall of 56th St. viaduct, "Childhood is Without Prejudice, "restored in 2009 by Bill Walker and Nicholas Kashian. Marc Monaghan for Chicago Public Library Special Collections.
Conservator presents mural preservation at Blackstone Library
Hyde Park Herald, July 18, 2007. By Eric Kasang
Blackstone Branch Library staff and supporters are revving up for restorations of the historic murals adorning the interior of its domed entrance. People walking into the Hyde Park library at 4904 S. lake Park Ave. and tilting their heads upward will notice four faded murals depicting angels and artisans gracing the ceiling's dome.
And on July 18 and 20 at 7 p.m., Peter M. Schoenmann, head conservator of paintings and murals for Parma Conservation, Ltd., will give a free presentation on the restoration. Schoenmann has been tapped by the Blackstone to undertake the project.
Branch manager Ann Keough said this conservation is urgent. "The murals needed attention rather quickly," Keough said. "[Schoenmann] will go over some actual conservations that he's done and he'll provide a critical analysis of the murals."
The murals, with themes relating to labor, literature, the arts and agriculture, were painted by Oliver Dennet Grover, an artist who created many important murals in Chicago buildings and who was a major presence during the Word's Columbian Exhibition in 1893.
Keough said she tried to get funding for the mural conservation through the Chicago Public Library Foundation, but did not receive any money. However, she received funding for the murals from Hyde Park State Rep. Barbara Flynn Curie (D25). "We were very happy that she secured this money because the murals need restoration quickly," Keough said.
Currie said she was ferry happy to help Blackstone. "I know that they have been trying to secure funding for some time," Currie said. "And I was happy to make sure libraries in my district get the help they need."
The Blackstone murals have problems like discoloration from a previous coating on the paintings and a loose canvass, according to Schoenmann. He hoped that the presentation would rekindle interest in the project. He also explained that conservation is preserving the original murals and not repainting them. "Conservation has less to do being an artist than it has to do with being a chemist and technician," Schoenmann said. "What we focus on is getting to the truth, which means never adding anything, but in fact removing all unoriginal materials."
Schoenmann said these "unoriginal materials" included various old varnishes and grime. He said the goal is to return to the artisan's original creation. "We want to get to what the artist had intended for the viewer to see," Schoenmann said. "And that never involves interpreting or painting."
Started in 1902, the Blackstone Library was originally a gift to the City of Chicago from Isabel Norton Blackstone in memory of her husband and railroad magnate Timothy Beach Blackstone. The building was designed by noted architect Solon S. Beman and is a shining example of the Classical Revival style of architecture. For more information, please cal the Blackstone Branch Library at 312 747-0511.
Blackstone Murals receive rehab. July 29, 2009. By Sam Cholke
The murals high up in the main rotunda of Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., are getting their first care in 50 years -- and it's being done right this time. "They're pretty dirty," said librarian Lala Rodgers of the four main panels of the mural depicting literature, science, labor and art. the murals looked like they had never been cleaned, she said.
In 1959, the paintings were coated with "no. 38 dull," a furniture varnish, that trapped dirt in the crannies of the canvas paintings, said Peter Schoenmann from Parma Conservation. "The coating made it look worse that if it hadn't been touched," he said. "It took a lot of testing to come up with a formula that would remove no. 38 dull, but we were successful," Schoenmann said.
Schoenmann and conservationists from Bernacki & Associates, who are restoring the plaster trim and dome that was damaged from a leak in the library's roof, will finish their work in the first week of August. They will return to the library at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 to give a presentation on the process of restoring the Oliver Dennett Grover paintings.
"He was one of the greatest Chicago artists," Schoenmann said. "He was at the center of everything in art in Chicago at the time." Grover was a prominent turn-of-the-century painter in the Beaux Arts style, who displayed work during the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. He was closely aligned with respected architects of the fair, including Solon Beman, who would go on to design the Blackstone Library. "It's amazing how few brushstrokes [Grover] needed to render something that looked alive," Schoenmann said. "These are exquisite -- it's a shame they're up so high."
Chicago Presents has announced it 2009-2010 season: New: season long tribute to Schubert and Beethoven in both the Classic and Chamber Orchestra series. Many programs will be preceded by lecture by the likes of Thomas Christensen and Philip Gosett. The entire series is in Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. Call 773 702-8068, http://chicagopresents.uchicago.edu. Subscriptions go on sale April 20 2009.
Robie House will be back to regular hours by July, with both traditional and new interactive and thought programs. See our Robie page or visit http://www.gowright.org.
Hyde Park Community Players. First shows happened, watch for next June 4-6, "Murder, You Must Be Kidding!" by Pat Cook . email@example.com.
Muntu Dance Theater was set to at the end of 2008 to sign with JP Morgan to build its new 47th St. facility. Between funds raised and a line with New Century Bank (now with JP Morgan via New Market Tax Credits) , it can begin work. Site remediation has already started. It will have 52,000 sq (same as city lot at 53rd and Lake Park, including a 400 seat theater, classrooms and offices. As of June 2009, final review of plans and of joint bank funding was being completed. Construction date was to be announced in a few weeks.
A new journal. The Point magazine. Comes out twice yearly and is available at 57th and Seminary bookstores, Backstory Cafe and online at http://www.thepointmag.com. serious and other topics by first rate writers and scholars, in a fresh style.
In November, the University and architects Todd Williams and Billy Tsien unveiled advancing plans for the David and Reva Logan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, to be located at 60th and Ingleside/Drexel. Plans have met with high praise.
Campus CATALYST - a UC Booth class team will do free joint projects, from business plans to needs assessments. http://www.campuscatalyst.org.
Calling all artists, educators and community activists:
The Woodlawn Collaborative proposes a shared space of students and Chicago South-side residents to work on collaborative art,
intellectual, service and pedagogical initiatives, in partnership with First Presbyterian Church (64th St. and Kimbark Ave.).
We aim to create a vibrant cultural center, in partnership with students, artists, educators and members of the Woodlawn community, creating ways to intersect art, education, and community service.
Interested in joining us? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and look at the attached FAQ.
We are now accepting project proposals.
ILLINOIS ARTS COUNCIL HOLDS GRANT APPLICATION WORKSHOPS Assistance for Organizations Seeking Fiscal Year 2010 Program Grants. The Illinois Arts Council (IAC), along with local arts agencies, will hold free, ninety-minute application workshops at various sites throughout Illinois to assist applicants in completing proposals for Fiscal Year 2010 Program Grants. These grants are available to arts and not-for-profit organizations that present arts programming. Grants are awarded for general operating and project support, and are available in eleven different areas of arts programming. The application deadline is Monday, March 16. The workshop will provide information on the application procedures for the Program Grants as well as about programs and services offered by the IAC.
Jazz Institute of Chicago with Chicago Park District runs a summer program were youth work and young performers work with established musician to earn and perform throughout the city. 6-week program July 27-Sept. 5, culminating at Chicago Jazz Festival Labor Day weekend. Work with Willie Pickens, Pat Mallinger, Lorin Hohen. These 10 youth will be paid CPD employees. Call l312 427-1684 or email@example.com.
Southside Arts and Humanities Network seminars - RSVP req. firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Side Roundtable
2009 Applications available
The South Side Roundtable is a peer-mentoring dinner series that brings together members from small and mid-sized organizations to build their leadership abilities and organizational development skills.
Leaders of small organizations will gather with leaders from mid-sized organizations and other arts professionals in order to build strong professional relationships and address immediate and pressing concerns. Each Roundtable (8-10 individuals) convenes once a month for four months with a trained facilitator. This is a wonderful opportunity to create a professional network on the south side.
To apply please email Joanie Friedman at email@example.com with the following information. We will follow up with the formal application.
More from Southside Arts and Humanities Network (http://thenetwork.uchicago.edu)
The Southside Arts and Humanities Network, "The Network," is a collection of small and mid-sized arts and humanities organizations based on the south side of Chicago. "The Network" aims to leverage the space, intellectual, technological, and volunteer resources of the University (and the city) to support small arts and humanities institutions. "The Network" is a program of the Civic Knowledge Project in the Humanities Division at the University of Chicago.
"The Network" is a space for the cultivation of the rich artistic, cultural, scholarly and human assets based on the south side of Chicago. Our purpose is to strengthen the ties that bind together the south side arts and in so doing make the rest of the city aware of the abundance of cultural activity that exists south of downtown. The goal of "The Network" is to help member organizations overcome isolation, gain visibility and build capacity so that they can better serve their communities and more effectively fulfill their overall vision. We work toward our goal by offering conferences, professional development workshops, peer-mentoring Southside Roundtables and space grants.
Dear Friends of the Civic Knowledge Project—Southside Arts and Humanities Network coordinator, Joanie Friedman, is co-teaching an important course, Theater Games, Art, and Puppetry for the Classroom, starting next Tuesday March 24! Please check out: https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/php/offering.php?oi=4877. This course received rave reviews when it was taught last year, and it promises to be even better this time around!
An opportunity for small arts organizations from Arts Work Fund:
Dear Civic Knowledge, This is an outstanding opportunity for small arts organizations -- please visit the website to find out if your organization is eligible. If you have any questions, please contact Marcia Festen directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: ARTS WORK FUND FOR ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Next Deadline: in 2009
The Arts Work Fund is a funding resource that enables arts and cultural organizations in the Chicago metropolitan region with budgets under $1 million to strategically address issue that contribute to their sustainability and/or build the capacity of the organization to effectively achieve its mission.
Grants are made to support a broad range of organizational development activities, including - but not limited to - efforts such as: marketing research; developing financial management capacity; expanding audience development strategies; building fund development; leadership succession planning; improving board functioning and governance; organizational and executive coaching; strategic planning; and integrating new technology.
Marcia K. Festen
Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development
Artisans 21 cooperative closed its 5225 S. Harper location may 31 and reopened June 10 2009 at 1373 E. 53rd St.
South Shore Opera Company of Chicago t performance June 26 2010 South Shore Cultural Center. About South Shore Opera. A Night of Romance with arias, duets... ensemble scenes from 7 favorite operas by stars such as Kimberly Jones and emerging artists.
The South Shore Opera Company of Chicago, NFP was founded in 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Its mission is to make opera and musical theater more accessible to diverse Chicago audiences on the Southside and elsewhere; to enhance the lives of youth by offering music education and outreach programs; and to provide greater opportunities for African American and other diverse artists to perform in professional productions. The company was formed in partnership with the South Shore Cultural Center (The Chicago Park District) and its Advisory Council. All concerts involve a diverse cross-section of youth performers and 2 out of 3 concerts are free and open to the public.
Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Marvin Lynn has studied voice at DePaul University, the University of Maryland, Towson University, and the New England Conservatory and has also performed with the Grant Park Symphony Chorus, the DreamStreet Theater, The Municipal Opera Company of Baltimore, the Annapolis Opera Company and the Maryland Arts Festival. He holds a bachelor of science in elementary education with a concentration in voice and opera from DePaul University, a master of arts in urban education from Columbia University in New York City and doctorate in education from UCLA. He is Associate Professor Education and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Artistic Director, Elizabeth Norman Sojourner is a celebrated Metropolitan Opera Finals Winner who performs regularly with members of the Chicago Symphony, Grant Park Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta and at the Bach Week Festival in Evanston. Nationally, she has performed at the White House, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and with the symphonies of Richmond, Eugene, Duluth and Chicago as well as abroad in Vienna, Germany, and Africa. Recent engagements include Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Oak Park/River Forest Symphony, Carmina Burana with the Eugene Symphony, and an appearance with Wynton Marsalis and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra premiering his new composition, All Rise. She holds a bachelor of arts in education with a concentration in voice from Morgan State University in Baltimore and a master of arts in vocal performance from DePaul University. She is currently on the voice faculty of Roosevelt University.
Dear Friends: Local operatic artists in Chicago have combined forces with the South Shore Cultural Center adn the Advisory Council of the Center to bring you the South Shore Opera Company of Chicago. The Company has three main goals:
To make opera and musical theater more accessible to diverse Chicago audiences on the Southside and elsewhere;
To enhance the lives of youth by offering music education and outreach programs; and
To provide greater opportunities for diverse artists to perform in professional productions.
The company will bring the best and brightest operatic talent to the South Shore community while providing opportunities for local artists to perform in the community. In addition, we are committed to serving Southside youth who have too few opportunities to nurture their talents and abilities.
We are grateful that our first concert was so well-received by the public. Our next two concerts will take place on June 20th and October 23rd of 2009. The first concert will feature arias, duets and ensembles from several well known operas. The second concert will feature selections from popular musicals like Showboat and Ragtime.
University of Chicago arcopia: Holds a quarterly feast of all arts. More than 20 arts events. http://arts.uchicago.edu.
Theater- Caroline or Change at Court. Watch for it again.
U of C Folk Festival coming February 6-8, var$35 per day, $55 all three. http://www.uofcfolk.org.
Harper Court Arts Council is alive and granting, on a quarterly schedule (applications due 15th fo Feb , May, Aug. Nov. 773 363-8282, 1525 E. 53rd St. Chicago 60615, http:/www.harpercourt.com. Learn about in About Harper Court Arts Council page. Harper Court Arts Council is now seeking small orgs. (under a million) for grants of $1,000 to $10,000 for art projects. http://www.harpercourt.com, email@example.com, 1525 E. 53rd St. Ste 720, Chicago, IL 60615, 773 363-8282.
Harper Court was sold to the university last May by the nonprofit Harper Court Arts Council, whose secretary, Mary Anton came to teh TIF meeting to give an overview of the organization's grant-making activities. Last December, in its inaugural round of grants, the arts Council gave away $300,000. This year the Arts Council has four grant cycles. Applications for the first cycle were due feb. 25, according to the Arts Councils' Web site... Anton declined to say exactly how much the Arts Council netted from the sale after taxes and other expenses.
Dusable Museum is getting ready re-launch fundraising even as it prepares to renovate and occupy the historic Roundhouse building to its south. This will include a grand entrance, library, galleries, ComEd Freedom Readers Club House, Suton Technology and Language Lab, education, children's section, and museum store. Needed yet: restaurants and parking for a "full-day" experience.
Chicago arts grants late each year- where to learn about.
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
2009 Community Arts Assistance Program
Application and Workshops
Applications Available Online at www.CityofChicago.org/CulturalGrants
The Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) is an annual grant opportunity open to new, emerging and mid-career artists and nonprofit arts organizations with annual operating budgets up to $150,000.
Applicants can request a maximum of $1,000 for projects that address specific professional and artistic development needs. Individual applicants must be residents of the city of Chicago for at least 6 months prior to the application deadline and not enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or other degree granting program. Organizations must be incorporated, located in and serving the city of Chicago, have a valid Federal Employer Identification Number, and have acquired, or be in the process of applying for, or seeking funds to apply for 501(c)(3) status. Applications are available in October and are due to the Department of Cultural Affairs by:
early December. Application Assistance Workshops will be held at various locations and times including Hyde Park Art Center:
Please contact Cultural Grants Coordinator
Lindsey Delahanty with any questions.
Watch for the next October Chicago Artists Month,
Hyde Park Art Center has a dynamic set of continuing and opening exhibits and programs. See in Cultural Calendar.
Bash of Receptions October 26 at Hyde Park Art Center for Emergence Project, Joeff Davis: Political Frenzy, Not Just Another Pretty Face patronage exhibit (Nick Cave, Carol Jackson, Anna Kunz, Jacob Hashimoto, Joanne Scott, Oli Watt, Karl Wirsum and many others.
Also for Omar Vera: Cold Eels and Distant Thoughts; Mark Booth: Spanish Still Life or A Large List of Merged Animals.
Not Just Another Pretty Face is an exhibit that connects new and long-time patrons with fresh and ongoing artists and new work.
Coming to MSI April 9-Sept. 7- Harry Potter the Exhibit. Tickets are now on sale, check http://www.msichicago.org.
HPAC has raised the bar on art patronage with 2008's "Not Just Another Pretty Face," following up on its its "Public Salon" in January. 70 relationships promoted there are reflected in the unusual portrait plus exhibit/sale on view through January 2009 and each intended in some way to reflect a relationship between artist and patron. The display is salon-style up the high white walls of the first floor's main gallery, and without descriptive labeling. The range of styles is enormous, and some break barriers between genres, let alone psychological takes, often staged to raise lots of questions-- and don't expect more than a few to be "pretty". The second gallery has many and varied kinds of "flat" art, often multimedia and very innovative. 5020 S. Cornell. 773 312-5520.
April 25, Saturday-July 4 2009 Saturday. Hyde Park Art Center opening--Anniversary Celebration- "70 Days for 70 Years." 5020 S. Cornell, 773 324-5520. This announcement caused consternation to some in light of recent cuts at the center, to who wrote a letter to the Feb. 4, 2009 Herald.
February 4 2009 Hyde Park Herald, Will hold town meeting Feb. 9. By Kate Hawley
The flagging economy has prompted the Hyde Park Art Center's board of director to eliminate four staff positions as part of an effort to cut expenditures by about 15 percent. In recent weeks, the center has laid off studio assistant Paul Baker, senior administrator B.J. Waller and director of finance and operations Margarita Roma. Blake Bradford, director of education, recently resigned and will not be replaced.
The four positions represent about a quarter of the center's staff. "We would love to keep those positions, but there's been a decline in revenues, both contributed and earned," said Executive Director Chuck Thurow. "It was strictly because of financials." "It's tough times for all the arts organizations," he added. "In this kind of dramatic downtown, the arts organizations seem like a luxury of some kind."
The Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., is no exception, according to Thurow; this year, government contributions have dropped 15 percent, and foundation support has dropped 30 percent, though individual donations are still keeping pace with earlier years. Revenues from the classes have also fallen, he said, but he did not have a figure immediately on hand. Tax returns from the 2007 fiscal year, the most recent available, show that the center ended the year with net assets of $5.4 million.
"We have already been alerted by some of our regular funders that they will have to cut back, and we know from 2008 that we cannot expect the growth that we have experienced consistently over the past 10 years, Thurow wrote in an email to the center's members and supporters. "As a consequence,t he board of directors has decided to tighten our belt now so that we do not run into trouble later."
Baker said he was terminated Jan. 15. "I don't think it was the smartest way to deal with quite frankly is a cruel economic environment," he said. "I tried very hard to be an asset to the Art Center.
The board chose to cut mostly administrative jobs and will distribute their duties among program staff, according to Thurow. "We're essentially trying to make a stronger institution by reorganizing," he said.
A group of more than 60 students and supporters of the center expressed dismay at the layoffs in a letter to the Herald.. concerned that the employees were fired without notice and that the center's community classes will suffer. "The fact that their positions were eliminated suggests a deprioritizing of the school relative to exhibitions, events and other Art Center programs," the letter states.
Edgar Allin, a member of the center and an avid participant in ceramics classes, echoed this sentiment. "I find the situation quite perturbing, because the three people who were fired were rather pivotal to the operation of the art Center as a community organization that provides classes for adults and children," he said. Michael Khodarkovsky, whose children attend pottery classes a the center, said he signed the letter because he felt the employees deserved more notification before being laid off. "It's not so much that there were layoffs, it's the manner in which they were carried out," he said.
Kate Thompson, who was among the letter's drafters, said she was upset that the center eliminated jobs right after it got a $20,000 grant from the Harper Court Arts Council* for a 70th anniversary celebration. "How can they be having a big party and also laying people off?" she asked.
[*Thurow is on the board of the Harper Court Arts Council but recused himself from consideration of the grant to HPAC, according to a previous Herald article.]
Thurow said the community wil have a chance to discuss the layoffs and the art center's fiscal priorities at a town hall meeting, to be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9. The job cuts in no way reflect a shift away from the community classes and toward exhibitions, Thurow said. "The board thinks of the school as one of the prime building blocks of the Hyde Park Art Center." The staff did not receive advance noticed of their terminations, but they did receive severance packages based on the length of their tenure, he added....
Letter to Herald Feb. 4, 29009, signed by c. 64 persons
As students and supporters of the Hyde Park Art Center, we are deeply troubled by the recent layoffs of studio assistant Paul Baker, senior administrator B.J. Waller, and director of finance and operations Margarita Roman, three long-time Art Center employees. while we recognized that current economic conditions may necessitate cutbacks, we do not believe that laying off these employees was the proper course of action.
We deplore the manner in which these three people were let go. All of them were integral to the successful transition of the Art Center to its new, larger quarters at 5020 S. Cornell Ave. in 206, and continued to perform their jobs to a high standard. Yet they received no prior notice or opportunity to challenge their dismissal, and were simply informed of their termination on the day their positions were eliminated. No employee should be treated with such disrespect.
We question why these employees in particular were let go. All had roles that were crucial to the functioning of the school; the fact that their positions were eliminated suggests a de-prioritizing of the school relative to exhibitions, events and other Art Center programs. Moreover, the layoffs came at a time when the school staff had already been reduced by the decision not to replace the director of education, Blake Bradford, who recently resigned. The school has been a vital part of the neighborhood for many generations, and actions that could lead to its decline or demise are a blow to the entire community.
We object to the lack of transparency in the decision making process leading to the employees' termination. Faculty were not told of the layoffs and found out only by word of mouth. Teaching artists will be directly impacted, yet no one has discussed with them who will be taking on the duties of the laid-off employees. If other options besides layoffs were considered, we would like to know what they were and why they were rejected. School tuition helps to fund the Art Center, and many students are also members and /or donors. Any decisions made by the art center board that involve the school have immediate and real effects on the lives of its students, supporters and teaching artists. The board should more carefully consider the consequences or its actions.
Art Center exec responds to layoffs (Chuck Thurow in Feb. 11 2009 Herald)
This letter is responding to the letter you published in your Feb. 4 edition, "Hyde Park Art center layoffs were misguided" as well as comments on your article "HP Art Center cuts 4 jobs, citing economy." I regret that we did not do a good job of communicating the changes of the past few weeks, since the perception about the decisions articulated in the letter and the [article] are actually dramatically at odds. We have communicated via e-mails to members of our entire community and hosted a town meeting on Feb. 9 to which all were invited. In addition, I want to clarify some points from wednesday's Herald issue even more publicly.
Most importantly, all of us at the art Center care very much, both personally and professionally, about those affected by the layoff. Margie Roman, B.J. Waller, and Paul Baker were all integral parts of the Art Center's close-knit staff and are tremendously missed by all of us. The layoffs were made in a way that were intended to be most respectful of those directly affected--giving them severance packages instead of asking them to continue working after the decision was made.
Secondly, I want to make clear lt hat both the board and staff of the Art Center are tremendously committed to the entire school as essential elements of the Art Center's overall success. Indeed, at the same meeting at which it determined the layoffs, the board set up a special task force to find ways to strengthen the school to make it even more central to the long-term viability of the center. We are now interviewing students, teachers and others to solicit their ideas. On a personal note, I find taking classes at the center a great source of my own creativity.
As for the layoffs, these changes have been difficult for everyone. Our board took its decision very seriously and considered all possible alternatives. The layoffs were designed to minimize the impact on programs by removing administrative positions rather than program positions. Both Margie Roman and B.J. Waller spent equal amounts of time supporting exhibitions, creative events and other activities as they did the school. Paul Baker spent part of his time as a studio assistant, but the rest of his time was building maintenance for the other programs. This work has been redistributed among the remaining staff, and all are picking up a lot of extra work.
And finally, I want to correct the comment in the article about our spending our grant from the Harper Court Arts Foundation on a "party." The activities supported by the foundation are part of our 70th anniversary celebration, which in and of itself provides important outreach tot eh larger Hyde Park and South Side communities. This outreach through free events is another essential element of the Hyde Park Art Center as a community organization. Such activities give a much broader audience access to our artists and our facility and simultaneously introduce them to the school and exhibition programs. Such activities are indeed fun (hopefully, really fun), but they are also integral to the center's programmatic mission and should not be dismissed as unimportant.
These are indeed tough economic times. The center was started 70 years ago in the midst of the Great Depression by people with great verve and tenacity, and we expect to continue that tradition now.
Coverage Feb. 18 Herald, HPAC holds open forum on layoffs, future plans. By Kate Hawley
The Hyde Park Art Center held a packed town hall meeting Monday, Feb. 9, in the wake of recent layoffs prompted by the faltering economy. The meeting's goal was to offer reassurance about the long-term fiscal health of the center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., and provide a forum for open dialogue with supporters, said Executive Director Chuck Thurow."This very full room is evidence of what's great about the Art Center," he said. "We have people who care about what's happening and want to give feedback."
The Herald reported Feb. 4 that the center had recently laid off four staff members as part of an effort to cut expenditures by 15 percent. The cuts, targeted at administrative positions, reduced the staff by a quarter. A combination of factors led to the layoffs, Thurow said; a contraction of the budget after increases surrounding the center's move to its new facility in 2006, and the sharp downturn in the economy that is hurting a wide array of arts and philanthropic organizations. "The Hyde Park Center is not immune," said Lawrence Fuhrnstahl, chair of the board. "but it has very many great strengths. We are absolutely dedicated to facing the challenge we have from the position of that strength."
