Alliance of Artists Communities
20th Anniversary Conference | October 19-22 | Chicago

Events + Tours

Explore Chicago's neighborhoods, arts centers, studios, and eclectic venues!

evening events:
opening reception
auction + awards party
Midwestern Voices + Visions exhibition
closing dinner party

afternoon tours + workshops:
friday
saturday


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19 | OPENING RECEPTION

Gensler

Hosted by Gensler | 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Connect with old friends and make new ones! Our opening event is hosted by Gensler, a global design firm, in their stunning Chicago Loop offices. Beer/wine and light hors d'ouevres will be served. Special musical guest, Sara Hickman, will give a private performance.



THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20 | AUCTION BENEFIT + AWARD PARTY

SAIC Ballroom

School of the Art Institute Ballroom | 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Help the Alliance celebrate its 20th Anniversary with an auction benefit and award party. Bid on exclusive events and original art, to fit every budget. Wayne Lawson will be auctioneering this lively event!

Then join the Alliance as we present the inaugural Mary T. Wolfe Catalyst Award to Lois Weisberg, a life-long advocate for the arts and artists in Chicago. The award will be presented by Terri Hemmert, long-time radio personality and DJ.

See more details here.

Tickets to the event are $35 and include food, drinks, live music, and admission to the auction and awards party.



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 | AFTERNOON TOURS + OFF-SITE EVENTS

Friday and Saturday afternoon, choose from one of the following tours and off-site events. Transportation will be provided for tours that are not within walking distance.

= tour will include walking

= bus transportation provided

= accessible

Anchor Graphics
Spudnik Press

Making a Homespun Artist Residency Program from Scratch: Anchor Graphics + Spudnik Press | 2:30 - 4:30 pm

Visit Anchor Graphics, a thriving printshop and artist residency program, and hear from the directors of Anchor Graphics and Spudnik Press – a 3-year-old community printshop – and local artists about starting small and going strong.

Wrigley Buildling

The History of the Skyscraper | 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Join Judith McBrien – author of The PocketGuide to Chicago Architecture and a filmmaker documenting the city's history, architecture and urban design – for a walking tour of the Loop exploring the development of the skyscraper from the 1880s through the mid-century modernism of Mies van de Rohe to the latest examples. Chicago is the birthplace of the skyscraper (the first was built in 1884) and home to the nation's tallest building – the 1,450-foot Willis Tower (formerly named the Sears Tower), completed in 1974.

North Branch

North Branch Bookbinding Workshop + Albany Park | 2:30 - 5:30 pm

Discover Albany Park, one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the country, home to Koreatown and a thriving community of small theaters and other arts groups. Spend the afternoon at one of the neighborhood's newest residents, North Branch – a community bookbinding center – and make your own hand-bound book from recycled materials!

threewalls

Hand-in-Glove Forum: Unconventional Residency Programs | 2:30 - 4:30 pm

*SOLD OUT*

Hand-in-Glove is a new conference highlighting grassroots creative activity happening outside of traditional institutions, coordinated by threewalls and the Alliance of Independent Arts Organizers. "Unconventional Residency Programs" examines programs operating under independent organizational models and at radically different scales, offering a range of experiences from community engagement in urban settings to temporary campsites in the woods. All of them nurture especially strong connections between the artists-in-residence and the people organizing these endeavors. Panelists will discuss their successes and challenges regarding how residencies today are taking on especially active roles in shaping artist’s work. The forum will be held at GeoLofts, an innovative, sustainable commercial space for artists and arts- and environment-related businesses.

Speakers:

Dorchester Projects

Hyde Park Arts Tour | 2:30 - 5:30 pm

Hyde Park is more than host to the University of Chicago, the Museum of Science & Industry, the DuSable Museum of African American History, and President Obama's house. It is also home to alternative arts spaces, community art projects, and renowned artists' residency sites. Explore Experimental Station – an arts, ecology, and activism incubator, Hyde Park Art Center – the oldest alternative exhibition space in Chicago, and Dorchester Projects – a collection of artist live-work spaces, urban gardens, community workshops, and performance spaces. Hear from artists who are engaging the community and re-examining what social practice means in Hyde Park. This tour will be led by Chuck Thurow.



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 | MIDWESTERN VOICES + VISIONS EXHIBITION

Ibrahima Kaba

Coalition Gallery | 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Celebrate the recipients of the Alliance's 2010 Midwestern Voices + Visions award, granted to seven artists of color from the Midwest. The Alliance offers this award every three years, with funding from The Joyce Foundation. Meet the artists and see their work from this month-long exhibition at the Chicago Artists' Coalition gallery. Also on display is "Ragdale: 3Arts Fellowship Exhibition."

The 2010 Midwestern Voices + Visions awardees include:

  • Willy Chyr: installation artist | Chicago, IL
  • Ibrahima Kaba: spoken word poet | Minneapolis
  • May Lee-Yang: playwright, poet, prose writer, performance artist | Chicago, IL
  • Adolfo Martinez: painter | Kansas City, MO
  • Linda Rodriguez: poet | Kansas City, MO
  • Mitchell Squire: installation, performance, and mixed media artist | Ames, IA

For more information on Midwestern Voices + Visions, visit www.midwestvoicesandvisions.org



SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 | AFTERNOON TOURS + OFF-SITE EVENTS

Friday and Saturday afternoon, choose from one of the following tours and off-site events. Transportation will be provided for tours that are not within walking distance.

= tour will include walking

= bus transportation provided

= accessible

Cultural Center

City-Run Arts Spaces | 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Tour the historic Chicago Cultural Center and the City's residency programs at Storefront Theater, DanceBridge, Project Onward, and In the Works. The tour will offer an on-going conversation between audiences, organizers, and resident artists. Discover how the City's Department of Cultural Affairs + Special Events and the Chicago Office of Tourism + Culture partner together to support local artists. Get a small taste of Chicago’s vibrant off-loop theater scene and the new and innovative work made by Chicago’s visual artists, writers, dancemakers, and choreographers. The Cultural Center was constructed over 100 years ago as the Chicago Public Library and a Civil War memorial. The spectacular, neo-classical granite and limestone building with its two dazzling Tiffany stained-glass domes is home to galleries, performance spaces, theaters, shops, cafes, and gathering-places for the public.

Elastic Arts Foundation

Logan Square Arts Tour | 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Logan Square gets a lot of attention for its restaurants and farmer’s market, and is one of Chicago's most rapidly changing and diverse neighborhoods. Join us in exploring its burgeoning art scene, including Elastic Arts, the new art center in the historic Hairpin building, I Am Logan Square, Red Gate Studios, and Sulzen Fine Arts Studio.

Chicago Urban Art Society
Pilsen

Pilsen Alternative Arts Tour | 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Pilsen is not only home to the National Museum of Mexican Art, but also to a diverse range of alternative art spaces. Join Chicago Urban Art Society on a community-based tour of Pilsen’s creative communities in both traditional and non-traditional settings. Gaining access into unknown studio spaces and atypical creative spaces, the Chicago Urban Art Society will serve as a guide with a hosted party after the tour at the CUAS exhibition + creative-use space.

Center for Book and Paper Arts

Center for Book + Paper Arts Printmaking Workshop | 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Book and Paper has it all: workshops, graduate studies, exhibitions, artist book archives, artists-in-residence, and state-of-the-art equipment for print-, book-, and papermaking. Visit this incredible Center, meet some of the Center's artists, and make your own print as a keepsake!

Ragdale

Ragdale Site Visit | 2:00 - 5:30 pm

*SOLD OUT*