The 70-year-old institution is well loved by many locals for the art classes offered through its school and studio. Some 60 people wrote an open letter to the center's board (also printed in the Herald), worried that the layoffs were a sign that the school will no longer be a priority. Cathy Gruber echoed that sentiment at the meeting, asking whether the classes were financially self-sustaining. "The classes here are the essential thing for me," she said. "It has felt to me that it was less important in the mission."
Thurow said that, to the contrary, classes are essential to the mission, and in fact come the closest of any activity the center undertakes to breaking even. The board has recently formed a special task force to look at ways the center can enlarge the school, he added.
The letter also expressed concern that the employees had not received advance notice of their terminations. Thurow explained that the center made the choice not to provide prior notice but instead to offer severance packages - so the staff wouldn't have to come to work knowing the axe was about to fall. Michael Scott, a student in the ceramics classes for 35 years, suggested that the center's leadership could have communicated better, and Thurow agreed, saying that more open meetings will be likely down the road.
For the most part the tenor of the meeting was friendly, with many people expressing gratitude for the center's programs and classes, and offering suggestions about ways to get more involved. One woman wanted to sign up for classes a year at a time. University of Chicago student Karen Alper generated a murmur of excitement when she suggested that the student population would be a willing market for studio art classes.
"I'm kind of bullish on the economic problem, in that it brings us back to a sense of community," Thurow said.
February 18 Herald editorial, Hyde Park Art Center needs time to regroup.
We recently printed a letter in which many Hyde Parkers collectively sounded an alarm regarding recent layoffs at the Hyde Park Art Center. The letter raised many questions: Were the positions cut in haste? Were the affected employees treated with the respect and decency their work at the art center deserved? Are beloved programs at the center at risk because of the reduced staff? The tenor of the letter implied that the answers to these questions were yes, no and yes, respectively.
Longtime art center head Chuck Thurow responded swiftly. An e-mail was sent out to art center users announcing a meeting, set for last Monday, to address their concerns. A letter appeared in the Herald addressing what Thurow seemed to see as misperceptions about the layoffs. And then, of course, the meeting itself took place. At it, Thurow answered concerns and appeared to be truly troubled that the whole affair was considered unseemly by some Hyde Parkers.
The truth is, these are tough economic times, and it is doubtful whether Thurow could have handled the situation any better than he did. It is possible, for example, that he could have announced to the community that three of his employees were about to be unemployed at some sort of public meeting and listened to Hyde Parkers tell him that's not what they wanted. Would an outpouring of support equivalent to these three salaries have emerged? We doubt it. Meanwhile, that would bed quite an awkward position for Thurow, the employees in question and, really, the entire staff of the art center.
We believe Thurow did his job and responded to the unsurprising Hyde Park reaction appropriately. Under Thurow, the art center has blossomed. We have yet to see evidence of any programs being cut in favor of others.
In short, let's give the guy a break.
Meanwhile, sadly, we predict that, until the economy recovers, we have to brace for similar revelations from other nonprofits -- and for-profit businesses -- in the community to follow suit. Hyde Parkers need to circle our wagons. Let's look at our charitable donations and think about how much more we can give locally. Let's think about when we leave the neighborhood to shop and why -- and reconsider. There are many new, interesting retail establishments that have popped up in Hyde Park in recent years. Are we shopping elsewhere out of necessity or habit?
We applaud both Thurow and the Hyde Parkers who raised concerns about the choice he made. This is Hyde Park in action. Should our prediction prove accurate - and we hope it does not --we hope and expect that both residents and institutional leaders will demonstrate the capacity for stewardship that this event has evinced -- by both the leadership at the art center and the Hyde Parkers who recreate there.
Find out about the 57th Street Children's Book Fair, its history and transition to management by 57th Street Books staff in our 57th Children's Book Fair page. Date varies, late September or early October. Reorganizing and expanding, with more opportunities for independent booksellers.
Artisans 21 wants everyone to know it is still open in Harper Court and will not move until some time in 2009. Its newest artists, Terry Boykin (digital) and sisters Susan and Jane Sahffer (silver and pearl jewelry). Looking for a new location from 5225 S. Harper.
Robie House will have reduced access and tour availability starting November 2008 as major interior restoration gets under way under a $5 million line of credit to the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. See Robie page.
Under way is mural replacement under the 47th Metra viaduct. After city crews whitewashed the progressive murals done by teams including Higher Gliffs, and Metra cancelled the contracts and Higher Gliffs could not or chose not to compete in a competition under North Kenwood-Oakland Conservation Community Council, Chicago Public Works Group, and Ald. Preckwinkle's office, the judged competition chose two teams. Work began in June 2008 on the south face, called "Instinctive Movements." In July 2009 installation of mosaic began on the north wall under lead artist Carolyn Elaine? and John Berger of Chicago Public Art Group, Lisa White and others from Alternatives, Inc, and Kenwood High. (Commissioned by the 4th Ward).
Blow up of works by three noted Chicago artists was being readied for installation on the 53rd and 55th Metra viaducts (under renovation) walls, along with restoration of some murals--already underway. Work is planned by Chicago Public Art Group, University of Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center, and South Side Community Art Center. Also to get underway are mosaics in the 57th Street Lake Shore Drive underpasses. Restoration has begun of Ms. Yasko's "Under City Stone" on the north side of 55th viaduct, and work has started on installation under the 47th Lake Shore Drive viaduct. And parts of murals to be restored are in progress. Panels to go up include work of South Sider and art leader Margaret Burroughs, Terry Evans (industrial photos) and Jim Himmelfarb ("Truck Series"--whose work is also on display in Hyde Park Art Center's "Not Just Another Pretty Face".)
University of Chicago Department of Visual Arts has a new "Temporary" gallery in the 5200 block of S. Harper.
August 15, 5-7pm. Opening reception for "Looks Like Freedom: art, politics, urban space / around 1968 / Chicago," an exhibition of art and documents from the late 1960s in Chicago at DOVA Temporary Gallery, 5228 S. Harper Ave. Current exhibit is based on works and musicians features at next-door Dr. Wax. For more information, contact Maggie Taft (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rebecca Zorach (312) 259 4393.
There are numerous murals in or about to be attached (including by 3 famous South Side artists) in the Metra viaducts-- and some periodically "disappear." More about these in the Metra Viaducts page. Others at 57th underpasses, schools, or are outside, such as the one on the alley at Kinkos in the 1300 block of 57th St. The latter was originally done by artist, muralist, writer and rapper (Jam Crew and 3 albums with Stony Island) Wyatt "Attica" Mitchell. He attended Ray and Kenwood and worked at the Medici them moved to New York and Atlanta, and was shot visiting Chicago in 2004. In 2009 the mural underwent its 2nd renovation under graffiti artist Sam "Desi W.O.M.E." Mulberry. (Pieces by both were among those in the 47th viaduct whitewashed in 2006.)
Hyde Park Art Center's several exhibits in summer 2008 included a photographic selection "Are We There Yet?" on different takes on traveling as they relate to cultural expectations or restrictions in various countries including U.S. Curated by Dawoud Bey.
Bethany Pickens album release shows her growing career.
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel celebrated the grand restoration and update of both its E.M. Skinner Organ and its Laura Spelman Rockefeller Carillon in a packed, gala concert June 7 featuring new commissions. Carillonathon occurs every Sunday through summer and organ concerts will rev up next fall. The chapel is in 2008 at midpoint in a 5-year restoration and enhancement. Done is electrical, Cinquefoil window, pipe organ restoration and expansion into the largest in Chicago, and the carillon. Progressing are tuckpointing, , drainage, tower, and soon lance windows.
Our local schools and art center programs continue to garner awards and brighten up the landscapes from the Dan Ryan to park paths and underpasses. Several Kenwood Academy students won medals in citywide art competitions involving MSI and MCA and are (with art projects from other schools) being featured in exhibits at various museums and Hyde Park Art Center (one May 13 3-5 pm.)
Museum of Science and Industry has launched a capital campaign to renew itself and create a seamless, interactive experience in the Museum, targeted especially at showing the need for the sciences in our everyday lives to students who will need to be recruited into sciences and engineering. Its Center for Science and Education partners with 40 community based organization in this mission, including with $1,000 stipends for needy families for supplies, transportation and lab space.
Catherine Zhou, Hyde Park young musician and student of Laura Fenster (a leader in Music Teachers of Hyde Park), was featured on a new WFMT series 'Introductions' featuring young musicians.
Who are Music Teachers of Hyde Park?
In the early '70s, Elaine Smith and Connie White formed a collaboration then called Hyde Park Piano Seminar. In 1999, Leon Despres helped them expand as a not-for-profit-- and expand they have ever since. They now consist of over 40 instructors in piano, strings, woodwind, voice, djeme... They collaborate on performances, workshops, recitals, and in-depth professional development. In addition to 4th Monday recitals 7:30 at Blackstone Library that often include students with one or several teachers, they have a year-long teaching and development program for students that gradually revs up into recitals, April Concerto Days (with UC professionals and students), annual Chamber Music Days, the year-end Performathon Weekend at Montgomery Place and Blackstone Library (a fundraiser for faith-based hunger programs/Habitat for Humanity), and summer camp Summer Ensemble Fest 2nd week in July for students in grades 6-12. Students have graduated from leading conservatories and one, Catherine Zhou was featured on WFMT's 'Introductions' showcase program for young musicians.
Learn more at http://www.mthp.org.
Find out about a condo project for artists live/work at 63rd and Cottage Grove: http://www.grenders.com/uploads/Schcolnik/sk-strand-movie.zip.
Reminder- South Side Arts and Humanities network has grants of up to $1,000 for arts orgs. of under a million budget to rent space in which to put on a show or benefit between May 12 and Nov. 30 2008. Send full information on your org. and its proposed event/venue to Joanie Friedman at 1115 E. 58th St. Their email is email@example.com. They with Civic Knowledge will be holding a series of workshops in mid June on connecting small arts organizations with money and other help.
UC resident ensemble eighth blackbird received two honors at the 2008 Grammy's in February. Honored were its 8th release, strange imaginary animals (Best Chamber Music Performance) and director Judith Sherman. The disc includes a piece by UC graduate student David Gordon, "Friction Systems." Their website is http://eighthblackbird.com. Other resident ensemble groups are Pacifica Quartet, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (recently renewed for another 3 years), and Newberry Consort. Other performance groups include Contempo, East Javanese Gamelan, JazzXtet, Middle East Music Ensemble, Motet Choir, Rockefeller Choir, University Chamber Orchestra, University Chorus, and University Symphony Orchestra.
Museum of Science and Industry started celebration of its 75h year by receiving a Paul Cornell award from the Hyde Park Historical Society and with exhibits on black creativity and the science and art of cinema and video, and especially with its new exhibit, THE GLASS EXPERIENCE. From the entry with 22 large lead crystal chandeliers, it's a stunner. Geoffrey Curly is the curator. The exhibit explores the science and process of glass, starting 4000 years ago, its use as a practical necessity, ingenuity an invention, and wonderful art by the likes of Louis Comfort Tiffany, the Corning Museum of Glass, and Dale Chihuly. The latter's "Macchia Forest" may well be the show-stopper. The work of Wright and Tiffany follow, culminating in the window "Landscape with Classical Bust" (1905). Artisans form the Botti Studio in Evanston will demonstrate restoration work while New York's Corning Museum of Glass artisans shape molten glass. The show ends with modern art glass and the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Through September.
Prospective Logan Center for Creative and Performing Arts at U of C dedicated in January 2008.
Newly opened: Backstory Cafe at Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone. Back Story Cafe- see also Experimental Station. Sarah Black and Saadia Shah. Aims to be a moderately priced coffee shop, info handout, entertainment venue (music, interview series, free WiFi, film screenings, maybe art) , book signings, Powell's Books used books including free in-house loans. Fair trade slow-filtered coffee and organic food. www.backstorycafe.com or www.backstory.com.
Major at Hyde Park Art Center includes 2-day Creative anniversary program every April.
Civic Knowledge Project of University of Chicago has published a Southside Arts and Humanities Network Directory. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 773 834-3929 concerning a copy or getting your nonprofit arts organization in the database and next issue.
From: Joanie Friedman <email@example.com>
To: Joanie Friedman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 11:14 am
Subject: Community Steering Committee for "The Network"
Dear Network Members,
The Southside Arts and Humanities Network (“The Network”) aims to create a Steering Committee to help guide programmatic decisions for 2008/2009. The Network is a program of the Civic Knowledge Project at the University of Chicago, and works with small and emerging arts and culture non-profit organizations. The Network works with leaders (staff and board) of small arts and humanities non-profit organizations in order to increase visibility, build capacity and build partnerships.
Members of the Steering Committee will serve as advocates to recruit new members and share information about upcoming events and classes. Membership will be a small and targeted group. A more detailed description of the responsibilities of a Community Steering Committee member is attached below. If you would like to nominate someone (or nominate yourself) please send an email to email@example.com.
Coordinator, The Southside Arts and Humanities Network
Virginio Ferrari's "Ecstasy" has been placed in the beautifully restored Model Yacht Basin in Harold Washington Park at 51st and the Drive- Dedication was Saturday, Sept. 29 2007, which is to be marked as a stellar day for the wildly successful first annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival.
HPKCC rescued, ran important Columbus weekend Hyde Park Co-op Used Book Sale- see in Hyde Park Co-op Used Book Sale page.
Hyde Park Herald, June 4, 2008. By Kate Hawley
Harper Court Arts Council to expand, restructure. Board member pledges nonprofit will be "very open"
Revised Mission statement:
"The Corporation shall be organized for the dual purposes of (1) economic development specifically in the Hyde Park and Kenwood communities through projects designed to provide for the continuation in the community of diversified properties and programs which are necessary for artisans, craftsmen, educational, recreational and other services offered on a commercial or not-for-profit basis and (2) to support, benefit and provide for the promotion of th arts in the Chicago metropolitan area with specific emphasis in the Hyde Park Kenwood communities ("Hyde Park") through the awarding of grants and sponsorships to community based groups and individuals."
The Harper Court Arts Council, the nonprofit organization that has been at the center of controversy in its role as steward of the Harper Court shopping center, has a new bylaws that requires community outreach and an expanded, recognized board of directors.
The bylaws were amended in April, about a month before the University of Chicago announced it had bought Harper Court..... The Arts Council received $6.5 million from the sale.
The changes to the bylaws were meant to ensure that the Arts Council's board is representative of the community, said Robyn Ziegler, a spokesperson for the Illinois Attorney General's office. The office has been monitoring the Arts Council since early 2006, about a month after the Harper Court Foundation, the nonprofit that had run the shopping center for 40 years, transferred its assets to the Arts Council, an offshoot organization formed in 1990 to promote the arts in Hyde Park.
The idea behind the transfer, Arts Council board members have explained, was to sell the flagging shopping center to a developer who could revitalize it and funnel the assets into an organization to support arts and artists. This, they've argued, was a way to further the original mission of Harper Court, built in 1965 to support artists displaced by Urban Renewal.
But some in the community, including Hyde Park attorney Jorge Sanchez, claimed the transfer was illegal because the foundation installed some of its members into director positions at the Arts Council. And, he charged, the foundation didn't dissolve after it transferred its assets. In a letter to the Attorney General, he also argued it is unlawful to move the money to a nonprofit with a different mission, since in his view the Arts Council's work promoting the arts didn't match the foundation's original mission toe preserve retail diversity.
The Attorney General's office has reported nothing illegal about the transfer but has made some recommendations about restructuring the Arts Council, according to Ziegler. Sanchez--and other Hyde Parkers--have complained that the Arts Council's board has been non communicative as talks about the sale and redevelopment of the shopping center have heated up.
But the university's purchase of the shopping center and the organizational changes within the Arts Council mark a new era, according to board member Nancy Rosenbacher. "There will be no invisible anything with this Arts Council," she said. "Anything we might do will be very open."
The Arts Council will use the fund towards its mission to support arts in the community (see the box...). "We'll continue to monitor their progress," said Ziegler.
The new bylaws require a board composed of 10 to 15 people. That's at least three more than the board had in February 2006, when it sent a letter to the Herald signed by seven people: Paula Jones, Nancy Rosenbacher, Mary Anton, James Ratcliffe, Kenneth Grant, Georgene Pavalec and Duel Richardson. An eighth, Attorney Jason Bruce, was later added, according to Rosenbacher.
Since the new bylaws were written, the board has decided to add three more more members, she said. She declined to name them yet, saying she needed to wait until each of them has been officially notified by the board. That is expected to happen in coming weeks, she said, adding that all of the new members have "foundation backgrounds."
The bylaws also include detailed stipulations about the makeup of the board. For example, no less than 75 percent of its members must live in Hyde Park or Kenwood. And at least a quarter of the members must have arts background, experience in economic development in Hyde Park and Kenwood, and be member of Hyde Park or Kenwood Community organizations.
The bylaws also require community outreach, with the board mandated to "encourage participation by the groups and individuals that are intended to benefit from the Corporation's activities, and to listen to, and obtain feedback from, members of the Hyde Park community." The Arts Council is also required to maintain a detailed website where annual reports will be published within six months of the close of each fiscal year.
Reaching out to the community will be the Arts Council's next big step, Rosenbacher said. The group's focus is to "get organized and send notices out to the community looking for projects," she said, adding "Summer's coming. I'm sure we'll get most active in the fall."
General, deaths, kudos, new to the community
Court Theatre's next: Carousel, now open, directed by Charles Newell and others. 5535 S. Ellis. 773 753-4472, http://www.courttheatre.org.
Hyde Park At Center- lots of exhibits coming on, including "Consuming War": This November, the Hyde Park Art Center will present Consuming War, an exhibition I am cu rating of 14 Chicago artists who were compelled to shift focus as our country went to war in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. The exhibition will run from November 4, 2007 through January 20, 2008 and will reach beyond the galleries of the HPAC to include a range of installations and happenings examining how war consumes us and how our consumption has fed the war -- all intended to provoke dialogue and action.
The art center has extended the age of artists practically down to the cradle with an exhibit called Language Arts. ?this show the work of preschoolers in Suzanne Sebold-Suso's Discover Art classes at the Center. She noticed that in this preschool class five native languages were being spoken--English, Chinese, Korean, West African, and French. The exhibit has acrylic paintings and clay reliefs each using in different languages the words for love, art, understanding, peace, truth, beauty, and inspiration. There are also eight large scrolls done by the students. Through April 27. Next Discover Art class starts March 31.
Reva and David Logan give $35 million naming gift for U of C Center for Creative and Performing Arts. Design selected.
New, diverse art for Viaducts, Underpasses from international artists to school students. Artists selected, shown off at meetings for 47th Viaduct:
Moving ahead on viaduct mural restoration and new call for proposals for art panels, open to South Siders. Under a three organization collaboration. (see Metra viaducts page and section linked to above). 4 major South Side artists chosen for 53rd, 55th.
Selected for the 47th murals were Rahamaan Barnes and a team of Nina Smoot-Cain, Carolyn Elaine an Sonata Kazimieraiteiene.
47th mural finalists selected, show to North Kenwood Oakland Conservation Community Council March 6 2008.
The finalists are: Rahmann Barnes and a team of Nina Smoot-Cain, Carolyn Elaine and Sonata Kazimieraiteiene. They showed their concepts, the first a mosaic with mirrored tile, the other a painted collage reflecting history of Hyde Park and Kenwood. 28 individuals or teams competed. (Sam Mulberry and others whose murals were whitewashed in 2005 say they were never dealt with seriously. They declined to apply or compete in the RFP.) The Smoot-Cain team has done other murals in the area and one is a 4th generation resident. Their mosaic at five pints along the walls would evoke community virtues and values and include clay tile reliefs made by residents. The Barnes Tea proposes a mural called "Instinctive Movements," which in acrylic and spray would cover the whole wall with color, maps, prominent Chicagoans, the seasons, and symbols. Barnes grew up in the area and teaches at Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center and After School Matters, which have been putting up art along highways etc. The winning team will be selected soon and work start in the summer.
Hyde Park Art Center celebrates first year in new center, its own designed facility April 28-29. Volunteer opportunities
Concept development continues for UC arts center (now partially funded) - see (in UC and Arts section) below; Zimmer says why new arts center matters.
Arts and recreation center planned for 35th and Cottage Grove. From Sept. 10 TIF mins.:
Proposed Arts and Recreation Center at 35th and Cottage Grove: Bernita Johnson-Gabriel, Executive Director of QCDC, and Gabriella DiFilippo, Illinois Facilities Fund, shared a power point about the background and future plans to build an arts and recreation center at 35th and Cottage. QCDC's Quality of Life Survey indicated the community's desire for and value of arts and recreation. This led to a more detailed survey that identified specific arts and recreation needs, including issues of safety, accessibility, availability to all income, and activities such as swimming, teen programs, adult fitness, and music lessons. An artist's rendering of the 85,000 [sq. ft.] included 50,000 square feet for recreation, 25,000 for music, arts, dance, and theater activities, and 1o,000 for retail space needs related to the facility. Care is being given to ensure that duplication of arts programs and institutions does not occur, e.g., Muntu, Little Black Pearl, Hyde Park Art Center, etc. At present, Community Builders is taking the lead on developing the site. The Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Schools own the land. It is estimated that $25 to $30 million dollars will be needed; financing is hoped for by this fall.
Martha Roth, noted scholar of the ancient Near East is the new U of C Dean of Humanities
Destruction of the 47th murals (originally painted under Sam Mulberry's Higher Gliffs group and including "The 12 Walls of Perception") as part of a city fix up project, is major loss. Hopes are that the original group can do new ones, but some have died. See the Murals-Viaducts-Lk Pk page. Artists selected for 53rd, 55th!
New mosaic project for 57th/Drive underpasses, with schools, HPAC, others
New grants for costs, training course for arts nonprofits: Civic Knowledge U of C
UC hires three major artists as Dept. Visual Arts faculty: Tania Bruguera, Inigo Mangloano-Ovalle, Catherine Sullivan. Adding rich depth and new internationalism.
And the Presidential Fellows in the Arts.
Rockefeller's E. M. Skinner organ is being totally refurbished and expanded in Ohio to its Romantic glory (but brightened and louder) and will be Chicago's largest organ. As the pipes will have to indiv. voiced and volume matched for the building, it will not be ready until the end of 2007. Visit University and Community page- Rockefeller renovations. The bells are back and rehung. 58 of the 72 bells were sent to the Netherlands Royal Eisjbouts. The great bourdon bell weighs 18.5 tons and is nearly 10 feet across. The new clappers are round and rotate. After the June 7 rededication gala for organ and carillon, a new box will be built around the carillon and the Sunday concerts will resume in July.
U of C collaborative UNCAP project to add Jazz Archives, poetry mss. to its inventory and access website on lots of arts and history of South Side.
Read the story of the amazing 57th Street Children's Book Store (Sept. 16 1-6 pm) in the 57th Street Children's Book Fair page.
New youth-created mural to be dedicated at Harris Recreational Center
Smart dedicates Eunice Ratner Reception Gallery in honor of major gift.
Arts Market came to Harper Court four weekends summer '06.
Art camps and kids competitions- Jumpstart's event of parents reading to kids "The Little Engine That Could" was huge success at Nichols field house. Overall, the literacy event is in the Guinness Book of Records.
Eva Liljendahl's Inspiration for Excellence program gives training in creative writing
Hyde Park Art Center moves; classes.
HPAC aided Canter mural graces County Center on Washington. HPAC helps other schools with murals, too.
Blackstone Library gets new mural Let It Fly for Children's room with Smart help.
Hannah Hayes in recent commentary calls for support of murals renovation project as way to revive Hyde Park commitment to arts. (Encourages to contact Jon Pounds of Chicago Public Art Group, 312 427-2724. More in Viaduct murals page.
Smart exhibits refined understanding of early modernist sculpture, interplay of writing and drawing, and the strivings of Polish and Polish-born artists from the 1890s to WWII.
Artisans 21 at 30, wants to stay in Harper Court, inducts new artists, has gala celebration Oct. 21, 22 2006.
Artisans 21 underwent remodeling and is celebrating reopening September 5.
Oriental Institute opens two exhibits on Nubia, the land south of Egypt
Bronzeville coming up as next gallery incubator- and Bronzeville Academic Center is, too
The University of Chicago Department of Visual Arts' new url: http://dova.uchicago.edu
SmartFamilies at Blackstone Library, Smart grant for outreach to families other neighborhoods.
New Director, sub directors for Smart Museum- see under Smart, below
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra to begin 3-year residency at U of C
Friends of the Gamelan now has offices, perf. venue in Hyde Park Union Church
A contemp. music group to watch- Maverick Ensemble performs at Renaissance Society
Kudos and more artist doings
Neighborhood, race, income education gaps in in use of mainline culture venues--what it means: study by U of C Cultural Policy and Joyce Foundation. Is some about Hyde Park vs. surrounding cultural demographics. Could also be used to toot Hyde Park's horn, but to what use doing it at expense of neighbors when the whole South Side art scene is growing exponentially?
Jazz up, jazz down, maybe up again?
Profile of Willie Pickens, who performs at HP Chamber of Commerce dinner Oct. 26
Some current shows- see Cultural Calendar page
This year's Arts Awards
Wireless Internet access now at branch libraries
Local authors and book titles. Venues for Author events
One Book One Chicago selection; Chicago Book Festival October 2005
55th Street, Washington Park become an art class for UC students, projects were shown, honored at Hist'l Soc. in June, 2005, follow up class held in September; exhibit in HP Historical Society
Arts classes- for you
Seeking/showing the South Side's home movies
Someone to watch: Hamza Walker of Renaissance Society
Another: Keith Purvis and his (co-owned) Art on the Loose
Hyde Park Art Center new building open, evolving
Updates, collaborative design team for digital facade, more, historical vignettes in new book
University and the Hyde Park Art Center; what the special uses and assets of the space will bring to UC, neighborhood, South Side, artists
Black Pearl/Muntu: Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center (Workshop) opened a major, innovative center on 47th Street now a major 2nd venue for U of C and Smart fine arts programs.
Dance ground breaking, gets big gift from Boeing. Has $11 m of
19. Watch for Muntu's gala summer, 2007.
In mid 2008 still stalled but on track.
Museum gets historic park building, starts leg 2 of major fundraising. New
hours during construction.
University of Chicago and the arts:
President Zimmer gives arts campus priority.
Concept development continues for U of C Center for Creative and Performing Arts- architectural competition decided.
Assets- now Southside Arts and Humanities Network/Civic Knowledge Reports:
A new UC/Smart Museum led resourcing consortium
for arts and cultural venues and organizations and community orgs.
and businesses that can help the arts. Teaching artists the practical
side. And now, a traveling module on researching your house as asset. CK, SAHN
Updates will be in Civic Knowledge
page. And a new Network Directory is out by CK.
Artists, performers in greater south side who are being helped.
What a new $25,000 grant will enable Civic Knowledge/Enhancing Assets to do!
www.uchicago.edu/artscouncil. Civic Knowledge listhost: https://listhost.uchicago.edu/mailman/listinfo/civicknowledge Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The guidebook is now out!
March 7 2005 arts panel analyzes university's role in community
and Feminism and Hip Hop conference hits a nerve, is sold out
Smart Museum outreach, recent accessions, awards
New Smart Director Anthony G. Hirschel and new sub directors as Smart gets going!
Oriental Institute opened last major permanent collections exhibit January 2005
World's achangin': Did you know that...?
and its circulation...have structural social effects that are as fundamental
as brute economics [to] not just empower local communities, but also it establishes
the realities. Increasing knowledge circulation around the University, University
as a community resource." Danielle Allen
" Public scholarship in the arts and humanities is defined by its explicit hopefulness. Such work is based on the conviction that it is possible for artists and humanists to make original, smart, and beautiful work that matters to particular communities and to higher education. Public scholarship is terrain where invention can be carries out sociably, yielding new relationships, new knowledge, and tangible public goods." Ellison, U. Michigan
"It's the only thing that people do, especially with regard to making things, that they don't have to do... an act of human intervention [that] seems to point to what is special about being human... where to look for what's gong on, ..the things we have in common, [personal process, conduit for connections with another, understanding]." Ted Cohen, Prof. of Philosophy
General, deaths, kudos
Jazz,Sundays 7:30-11 pm. Checkerboard Lounge and CheckerJazz. Sept. 29 they host the final HP Jazz Festival great midnight JAM.
Dear Members of the Southside Arts and Humanities Network "The Network,"
If you are looking for a space for your arts non-profit organization
-- I encourage you to read the following message from IFF and
complete their survey! If you have any questions, please contact
Robin Toewe directly at (312) 596-5141 email@example.com.
Message from IFF:
"Are you tired of dealing with second-rate landlords?
Is your program space bursting at the seams?
Are there programs you would offer if only your agency had the right
IFF, a nonprofit community development lender and real estate
consultant, is pleased to share an exciting and rare opportunity to
offer nonprofit arts and culture groups space in state-of-the-art
community facilities to be built on Chicago’s South and West Sides
over the next few years.
IFF is facilitating the planning process to construct two multi-
tenant arts, culture and recreation facilities in Chicago. The first
site is at 35th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue on the South Side,
and a second to-be-determined site will be constructed on the West
Side. Each facility will house a variety of nonprofit-run programs to
serve area families. The facilities may include shared state-of-the-
art performance space, retail businesses and other amenities for
seniors, families and children.
If your agency is thinking about new space, please take 10 minutes to
complete this survey:
IFF is eager to gauge the interests of arts and culture nonprofit
groups in occupying space in either of these facilities. All
responses will be acknowledged by IFF by mail or telephone by October
Deadline: Survey must be submitted by July 30, 2007."
Reva and David Logan family gift of $35 million sets the Logan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts development in motion. The architect selected in late May is the husband and wife team of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien of New York, known for art centers and work on university campuses. It looks like the structure will be built in one phase, with hopes it will not have to be scaled back. It have a horizontal component visually open to the Midway, a raised courtyard and a 160-foot green stone clad tower including a protruding glass-faced cafe with retractable roof, yoga and napping room. The building is to expose the messiness of art to the outside while avoiding separated- off floors, so that the different departments can mingle.
The Zhou Brothers has a new major art manufactory and gallery in the old Spiegel hq, 35th and Morgan. 1029 W. 35th. 87,000 sq. ft. It's fast becoming a major and chic art center in Chicago. Raises stipend money for struggling artists and arts organizations. Its use for gathering space has been curtailed or killed by police action.
Collaborating on mural restoration in viaducts and a new call for proposals for the new art panels are Hyde Park Art center, Chicago Public Art Group, and South Side Community Art Center. Details and links to graphics in Murals and Viaducts page. Looks more encouraging for 47th viaduct- call for proposals to go out.
Groups seek to preserve public art [mixing new art and existing 70s murals]
Hyde Park Herald, June 6, 2007. By Nykeya Woods
The South Side Community Art Center, the Hyde Park Art Center and the Chicago Public Art Group are soliciting local artists to refurbish several historic murals. Plans include 55th, 56th and 57th streets. Talks began when the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) whitewashed murals at the 51st and 47th street viaducts during improvements.
Jon Pounds, executive director of the Chicago Public Art Group, said that several panels will be installed during the renovation as "an outdoor gallery for artists."
His organization is spearheading the proposal, which was announced at last month's [May 14, 2007] 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Advisory Council meeting. Artists who live between 2nd and 79th streets and the Dan Ryan Expressway and the lake are encouraged to submit their work. "The interest is in making this geographically specific ...to artists who have made the South Side of Chicago a part of their complex history," Pounds said.
Pounds said once the proposal is sent out by mid-June, the next step will be to restore the viaduct murals, two of which were created by Hyde Parker Astrid Fuller in the 19070s.
Fuller is delighted that her murals at 57th Street--"The History of Hyde Park" and "The History of Social Work" will be restored. Each mural will be photographed, washed and sealed with an acrylic varnish and then the existing paint will be used as a guideline to redraw and repaint.
Fuller said that she would not be interested in creating new artwork. "Well I have enough of my statements up there," she said. "I would have to have someone do most of the climbing work. Its' been quite some years since I climbed up a scaffolding."
South Side community Art Center Curator Faheem Majeed said that he and Chuck Thurow of the Hyde Park art Center are helping Pounds decide which artists are selected. "Being one of the oldest African-American art institutions in the country, we have lists of artists with varying ranges of mediums and aesthetics who would be able to handle this," Majeed said.
[Ed.--Means of blowing up or adjusting scale and new, inexpensive means of reproduction, materials and attachments make this feasible, according to Pounds. Meantime, the 47th and 51st murals will not come back- Top
New Art will brighten Lake Park Viaducts- selection made, works in progress
InsideOut Fall 2007 (University of Chicago)
By Spring 2008, thousands of resident, automobile passengers, CTA riders, and Metra commuters will experience a more attractive and pedestrian-friendly experience at the 53rd and 55th Street viaducts on Lake Park Avenue. The city is currently renovating these viaducts and will landscape the railroad embankment between them.
The City of Chicago and Metra--through the support of Aldermen Toni Preckwinkle (4th Ward) and Leslie Hairston (5th Ward)--have committed $3.8 million to support this first phase of work. Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25th) obtained an additional $2.5 million from the State of Illinois to fund subsequent phases. Design is currently underway for the next set of viaducts at 51st and 57th Streets. The Chicago Department of transportation estimates that he entire multiphase project will cost over $20 million.
With $100,000 in support from the University of Chicago, a curatorial team from the Chicago Public Art Group, the Hyde Park Art Center, and the South Side Community Art Center selected the work of four South Side--and internationally renowned--artists to adorn the walls of the viaducts. The work of Terry Evans, John Himmelfarb, Calvin Jones, and Margaret Taylor-Burroughs will be reproduced digitally and printed onto eight-by-twelve-foot panels lining the pedestrian walkways in the viaducts at 53rd and 55th Streets. The selections "showcase the diversity of the extraordinarily talented artists living on the South Side," says John Pounds, executive director of the Chicago Public Art Group.
In addition, the Chicago Public Art Group will restore the mural on the north side of the 55th Street viaduct. The murals on both sides of the 57th Street viaduct will be restored in conjunction with the future renovation of these viaducts.
These major infrastructure improvements combined with the colorful art panels and restored murals underscore the presence of the vital art community on the South Side," says Irene Sherr, a principal with Community Counsel, an urban planning firm involved with the project.
New proposal for niche mosaics by schools in 57th/Lake Shore Drive underpasses Rebecca Janowitz and Irene Sherr wrote the Herald in autumn 2006:
There is a wonderful proposal for a mosaic created by school children a the 57th Street underpass to Lake Shore Drive under the superb direction of Hyde Park artist Mirtes Zwierzynski. The Chicago Public Art Group is prepared to spearhead the fund-raising for this and for the restoration of the other murals, at 55th, 56th and 57th streets that meet CPAG's rubric.
More on the project form the Jackson Park Advisory Council December 11 minutes:
A public art project was introduced by guests Lauren Moltz, coordinator and volunteer on councils and boards of schools and numerous organizations; Jon Pounds, director of the Chicago Public Art Group, and Mirtes Zwierzynski, directing artist. The project would consist of placing mural mosaics in up to 64 niches (554 square feet) in the two underpasses under South Lake Shore Drive and 57th Drive that were built by Chicago Department of Transportation with recessed surfaces, with such public art in mind. The mosaics would be of hard-fired, close-set ceramic that would take up virtually no water and would be extremely difficult to deface and easy to clean off, as attested by the many such mosaics around the metropolitan area. The Hyde Park Art Center and Ms. Zwierzynski will oversee the production of colored tiles by students of nearly every school. To date most of the elementary schools in Hyde Park have signed on; Ms. Zwierzynski has helped several already to make and install murals in their schools. Mosaic production is curricular-imbedded and involves four teachers at each school. Opening involvement to other schools near the park was requested by JPAC, and participation by or presentation to other organizations was suggested. Ms. Moltz and Mr. Pounds will coordinate participation and fund raising, with as much as $100,000 budgeted if all the niches are to be filled over the next set of years. The theme or set of themes is under consideration but could include neighborhood and or park and other history, features, nature, people, activities or concerns. For information, Mr. Pounds suggested people visit the Chicago Public Art Group website—www.cpag.net.
Peterson moved that: Resolved, JPAC supports the 57th and Lake Shore Drive Underpass Public Art Project. Upon second by Louise McCurry, the motion was unanimously approved.
Students learn by creating art for public, new art selected to brighten Lake Park viaducts.
InsideOut Fall 2007.
True public art is an enduring expression of a community and the people within it. So says Mirtes Zwierzynski, a public artist, muralist, and mosaicist who for twenty years has worked closely with Chicago area youth to create just such artistic expressions. Much of her work takes place under the umbrella of the Chicago Public Art Group, which engages communities and artists in creating high quality public art.
Mirtes is working with students from Bret Harte and Canter Schools on several mosaics for the pedestrian underpass at 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive. Their collaborative project began in October  at the Hyde Park Art Center with the help of a $9,950 neighborhood beautification grant from the South East Chicago Commission funded by the University of Chicago. The underpass has concrete insets of various sized and shapes waiting for the mosaics that will be installed in spring 2008.
Mirtes says she helps young people create public art "first of all the bring art where there is no art. I do this because I believe that everybody has something to express. Everybody has some sense of art."
And collaboration is much bigger than the personal lives of individuals, she explains. "Collaborative art projects involve these students in a process of reflection, sharing, and creating together. They learn respect for the group. They learn both to give and to give up. Sometimes the group decides a student's sketch is too small or to big, and the process starts over again. Through this kind of intense collaboration they learn more about themselves, each other, and how to make judgments about values they have."
[Mirtes worked with student on decoration of water fountains on 3 floors at Canter School.] Visit Chicago Public art Group website, http://www.cpag.net.
Kenwood Academy in June 2007 joined the many schools whose students with artists are creating mosaics and murals. Kenwood's is 400 square foot.
Hyde Park Art Center keeps up its heavy pace of multiple exhibits while Renaissance Society has another site specific exhibit, Katharina Grosse's interactive exploration of pure colorism, Atoms Inside Balloons. Through June 10.
New director at Chicago presents takes over concert series.
Based on University of Chicago Chronicle, March 29, 2007. By Josh Schonwald
Shauna Quill, who has had a distinguished career with several music groups, festivals and presenters, will head the professional concerts organization at U of C as Executive Director. Although on the job since February, she will take her official vow April7 at the Contempo double bill program at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Music Dept. Chair Robert Kendrick notes that up to 60 percent of Presents performers are making their Chicago debuts and says that finding young musicians on the brink of success is a top goal. UC programming must also appeal to diverse and multi-interest audiences while exposing them to music they may not otherwise hear. The 2008 season will celebrate Olivier Messiaen and 2009 Joseph Haydn.
Illinois Humanities Council has a quarterly grant cycle for small arts groups (under $1 million per year). April 15, July 15 deadlines. Visit prairie.org. Note that IHC is now located at 17 N. State Street, suite 1400. 312 422-5585.
Classes forming for nonprofit arts groups continually.*****Don't miss this FREE workshop, hosted by the Southside Arts & Humanities Network ("The Network"- formerly Enhancing Assets of Civic Knowledge, U of C) that will help you acquire fundraising skills and build
the capacity of your organization! Register now because space is limited to 20
New (but really active long in the area): Kalapriya Indian Performing Arts Foundation teaches traditional dance of India and more. At Joan's studio, 138 E/ 57tj. 773 463-4117. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.kalapriya.org.
Black Pearl students and area artist Bernard Williams design wall medallions for Dan Ryan walls.
Eight Little Bal ck Pearl students showed their medallion designs for Dan Ryan retaining walls. Artist Bernard Williams worked with the kids and the designs were "juried" online. Six collaborative medallions will be placed between 51st and 59th. Justin Fawcett, 16, is one student who created the innovative "day and night" design. They even collaborated on the IDOT logo! Some of the students are from Ariel and Dyett
Little Black Pearl students set to beautify Cottage Grove after successful decoration along Dan Ryan Expressway
From Herald article February 13 2008 by Kate Hawley
Troy Patterson eyed the giant slab of pressboard propped up against the studio wall, its surface criss-crossed with pencil lines, its edges carved to outline human faces. "Nice," said the 15-year-old, under his breath. "Real nice."
Patterson is among a handful of students working on murals at Little Black Pearl Art Center, 1060 E. 47th St., under the direction of artist Jharrett Brantley. A total of five murals will hang in front of a smattering of vacant lots in the 4300 to 4700 blocks of Cottage Grove Avenue, an effort to boost the attractiveness of the strip during a long-term project to revitalize it.
The first mural -- the one Patterson admired -- wil be up by the end of the month, weather permitting, according to Bernita Johnson-Gabriel of ?Qua Communities Development Corp. (QCDC) the non-profit behind the Cottage Grove plan. Johnson envisions Cottage Grove's well-work buildings transformed into a retail corridor that mirrors Andersonville on the North Side -- a dense, bustling row of high-end boutiques and eateries.
Little Black Pearl, just around the corner from the proposed mural sites, has been integral to QCDC's mission, designing the banners and providing design consultation for businesses interested in setting up shop on Cottage Grove. The murals are its latest effort.
Artist Carla Carr laid the groundwork for the murals' design, Brantley said, but now he's adding his own spin with a swirl of neon hues and squiggly white lines. "I'm a contemporary kid," he said. "I love color. I love movement. I didn't want to take too much away from the original design, just make it a little hipper."
Other murals will explore Cottage Grove's past and future, a topic Brantley said he's in the middle of researching. He's getting technical help from Dante DiBarolo, who has created murals and other public art installations in Joliet, among other places.
The students are playing a key role as well, drawing, priming and painting Brantley's design -- of which Patterson is an enthusiastic fan. "I really admire his work," Patterson said. "Basically, anything this guy does is cool."
Patterson was driving with his father on the Dan Ryan Expressway when he saw medallions painted by Little Black Pearl students. "I asked by dad who did those," he said. "I wanted to come down here so I could get some of my work in public." Since he showed up at Little Black Pearl in September, it's been hard to keep him out of the studio. "He attacks a project," Brantley said. "I like to do a lot of art," said Patterson. "That's basically my life."
New proposal for niche mosaics by schools in 57th/Lake Shore Drive underpasses Rebecca Janowitz and Irene Sherr wrote the Herald in autumn 2006: [A substantial grant was given in Dec. 2008 by Harper Court Art Council.]
There is a wonderful proposal for a mosaic created by school children a t he 57th Street underpass to Lake Shore Drive under the superb direction of Hyde Park artist Mirtes Zwierzynski. The Chicago Public Art Group is prepared to spearhead the fund-raising for this and for the restoration of the other murals, at 55th, 56th an 57th streets that meet CPAG's rubric.
More on the project form the Jackson Park Advisory Council December 11 minutes:
A public art project was introduced by guests Lauren Moltz, coordinator and volunteer on councils and boards of schools and numerous organizations; Jon Pounds, director of the Chicago Public Art Group, and Mirtes Zwierzynski, directing artist. The project would consist of placing mural mosaics in up to 64 niches (554 square feet) in the two underpasses under South Lake Shore Drive and 57th Drive that were built by Chicago Department of Transportation with recessed surfaces, with such public art in mind. The mosaics would be of hard-fired, close-set ceramic that would take up virtually no water and would be extremely difficult to deface and easy to clean off, as attested by the many such mosaics around the metropolitan area. The Hyde Park Art Center and Ms. Zwierzynski will oversee the production of colored tiles by students of nearly every school. To date most of the elementary schools in Hyde Park have signed on; Ms. Zwierzynski has helped several already to make and install murals in their schools. Mosaic production is curricular-imbedded and involves four teachers at each school. Opening involvement to other schools near the park was requested by JPAC, and participation by or presentation to other organizations was suggested. Ms. Moltz and Mr. Pounds will coordinate participation and fund raising, with as much as $100,000 budgeted if all the niches are to be filled over the next set of years. The theme or set of themes is under consideration but could include neighborhood and or park and other history, features, nature, people, activities or concerns. For information, Mr. Pounds suggested people visit the Chicago Public Art Group website—www.cpag.net.
Peterson moved that: Resolved, JPAC supports the 57th and Lake Shore Drive Underpass Public Art Project. Upon second by Louise McCurry, the motion was unanimously approved.
Civic Knowledge Project of the U of C Humanities Div. with Graham School of General Studies offers two courses of interest to arts (and other) organizations, providers, artists: "Making Savvy Organizational Choices" and "Managing Intellectual Property." Cost is $100 each. Ask about the next and register at http://grahamschool.uchicago.edu.
Also offered and free to boards and staffs of South Side arts organizations:
Legal Basics for Nonprofits. William Rattner, J. D., of U. of C. Law School and Harris Center. Weds. Oct 18 and 25 and Nov. 1, 6-8:30 pm at Harris School, 1155 E. 60th St. ebabcock.uchicago.edu, 773 834-3929. And
Art and Business Council's Board Development Seminars. Introductory 1-hour free Monday Oct. 23, 224 S. Michigan 7th Floor. RSVP email@example.com. 312 372-1876.
New grants and a course announcement for arts nonprofits from Civic Knowledge-Enhancing Assets and others. Let's hope these repeat.
For information on pricing, registration, and location please contact
Elizabeth Babcock at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-834-3929.
The University hired three major artists as Dept. Visual Arts faculty: Tania Bruguera, Inigo Mangloano-Ovalle, Catherine Sullivan. Adding rich depth and new internationalism.
And the Presidential Fellows in the Arts openers for 2006-07 are filmmaker Atom Egoyan ("The Sweet Hereafter," "Exotica," "Where the Truth Lies," "Ararat") and contemporary SITI theater ensemble director Anne Bogart (directing "Hotel Cassiopeia" this fall at Court Theatre). Top
Students and faculty of the U of C have been inventorying, creating website for researchers, on archives of South Side and African American history and on arts, poetry, jazz in various archives. The archives include U of C Libraries and Special Collections, DuSable Museum, The Chicago Defender, and Vivian G. Harsh Collection of Afro-American History at the Woodson Regional Library. The grants are from Mellon Foundation and others and expands a Mapping the Stacks project into Uncovering New Chic gao Archives Project (UNCAP). The project will for the first time make what's available on what accessible and usable. Work at most of the sites is wrapping up, next are the Jazz Archives and poetry manuscripts. The effort is highly collaborative. Top
New youth-made mural for Harris Recreational Center opening
Talent of area youth artists to grace Harris YMCA
Students of the Metropolitan Area Group for Igniting Civilization
(MAGIC) will be on hand at noon Friday, July 14 to unveil a 20 by 30
foot mural that will grace an entire wall at the Harris YMCA, 6200 S.
The mural includes images of historic African Americans from the
Woodlawn area —including entertainer Oscar Brown Jr., pilot Bessie
Coleman, writer Sam Greenlee, and the Bishop Arthur Brazier—and will
be unveiled during a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the new Chicago
Park District Harris YMCA. The students, ages 12-18, created the mural
at the Washington Park District building as part of the After School
Matters Program directed by Maggie Daley, wife of Chicago Mayor Richard
M. Daley. MAGIC is a Woodlawn-based organization that chose the Harris
facility for the
display because it is located in Woodlawn.
“The students learned to create something they probably never thought
they could create,” said MAGIC executive director Brian Echols. “They
tapped into a deep talent, and they connected with historic figures who
demonstrated they can accomplish anything they want to, if they give it
a good effort.” To interview students or to get information on MAGIC or
its arts program, contact (773) 290-2313.
Contact: Bryan Echols (773).290-2313
July 11, 2006
July 8 Smart Museum dedicated the Eunice Ratner Reception Gallery in honor of "Red" Ratner's generous gift to the mission and programs of the very special university art museum, Smart. Dedicators, including Dana Feitler Director Hirschel, Geoff Stone for the University, and Board head Feldman noted the physical alignment of the Ratner Gallery in Smart and the Ratner Athletics Facility in the revitalized north campus. A wonderful etching in metal of Eunice Ratner, based on a photo taken at the Athletic Center dedication, was unveiled and will be mounted.
Students from Chicago Vocational Career Academy filmed part of their Independent Feature Project feature, "The Last Stain" on the 5100 block of Blackstone. They were counseled in all aspects of film making and based their work on a student's script. The film was to be premiered at the Gene Siskel Film Center in August 2006.
Five ways to save cheap at Chicago cultural institutions (besides becoming a member and volunteering)
Great Kids Museum Passport. Go to your public library and get a 1-week pass of free general admission to 11 museums for up to 8 children or adults.
GO Chicago Card. 25 attractions and tours, dining, shopping discounts. From $49. 800-887-9103, www.gochicagocard.com.
Go on free days. Tuesdays-Art Institute, MCA. Monday, Tuesday Sept.-Feb. at Field. Field-Shedd-Adler free all of Campus Week, Aug. 26-31. MSI- Monday and Tuesday part of winter?
Cheap seats at the symphony. Students for $10 up to two weeks in advance. Non students can buy in bulk up to 20% of for 10 concerns or more.
Student seats at the Opera. $20 to full time college students for select performances--register online. Court Theatre has student rush tickets and a preview night.
Summer art camps are offered by Hyde Park Art Center and Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center.
Eva Liljendahl, Inspiration for Excellence start series of creative writing classes, support groups. "My passion is to help writers be able to express themselves, say what they want to say in writing and say it well," she told the Herald. Watch for her repeating series of programs at Blue Gargoyle, First Unitarian, and many other mid South locations, as well as by teleconferencing- see the Arts and Culture Calendar. She hopes to have a program on WHPK. Beginners to advanced.
The 57th Street Art Fair and Community Art Fair, June 3 and 4 2006, was heavily visited and seemed to have more, higher quality and varied artists and fares this year. The 57th Street Art Fair has a survey up through June 9 on its upgraded website. Note, artists can also apply for next year online. http://www.57thstreetartfair.org.
Find out about small city grants to programs that build small org skills and transmit these skills to 12-18 year olds including through the arts. www.cityofchicago.org/cys.
Contact also Civic Knowledge Project at U of C.
Kenwood Academy student senior Steven Barrett in March 2006 won a CPS All City Art Exhibition scholarship. The $10,000 award was made at the Museum of Contemporary Art, where the Exhibition is on display through April 30. Barrett will attend the American Academy of Art on South Michigan. He paints and sculpts his portraits at Gallery 37 downtown. Top
Artisans 21 arts cooperative was one of the original tenants of Harper Court and recently celebrated a major anniversary. The organization stated emphatically at HPKCC forum on Harper Court future that it wants to stay in Harper Court. Thirtieth anniversary specials and celebration October 21 and 22 2006.
Four new artists were recently inducted: Danny Ellis, glass blower, son of Raku artist Dorri Ellis; Kristi Sloniger, ceramicist (Moonstar Pottery, represented in over 30 galleries and part of the Illinois Artisans Program); Suzan H. Mahal, printmaker, former Kenwood teacher, leader of Gallery 37, member o the All City Art Fair, co-wrote the CPS Fine Arts Assessment Guide, and created art for La Rabida; Harry Meyer, Chicago photographer. 773 288-7450.
Locally based artists can often be found exhibiting or selling locally, at fairs or individually on streets and in stores.
Laurel Stradford was a lead organizer of the Harper Court Arts Fair at which artists and artisans can exhibit in a casual atmosphere. Joyan, for example, shows arresting stained glass triptychs making astute use of negative spaces. Stradford exhibits much in her What the Traveler Saw, in the 1400 block of 53rd. There is also Artisans 21. Sometimes artists have a whole business to exhibit in, such as Third World Cafe at 1301 E. 53rd.
Recently featured in the Herald is Tonya Patton, who displays her art along 53rd Street. She has studied art little and thinks the gallery scene is too much about being seen rather than engaging with the art and artist, but feels she grows as she does the art, which is highly dramatic, often suggesting African masks and cubism.
Hyde Park Art Center, www.hydeparkart.org. At the Hyde Park Art Center:
New exhibits are going up at the new Center (5020 S. Cornell) almost every week, plus lots of classes and venues for artists' work. More below
HPAC has become a source behind mural creation by school children. Teacher Kathy Kerigan has been one of the teacher-facilitators. Bret Harte has one inside the school, Ray has one on the utility garage (with Brazilian artist Mirtes Zwierzynski). Canter kids worked with the Hyde Park Art Center to create "Cityscape", which was on display in the County Cts. Building lobby, 69 W. Washington. Mirtes has worked with several Hyde Park schools in collaborative, curricular-imbedded mural and mosaic programs. For description of a truly ambitious multischool program for the underpass under Lake Shore Drive at 57th, see above in HPAC.
The Museum of Science and Industry took a broader look at artist and intellectual Leonard Da Vinci in 2006 exhibit- get catalog there.
Notable at the Renaissance: several impressive exhibits in 2006- get catalogues or oversized descriptive brochures. In 2007?
Bronzeville is becoming a new gallery center, in synergy with much else including the Harold Washington Cultural Center. Some of the key galleries are Guichard, Nichole 2, and SteeleLife. See Cultural Resources-Galleries. It also has a visitors' center now, in the former Supreme Life building, 3501 S. King.
Bronzeville Academic Center/Blue Gargoyle students won the Alternative Golden Idol competition in May 2004., reciting storied verse in turn or unison. The competition was run by International House and the Alternative Schools Network. Bronzeville is becoming an arts-based learning center with a recording studio. Top
A trustees-deans-and donors gift of $15 million has been given in honor of President Randel for restoration of the Rockefeller Chapel organ and carillon. The gift was made to Randel on his 65th birthday. These restorations were a top priority of Randel's. The 1923 E.M. Skinner organ, unable to be used since 2001, is considered one of the finest early 20th century romantic organs. It has three academic companions, at Yale, Princeton, and Michigan. The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Carillon was made in Britain and installed in 1932. It is the second largest in the world and largest installed at one time. The rusting bells are now pasted together. The total campaign for reconditioning and repair is $2.75 million, and one aim is to repurchase remaining lost original pipes. It is expected that with all the money in hand, a fund can be included for ongoing maintenance. Not clear in releases is whether the funds include installation of a small baroque organ in the west side aisle. Top
Smart Museum - for exhibit description see in Arts and Culture Calendar, under Best Bets.
Each of these exhibits in its way broadens our grasp of the subtleties of their subjects. I
Smart Museum, already rich in schools and other family programs, received a Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to provide the "Families at the Smart" programs. The service, matched $ for $ by the Museum, will target surrounding neighborhoods. Families are to be enabled to become engaged partners.
First fruits include SmartFamilies at Blackstone Library:
4904 S. Lake Park Avenue in Hyde Park, Chicago
Second Saturdays: October 8, November 12, December 10, and continuing through June 2006! 2-4 pm
The Smart Museum of Art and the Blackstone Branch of the Chicago Public Library are teaming up for an exciting new series of FREE drop-in family workshops. Visit the children's reading room in the library and join Smart Museum staff for exciting art and reading-related activities. Parents, caregivers and children can make art projects together, read related stories, and explore artworks on the Smart's children's website, smARTkids. Best for children ages 3 and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 773-702-4540.
Deputy Director of Collections,
Programs and Interpretation
Smart Museum of Art
University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago IL 60637
University Theater's Summer Inc. gives local stage artists creative space.
A new residency program gives space for everything from clowns an hip hop to cutting edge theater troupes and collectives. Free use of the theater and residency is for 2-3 week time blocks. There is tech support and access to a learning production manager. UC students participate, 4 ongoing, and hone their skills and thoughts also. Eight groups participate, three at a time using the first floor, third floor, and Bartlett spaces. In 2006 all 8 groups opted to give performances at the end of their residencies--schedule is in http://ut.uchicago.edu.
Court Theatre has selected Dawn Helsing as Executive Director. Helsing comes from CENTERSTAGE in Baltimore. At all her previous positions she substantially increased successful fundraising. Helsing will work to raise Court's profile both nationally and on the local scene. See Cultural Calendar for their 2005-06 schedule! Top
International House chooses veteran Bill McCartney as new director
Bill McCartney directed the housing system at the University of Mississippi and previously University of North Carolina-Wilmington before accepting the position at the International House at the University of Chicago, 1414 E. 59th Street. While at each, McCartney fostered and coordinated international exchange programs and development of international-focus programs. He has also served for the past decade as chair of the international relations committee of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International.
McCartney, who started in March, 2005, will manage both real estate--management, marketing and occupancy--and programming while I-House undergoes a total reconstruction modernizing to much improved quality of life.
McCartney is quoted in the UC Chronicle: "Throughout my whole life, I've helped build environments that are conducive to learning, social interaction and personal growth. That's exactly what I-House represents... The shining star of I-House is its programs. Programs such as the Global Voices Series provide a great resource to our community...The opportunity to be exposed to world leaders and thinkers is rare. It's certainly something that's unique about this job."
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra takes up residency at U of C
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the country's only full-time, professional chamber orchestra and one of the finest in the world, will begin a three-year residency and provide performances and tutorials under University of Chicago Presents in the 2005-06 academic year. Tickets for its first program next fall go on sale April 22. Each quarter, the orchestra will be in residence a week to give a 3-concert series dedicated to the repertoire, a family concert, master classes/composition reading/coaching, and music education in Chicago elementary public schools.
Marna Seltzer, Director of University of Chicago Presents, is quoted in the UC Chronicle: "Our residency with SPCO adds a world-class chamber orchestra to the musical menue of our already musically diverse city. We think it fills a need and creates an exciting new offering on the local cultural scene. But perhaps more importantly, it allows our organization to expand its impact outside the concert hall through outreach efforts that will enrich the lives of many different constituencies on the South Side." And Richard Kendrick, Chair of the Department of Music: "We are pleased to have th SPCO on campus, and we look forward to their interaction with our faculty and students, especially students interested in composition and conducting. We hope this residency will deepen students' understanding of orchestration and orchestral practice, giving a new dimension to their work in composition, musical analysis and even the sociology of orchestras."
SPCO is in its 47th season. For more information go to the link above or call 773 702-8068.
Former UC President Randel told the Maroon that the Mellon Foundation is considering funding residency for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra at U o f C.
Maverick Ensemble is a contemporary music group that performs at the Ukrainian Institute and at Renaissance Society, the Chicago Cultural Center and elsewhere. It has about 15 members, only a very few of whom appear in any performance. It specializes in works that go counter to the trendy, have not had much exposure, or are totally new. The November 27 performance at the Renaissance Society in conjunction with "All the Pretty Corpses" consisted of recent and a new commissioned work that are spare-- subdued and bit melancholic but not really minimalist and are accessible if obviously modern/postmodern. The new work, by William Jason Raynovich, is for two sopranos and sets two related poems of e e cummings dealing with the human and creative enigma and tragedy. The Sopranos sang different sections divided by what is in parentheses. This performance also celebrated the birthday of Lamar Brantley, Jr.
312 771-4916. Top
Hyde Park Art Center has a winner in the James Faulkner retrospective. Important though little known on the Chicago art scene for five decades, Faulkner's art is closer to Surrealism and Joseph Cornell (and suggestive of Westerman(n)) than to either national or regional trends of recent decades. Yet it calls together and questions the reverberations between art of various ages and experience and between 2 and 3 dimensions in a way that is distinct. What hangs this exhibit together is the idea of bumping together with other countries and cultures with their arts and architecture through traveling. Into January at 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. 773 324-5520. Top
The Compass Players with Off Off Campus reenacted the birth of Improv July 5, 2005 in the Kinahan Theater at Reynolds Club. The original 1955 venue of course was the Compass Tavern at 55th and University, torn down shortly thereafter in Urban Renewal. David Shepherd was co director of both the original performance that gave birth to Second City, Saturday Night live and lots of movies, and of the reenactment. 2005 skits included "Tribune Blues" from bits of headlines and stories and a surreal "drama," "The Game of Hurt." The mother of improv was Viola Spolin, whose son _____ Sills created the genre with Shepherd. The Compass and its Second City successor featured and sent in the world Elaine May, Mike Nichols, Bernie Sahlins, Bill Murray , Roger Bowen, Barbara Harris, and Ed Asner. Improv at U of C still thrives and has nourished David Auburn (Proof), Greg Kotis (Urinetown), Abby Sheer and Tami Segher. Top
Local filmmaker Deri Tyton, 30, premiered her "Toot's and Blow's-The Movie" at the Gene Siskel Center Black Harvest Festival of Film and Video in August 2005. Several scenes were filmed in this neighborhood, creating one of the poles of neighborhoods the characters inhabited.
2005 1st round Illinois Arts Council local area awards:
DuSable Museum ($50,000), Hyde Park Art Center ($30,000), Hyde Park Youth Symphony ($1,910), Little Black Pearl Workshop ($15,530), Muntu Dance Theatre ($20,700), Renaissance Society at U of C ($18,220). University of Chicago- for Folk Festival ($2,240), for WHPK Concert ($3,360), Arts at Argonne ($4,520, Smart Museum ($17,250), University of Chicago Presents ($18,220.
Local recipients of CityArts grants
$7,000: Court Theatre, Hyde Park Art Center
$6,000: DuSable Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Renaissance Society
$1,300: Hyde Park Youth Symphony.
The gap is real--mostly white, well educated, wealthy people and only certain ethnic groups, and largely lakefront folk visit the Art Institute etc. and go to Lyric and Symphony. And Hyde Park is an island (36% have gone to one in the past year) in the South Side. But peoples in other neighborhood patronize smaller cultural institutions, and not factored in are the many outreach programs--sometimes reaching as big an audience as those who come through the doors-- and there are plenty of schools whose curriculum is arts-centric. Yet even this shows that most "outreached" to do not reciprocate by going to the full experience and that the big institutions (including MSI) are at risk of becoming isolated and irrelevant to the larger region and populace and losing support base - although those they still draw from are those that include big and small cultural donors. Moving heavily to blockbusters or programming that plays to the underrepresented seems to help only to redress past disparities and only goes so far while distorting the broad range of cultural expression and artifice.
Alderman Preckwinkle suggested free or reduced-price admission Saturday and Sunday afternoons--but there are already countless bargain and programs and free days. And there are many collaborative programs between large and small, local institutions. A more coordinated set of arts and music programs in schools (which would need to have an underwriting mechanism) might help. Kids have shown again and again that they respond and do better in their other studies.
Hyde Park's institutions
take strong advantage of outreach opportunities in surrounding neighborhoods-Smart's
families and schools programs, MSI, Court, Oriental--working with the second-size
institutions such as DuSable and third-tier such as Little Black Pearl and Hyde
Park Art Center that also have very strong and distant outreach, including to
upcoming cultural centers in Bronzeville. They work collaboratively, including
with such projects as U of C Civic Knowledge, to make themselves and the arts
community resources and assets. _________
Chicago Tribune, March 16, 2006. By James Janega. "Cash, color gap in arts, culture: Study of Chicago-area institutions" links attendance to race, wealth, education.
Higher education and upper incomes bring people to the city's museums and cultural forums, with most of their visitors wealthy and white, a study of attendance at Chicago's cultural institutions reveals. The findings reported Wednesday by the Joyce Foundation and University of Chicago Cultural Policy Center show deep wedges between those who visit Chicago's flagship museums and theaters and those who don't, often carving stark lines between neighborhoods.
According to the report, attendance was lowest from primarily African-American census tracts on the West and South Sides of the city, but it was also low in the racially mixed south, west and northwest suburbs. It was highest among residents of the North Shore, Hyde Park and Chicago's north lakefront.
The study also noted that smaller ethnic and diverse cultural institutions appear to reach groups that the major institutions did not, though statistical conclusions could not be reached because only 40 of the area's 496 smaller institutions responded to the survey, its authors said.
"We need to figure out some way that ordinary families can afford to go to museums on Saturday and Sunday afternoons," said Ald. Toni Preckwinkle (4th), whose South Side ward straddles Hyde Park and Kenwood, among the more glaring divisions in the city.
Hyde Park, which is almost half white and home to the University of Chicago, ranks high for museum and arts attendees. [North?] Kenwood, with a much higher African-American population, does not rank high.
The dozen large cultural institutions studied had annual budgets of more than $8 million and included five museums: the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum (formerly the Chicago Historical Society), the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Science and Industry, an the Field Museum.
The rest were the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Auditorium Theater; the Joffrey Ballet, and the Lyric Opera.
During 2004, researchers reviewed more than 1 million records from those and 49 smaller cultural institutions, using the information to map attendance among 600,000 families by county and neighborhood, from southeast Wisconsin to northwest Indiana. The data do not include outreach efforts or count school visitors, because it was deemed too complicated to gather information about them, report co-author Colm O'Muircheartaigh said.
Representatives from the large cultural establishments said the information would radically alter the view of who they reached on a daily basis, with visitors coming from throughout local public school systems. "Organizations such as ours are working so hard to make certain that we are a community resource by going out to underserved areas with educational programs, and none of what we're doing in educational programs are represented in this study," said Susan Mathieson Mayer, director of marketing and communications at the Lyric.
But if the visits were intended to build long-term relationships, overall it did not..work outside of the north suburban and North Side area from which most of the organizations' visitors were drawn, the data show. "We call it the Glenview Effect," said Valerie Waller, vice president of marketing for the Museum of Science and Industry. "There are a million questions you ask," Waller said. "Is this an awareness issue? Is price a factor?"
For a family of four to park, attend the Museum of Science and Industry, see an Omnimax film and visit the U-505 submarine, it would cost $88.50 without lunch. a couple attending the Lyric Opera on a weekend must spend $41 per seat for upper-balcony seats or $175 each for good seats on the ground floor--before calling a babysitter.
"Somewhere along the line, people who were in charge of the cultural institutions--I think it's just ignorance and being out of touch--they just did not have a plan, they did not think beyond the point that the city would change," said Chris James, 39, of Uptown. Now, he said, "The museums don't necessarily fit. They can do all the outreach they can. But how broad is their base? If you're at the Art Institute , you're competing with the DuSable. Downtown isn't the draw like it was once."
Even before getting the report, downtown cultural institutions had moved to address the disparity. Last month the Chicago Historical Society changed it name to the Chicago History Museum "so people don't think we're an exclusive club," museum president Gary Johnson said. They're adding exhibits reflecting ethnic neighborhoods prior to reopening next September after an extensive remodeling.
The Museum of Contemporary Art is planning a hip hop music festival in May. The Art Institute of Chicago has a four-pronged outreach effort ranging from traveling to city parks and libraries to exhibiting Southwestern and African ceramics.
Several have already opened partnerships with smaller arts instructions, which gladly hailed Wednesday's report as showing they had found a way to serve groups uninterested in downtown cultural attractions.
But for the city's flagship institutions, the report left only more questions. "What I would really love to see is some kind of tracking so that we can measure year on year, month on month, on how we're doing at moving the needle," said Carrie Heinonen, vice president for marketing and public affairs at the Art Institute. "It's certainly on my wish list for things to do."
The New Checkerboard Lounge, opened in November at 5201 S. Harper, features mainly blues, but has a jazz Sundays at 7:30. But this may not last long into the new year due to low attendance and lack of publicity. (The night chosen, however is Sunday.) The Hyde Park Jazz Society (Committee to Restore Jazz to Hyde Park) is largely responsible for the Sunday night trial. Numbers have been going up Sunday nights in early 2007.This group says it is incorporating. Jazz is often performed in the area, however, for example at South Shore Cultural Center. Saturday mornings Eugenio "Tundi" Ruiz plays jazz on WHPK. Special concerts include 16 2005's charity Jazz Concert, featuring Willie Pickens and Maggie Brown at Hyde Park Union Church and a gala celebration of Pickens' birthday at Museum of Science and Industry February 2006. More in "Will jazz survive" in Checkerboard page. (At the latter, series of quality performers are regularly lined up for Sunday evenings and sometimes afternoons.
Willie Pickens, Jazz musician, educator extraordinary
Jazz pianist Willie Pickens has been identified with Hyde Park for decades (since 1959), and raised three children here in the public schools, where he also taught for decades. Daughter Bethany is a noted singer and pianist. Son Bob is a high-ranking officer in Chicago Public Schools. More than once a year, Willie gives concerts at his church, Hyde Park Union Church, to raise funds for the Hyde Park Food Pantry, homeless, and the church and its programs and he participates in Neighbors' Eve. October 26, 2006, he and Bethany will perform at the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce dinner at the Quadrangle Club. Perhaps he will play from his newest CD, "Jazz Spirit."
He started playing piano at age 5, his mother and sister being pianists. After serving in the Army in the early 1950s, he earned a degree in music education at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. After graduation, he expanded his work of the clubs such as the Pershing Lounge at 64th and Cottage and th Crown Propeller on 63rd, later at the Underground Wonder Bar (then Domino) on Walton. He reflects that the jazz scene was vibrant on both sides of town. He thought of working his way east to New York, but slowly gravitated to Hyde Park, taking his first teaching job at Lindbloom High in 1966. Later, he formed the first jazz band at Kenwood Academy and directed the All-City High School Band. The public schools are still his great love, and he says the local schools are the best thing in Hyde Park.
In 1992, post retirement, he was able to tour five years, especially in Europe and Japan, with the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine after Jones left the John Coltrane Quartet. In New York, they played the Bottom Line, joined by Wynton Marsalis. Top
Consult Cultural Calendar. Of special interest are those at Smart Museum (especially Beyond Green), Renaissance Society and Hyde Park Art Center. Also the exhibit on Maroon Cultures of the Americas and one on a hundred years of American Music (open June 6) at DuSable Museum.
Wireless internet access is now offered at public libraries, other computer services expanded. Anyone with a laptop can access from any of the 76 branches, in addition to free desktop computer service already available! this will be the largest public library net in the country. In addition, patrons can now reserve two one-hour sessions on desktop as far as 3 days in advance by using their card at the library or via www.chicagopubliclibrary.org/pcres/reserve.pl. Also, from January 3, users may print up to 10 pages freeze (more are 15 cents each). Remember that a library card is now required for computer access- so get one! Top
One Book One Chicago- Discussions in various libraries and online, plus performance at Steppenwolf Th. in onebookchicago.org. One Book One Chicago- year round now. Fall 2014-spring 2015: Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. About the Jewish kids who created escaped fascism and in 1939 created the first comic book hero, The Escapist, and how that led to Superman et al. The theme of the program this year is Heroes Real and Imagined.
Among local authors (or native Hyde Parkers) published in recent years or soon to be published: (new books and their authors, as well as authors from around the world, generally read from, lecture on, and sign their books at local bookstores! Most frequent author events are at 57th Street Books/Seminary Coop Bookstores. (Sometimes the events are at the associated Newberry Library downtown, or at places in the neighborhood with more space, such as Oriental Institute or International House or St. James United Methodist Church.) Also holding a fair number of such events are Borders Books etc. and occasionally University of Chicago Barnes and Noble Bookstore or the Hyde Park Art Center. See Cultural Directory for locales, links and contacts.
List of books SET in Hyde
There are also several such books at Hyde Park Historical Society headquarters
that may be browsed onsite, 5529 S. Lake Park Sats and Suns 204 pm. 773 643-1893.
Books by Hyde Parkers or relevant published in HP:
Coming- Book by Rebecca Janowitz: Culture of Opportunity: Obama's Chicago-The People, Politics, and Ideas of Hyde Park.
Obama’s Chicago: The People, Politics, and
Ideas of Hyde Park
Rebecca Janowitz’s portrait of Hyde Park—the Chicago South Side neighborhood long noted for its progressive politics— offers an expert, insider’s social and political perspective on this intriguing community that in many ways nurtured Barack Obama’s political career and made possible his run for the presidency. Sixty years ago, after a major community grassroots organizing effort and a massive, publicly funded urban renewal program, the Hyde Park–Kenwood area emerged as a diverse, politically confident community in a key lakefront location within the city, cultivating a rich and congenial cultural tradition. Before achieving a racial balance, Hyde Park had become a center of progressive politics dating from the late nineteenth century. Scholarly reformers—many of them from the University of Chicago, a part of the community—as
well as clergy and women had sought more influence in the city from a base in Hyde Park. The neighborhood offered a political alternative for people throughout Chicago who were dissatisfied with the city’s corrupt patronage politics. As early as the 1960s, Hyde Park reformers were looking for strong black leaders to serve a progressive white constituency as well as the black community. The willingness of Hyde Parkers, especially progressive Jews, to rally behind Harold Washington helped him become Chicago’s first black mayor, and one committed to reform. In the course of Obama’s rise to power, Hyde Park proved its usefulness again as a sounding board, support system,
and launching pad for political change. Culture of Opportunity will introduce you to one of the most distinctive and unusual neighborhoods in the United States. With 37 black-and-white photographs. Rebecca Janowitz has worked in politics and community affairs in Hyde Park for more than twenty years. A lawyer by trade, she has applied her skills with Arne Duncan at the Chicago Public Schools, in the Fourth Ward office of Alderman Toni Preckwinkle, on the board of the South East Chicago Commission, and most recently at the Cook County Jail. She is the daughter of the late distinguished University of Chicago sociologist Morris Janowitz, and lives in Hyde Park.
June / History, Politics / 256 pages / Illustrated
$26.95 cloth / ISBN 1-56663-833-3
SPRING 2010 NEW TITLES 9
Daniel Parker's book features his Kenwood collection of contemporary African, Caribbean, and especially Chicago and Hyde Park artists--that's right, such major African-American artists as Dayo Laoye, Julian Williams, Jason Jones, Dale Washington, and Rhonda Wheatly,...., .... live in Hyde Park/Kenwood! Parker and others have formed a diasporal Rhythms art collectors group. The object is to encourage and grow the artists and start a museum of contemporary African-American art. Top
One Book, One Chicago, Chicago Book Festival
One Book One Chicago this Fall is Carl Smith's "The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City." Watch for programs in branch libraries including Blackstone. September 14, Monday, 6 pm. At Harold Washington Library Center, Lookingglass Theater presents a performance recreating the initial presentation of the Plan to the public.
Copies are now available at all the libraries. . "Book Club in a Bag" having 8 copies and a resource guide can also be checked out from Washington, Woodson, Sulzer, Beverly, Douglass and Rogers Park. chicagopubliclibrary.org. 312 747-4010.
The Annual Chicago Book Festival occurs every October, brought to you by the Chicago Public Library.
For full schedule visit the library or www.chicagopubliclibrary.org. Or visit our Friends of Blackstone Library and Cultural Calendar pages.
55th Street, Washington Park became art class for Anne Stephenson's UC 2005 class, projects shown, explained at Hyde Park Historical Society
19 UC seniors took a class that explores the architecture of 55th Street. Anne Stephenson, the teacher, lives 2 blocks from 55th and bartends part time at Jimmy's Woodlawn Tap. She believes the built environment is art history writ large. The class started with DuSable Museum and a tour of the park and will proceed all the way to Promontory Point. Their final projects were to explain their poster projects at the Hyde Park Historical Society June 1st. In September, a 4 week class was held on the park and its social and inter neighborhood aspects. The presentation on this September 24 at Hyde Park Historical Society coincided with opening of an antique postcard and stereopticon exhibit on the park at the Society.
Among art and crafts classes being offered at var. times of the year, check out:
Chicago Park District-
Jackson, Kennicott, Kenwood, Nichols, South Shore Cultural Center, Washington.
See Parks pages.
Public Library Branches- Blackstone, Coleman, South Chicago. See Blackstone and visit Public Library site.
Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center (was Workshop). See also in our Co-Laborers in Neighborhood page. Includes glassblowing and pottery.
Hyde Park Art Center
Common Threads in St. Paul's and Kenwood Park- see in Good Neighbor
The U of C Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture with Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center UC South Side Home Movie Project seek 8mm, Super 8 and 16mm home movies of the South Side and its people, as far back as they go. A first free showing at Little Black Pearl, 1960 E. 47th on August 27, 3-5 will feature Woodlawn's gardens in 1942 and Shoesmith School plays of the 1970s. southsidehomememories.org or 773 702-FILM. Top
Someone to Watch: Hamza Walker
In 2004, Renaissance Society/Bergman Gallery Associate Curator Hamza Walker received a major award and grant, the second Walter Hopps Award, and was named one of the 7 most influential curators in the US by the New York Times, in recognition of his scholarship and elevation of curatorial standards. Mr. Walker was noticed several years ago by those of us privileged to take one of his tours and is said by persons knowledgeable in the art world very likely to rise to major importance.
Here is a follow up, from the Hyde Park Herald, June 1, 2005. By Mike Stevens. Rising Renaissance star curates with curiosity.
If there is something Hamza Walker does not know yet it is not for lack of trying. The fast-talking associate curator for the Renaissance Society art museum does not seem to stumble across a tangent he is unexcited to explore.
A pile of unopened mail can grab his attention as easily as a painting. A recent 30-minute conversation with Walker expanded rapidly to include a wild range of unforeseen topics including a decades-old German TV series in the style of "Bonanza" to the peculiar and carcinogenic chemistry favored by painter William de Kooning. As someone who is charged with presenting a wide range of recently produced artwork, Walker sees part of his job as simply staying abreast--of pretty much everything.
"I just have a deluge of information. You can surf it," Walker said. "You cannot see enough. that's how you stay informed." Even with the dizzying options available through the Internet, visiting artists in their studios remains one of the primary ways Walker sees and considers contemporary art. Between studio visits, panel discussions and gallery going, Walker estimated he spends two to three months a year traveling."It doesn't get any more live and direct and unmediated than that," Walker said. "It's like the difference between reading about Emily Dickinson and reading Emily Dickinson."
After more than a decade at the Renaissance Society, the 38-year-old has established a strong reputation in the art world. Last October, Walker receive the second Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement and its $15,000 prize. The New York Times named Walker in 2002 one of seven of the most influential curators in the United states, arguing he was "helping to define 21st century aesthetics behind the scenes."
"The Renaissance Society is such a first rate place and he is a huge part of that," artist Stevens Badgett said. "I'm so glad that he is still here in Chicago." Badgett, through his art collective Simparch, has worked with Walker on various art projects over the last few years. "His hand in other people's projects is always about improving things and bringing [the art] to a higher place," badgett said.
Walker's responsibilities can include acting as a creative sounding board on a large scale project, orchestrating the logistics of getting work to and rom shows or overseeing work crews preparing a gallery for a show. "His level of involvement is pretty unique. He just really throws himself into it," Badgett said.
Walker's excitement, not for novelty but for expanding his base of knowledge, helps drive his curating style. "I like it all [artwise]," Walker said. "Show me your screw holes. Show me your video, your massive bronzes. There is room for everything under the sun. "I never dismiss something as a category," Walker addend."It's more a case of a bad apple versus all apples being bad. If you look at 100 conceptual text-based works you will develop a concept of what makes good or bad conceptual text-based work."
The Renaissance Society was founded in 1915 and showed many of the most famous artists of the 20th Century before they were famous. As Walker puts it, "We're presenting people, who do not have word-of-mouth street appeal. by th time they get [to that stage] we're onto something else." as quote in the March 1 2007 Weekly News, "I prefer to think of myself as a cultural bureaucrat. Some very small percentage of time involves any kind of specialized activity that belongs to the province of 'The Curator.' The realization and envisioning of an exhibition for the space out there--that's one thing. [But] it's the getting it done part that's the work part. ...I actually like stuff t hat I don't understand. Other people have a set of expectations for a certain pleasure quotient they want to take away, but I am more interested in questions.' He added that people naturally prefer the familiar, and that poses a problem for making and presenting the new. "You have to see more of it to understand that range. yu begin to value questions more, and the role that you begin to ply. And it isn't about liking it as much as formulating those interesting questions." He noted that the University now takes the arts much more seriously and as a part of the intellectual quest and of making students and faculty shapers of the fields.
Another to watch is Keith Purvis, and his co-owned Art on the Loose. This firm regularly breaths life into new and old exhibits, including at DuSable and Museum of Science and Industry. It aims to put "art" back into exhibit design. It also works with businesses such as Dixie Kitchen / Calypso. Art on the Loose will be redoing DuSable's Annie Malone and Africa Speaks exhibits.
Hyde Park Art Center's new (or rather adaptively reconstructed) building on Cornell in early 2007 won 2nd place Neighborhood Development Award in the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation's Architectural Excellence Awards. Garofalo Architects.
From the March 16 2006 Tribune. Crafting a new home for arts: The latest Hyde Park Art Center, still a work in progress, gears up for a spring opening. By Jon Anderson
Hammers were smacking. Saws were screeching. Stones thudded into place for the new front walk. Ready to go up is a 128-foot-wide facade of frosted glass, with a lighting and projection system that will amaze the neighborhood.
All the arts of construction were on view Wednesday at the new Hyde Park Art Center, a piece of architecture that, as its backers like to say, "inspires possibilities."
Despite the mess at every hand, it will all be finished, they insist, in time for a sparkling opening day April 29. "It's really quite amazing," said Kate Lorenz, director of development at the $6 million home for artists of all stripes. At 32,000 square feet, the building--a former printing plant at 5029 [sic] S. Cornell Ave.--is roughly four times larger than the center's old quarters.
For 25 years, the center was tucked into the back of the former Del Prado Hotel, a 10-story neoclassical pile of red brick an terra cotta with huge Palladian windows and arched doorways, grandly facing Lake Michigan at 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. It was cramped, with bad lighting and limited utilities.
But the center's reputation, stretching back to 1939, was enough to attract 10,000 students a year, from every Chicago ZIP code and 32 suburb. Ed Paschke, the late artist and the center's best-known alumnus, once noted, "If it weren't for the Hyde Park Art Center, I don't know if I would have had the guts and fortitude to stay the course."
The new center will have wide corridors, so no wall space will be unhung. The ceramics department will have gas-fired kilns. Large windows will cast light in all directions. The University of Chicago, which provided the building, will maintain some studios for faculty artists.
But most of t he hoopla probably will center around the building's novel entranceway. As envisioned by architect Douglas Garofalo, the two-story space, once a loading dock, will have fold-up doors that open upward in summer, allowing easy access to a large art gallery. Upstairs, across the front, there will be a series of glass screens and a catwalk for artists and computer imagists.
The neighbors seem to approve. "When we had the zoning hearings, it was the first time in Hyde Park history that there was no opposition," Chuck Thurow, the center's executive director, reported proudly.
But for the opening, the center plans 36 hours of continuous free programs. Along with artists showing works and as tribute to longtime backer Ruth Horwich, there will be gypsy music, a pancake breakfast, and at some point in the wee hours, a soccer clinic by members of the Chicago Storm.
One element won't be ready until July 1. A branch of the nearby Istria Cafe will offer coffee, sandwiches an 24 flavors of gelato, an Italian-style ice cream. Center staffers claim that the Istria operation is the only city source for "made-on-the-premises gelato south of the Chicago River.
Later, collaborative design for the digital facade art
Hyde Park Herald, January 5, 2005. By Tedd Carrison, contributor
The Hyde Park Art Center will begin work this month on its 32,000-square-foot, $5 million masterpiece and the Kresge Foundation has agreed to help. Throughout the year, the center hopes to convert an old warehouse at 50th Street and Cornell Avenue into its larger, better equipped home and with the addition of the $250,000 Kresge grant, over 80 percent of the project's funds are now accounted for.
The warehouse overhaul requires an additional $750,000 that must be raised within six months if the Kresge Foundation is to foot its share of the bill. According to Chuck Thurow, executive director at the Hyde Park Art Center, Kresge stipulates that the center must "build a base of donor support" in order to qualify for the money. He said that the center is seeking the remainder of funds from all levels of the community so as to encourage "a feeling of ownership from a very broad constituency." "We'll take kids with $5 or adults with many more," he said.
In 2003, the University of Chicago donated the warehouse to the art center under a rent-free lease for 25 years. The building, once used as a printing center and machine repair [and theater storage] shop by the university, will soon serve as one of the largest art attractions in the city.
The new center is slated to open in early 2006 and will provide more than three times the space of the old one. Highlights of the new facility include a gas-powered kiln for sculptors and ceramic artists, a digital lab for photographers and videographers and an art resource center intended to serve as a gathering place for artists of all experience levels and media.
Thurow said that the fund-raising aspect of the rehab process has gone well and looks optimistically ahead to the new center's construction which is scheduled to begin this month.
Interior demolition on Hyde Park At Center's new 32,000-square-foot home at 5020 S. Cornell Ave. began last week. Executive Director Chuck Thurow said he was excited to have construction underway on the two-story building which is owned by the University of Chicago. "It feels really great," he said. "It feels to wonderful to have the project started."
By the end of April Thurow said the firth step, the removal of non-load bearing walls and other materials, will be completed. After that, the construction to transform the art center from its current home inside the Del Prado building will begin. "The major new change that you will see is the front of the building. [It] will have a glass and steel framework and catwalk going across the front of it," Thurow said.
The building will house a gas-powered kiln for ceramic artists and sculptors, and art recourse center with art books along with magazines for the community and a digital lab for photographers and videographers. Half of the building will become classroom space which will triple in size from the previous location, including ceramic studio and photography studios. The other half will include five exhibition areas, Thurow said. The University of Chicago will occupy a space in the back on the first floor. Administrative offices, some gallery space and computer labs will be coated on the second floor. Also included in the new bu9ilding will be an independently owned cafe. Thurow respects that construction will be finished by February, 2006.
Exterior renovations include the replacement of the loading dock, which will become the new entrance to the building. There will also be storage space behind the building. In addition. the parking lot will be repaved. Thurow said the Cornell Avenue side of the building will change because the entire center of the building will be open. He said this dramatic change allows for indoor and outdoor activities.
In 2003, the University of Chicago donated use of the former publishing warehouse (once an army px) to the art center under a rent-free lease for 25 years. Top
32,000 sq. ft.
128-foot 5-screem digital facade with catwalk: IIT students design digital images to be projected on the facade
cost $3 million
Opening date April 2006
Later: Several of us and artists took a tour of the new Center under buildouts. The spaces are flexible and allow for both large and small shows and many kinds of studios. In fact, the University of Chicago will build out the west half of the second floor as studio space, possibly with collaborative residencies for Midway Studios, which is what the Center wants the new building to have. Columbia College is collaborating on the digital/video studio and will teach photography classes. The new ceramics studios will feature gas kilns. The old building will not be entirely out of view and can open up to the outdoors, as will the unique digital display/performance front facade, now a subject of study by students of IIT and UIC. Entry area will be on the north with parking; the cafe on the south side. Emphasis is on this being a resource center and a space for experimental art. Collaborations, breaking boundaries, becoming a working space for artists all over the city and a citywide destination spot are critical.
The Center hopes to engage local residents, the larger community, other organizations locally and world wide. The opening exhibit will engage every part of the building and site. Midyear 2006 there will be several exhibits simultaneously in different media, as well as performances. Year's end will have a major exhibit, if recalled correctly featuring a guest curator from London.
First exhibit held, Takeover, April 1-June 11 2006. Every kind of space was used by any one of these 40 artists who took over this building for art. From HPAC release:
"The first exhibition for the new Hyde Park Art Center at 5020 S. Cornell will be an explosion of new works by emerging and established artists with Chicago roots. The new art Center will be a laboratory for experimental art and ideas. The innovative nature of the building's architecture and the one-of-a-kind glass facade are designed to be resources that artists can use and transform in exciting ways. A select group o artists at all stages in their career have been asked to create art works that respond to this challenge - A creative takeover.
Invited artists have proposed new work that utilize, incorporate, correspond or disrupt a particularly space in the building. The exhibition will break down the distinctions between gallery and classrooms, hallways and offices, making the whole art center accessible to the creative process. Visitors can explore the entire building while experiences site-responsive art works by a collection of the area's finest artists. Expect the unexpected.
The photography, sculpture, installation, video, sound, painting and performance exhibited will not only create a dialogue with the architectural features and physical location of the new building, but also highlight the community function, and future role of the Hyde Park Art Center as a hotbed of activity.
Participating artists includes Candida Alvarez, Denenge Akpem, Damon Bishop, M.W. Burns, Juan Angel Chavez, Laura Davis, Jeff Deolier, Andrea DeMears, Jeanne Duning, Julia Fish, Fen Foch, Dianna Frid with Mark Galley, Goat Island, Jacob Hashimoto, Pablo Helguera, Industry of the Ordinary, Chuck Jones, Stuart Keeler, Anna Kunz, Judy Ledgerwood, Nina Levy, Joan Livingston, Inigo Mangiono Ovalle, Kerry James Marshall, Patrick McGee, Adelheid Mers, Ben Nicholson, Anders Nereim, Dan Peterman with Doug Garofalo, Jenny Reeder, Karen Reimer, Jenny Robers, Kay Rosen, alison Ruttan, Scott Short, Siebren Versteeg, Dan Wang, Anne Wilson and Scott Wolniak.
Illinois Institute of Technology students designed and chose digital images for a means to project giant images on the facade. The 10-member team is from IIT's Inter professional Projects Program that requires students to take part in real-world projects (not unlike what the teams thrown together in "The Apprentice" have to do). Students are majoring in architecture, psychology, computer science and humanities. furthermore, University of Illinois at Chicago may offer a 2-semester course on content for the facade.
Director Chuck Thurow told
the Herald, "A lot of our efforts are going into [this]. It's interesting
because their analysis did come out in a broad array. They weren't just looking
at the nature of projectors... but also how you can use this to interact with
the community." Assistant Bob Krawczyk adds, "How does an artist take
a video image and cut it up so it goes across five projectors? In this gallery
space, maybe the at starts outside and it crawls along the facade so the people
inside will see the reverse of it." The first artist to use the facade
had not been selected as of May, 2005.
Historical vignettes, new book
Hyde Park Herald, April 12, 2006. By Nykeya Woods
It all started in a neighborhood pub. The Hyde Park Art Center has had nine different homes since opening more than 60 years ago. A new book, Perpetually Strange: The Hyde Park Art Center, takes a look at its history through pictures and art. the book is scheduled to be released later this month to coincide with the grand opening of the new Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 South Cornell on April 29.
For eight months Hyde Parker Karen Wilson has been collecting pictures and interviewing artists and supporters of the art center for "Perpetually Strange." "It's just a snapshot," Wilson said about the 110 page book that will contain 75 illustrations. "It's just a sense of the place rather than a final word."
According to Wilson, a colony of artists from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition settled in Hyde Park after the fair and raised art awareness creating the 57th Street Art Colony. In 1939, the art center was founded as the Fifth Ward Art Guild by then Fifth Ward Alderman Paul Douglas, Mrs. Charles Merriam, Helen Bardner and Ulrich Middledorf in a defunct saloon at 1466 E. 57th St.
"Over the years, the art center has moved eight times, including the early 1940's to a location where t he trolley line ended and turned back towards downtown," Wilson said. The art center participated in the first 57th Street Art Fair, showcasing 48 artists in 1948. The 50's saw the center expand further by offering a variety of classes. The center moved to 1506 E. Hyde Park Blvd. above the National Theater in 1957, where sculptor Cosmo Campoli began teaching stone carving, casting and plaster.
During the 1960s, Ruth Horwich began hosting post-opening parties at her Kenwood home. "It was a way to get to know the artists and other people who were collecting art," Horwich told the Herald. As an avid collector, Horwich was always thrilled to see new artwork from local artists. "For so many of us, we would see the work of unknown artists, and it was very exciting," she said. Horwich joined the art center's board in 1962 and has served as president. A gallery of the new center is named in her honor "4833 RPH." Executive Director Chuck Thurow said she is the backbone of the art center. Thurow said 4833 RPH will be a welcoming place like her post-opening parties of long ago. "This ...meeting ro0m is where we'll have monthly gathering of artists to talk about things that will stimulate," Thurow said. "This is the place where we hope to have a diverse group of people." ...
From the April 13 2006 University of Chicago Chronicle. By Jennifer Carnig
As the Hyde Park Art Center moves from its cramped space in the Del Prado Apartment Building to its spacious new facility at 5020 S. Cornell Ave., the University is giving its neighbors an unprecedented housewarming gift: Although the University will continue to own the Cornell building, it has allowed t he Art Center to pursue its own design and to occupy the building rent-free for 25 years.
With every layer of concrete poured, every nail hammered and every light bulb wired, a new relationship is being built between the University and the surrounding community. "This move was made possible by an incredible partnership and is what I consider to be a model of how south side communities, government and the University can work together to make great things happen," said Henry Webber, the University's Vice President of Community and Government Affairs. "Driven by Chuck Thurow's ...inspired leadership, this new world-class building and the programs it will make possible bring so much vitality and energy to our community and the city--I'm thrilled to be part of this excitement."
Opened in 1939, the Hyde Park Art Center is one of the oldest arts organizations in Chicago. It is consistently celebrated locally for the art education opportunities it makes avail bale to the community and internationally for its exhibitions, including most famously one of the first shows by the Chicago Imagists...
As it enters its next phase, the art center is once again attracting the cit's attention south of the Loop. With the move into the new building, the Hyde park Art Center is trading in a 6,700-square-foot space for a massive two-story, 32,000-square-foot edifice, a University asset worth over $1 million.
"This is beyond exciting," said Allison Peters, director of exhibitions for the center, explaining that she will now have access to five galleries instead of one. "I can finally start thinking about what spaces the art will look best in instead of what art looks best in this space. It's an amazing opportunity."
The new Hyde Park Art Center, designed by Chicago architect Doug Garofalo, opens its door to the general community for the first time at 9 a.m.. Saturday, April 29, when a week-end long celebration called "Creative Move" kicks off. The art center will be open continuously for 36 hours, until 9 p.m. Sunday, April 30.
The free opening weekend will include a chance to see Takeover, the center's inaugural show composed of work by more than 40 different artists and collaborators, as well as listen to music, watch theater and dance performances, and even see the Chicago Storm demonstrate its soccer moves. Events geared toward families will take place during the day, and at night, bands will play and cocktails will be served for adults. There will also be a midnight ceramics class for those who want to try their hand at the creative arts.
While this opening creates a new cultural destination on Chicago's South Side and makes available great opportunities for art lovers in the city--more unique exhibitions to see, a wider variety of classes for children and adults to enjoy, and another place for people to hang out with the opening of a new coffee shop on the first floor--the new Hyde Park Art Center also means and enhanced art environment for members of the University community.
The second floor of the new building includes seven studios for University artists--faculty in the Department of Visual Arts will use four studios, and visiting artists will utilize the remaining three. The large, bright studios are "a huge deal," said Laura Letinsky, a noted photographer and Chair of Visual Arts. "These studios will facilitate our ability to attract and retain a strong faculty," Letinsky said while touring the new facility to survey the four allotted studio spaces designated for Department of Visual Art's faulty. "This is analogous to having a library for faulty in other departments. It's basic . Given that we want active artists, this is something we need. So this is a wonderful step forward."
The new space will also allow the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, which hosts a visiting artist artist every school year, to offer studio space as part of its incentive package and therefore for the first time, open up the program to artists outside Chicago.
Two additional studios will become home to ArtsWork, a new joint between the Division of the Humanities and the Hyde Park Art Center that will bring two visiting artists to the University for 10-month residencies. Slated to start in September 2007, the program will give the University and the arty center the opportunity t0 attract artists from around the world to the South Side.
ArtsWork signals another new collaboration between the University and the Art Center--the selection committee choosing the artists will include someone from the art center, as well as representatives from the Humanities, Art History, and Visual Arts and the Smart Museum of Art. But perhaps most importantly, this new panel promotes cooperation among various constituencies inside the University, said David Thompson, Associate Dean of the Humanities. "One particularly interesting characteristic of the visiting artist program is that its mere existence as a program testifies to the strengthening of creative partnerships both within the University and beyond." Thompson said. "The selection of these artists is carried out via a group conversation. Thus, the visiting artists arrive to find a receptive group of colleagues drawn from a range of endeavors-- a museum, a community art center, and several academic units. The possibilities for collaboration are exciting."
For more information about the Hyde Park Art Center, its opening weekend, its upcoming exhibitions or its classes, visit http://hydeparkart.org or call 773 324-5520. Also see Cultural Calendar.
Sun Ra and followers get due
Continuing through October 30 at South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive and at Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell:
The legacy of multimedia artist Sun Ra is featured at South Shore Cultural Center Gallery show "Beyond Boundaries" through October 30. Part of Chicago Artists Month. Features Melvin King, Yop Selgo (Bob Oglesby), Sherman Bech, Crump. And in the galleria is "Beyond Teaching": CPS teachers who also are artists.
This is part of series of exhibits and events featuring the work of Sun Ra and Afro-Futurism, including an exhibit at the Hyde Park Art Center (Pathways to Unknown Worlds: Sun Ra, El Saturn & Chicago's Afro-Futurist Underground, 1954-1968 and allied Interstellar Low Ways.) Afro-futurist musician and philosopher Sun Ra. Artists offer distinct projects that take up Sun Ra's characteristic forms including neon sculptures and "formlessness" paintings. 5020 S. Cornell. 773 324-5520.. The latter includes samples of his music and his record company, and a slide show with a music club atmosphere, and samples from his preaching in Washington Park. The show is co-curated by gallery owner John Corbett. "Interstellar Low Ways"- 30 artists inspired by Sun Ra. Oct. 17 6 pm. screening of Sun Ra's "Space is the Place." Parts through January 14.
Those who missed the October 15 2006 crowded opening of Interstellar Low Ways and Pathways to Unknown Worlds: Sun Ra, El Saturn & Chicago's Afro-Futurist Underground 1954-68 missed quite a show. At times as many as 4 sets of drummers beat hard-driving rhythms in sync like you might have heard in the Chicago South Side clubs where Sun Ra rose to prominence, created his later unique persona, foreshadowed many music trends of the 60s and 70s, was a pioneer in artist ownership of a record company, a pioneer in multimedia film, graphic arts, performance art, modernist woodblocking et al. There is also a large set of art of this decade created specifically to honor the inspirations of Sun Ra. Curated by John Corbett (north side gallery owner) and Terri Kapsalis.
Several related events including concerts and screenings occurred.
Black Pearl Art and Design Center (Workshop) new quarters was dedicated
by Ald. Preckwinkle and many others at 47th and Greenwood September 25.
Information in the Development
In May 2005 the Illinois General Assembly voted LBP c $400,000. LBP is now a major host to U of C Master in Fine Arts exhibits and Smart Museum off-site programs.
Further: Muntu Dance breaks ground (See Parking Woes page for some concerns.)
Little Black Pearl Workshop and Design Center celebrates Grand Opening September 25 in new home at 47th and Greenwood.
Little Black Pearl owner takes dream to 47th St.
Hyde Park Herald, September 22, 2004. by Kiratiana E. Freelon
Every time Little Black Pearl Workshop fonder Monica Haslip walks into her home at 4200 S. Drexel Blvd. after Sept. 25, there will be something missing. There will be no more kids congregating at her house, no more paint spills and no more tourists. All will now take place at the corner of 47th St. and Greenwood Ave. in a 40,000-square-foot facility that features an atrium, restaurant, multiple art studios, a computer lab and gallery. "Now the organization has a life of its own," Haslip said.
The workshop will celebrate the grand opening of its arts facility Sept. 25 with a gala. The event will feature a cyber auction, a gourmet dinner and music. A gallery will be named after Bronzeville residents Wanda and Lewis Martin for their long term support.
Haslip started the community arts program 10 years ago on the first fl0or of her renovated home in the once blighted Oakland neighborhood. She put a twist on the typical community arts program teaching children business as well as artistic skills. Children produce functional artwork that they can sell through the organization's store. The popular program, which serves 750 to 1,500 kids annually, eventually outgrew Haslip's home.
"We knew we needed more space because we had the challenge of not being able to accept all the children in the program. As a result of that, we made the decision that we needed to move forward in identifying a new location for this community." Four years ago the new workshop received a $1.5 million Empowerment Zone grant, which jump-started her fundraising for the $9 million building. ShoreBank financed construction, which began one-and-one-half years ago.
When the workshop designed the building, the needs of children and the community came first. For example, one of the building's architecture highlights is the two-story birchwood design because they wanted to provide wood paneled glass atrium. Haslip says she and her staff included the atrium in the design because they wanted to provide the community with elegant meeting and activity space. She also wanted children who participated in the programs to have quality hot meals onsite, so a restaurant was added. The importance of technology led to the inclusion of a computer lab.
Gwendolyn Pruitt, director of product design, participated in developing the layout for the paint studio. She boasts that the paint studio will have natural lighting and enough space for a live model.
An expansion of services will accompany the workshop's physical expansion. The artistic focus will soon include music. Beginning January, 2004, Little Black Pearl will offer workshops and classes to families and community residents, in addition to children.
Little Black Pearl kicks off 47th Street cultural corner
Hyde Park Herald, September 29, 2004. by Kiratiana E. Freelon
Little Black Pearl Workshop began another decade of community empowerment last weekend with the grand opening of its 40,000 square foot facility at 47th and Greenwood Avenue. "The opening of the Little Black Pearl Workshop is going to make 47th Street the epicenter of African and African-American ars," said Abdul Brimah, WVON radio host.
More that 400 friends, family members and supporters helped Monica Haslip, founder of the arts and business organization, and her staff to celebrate the opening of the building with a gala entitled, "Jazzmatazz: A Renaissance of Urban Innovation."
"There is a real chance that this organization will have life beyond me now," said Haslip, when commenting on the organization's move from her house at 4200 S. Drexel Blvd. "it is an organization of this community."
The Kenwood and Oakland communities have experienced drastic changes since Haslip started the organization 10 years ago to teach local kids the business of arts. She says the evolution of the community will not come without challenges and that she hopes that the workshop can build a bridge between the families of all economic positions.
"We hope that the workshop will be a place where one's [economic position] is not an issue and where all children can come and get the same thing and work toward the same goal," she said.
Before the event, state senate President Emil Jones and Ald. Toni Preckwinkle (4th) joined Halsip in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Jones was instrumental in securing the workshop with the state and federal funding needed to undertake the $9 million project. Jones said he was proud to see taxpayers' money going to the right things.
The building's architecture amazed the guests, some of whom were already thinking about the possibility of having events at he site. "What has blown me away is that we finally have a gathering place for special events, where people will be very pleased to host parties and events," said Hugh Brandon, a volunteer with the workshop. "There was a dearth of places for us on the South Side."
Gala attendees danced to the live music of Lalah Hathaway, Rachelle Farell and Casandra Wilson in the structure's two-story birchwood paneled atrium, the building's architectural highlight.
In the future, the workshop will offer classes to children, families and seniors in painting, ceramics, photography, woodworking, mosaics, glassblowing and welding.
The corner of 47th street and Greenwood Avenue will also soon be home to the Muntu dance Theatre, making a corner once blighted by two liquor stores into a "cultural corner." Top
Little Black Pearl open, Muntu dance theatre may be open by end of 2005 (but see on parking fears in Parking Woes page)
Hyde Park Herald, December 22, 2004. By Kiratiana E. Freelon
Joan Gray, president of the Muntu Dance Theatre, hopes to be sitting in an office at the corner of 47th Street and Greenwood venue this time next year. Developers laid the foundation for Muntu's new 55,000 square-foot facility at the corner last week. Work is scheduled to finish late in 2005.
The facility plans include a 400-seat theater, meeting space for community organizations, dance studios, classrooms, and retail space. "I don't expect it to change the direction of the company, Gray said. "But it will add a new dimension." Muntu currently produces dance shows and runs three dance classes at Kennedy-King College. The new building will help expand its classes and host local and international artists and groups, Gray said.
The company is close to completing its $12 million fundraising campaign, which will help fund the construction. At a Dec. 10 gala during its 2004 concert series "Sopaly," at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., Muntu raised more than $50,000.
Muntu, Chicago's oldest African-themed dance company, will hold its grand opening for the facility in spring 2006.
Muntu plan irks board, city--gets big Boeing gift- and changes architect
Flash: Muntu, with new design by the Alter Group and new loans , should start construction in late 2009. 65,000 sq. ft. $11 million. The u-shaped theater at the north will seat 399. Three studios for Muntu and other troupes. Classrooms. Street level retail. The 47th front will have mostly mosaic glass.
Hyde Park Herald, February 9, 2005. By Tedd Carrison, Contributing Writer
The long awaited Muntu Dance Theater slanted to be built at 1100-1116 E. 47th St. may take a little longer to completer after controversial changes to the initial plan caused a local planning group to withhold its approval for the projects last week. At the Feb. 3 meeting of the North Kenwood-Oakland conservation Community Council, members complained they were confronted with a building 20,000-square-feet smaller than previously approved plans had outlined. The new plans also include a retooled glass-faced facade that reduced the amount of exterior glass by 90 percent.
But the biggest controversy stemmed from Muntu's failure to obtain city paperwork OK'ing the changes prior to presenting the plans to the NK/OCCC. To make matters worse in the eyes of many council members, the cement foundation of the new, partly city-funded project has already been laid.
"At this point it would be foolish for us to take any action [to further the building process]," said Council Chairman Shirley Newsome as she admonished Muntu Chairman Joan Gray for neglecting to get proper approval." Gray maintained that the Chicago Department of Planning was notified of the changes and that Muntu has adhered to building regulations throughout the development although she was unclear of specifics when asked.
At the meeting, City Planning Department Representative James Wilson heatedly disagreed with her over whether the new plans had been seen by the city. "We were not aware of plan changes and that is problematic," said Connie Buscemi, spokesman for the planning department. She said that it is critical that the department be informed of all changes to the the proposal and that all financial and regulatory concerns are addressed. "We are going to sit down and meet with [Muntu] because we want this to go forward," she said. Calls to Gray for comment went unanswered by Herald presstime.
The new proposal calls for a pre-cast facade punctuated by small rectangular glass insets that will be recessed three inches. The reason for minimizing exterior glass was to bring down construction costs and reduce heating and cooling bills, Gray said.
While one council member lauded the contemporary design of the alternating insets, others took issue with the stark contrast it would provide to the traditional architecture of the neighborhood. Another concern was the "unfriendly" look that the new plans convey. One likened the new theater to a correctional facility and said that more needs to be done at street level to ensure that the building provides an aesthetic asset to the neighborhood.
Coupled with the Little Black Pearl Workshop, the 400-seat Muntu Theater is part of a planned cultural corner that is underway at 47ht Street and Greenwood Avenue. Founded in 1972, the theater presents interpretations of African and African-American music and dance through performances and community arts programs. The proposed facility will house administrative offices, rehearsal studios, an archival library, classrooms and retail space. A rendering of the new Muntu Theater proposal may be seen on the organization's website http://www.muntu.com.
Revised plans went before NKOCCC at the start of September, but approval was not given. Shirley Newsome, NKOCCC head, reported in May 2006 that Muntu has chosen yet another architect.
In September 2005 Muntu and Boeing Company announce a gift of $3 million toward the futuristically-designed home for Muntu at 47th and Greenwood. Muntu is now over the $10 million mark in its $15 drive. Muntu received a sizable grant from the State of Illinois.
July 30 2008 Herald repot Muntu on track despite delays. By Kate Hawley
Despite fumding setbacks and almost six years of delays, a plan to build a performing arts center for Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago at the northeast corner of 47th Street and Greenwood Avenue is still active, a city spokesman said. "We're still committed to getting this project complete," said Peter Scales, a spokesman for the city's Department of Planning and Development. "it has been a long time in coming, but sometimes that happens, especially in an economy like this one."
The city sold the land to Muntu in June 2002 for $1, under an agreement for the redevelopment of the vacant property into a 52,000-square-foot performing arts center. Construction was supposed to start within a year of closing on the sale and completed within two years. Though these deadlines have passed, the city is still backing Muntu's plan. "I think they ran into some funding issues, but the city is fully supporting this project," Scales said.
Public officials and representatives of the critically acclaimed, 36-year-old dance company are giving few details about the progress of the new center, to house a 400-seat theater, classrooms and administrative offices. Joan Gray, Muntu's president, did not respond to several calls for comment. Mae Wilson, a representative of the 4th Ward, where the project is located, said only, "We don't have any new information."
The proposed center was projected to cost $10 million when it was first announced, but costs appear to be escalating. The Outlook reported in September 2005 that Muntu organizers had passed the $10 million mark toward a $15-milion goal. Sources tell the Outlook that, at a gala fundraiser for the company on July 12, Sidney Dillard, board treasurer, announced a $21-millin capital campaign for the new building. State Sen. Emil Jones (D-Chicago) is th campaign's honorary chair, according to Muntu's website.
Among the notable grants the company has received for the new center in recent years: $4.5-million in state money sponsored by Jones in 2003, $3 million from The Boeing Company in 2005 and $5,000 from Barack and Michelle Obama in 2006. Michelle Obama sits on the company's board... According tot he 2006 return..Muntu's net assets were $8,867,584 at the end of the year.
Construction on the center, which reportedly started and then stopped some time ago, may begin in earnest soon, according to James Wilson, who oversees the 4th Ward as a project manager for the Department of Planning and Development. At a June 5 meeting of the North Kenwood-Oakland Conservation Community Council, or NK-OCCC, a community group, he announced that Muntu has secured a lender. He declined to respond for a request for further detail, but Cook County records show that Muntu signed a construction loan agreement on Dec. 20, 2007, with New Century Bank of Chicago for $9 million. That's the second mortgage that Muntu has taken out. The South Side-based Shorebank lent the company $250,000, according to a mortgage agreement signed in April, 2003....
The architect retained for the project, New York-based Davis, Brody, Bonds, LLP< has received $1,470,274.33 for its work on the project, according to a suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court in October 2007. The firm is suing Muntu for an additional $324,603.09 it claims it is owed. Muntu has filed a motion to dismiss the case. The nest court date on the motion is Aug. 19.
In the meantime, the vacant land at 1100 E. 47tgh St. is a sea of shoulder-high grass - a marked contrast with the thriving Little Black Pearl art and design center across the street a 1060 E. 47th St. "I would just love to see them get going and finish that building," said Shirley Newsome, a longtime community activist and chair of he NKOCCC. "It sends the wrong message when the site is under construction for such a long time."
DuSable Museum of African American History has acquired the historic Roundhouse one-time stables in Washington Park and will now proceed to raising the money needed to bring its dreams to fruition--showing a higher proportion of collections, research and curatorial space (including computer and other resources for visitors), an eating spot, and more. The DuSable, now in a $25 million capital and endowment campaign, received $10 million from the state at the behest of Senate president Emil Jones. It also received a Mac Arthur grant.
New hours during construction. For the rest of 2005, the Museum is closed on Mondays. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5. 773 947-0600.
Museum to grow in 1907. Hyde Park Herald, November 17, 2004. by Mike Stevens
The DuSable Museum of African American History doubled in size Monday--at least theoretically.
The Chicago Park District handed museum officials a set of ceremonial keys to Washington Park's neighboring Roundhouse building Nov. 15, clearing the way for the museum's @25 million renovation of the historic stone building.
A $10 million state grant championed by state Senate President Emil Jones (D-14) made the expansion possible, DuSable CEO and President Antoinette Wright said. "To our elected officials local, state and federal, we thank you for bringing the bacon home," Wright said to Jones and U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (d-1), who were among nearly 150 people on hand for the formal handoff.
In a bill being considered by Congress, Rush has earmarked $1 million for a proposed pedestrian skyway over 57th Street that would connect the Roundhouse expansion to the museum's main campus. "I thought about [Jones'] $10 million and my $1 million and the only thing I can think to say is, every little bit helps," Rush said. "This is just a down payment. We intend to get more."
After accepting a teddy bear from DuSable Museum founder Margaret Burroughs, Jones moved quickly to the problem of where to find the $12 million needed to finish the proposed restoration. "We in the state have done our job. All the major corporations that our community supports have got to step up to the plate," Jones said.
After years as a maintenance facility, the 61,000-square-foot park building will allow the museum to host larger traveling shows in addition to exhibiting more of its own collection. As it stands, space constraints relegate up to 70 percent of the museum's collection to storage.
On top of exhibition space, the Roundhouse will house research facilities and a reading room to expand onsite learning resources, DuSable's Director of Finance and Administration Michael Carter said. "[Today] if you came here and asked about Frederick Douglass we can tell you, but we can't show you," Carter said.
The former stable will also house a lunch room which officials hope will boost attendance because schools will no longer be forced to hustle students back to campus for their lunch hour. Wright anticipated the expansion will boost annual attendance by 60,000 visitors, which would push the attendance figures to well over 200,000 visitors a year.
Renovations are slated to begin spring 2005 with an eye to an 2008 opening. Fundraising will also go toward a $5 million endowment.
President Zimmer gives his priority for and to the arts.
InsideOut (U of C) Fall 2007
Focusing strategically on arts and culture--how they are thought about and how they are experienced--is a priority for the University. There are a number of reasons why this is important. First, there is increased interest from a student perspective, particularly undergraduate students who want to be involved in the arts in an active way, even if they are not art majors. We also have a growing interest among our faculty to integrate the critical analysis of the arts with performance and production, and to bring multiple arts disciplines together. Lastly, we see opportunities to contribute greatly to the quality of life in our neighborhood and in the city as a whole. We have the capacity to engage other artistic communities in a powerful way and to better connect our faculty and students as well as our professional organizations--like Court Theatre and the Smart Museum of Art--to activities and development taking place in our community and throughout the city.
So what's next? The future development of the Logan Center for Creative and Performing Arts (http://artscenter.uchicago.edu) is a key piece of this puzzle. This will be a physical manifestation of the vibrancy of the arts at Chicago--a place where theory and practice converge, where different artistic media converge, where the community and the University converge. Additionally, we have created two new positions in the arts: Larry Norman was recently named deputy provost for the arts and Mary Harvey is now associate provost for project development. They will be working on questions of integration from both curriculum and community perspectives. We also need to think about larger space questions: How do visitors experience the Hyde Park Community? Where do people get a map? Where do they eat? How do they get from one place to another? Michelle Olson, the director of external and government affairs in the University's community affairs office, is leading a group think about these questions. Top
Where we stand and the next phase in March 2007. $35 million gift to Creative and Performing arts center. Jazz Archive moving to Special Collections.
From the Chicago Weekly News, by Juan Velez.
You might've heard of some of the changes, and if you're enough of a doctorate student you might have seen them. All the glossier and certainly the most utility-oriented spaces on the University of Chicago campus are from the last six years: Max Palevsky Commons, Ratner Gymnasium, the Graduate School of Business (GSB), the Gordon Center for the Integrated Science, the guts of the Reynolds Club. So now we have a crayon box in which to stick all the normal-ish kids (Max Palevsky Commons), a gym that isn't a Soviet silo, and a frigid birdcage of steel and glass where business students can evolve in their natural habitat. What more amenities does this modern institution need? Readers of this humble publication ought to know: a spot where artists can congregate, create, disseminate, and replicate.
The administration often refers to a nebulous "vibrant legacy" of arts at Chicago. What ground hath this platitude? If claims on human capital stand for anything, Susan Sontag, Kurt Vonnegut, Philip Glass, and David Auburn al went here, and must've been to some degree shaped inside these walls. Doc Films has been around since the birth of silent film, and has hosted everyone form Hitchcock to Stan Brahkage to Fritz Lang; we birthed improv/sketch comedy and The Second City troupe; University Theatre has staged hundreds of productions; Fire Escape Films has matured to the point of producing feature-length films; the Renaissance Society exhibited Picasso and Kandinsky back in the time of the avant-gardes and is still a vital force in contemporary art; and WHPK has been singularly crucial to the development of Chicago hip-hop. So the trace is conspicuously there, and the administration has finally gotten around to giving the arts the formal glorification and aggressive support they deserve.
The University's informal arts initiative has its roots in the "Future of the Arts Report," a status assessment developed by an appointed committee in 2001 that called for the increased support of the various arts institutions on campus. This foundational idea has congealed into a number of distinct, agglomerated efforts in the last three years, starting with the formation of the Art Planning Council, which gives circa $50,000 in grants every year to student and professional arts groups, as well as to individuals. It has a particular emphasis on collaborative projects, which reflects a wider push towards collaboration in the initiative. The initiative draws from the university's long-standing interdisciplinary culture and aims to do something rather novel: the creation and proliferation of spaces where theory and (artistic ) practice can substantially merge, where different media can mix, and where faculty, students, professional artists, and the public can interact.
The main mechanism of this integrative approach is the furthering of collaborations between all the arts entities on campus--between professional arts organizations (such as Court Theatre), graduate and undergraduate academic programs and departments, the research enterprise of the Humanities division, and the student arts groups. The Arts Clarity group was created last year for this explicit purpose, to aggressively sustain and expand these collaborations, and to make the case for a projected expansion of both Court Theatre and the Smart Museum. Another related effort, coordinated by Mary Harvey, the chair of t he Arts Planning Council, brings together the heads of arts organizations in Hyde Park and on the South Side, with the objective of creating a compelling identity for the South Side arts scene, to increase its visibility, and to make it a necessary destination for North Siders and outsiders alike. While these associated efforts of the arts initiative are not entirely centrally organized, they can be understood as a single movement towards the enhancement of the arts at the U of C and on the south Side. Minds and means are being mobilized, and the future is pregnant with promise.
You've likely heard about the most exciting, integral, and emblematic project of the initiative: the (insert biggest donor name here) Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. This ambitious, landmark building will anchor the new South Campus and will be built around Midway Studios, the charmingly dilapidated home of the visual arts you've never been to, which is situated at 60th and Drexel. The CCPA will increase the University's capacity to deliver "high quality arts instruction and support high level para-curricular arts activity," and will allow for increased recruitment of talented, arts-oriented students, and of the highest possible caliber arts faculty. This move could very well change the composition of the study body at the U of C, and possibly expand it, though it is doubtful that the University would create a full-fledged art school. Instead, the building might help widen the applicant pool and lower the admissions rate, which would certainly be a cause for polemic as well as interesting growth, and would be in tune with the administration's overall project.
The design requirements call for shared functional spaces that flow together, reflecting the fluid relationships between the arts programs, and actively encouraging collaboration between the visual arts, film, music, and theater. Midway Studios, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is to be renovated, and will likely be incorporated in some of the potential designs. The building design has to be sustainable, expandable, and present an appealing facade for the South.
Three new black box theaters (like the first Floor Theatre in Reynolds Club), performance classrooms, rehearsal rooms, shops and theater offices.
Increase the number of music practice rooms form nine to twenty and provide a new recording studio and additional ensemble rehearsal space.
A new 150-seat film screening facility and a film vault (something like the film studies center in Cobb).
A 350-seat multipurpose theater that will provide a much needed new performance space and allow for better use to be made of Mandel Hall.
State of the art visual arts teaching spaces, forty student studios and gallery areas for students to display their work.
Digital media lab and smart classrooms.
Cafe (which guarantees decades of employment for future generations of hipsters) and lounge areas where the arts will intersect.
Office space for faculty-in-residence working on arts-related projects.
The building will enable faculty to create new art, as well as new courses that mix media. It'll allow for the expansion of the University's artist-in-residence program, by giving a wider range of artist more opportunities to spend a longer period of time on campus, thereby allowing them to work meaningfully with students, faculty, and professional arts organizations and to perform or exhibit for the benefit of the campus, the South Side, and the city.
There are still plenty of bureaucratic mazes and fiscal hurdles to overcome. Last year, five architectural firms were invited to compete for the design of the CCPA. They presented to a jury on November 20, whose charge was to recommend an architect to the Campus Planning and Facilities Committee of the Board of Trustees, at their March 1, 2007 meeting. The jury's recommendation will remain confidential until the Board authorizes an announcement, which won't happen until the committee has had a chance to talk to the recommended firm about next steps, and circles back to the board - hopefully sometime in the Spring. The scale models of the winning design are bound to be displayed publicly at that time. Money, as always, is the other buzzkill. The CCPA will carry a heavy price tag of $100 million, and the University will tactically withhold a public fundraising campaign until the competition winner is announced. They are currently engaged in a "quiet" outreach to secure leading donations, the kind that get projects off the ground. Heartbreakingly, undergraduates probably won't be around for the opening ceremony..but their children undoubtedly will, and their future alumni donations will be spent on its upkeep.
More on the Arts Clarity Group
February 20, 2007 Maroon, by Justin Sink
The arts programs at the U of C are in the midst of a widespread and extensive restructuring process that is intended to transform disciplines traditionally underemphasized at the University. In recent talks, President Robert Zimmer has stressed the need for greater collaboration with city and neighborhood organizations and museums, the creation of a Center for Performing Arts, and the integration of artistic resource such as Court theatre and the Smart Museum into undergraduate studies.
"It's a really important part of our broader strategy to improve the University," Assistant Vice President for Student Life Bill Michael said. "We're working toward some programs that are really going to increase and improve the opportunities on campus for the study and appreciation of the arts."
The Arts Clarity Group (ACG), a board consisting of the directors of campus professional arts organizations, chairs of arts-related academic units, and the deans and deputy deans of the College and Humanities division, has taken the lead in strengthening the arts at the University. The board was created in response to a 2001 report that found "the absence of a clear sense of how [the arts] fit into the University's larger mission."
Other reforms being considered by the ACG include adding more arts residencies and fellowships, a renovation of Mandel Hall, expansions of the Smart Museum and Court Theatre, the purchase of permanent student gallery space, and the creation of new full-time faculty positions within the Humanities division.
Dawn Helsing, executive director of Court Theatre and cochair of the ACG, recognized the need for a University-led drive to support the arts. "The Hyde Park area is a hub of diverse and rich arts activity in this city. There's so much that we need to do to raise our profile and engage more visitors and residents," she said. "The University plays a central role, in no small measure because of the distinctive interdisciplinary arts scholarship and creativity being generated throughout campus."
Larry Norman, deputy dean of the Humanities Division and cochair of the ACG, wrote in an e-mail that ACG reforms are actionable proposals that are intended to increase the influence of arts on campus. "The University's commitment to the arts is best witnessed by the fact that the Arts Clarity Group's catalog of ongoing initiatives represents not a fanciful wish list for the future, but instead the reality of recent advances by our arts programs and of their collaborative work together," he said. "Much remains to be done, but progress in recent years has been great."
Although those involved in the process heralded the progress already made, pointing to recent guest artist prog drams, new hires, and curriculum development, many arts students expressed the opinion that their discipline is underappreciated at the U of C.
"I came to the U of C because I wanted a good liberal arts reduction, and being well rounded is important to me and will surely make me a better artist, but I don't think arts are taken seriously enough at the U of C," second-year Theater and Performance studies major Victoria Bartley said. "The thought of new spaces in which various artists of all types could collaborate and facilitate their work is fantastic. The arts programs here are growing, and the need for space is growing, and in a number of years, the University will no longer be able to ignore the problem."
Humanities faculty and students emphasized that new facilities are necessary if the U of C intends to avoid serious problems with overcrowding and insufficient resources in its art programs. Michael said the development office created a new position substantially devoted to arts fundraising, and the administration has stressed the importance of arts donations.
"There remains much to be done, and our physical facilities clearly are not adequate for the vitality of the current programming, little less its future growth," Norman said. "That is one of the great challenges that faces us now."
Herald, June 17, 2009. By Kate Hawley
The University of Chicago is planning to break ground next April on a $114-million arts center -- a key element in its wide-ranging construction plan for the south campus. Schematic drawings for the Reva and David Logan Center for Creative & Performing arts, presented at a public meeting Monday, June 8, showed a geometric tower that sits alongside a sprawling rectangular building with a distinctive sawtooth roofline.
University architect Steve Wiesenthal, who is overseeing the south campus improvements, described the new arts center as a "mixing bowl for the arts." It wil house a gallery, two theaters, a 450-seat auditorium, art studios, digital labs, classrooms, a cafe and a glass-walled performance venue at the top of the tower. An outdoor courtyard will give students space to congregate or even hold outdoor performances.
the design by architects Tod Williams and Bilie Tsien -- which is still in progress -- aims to connect the university with teh surrounding community, Wiesenthal told a crowd of about 60 people that attended the meeting at the university's School of Social Service Administration, 969 E. 60th St. The box office and an information center face south, intended as a gesture of inclusivity towards Woodlawn and the neighborhoods south of teh campus. And its eight-story tower is meant to link the south campus with the north campus by mirroring other tall university buildings such as Rockefeller Chapel.
Theaster Gates, coordinator of arts programming for the university's Office of the Provost, said community groups would be able to rent space in the new arts center and possibly partner with students and faculty creating art within its walls.
Besides the new construction, the arts center project also includes a full restoration of a historic house and the adjoining Midway studios, a city landmark where the renowned sculptor Laredo Taft worked in the early 20th century.
A 1972 addition to the Midway Studios by the prolific mid-century architect Edward Dart -- a building preservationist advocates have recently made a pitch to save -- will be demolished, Wiesenthal said. The Dart building, like a large portion of the proposed arts center, has a sawtooth roof with skylights - a design chosen in both cases for its suitability in art studios, Wiesenthal said.
Several who attended the meeting praised the arts center's innovative design and said they looked forward to a renewed emphasis on creative and performing arts at the university.
[Groundbreaking is expected spring 2010.]
Unveiling plans, fundraising for new arts center south of Midway
President Zimmer tells why the new center matters, in Herald interview Oct. 23 2006.
Herald: The university appears to be focusing more energy and money on the arts with the planned arts facility and expanded arts curriculum. What factors spurred the shift?
Zimmer: The arts expansion as been on the university's agenda for a long time. In fact it was being discussed before I left the university four years ago. This represents in large measure a very natural evolution of curricular work in the arts. The real key question is the relationship between production and critical analysis. The view within the faculty has been evolving over time to think more about how these are related. How do we incorporate curriculum with some of the other facilities like Court Theatre and the Smart Museum
Fundraising and plans prep.
continue to the Center for Creative and Performing Arts at
Midway Studios at 60th and Drexel. Hoped-for opening is in 2010 at a cost of
$62m (2003 est.). It will be two stories with 182,000 square feet. Added would
be 3 black box theaters, new space for Department of Visual Arts, music practice
and rehearsal space, a medium sized film an lecture hall, a 350-seat performance
hall and computer labs. The focus, developed in a comprehensive study begun
in 2000 under then-provost Geoff Stone, is to bring together what is now dispersed
in cramped space across the whole campus, in a way the arts can collaborate,
experiment, and grow. An innovative approach is the integrative "arts alley."
The new complex will shift the center of gravity southward, especially in connection with the new dorm and many other facilities planned between 60th and 61st, as well as create an arts dynamo as several of the other major studies dedicated campus buildings do. The center cannot go forward until 85 percent of funding has been found. Top
Herald, October 11, 2006. By Daniel J. Yovich
The University of Chicago is planning to build a $100 million arts complex and has impaneled a handful of the world's most renowned architects to compete for the contract to design the facility. The 180,000-square-foot complex is slated to be built near the intersection of 61st Street and Ingleside Avenue, and will include three black-box theaters, music practice rooms, a recording studio and a 350-seat performance hall. [ed- more below.] Danielle Allen, dean of the university's division of the humanities, said the complex will incorporate but leave untouched the university's Midway Studios. The studios are housed in the former mansion landmarked by the city in 1993. The studios are the former home and workspace of Lorado Taft, one of the early 20th Century's most famous artists.
"This project will create a new synergy for the arts at the university," Allen said, noting that the university's many art courses, studios, and performance and rehearsal spaces are currently sited in several different buildings throughout the campus.
The university has raised about $1 million for the project, said Tom Wick, the senior director of development. And the university's target of $14 million must be met before an architect will be hired. Those vying to design the complex are Daniel Libeskind, the planner for reconstruction of New York City's World Trade Center, New York architects Ted Williams and Bilie Tsien, and three former Pritzker Architecture Prize winners: Hans Hollein of Austria, Fumihiko Maki of Japan and Thom Mayne of Santa Monica, Calif.
The architects will submit their proposals for the project by the end of November, Wick said. A panel of faculty and students will jury them in early 2007 before a winner is selected.
Fund-raising for the project will continue through 2006. Though Wick declined to say how much of the estimated $100,000 must be raised before ground is broken, the university has previously sought 80 percent of the required funding for major construction projects before it begins building.
ed. Additional facilities according to the October 10 2006 U of C Maroon, include a climate-controlled film storage vault, as well as renovation/reuse of non-protected parts of Midway Studios. Previously announced are art fabrication studios and manufactories.
And the layout is planned to create new collaborations and cross-influences. Bill Michael, vp for student life, is cited in the Maroon as drawing parallels to the Gordon Center for Integrative Science: "Having the music practice rooms and things intertwined in these spaces provides a real opportunity for people to interact with each other. This building is going to be... a space where our students can come together, whether they're making films or doing a cappella or if they just want to experience the art." Allen added, "If you look at what's happening in the world of contemporary art right now, you'll see a remarkable fusion of media land genre, and that's happening on our campus too. We have people who blend different kinds of art-visual with digital, art with science." Michael also thought the CCPA will "energize the south side of campus" and engage communities while not replacing existing art and music facilities.
Re: architects, they were chosen from a pool of 60, similarly to the GSB competition. Allen was quoted in the Maroon, "We want this building to symbolize the creativity at the highest level, so we thought the activities of the building would themselves be well represented by top-flight architects. We thought the best way of engaging them in the most energetic forms of creativity would be a competition." This is also expected to jump-start the fundraising general and specific campaign--donors care who the architect is. Currently, many potential donors are being contacted or given attention.
CCCP grew out of a provost report on arts facilities in 2001.
Architects compete to design new center for arts. Chronicle, Nov. 16 2006, by Julia Morse
The Center for Creative and Performing Arts will move one step closer to fruition next week as five architectural firms compete for the opportunity to design the 180,000-squasre-foot building.
The architects will present drawings and models of their designs on Monday, Nov. 20 and Tuesday, Nov. 21, in private, juried sessions with members of the selection committee, which includes University administrators and faculty members. The winner will be announced in Winter Quarter.
The proposed $100-million center will turn six years of behind-the-scenes planning and the longtime dreams of students, faculty and administrators into a reality. It will serve as home to all areas of artistic expression at the University—visual arts, theater and performance, music and film—and will include a 350-seat performance hall.
“The University’s long-standing commitment to the arts will be m ore fully realized in the Center for Creative and Performing Arts,” President Zimmer said. “It will provide our faculty and students with an exceptional facility in which to conduct their work while enriching the broader community through an expansion of innovative arts programming.”
Five internationally renowned architectural firms have been invited to compete for the design contract. They are Hans Hollein of Vienna, Austria; Studio Daniel Libeskind of New York City; Morphosis of Los Angeles; Fumihiko Maki and Associates of Tokyo; and Ted Williams and Billie Tsien Architects of New York. The competing firms include three recipients of the esteemed Pritzker Architectural Prize: architects Hollein, Maki and Thom Mayne of Morphosis.
Hollein’s work includes the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt, Germany, the Guggenheim Museum in Salzburg and the Austrian Embassy in Berlin.
Maki’s firm is well known for the designs of several academic facilities in Japan, in addition to the Iwasaki Art Museum, the Embassy of Japan in Brazil, a public-housing project in Lima, Peru, and the National Museum of Modern art in Kyoto.
Libeskind’s firm was selected last year to design the new World Trade Center in New York City and recently competed the design of an extension of the Denver Art Museum. His resume also includes the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Creative Media Center in Hong Kong and the London Metropolitan University Graduate Center.
Mayne’s work with Morphosis includes the University of Cincinnati Student Recreation Center, the San Francisco Federal Building, the Olympic Village for the 2012 Olympics in New York City and the Cornell School of Architecture.
Williams and Tsien’s accomplishments include New York City’s American Folk Art Museum, the Cranbrook Natatorium in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, Calif.
But the Center for Creative and Performing Arts will bring much more to campus than an architectural landmark; it will fulfill many hopes of administrators, faculty members and students.
“My dream is for us to have facilities that are worthy of our students—undergraduate and graduate—and worthy of our great faculty,” said John Boyer, Dean of the College who is also the Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor in History and the College, noted that there has been a great increase of interest in the arts over time among College students. He said that this year, 500 students are involved in visual arts; 400 with theater; 700 in musical groups; and 100 are in dance and performing arts. Also, 80 students are working on films with Fire Escape Films and others participate in 11 different a cappella groups on campus.
All in all, over 1,600 undergraduates enroll annually in creative and performing arts classes and studio-based courses that combine theory and practice, Boyer said. “The center represents an enormous opportunity to bring together the diverse range of curricular and extra curricular happening we already have on campus, providing a true home,” said Laura Letinsky, Chair of Visual Arts and Professor in Visual Arts and Cinema & Media Studies. “Right now, our film, theater, music and visual artists are scattered around campus, with no one place for student art to be exhibited, seen and heard. The center will allow for creative fomentation, providing a backbone for all the areas of the arts to live and grow.”
Although the University has traditionally been more famous for its Nobel Prize-wining faculty, liberal arts education and graduate research, the list of alumni who have successful careers in the arts is far from short. Those alumni include Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter David Auburn (A.B., ’91); the late choreographer Katherine Dunham (Ph.D., ’36); musician—composer Philip Glass (A.B., ’56); author Philip Roth (A.M., ’55); novelist Susan Sontag (A.B., ’51); filmmaker Kimberly Peirce (A.B., ’90) an author Kurt Vonnegut (A.M., ’72).
“Over time, the vibrancy of our city and the creativity of our students combined to encourage all kinds of other artistic activities among our students,” Boyer said. The creative and Performing Arts Center will provide the space for those activities to continue to thrive. Danielle Allen, Dean of the Humanities, said, “The new center will spur and facilitate cross-disciplinary, cross-media creativity at faculty, graduate and undergraduate levels by providing contexts for collaboration across creative and critical domains.”
William Michael, Assistant Vice President for Student Life in the Office of the Vice President and Dean of Students in the University and Associate Dean of the College, agreed. Michel pointed out that the Center for the Creative and Performing Arts would be the venue for students to continue their artistic passions and to create their works in much the same way that the faculty develops research.
“Some of the most exciting art our students have created on campus is art that is a product of collaboration,” Michel said. “It is when the students studying film, theater, visual arts and music come together that they are the most innovative and creative.”
Designs - five distinctly different visions-being evaluated
The University is determined this center be a beacon. Models will be in the Gordon Center on 57th for private viewing. Decision will be made by a committee that includes the present and former heads of the Board of Trustees and another board member, deans and department heads. "...to create a signature facility, a built expression of the vitality and creativity of the practicing arts on campus as well as a concrete witness to the University's belief in the place of artistic practice in education."
Thom Mayne's design is small and compact--only half the block and stretching over Midway Studio. Tod Williams and Billie Tsien have a sprawling collection of medium-sized buildings over the entire block with a plaza and and 11 -story tower with observation deck. Fumihiko Maki has a low building with the top separated into open courtyards and usable space, skylights, planted grass. Daniel Libeskind, has a cubic la building in four twisted bars for separate departments one intersecting with Midway Studios. Hans Hollein has a leaning rectangular tower surrounded by buildings and a long structure suspended horizontally with lecture hall at one end and performance space at the other.
University of Chicago-led arts and humanities outreach and resource network.
Civic Knowledge listhost information listhost:https://listhost.uchicago.edu/mailman/listinfo/civicknowledge
online guidebook for arts organizations, Smart Start, is now out, produced by
Smart Museum and Arts and Business Council of America.
http://www.artsbiz-chicago.org/ArtsPrograms/smARTstart/tabid/228/Default.aspx. Visit also at 70 E. Lake, suite 500, 60601.
U of C Civic Knowledge's Enhancing Assets in January 2006 announced a Community Trust (?) grant of $25,000. With this, help and startup of all kinds can be offered to area nonprofit small arts related organization, including technical and grant writing. Also, more free classes connecting neighborhoods, arts, history, and the University will be offered in conjunction with the Graham School of General Studies.
And now Anne Stephenson will present to groups and neighbors who contact her a module on how to research your home, its eligibility for landmarking/registry or inclusion as a contributing structure in an historic district. email@example.com.
Enhancing Assets teaches artists how to shine spotlight on their creative work
From the March 30, 2006 UC Chronicle. By Jennifer Carnig
Just five months ago, Charles Beg and two of his friends started a theaters company, EP Theater, in Chicago's South Side neighborhood of Pilsen. The group's mission is grand--"To create the future of theater," Berg said, but their resources are small. ... What's more, the three are writers, actors and directors, not accountants, marketing managers or public relations specialists. They are short on time...and lack the business training to make their artistic dream a reality.
That's why Berg was so excited to hear about Enhancing Assets, a program of the Civic Knowledge Project, the two-year-old community connections office of the Division of Humanities. What began as a project to map humanities programs on the South Side has quickly become an established resource for small arts and cultural organizations on Chicago's South Side.
Through Enhancing Assets and the Graham School of General Studies, Berg and six other students took a free four-week public relations class especially designed for arts organizations. In addition to developing a media plan an learning how to write an effective press release, Berg got what he and his company were really looking for, reviews in TimeOut Chicago and the Chicago Reader. "It's a good start," the 28-year-old said, ....admitting..that his ambition is to "create a brand name" so that when people hear "EP Theatre" they immediately "think innovation."...
[Dean Danielle Allen after a 2004 conference] realized the University could provide these arts organization leaders with a place to meet, talk and pool resources, as well as an opportunity to consult with legal, financial and public re latinos professionals to learn how to lead their organizations to their maximum potential. ...Enhancing Assets has so far offered two quarters of public relations workshops. But a new grant from the Chicago Community Trust is making it possible for the University to expand the program. This spring and summer, the civic Knowledge Project will once again offer classes through the Graham School. ...possible subjects include board development, audience development, grant writing, technology in the arts, and human resources and staffing issues ....
The gem of the new class lineup is a documentary film course led by Judy Hoffman, a Visiting Lecturer in Visual Arts, and Margaret Caples, executive director of the Community Film Workshop. ...students...will develop their own six-minute videos they can use to reach out to possible donors and new audiences. [Director Elizabeth Babcock says"] "There is currently no resource specifically for South Side arts and cultural organizations. We're the first one." [Many of these groups] cannot take that next step of being able to demonstrate their reach and value without help. [Students critique each others releases and press pitches, set up schedules. Teacher Deva Wooley says these groups are working or enrichment and recognition of a community that hasn't had it, but] "they're here and that's a feat."
Summaries of initial meeting January 29, 2005. "Assets" conference tries to enhance University-community relations
On the January Conference, from November 29, 2005 Chicago Maroon, by Isaac Wolf
The University hosted a conference in January 2005 to promote artistic and nonprofit development across the South Side. At the conference, "Enhancing Assets," the University's award-winning art historian Martha Ward gave a lecture on curatorship. Following her talk, a Chicago cultural policy expert lectured on the private galleries and collections across the South Side.
What happened next was a striking moment for Dean of Humanities Danielle Allen. "The museums discussed were five minutes from Cochrane-Woods," said Allen, referring to the art center on campus. "This professor, Marty Ward, an expert art historian sitting beside me, had no idea they existed. It as in her backyard," Allen, who is also executive director of the group that hosted the conference said. "She was intrigued by and and interested in what she was seeing," Allen said. "She was grateful to learn about the private galleries." This was one example given by Allen of the University's disconnect with the South Side. "There are pockets of knowledge," she said. "There's not a lot of flow."
Allen's organization, the Civic Knowledge Project (CKP) , is working to interconnect the University with the surrounding communities. The idea behind her project is that successful democracies gather strength from their ability to generate "remarkable rapid knowledge transmission across geographic and social barriers," she writes on the CKP website.
"A central goal of the Civic Knowledge Project," she continued, "is to lead the University in generating modes of knowledge transmission between itself and it surrounding knowledge communities that might help jump start, in places where it has broken down or has never existed, the process of cultural circulation and mutual influence that is crucial to socioeconomic mobility and fluidity, and successful democratic practice.
From the HPKCC Conference Reporter, Winter 2005. By Clairan Ferrono, Board member
HPKCC Represented at "The Civic Knowledge Project"
On Saturday, January 29, 2005, The Civic Knowledge Project of the University of Chicago, run by the Dean of the Humanities, Danielle Allen, hosted a seminar entitled "Enhancing Assets: a Resource Network for the Arts, Cultural and Humanities Organizations." Invitations were extended to a large circle of arts organizations in Hyde Park, Kenwood, Bronzeville, and Woodlawn. It was very well attended.
Danielle Allen opened the meeting by introducing the Civic Knowledge Program, which hopes to increase communication and understanding, "a mutual exchange of knowledge and pooling of resources," in the larger university community--the mid-Southside. The seminar consisted of three sessions of workshops and a keynote address.
Workshop A, "What is Humanities Content?", was a lively, highly academic, and intellectual discussion led by James Chandler, professor at the University of Chicago, and Angel Ysaguirre, a director at the Illinois Humanities Council. Of potential interest to HPKCC was a remark by Ysaguirre that the Humanities Council has never received a grant proposal for anything related to a discussion of public policy. He indicated that they would favor such a proposal.
The second workshop was "ABC's of Fundraising" run by three fundraisers at the University: Brenda Nelms, Sarah Tuohey, and Shaleane Gee. It covered the basics of finding potential donors, researching, designing proposals, developing relationships, and stewarding grants.
The third workshop was "Building a Public Relations Campaign," led by Jenny Lawton, a producer at Chicago Public Radio, and Leslie Bardo, Director of Com munitions at the University. Again, this workshop covered the basics of communications strategies to draw media attention to events.
Of greatest interest was the keynote address by Diane Grams, Associate Director of the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago, and professor in the Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies. Her talk addressed the issue of "understanding the socio-economic context of arts and humanities organizations." She and Michael Wart (who attended the seminar) are the authors of "Leveraging Assets: How Small Budget Arts Activities Benefit Neighborhoods," a project funded by the Driehaus Foundation and the Mac Arthur Foundation. Very briefly, their investigation discovered that small arts and humanities organizations (with budgets under $100,00) and tiny "networks" (smaller and less hierarchical than organizations) improve community life by providing access to resources (people, money, facilities, space, and technology), building social relationships, and enabling community problem-solving by bridging different sectors of the community.
The University hopes that more events will grow out of this one.
Chicago Maroon, February 1, 2005. By Kimberly Drelich
Representatives from South Side cultural organizations and the University met in Harper Memorial Library Saturday to discuss their changing relationship. The day-long conference, "Enhancing Assets: A Resource Network for Arts, Cultural and Humanities Organizations," offered panels ranging from "What is humanities' content?" to the "ABCs of fundraising."
As part of the Civic Knowledge Project, pioneered by Danielle Allen, dean of the Division of the Humanities, the conference began a new dialogue between the University and the community. The Conference highlighted the University's ability to share its knowledge with the community. "Lots of studies support the claim that arts an humanities organizations anchor the community," Allen said. "The goal is to take knowledge of how to maintain arts and humanities divisions over time and share that knowledge with other arts and humanities institutions that are similarly trying to maintain themselves over time."
Allen stressed the need to share knowledge between the University and South Side community and to "talk across boundaries that exist."
Representatives from cultural organizations such as the Organization of Black Designer and Creativity, a jazz magazine, introduced themselves to other representatives at the beginning of the conference. They then attended panels, which discussed applying for grants, fundraising, technology, law, finance, and public relations.
Diane Grams, associate director of the Cultural Policy Center at the University, gave a keynote speech, "Understanding the socio-economic context of your work," which pointed out that arts activities foster connections among people in the community and emphasized that importance of the humanities in the Bronzeville neighborhood. After the conference there was a tour of the Smart Museum, followed by a reception.
Many of the panelists were professors at the University. Larry Norman, associate professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and Interdisciplinary Studies, Martha ward, associate professor in the Department of Art History, and Jaqueline Terrassa, the Interim director of the Smart Museum of Art, led a panel entitled "Curatorship," in which they discusser the changing role of the curator both inside and outside of museums, experiences planning exhibits, and their involvement in research. The also discussed how museums decide what is valuable to tem and the experience of having interns.
At lunchtime, the more formal panels gave way to networking opportunities. Attendees met in rooms to talk about topics such as "Finding Space" and "Professional Development." The attendees discussed their concerns about gentrification and rental constraints. Representatives suggested places like the Hyde Park Arts Center that organizations might look to a promising possibilities for space.
This conference provided many representatives with their first opportunities to meet with others in arts and humanities organizations in the community. "It's very valuable to encounter people involved in similar endeavors who have similar needs and problems," said Connie Spreen, a representative of the Experimental Station. "The fact that we're here is a valuable resource in an of itself, because we now have a list of contacts." Spreen also noted that she considers her organization an "incubator" for small businesses and cultural activities.
Other representatives appreciated the diversity of subjects that the conference covered. "Hearing and seeing people from organizations I never knew existed is very energizing and exciting," said Clairan Ferrono, a board member of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference. "Having issues go from the extremely abstract and academic to the ground-level and practical is very interesting."
Though "Enhancing Assets" was a University initiative, Allen said she would love to hear student' ideas. She added that South Side cultural organizations could use interns and that the cultural organizations could in turn contribute to the education of students in the University. "The group is important because theatre is a lot more on the South Side than the stereotypical view of it." she said. "There are tens and tens of arts and humanities institution."
and for profit arts, cultural and humanities
organizations (individuals who would like to start such an organization
are also welcome)
What: Enhancing Assets is a new arts, cultural and humanities resource
The workshops topics were Curatorship, What is Humanities Content?,
From the Chicago Chronicle, January 20, 2005. By Jennifer Carnig
The Division of the Humanities is kicking off the New Year by teaming up with South Side arts and humanities organizations. Danielle Allen, Dean of the Division of the Humanities, and the Civic Knowledge Project she established last year, are undertaking a new project: Enhancing Assets, a resource-sharing and capacity-building network for small-scale arts and humanities institutions on Chicago's South Side.
When Allen became Dean last year, one of her goals was to enhance the University's relationship with its surrounding neighborhoods. With that objective in mid, she created the Civic Knowledge Project, a branch of the Division of the Humanities designed to disseminate knowledge from the University to the community, and from the community back to the University.
The Civic Knowledge Project also runs several successful programs, including the Odyssey Project, a one-year course in the humanities for adults living at or below the poverty line; tutoring programs in the William Carter School; and an oral history project on the South Side.
As a part of the Civic Knowledge Project, the new Enhancing Assets program will kick off Saturday, Jan. 29 with a one-day conference designed to bring small-scale arts and humanities organizations on the South Side together so they can network with one another and receive the tools they need to run healthy arts and humanities organizations.
The all-day event will offer classes and panel discussions on such topics as grant writing, curatorship, technology and the arts, law and the arts, and public relations. The goal is to make the conference a biannual event and, ultimately help South Side arts and humanities institutions serve as anchors to their communities.
"Arts, humanities and cultural organizations are key to securing neighborhoods and preserving and advancing a community's culture over time, Allen said. "they expand participants' intellectual opportunities, increase their capacities for self-expression and self-confidence, and help them envision new possibilities for the future."
The idea fro Enhancing Assets grew out of a conference Allen hosted last spring, titled "Cityspace: The Past of Urban Renewal and the Present and Future of Community Development." The purpose of that event, which drew nearly 450 scholars, activists, city planners and community members, was to assess urban renewal projects of the 1950s and 1960s and to discuss the goals of today's community development projects. . At Cityspace, Allen met members of several cultural and arts institutions and they all expressed the same concerns: No one knew where to turn for help when problems with insurance, legal issues or management questions arose. Many expressed a desire to contact with other not-for-profit arts organizations with which to share advice and stories.
s when Allen realized the University could provide what these arts organizations were seeking--a place for a large group of leaders to meet, talk and pool resources, as well as an opportunity to consult with legal, financial and public relations professionals to learn how to lead their organizations to their maximum potential.
In creating Enhancing Assets, Allen's hope is that the University will be a resource "to strengthen and support the social and intellectual capital" that small arts and humanities organizations are building all over Chicago's South Side. "I am proud of the cultural, artistic and humanistic traditions of the South Side and wish to help sustain them for the future," Allen said.
So far, around 25 organizations have signed up for the conference, including museums, artist cooperatives, libraries, dance groups, video companies, theater troupes and youth art groups. is will be the first in a long line of events for local humanities organizations, and as time goes by, each conference will include representatives from even more organizations.
"The goal is to create a highly functioning arts network that just happens to have its nexus at the University," said Elizabeth Babcock, Associate Director of the Civic Knowledge Project and the conference's lead coordinator. "This is just the kickoff of a resource network that will continue and grow."
of educational outreach is the Humanities Division's Civic Knowledge Project
including the Odyessy Project, co-funded
by Illinois Humanities Council. Believing knowledge itself gives power and using
a "client-provider" model, it provides courses for adults below the
poverty level and tutors their children. This is run by Danielle Allen and Elizabeth
Babcock--and it's going Spanish, too. Graduate students also conduct "Reading
your Rights Project" at William Carter School. Washington
Park Knowledge Project conducts learning in the park. Enhancing
Assets: Small Humanities and Arts Institution Resource Network will
map all South-Side humanities and arts institutions in a database and bring
the institutions and their educational outreach together. (Example: Smart Museum's
Art Afternoons.) Listhost: listhost:https://listhost.uchicago.edu/mailman/listinfo/civicknowledge
Enhancing Assets. This is the new resource network of arts and humanities organizations being organized by the Division of Humanizes Civic Knowledge Project of the University of Chicago. It grew out of the Cityspace community conference held in spring, 2004. One finding was that too many nonprofits have no where to go for help and advice and collaborative enterprise. Danielle Allen, Dean, proposes biannual conferences covering funding, public relations, legal issues, technology, human resources, and business practice. Contact Elizabeth Babcock of Civic Knowledge Project, Division of Humanities, 1010 E. 59th St. Chicago, IL 60637, 773 834-3929.
Hyde Park Herald, March 16, 2005. By Tedd Carrison
If culture and academia are the strongest indicators of civilization, then the south lakefront has more civic potential than any other area in Chicago. Though often at odds in the past, the University of Chicago and the artful communities that surround it are making strides to mend a spotted history.
On March 7, panelists emphasized this relationship during a discussion sponsored by the university's Cultural Policy Center at the DuSable Museum of African American History. Among others, the event include U. of C. Humanities Dean Danielle Allen and Hyde Park Art Center Executive Director Chuck Thurow, both of whom highlighted programs intent on integrating residents living on and off the U. of C. campus.
Allen asked the crowded room, "How many of you have ever been to a University of Chicago event at DuSable?" Silence pervades. "Exactly," she said. "That's why we are here today. That's the first piece of good news." Since becoming dean last year, Allen has supported a number of programs and panel discussions under the Civic Knowledge Project that transcend the social divisions once upheld by the university's long-abandoned but not forgotten Restrictive Covenants policies.
In 1999, the university and the Illinois Humanities Council launched the Odyssey Project which invites low-income residents from nearby communities to take college-level courses and cultivate academic interests. During the discussion, Allen cited this and additional university programs and services including a voting and civil rights tutoring programs at the William Carter School, the opening of the Regenstein Library to public school teachers and the Enhancing Assets resource sharing network for small South Side art institutions.
Thurow told the audience, "I am here as a success story of the collaboration between academic institutions and community art institutions." He said that that the new art center to be built on university property at 51st street and Cornell Avenue will provide patrons with "unparalleled access to the arts" including studio classes and outreach programs. "We were thinking of moving the Hyde Park Art Center to the North Side," said Thurow. As the groans ebbed, he explained that the current site was chosen in part because or "escalated relations" with university President Don Michael Randel.
Not all of the comments at DuSable were flattering however and criticism emerged following the presentation. Harold Lucas, president of t he Black Metropolis Tourism Council in Bronzeville, drew on his experiences growing up in Woodlawn during the 1960s to illustrate dubious university practices from the past. Specifically, he noted the racial and economic segregation that occurred in areas south of the Midway Plaisance and west of Cottage Grove Avenue.
"We need to think about these issues," said Lucas. "The [present] trend is that you have a low-income community that is regentrifying because it has not had access to university resources." In response, Allen acknowledged that "the university has had a complicated, mixed history with the surrounding communities" but insists that she and others are trying to rectify this relationship.
In an e-mail interview, U. of C. Vice President of Community and Governmental Affairs Hank Webber said, "Progress is being made. we have learned much over the past decades. We are committed to open and forthright working relationships with the community." He said that this is being done through university programs like the Civic Knowledge Project, a new pre-K to 8th grade public school in Oakland and expansion of the university police patrols.
"What I really hope for is that South Side communities come to see t he University of Chicago as their university, where they want their children to go to college, where they come to cultural programs, where they learn," said Webber. "Moreover, I hope the university community increasingly sees the South Side of Chicago as a fascination place which provides extraordinary opportunities for learning."
Following the discussion, Lucas said that he admires the outreach work of Allen and Associate Director of the Civic Knowledge Project Elizabeth Babcock and he hopes that it has a lasting remedial impact. "It's a painful process," he said. "But the dialogue has been opened."
seems to have piqued an interest, maybe a nerve, becoming a sold-out (after over a thousand registered) world-wide draw as well as spilling over into some local controversies about treatment and perceptions of and behavior by youth. Kenwood students participated by using the subject as the topic of this winter's joint UC/Kenwood Exploration Project class--the students presented their conclusions in a conference session in the form of essays, collages and a "sonic exploration" and later in the spring will present at the University and Rainbow Push. One of the teachers was Melissa Harris-Lacewell, who is also working to develop a youth-businesses covenant following arrest of a Kenwood Academy girl (a student in the class?) over a youth-segregated seating policy at the local McDonalds.
The Conference's goal was to understand hip hop and today's youths at a deeper level, especially how it deals with gender issues. Many, and not just "feminists" (a very diverse category in itself), have criticized hip hop lyrics as trashing, demeaning, or stereotyping women and missing the complexity of being human rather than pointing out complexities as much music does.... But the positive sides of the form were also covered. Several pop artists presented at the event organized mainly by the University's Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture.
Cathy Cohen, director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, said "I think that people have to recognized that there is a real concern among women and men about the image and lyrics that seem to dictate what most young people see on BET and MTV." "If the conference has any true purpose, it is to create this dialogue that is an outlet for people to be exploring ways in which feminism and hip-hop can result into activism and concrete political action," said conference organizer Tanji Gilliam. "It affects me as a mother. I am very interested in protecting the culture that my black son will more than likely grow up in," she said--an it's not only negative images of women but black men being turned into commodities.
Smart is hosting three highly insightful exhibits: Beyond Green, Whose Land, and Collecting for the Cause: Activist Art of the 1960s and '70s. Details in Cultural Calendar- Best Bets Circle.
Smart partners with nearly 25 area schools, including teacher workshops. Their Art in Focus is an interactive website for 3rd and 4th graders. (http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/smartkids/index.html).
The Smart is located at 5550 S. Greenwood on the University of Chicago campus. Smart looks forward to expansion westward.
Smart Museum's 2004 principal acquisitions were South Side artists: painter Kerry James Marshall's "Slow Dance" and photographer Dawoud Bey's "Theresa, South Shore High School," part of his extensive photo-sociological study featured in exhibit at the Smart (in 2003?)
Smart Museum won the prestigious "Best Show" award for its co-presented exhibit, "Between Past and Future" exhibit, 2004 into 2005.
Smart Families/Families at the Smart gain increased funding, helps Smart become a major mover in city arts, culture, communities
The 2005 "Museums for America" grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency, leverages Smart money 1 to 1 for family programs that reach to many more South Side communities, for which Smart can become more of a resource and "community based asset"- not just bringing programs to schools etc. and families to the Museum, but working with communities. The program will bring many into contact with the arts and critical and social thinking that have been isolated from such since the schools went south on the arts and other family-friendly cultural venues are scarce.
The Smart believes it is uniquely situated to be a place where students, teachers, and families can learn and also engage with each other and members of the University, "Sharing traditional and new art experiences in a safe, stimulating and education-oriented environment," according to Smart PR and Marketing Director Christine Carrino, as quoted in the Nov. 3 (2005?) Chronicle. Audience research is one of the first tasks, as is improvement of online and print material aimed at children and parents.
In addition to its outreach to thousands of school children, "Smart Explorers" for 4th and 5ht graders is a 15-week program in both schools and the museum. Its 5 units include visual language, materials and processes, narrative in art, art in context, and project in which students research and lecture on a piece and create art. Critical thinking and all types of communication are central.
"Art in Focus" is targeted to 3rd and 4th graders and "Art in the Making" is for 6th graders. On 3 Sundays in the year, there are family days in which the whole museum becomes a treasure hunt, and in the summer there are weekly "Art Afternoons."
Now the Museum wants to find out what are the barriers to visiting and what programming might appeal. Under consideration is school-specific family nights with transportation provided.
The interactive SmartKids website, http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/smartkids/ will be expanded.
Anthony G. Hirschel appointed Director of the Smart Museum, March 2005
Richard P. Saller, Provost, The University of Chicago and Richard Gray, Chairman, Smart Museum Board of Directors announced on March 30, 2005:
We are pleased that, after an extensive national search, Anthony G. Hirschel has been appointed the Dana Feitler Director of the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art and he brings over 20 years of museum and teaching experience to the Smart and the University. He will begin his tenure as director in June.
We are delighted to welcome Tony to Chicago to lead the Smart's continuing commitment to excellence in promoting understanding of the visual arts among a range of audiences that includes the entire campus community, the city of Chicago, and the arts-interested world at large. As director, he will guide an ambitious new phase of growth as articulated in the museum's recently completed strategic plan that builds on the Smart's impressive successes during the last several years. In addition to further raising the museum's profile and strengthening its collections, programs, and governing infrastructure, Tony will oversee planning and development efforts for an expansion of the museum's facilities. All these activities will significantly enhance the Smart's growing reputation as a leading university art museum and a vital resource for the arts in Chicago.
Tony brings broad experience and vision, as well as a strong commitment to the Smart's educational mission and the unique role that it plays on campus and in the community. At Indianapolis, he oversaw a $220 million capital campaign and the expansion of the museum, organized a full range of internationally touring exhibitions*, and made several major acquisitions that further enhanced it world-renowned collections, including those of Chinese and Neo-Impressionist painting. Prior to Indianapolis, he served as Director of the Carlos Museum at Emory University, where he led a successful effort to acquire the most important collection of ancient Egyptian funerary art to come on the marketed in the last half century and reinstalled the museum's Egyptian galleries in consultation with Michael Graves. He has also served as Director of the Bayly Art Museum at the University of Virginia. At both Emory and Virginia, he worked closely with faculty, administrators, students, and museum friends to integrate the museum's activities into university and community life. He has also been a leading advocate for promoting diversity among museum audiences.
We extend our deep thanks to Jacqueline Terrassa, Education Director at the Smart, who has led the museum so effectively as Interim Director during the transition period.
We also thank you for your interest in and support of the Smart Museum and hope to see you at one of the many events planned to welcome Tony Hirschel to Chicago.
*Exhibits included "Asia in America," "Giovanni Bellini and the Art of Devotion," and "The Fabric of Moroccan Life.
Hirschel earned his B. A. in European history and art history from the University of Michigan and N.A. and Ph.D. in art history from Yale University, where he also served as assistant director of Yale's Art Gallery. Hirschel is also an alumnus of the Museum Management Institute (now Getty) of the American Federation of Arts, of which he has served as trustee as well as of the Association of Art Museum Directors.
Hirschel is quoted in the UC Chronicle: "I am very pleased to be joining the smart Museum of Art at this critical point in its history. It is an honor to have been invited to lead so vibrant an institution. The Smart's legacy of stimulating collaborations in its own community and around the world offers rich possibilities for future projects. I could not be more enthusiastic about the museum's prospects, and I am eager to begin."
appoints new sub directors to speed the new Smart.
Shaleane Gee is now deputy director for development and external relations--over public relations, marketing, development, membership, visitor services, special events and communications. Gee, with a PhD in English from the University, said that while the museum's first audience is the University's community, it must be more visible and serve as a bridge between the University and not only its immediate community but the many kinds of community with which it comes in touch. Gee will work with a team of alums to increase visibility and ensure visitors have the richest possible interaction with the collections and exhibits.
Jacqueline Terrassa is now deputy director for collections, programs, and interpretation. Terrassa believes the consolidation will enable the departments to collaborate more effectively and better plan exhibitions, programs, publications and reach audiences- which in turn builds support. Terrassa will be responsible for an increasing number of programs (some nationally sponsored) engaging families and building Smart as a South Side resource and asset as it prepares [for the future?]
Oriental Institute opens new permanent exhibit, Ancient Empires in the Fertile Crescent
From the Chicago Chronicle, January 20, 2005. By William Harms.
Visitors will get a rare look at one of the most important geographical regions in the ancient Near East beginning Saturday, Jan. 29, with the opening of "Empires in the Fertile Crescent: Assyria, Anatolia an Israel," the newest galleries at the University's Oriental Institute Museum.
The galleries showcase artifacts that illustrate the power of these ancient civilizations, including sculptural representations of tributes demanded by kings of ancients Assyria, and some sources of continual fascination, such as a fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls--one of the few examples in the United States.
The galleries also contain artifacts connected with the beginning of two important eras, the Bronze Age and the later Iron Age, as well as artifacts from Megiddo, a site that is figuratively connected with the end of all eras--the site referred to in the Bible as Armageddon.
James Henry Breasted, the founder of the Oriental Institute, coined the term "Fertile Crescent" for the region that extends from the fertile plains of Mesopotamia, across the Taurus Mountains of Anatolia, and down the Mediterranean coast to Israel and Palestine. The galleries include objects from 6000 to 600 B.C. from ancient Assyria, Anatolia (modern-day Turkey), Syria and Israel/Palestine, which were part of the Fertile Crescent.
The cultures vied for domination and in many ways influenced on another's literary, religious and artistic development. Among the major empires were the Assyrians; the Hittites, who gathered their strength in Anatolia and extended their control to the Fertile Crescent; and the Egyptians, who controlled part of the region through military force and their cultural influence.
"Their interactions were part of what we would call today a global society," said Gil Stein, Director of the Oriental Institute. "The new galleries show how the various powers interacted, adopted each other's styles, respected the accomplishment and cultures of other people, and ultimately developed common perspectives, many of which can be followed as visitors look at the galleries' artifacts.
The new exhibition is part of a multi-year renovation of the Oriental Institute Museum. "Visitors can revisit the geographical regions of the Fertile crescent as they walk through our galleries, said Geoff Emberling, Director of the Museum. "Visitors begin in Assyria, move across Anatolia and down the coast of the Mediterranean coast to the land of ancient Israel. The galleries also trace the conquests of the Assyrian Empire across the Near East an follow their trail to Israel."
The new exhibition opens in the Dr. Norman Solhkhah Family Assyrian Empire Gallery with finely carved reliefs from the private section of an 8th-century B.C. Assyrian place, including several that show dignitaries from the court of King Midas in modern-day Turkey bringing tribute to the court of King Sargon II of Assyria. "They are not bringing gold, but leading horses, which were very valuable to an empire that grew through warfare," Emberling said. The Assyrians were the first to use iron extensively in weapons, and ingots from the birth of the Iron Age (about 900 B.C.) are on display in a nearby case.
In the Henrietta Herbolsheimer, M.D., Syro-Anatolian Gallery, another case is devoted to objects of bronze such as tools, weapons and figurines. "Among the greatest treasures of the Oriental Institute is a group of figurines from Tell Judaidah in southeastern Turkey. These remarkable sculptures of men and women dating to 3000 B.C. are the world's earliest known artifacts made of true bronze. "They are the forerunners of the great variety and quantity of bronze figurines and tools that are characteristic of the fully developed Bronze Age, which began in the early third millennium and was one of the most important technological and economic developments in the ancient world," said Stein.
Like the bronzes and the Assyrian reliefs, most of the other 1,000 artifacts in the 3,700-square-foot exhibition space were excavated by Oriental Institute archeologists. Among the rare items they brought back are fragments of a monumental statue of a king of the Neo-Hittite cities that held power in northern Syria and southeastern Anatolia in the ninth century B.C. The fragments include a head with a curled coiffure and portions of what may have been parts of his throne. Also on display is a monumental column base of basalt, carved with intricate floral designs, which once stood in the king's palace.
Before visitors turn a corner to enter the Egyptian gallery, they can examine artifacts in the Haas and Schwartz Megiddo Gallery from another important Oriental Institute excavation, the dig at Megiddo that covered a span in time from 5000 to 600 B.C. Each layer was carefully uncovered to reveal successive cultures that dominated the city, which is in modern Israel. Many of he items from Megiddo have never been exhibited before.
Megiddo, like the rest of the Fertile Crescent, was a crossroads of cultures. Excavations unearthed altars used by non-Jewish peoples (the Canaanites) as well as a gold figure of El, their principal god. The Israelites, who emerged as the dominant people of that region in about 975 B/c., are documented by many objects of dally life, including a large stamp engraved with a biblical text and an ossuary (box for bones) inscribed in Hebrew.
Probably the most spectacular potion of the Megiddo gallery, however, is the section with the Megiddo ivories. These exquisitely carved pieces of elephant tusks were inlays in furniture, and a particularly large piece was made into a game board. "The ivories are carved in different styles--Egyptian, Mycenaean Greek and local Canaanite--and show how connected Megiddo was to a larger world during the Late Bronze Age," Emberling commented.
The new galleries are made possible by the generosity of several major donors whose names are included as part of the exhibition.
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Powell's Bookstores depends on the 20 percent of its sales via internet (much to Amazon) to keep its business afloat. Powells has over 3 million books in 3 stores and a large warehouse. Still, owner Brad Jonas misses the days when the store was filled with people physically browsing, asking questions, and discovering the book for them.
Members of the HPKCC board want to ensure a full exploration of cultural/performance uses in the replacement for the Harper Theatre/Herald buildings at 53rd and Harper, within the mandate that the facility as a whole be profit-making. The University at the November 10, 2004 TIF meeting said it was negotiating with a chain for an art film theater and with Checkerboard Blues Lounge. Such have not worked out, but the University says it wants to develop night life on 53rd and if possible save the buildings and enhance cultural venues. The new director of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce also wants to see an entertainment/cultural use there, to complement the Checkerboard and further fill a void in community life and business. Something should gel by early 2005. See Theater on the cultural options many residents would like to see in the theater and that the University says it is exploring. Top
From the January 2010 Conference Reporter
A Hyde Parker You Should Know: Chuck Thurow
By Jack Snapper
Chuck Thurow is
stepping down from the directorship of the Hyde Park Art Center. Before joining
the HPAC board, Mr. Thurow was in the research department of the American Society
of Planning Officials (later the American Planning Association) on Chicago’s
south side. He became Executive Director of HPAC in 1998. During his tenure,
the HPAC built and moved into its new building on Cornell and 51st and greatly
expanded its programs. Mr. Thurow plans to remain a member of the Kenwood Neighborhood,
looking for new challenges. He kindly agreed to discuss his views of the Hyde-Park-Kenwood
art scene with Jack Snapper for the Reporter.
Jack: Can you tell us something about the history of your work with the Art Center?
Chuck: When I joined the HPAC board in 1983, I knew little about contemporary art and nothing about Chicago art. I was collecting ethnographic art. But the board in 1983 needed to expand and friends asked me to join. Within a couple years I became exhibitions director, then chair of the Board, and finally I became executive director. It was a bit of serendipity.
When I was trying
to reinvent the HPAC and raise awareness of the Center so that we could raise
the six million dollars for building, the quickest and easiest way to raise
awareness was through the exhibition program. So we did some really flashy exhibitions.
Shows like “Free Basin,” a sculpture that was also a skateboard
venue that traveled around the U.S. and Europe, are the kinds of things we did
to raise the profile of the Center very quickly. At the same time, we were lucky
to have incredibly strong people looking after both the studio and outreach
programs. So I could concentrate on the exhibitions.
Although there can often be tension between an exhibition and an educational mission, the fact is that the really great thing about the HPAC is that it combines exhibition and
teaching programs. It is really unusual to have this unified program. And to have it so successfully.
Jack: In my mind HPAC is the place for studio classes and fine art exhibitions. The outreach program is less visible. Tell me about that program.
Chuck: We have
worked with as many as 26 schools on the south side. (We also work, for instance,
on the west side, but the board has always seen outreach to the South Side
its primary mission.) Through the efforts of Jackie Tarrasza, we were one of the first organizations to introduce programs that integrate the arts with the other teaching efforts in the public schools. We put artists in the regular classrooms, for instance with math or science teachers, and used visual arts as a way of learning in the classic disciplines. It is a very successful program, and it is easy to see why. When students are learning history in an interesting way, they are likely to remember better and do better on tests.
Jack: So your programs have a much broader impact on the South Side than just Hyde Park? Chuck: In many ways. We also had a program in the park district called ‘Partners in Art’ where teaching artists worked intensely over a long period of time with teenagers, with the idea of skill development. And those students turned around and taught younger kids.
Jack: It is striking
that there is no highly visible artist’s community in Hyde Park, such
as the artist community that has popped up around the Zhou Brother’s building
on 35th Street.
Chuck: There is a huge population of artists that would love to live on the South Side, particularly around Hyde Park. Actually a couple of people have promoted Hyde Park as a living location for students at the School of the Art Institute because rents are cheaper than Wicker Park or Buck Town or places where those students generally live. And of course it is easy to get to the Art Institute with both bus and train. Hyde Park seems like a natural. But there are problems. It is a real limitation that Hyde Park does not have the kind of buildings where you can have studio spaces. The Zhou Brothers seem to be looking south from 35th to Canaryville and Back of the Yards. South of Hyde Park, you find good studio prospects in Grand Crossing, but that neighborhood is not an appealing option right now.
Jack: What can be done to encourage an artist community in Hyde Park? Chuck: I was really pleased with Laura Shaeffer’s venture on 55th Street—the Opportunity Shop in December. She has gathered a nice crowd with an exciting atmosphere. That sort of activity is very successful in building community. It started in the loop with the Loop
Alliance and the ‘Pop Up’ shows. And I have a friend who has done it in Irving Park, calling it ‘Art in my Back Yard,’ as a take-off on the urban planning cliche ‘not in my back yard.’ These sorts of activities confront problems. There are city regulatory issues – is it an assembly place and do you have to have a bathroom. There are insurance issues that confront the store-front owners. The question is whether we can figure out a way to make it easier for an individual like Laura to overcome the obstacles. Maybe some organizations, like HyPa, could provide some coverage to deal with these obstacles. We do something like that with the Jazz Festival. The other thing is that these Pop Up events are very mobile, temporary, dynamic. When you get a crowd that has a good time and realizes that this is really an interesting thing, how do you get them to then go to another site and understand that it will be the same kind of experience? These things are very mobile. An organization can help with that. And I think the art events can also be key to retail in Hyde Park. Retail likes to have the crowds, and the crowds won’t be there unless there is something interesting there. And so Pop Up art is one way to keep the streets activated.
Jack: And the HPKCC can help with this?
Chuck: Oh sure. We are actually just planning to get a group of people together. Someone from the HPKCC could be there too, to just think through the issues. One of the problems is staffing. Artists should be in their studios creating art, not sitting being store clerks.
Jack: What exciting
opportunities do you see at the HPAC today? Chuck: I think there is an incredible
opportunity at the HPAC studio program that has not as yet been fully realized.
The studio classes have always been oriented to the avocational rather than
towards alternative ways to becoming an artist. We have some really outstanding
examples of people who started taking classes at the HPAC and then went on to
become outstanding artists. We can think about the school as a way to support
of development. That is one of the ways they are thinking about it right now, and that can be very exciting. And in a different direction, there are projects like the ‘Not Just Another Pretty Face,’ which is actually a commissioning project. The idea is to bring together people who are not that savvy about contemporary art and to actually go through the whole process of how a piece is developed, put together, and finally exhibited. And with the whole range of media.
Jack: Do you have some thoughts about what the Art Center has meant to you?
Chuck: I just took my own first drawing class and I have been having great fun. It was a course on expressing color and light with a graphite pencil. I may not have been the best student, but I am certainly a very enthusiastic student. So now I have given up my camera and I take my sketch book when I travel. So after all those years, now I can draw. I may not be an artist, but I do enjoy making a reasonable likeness.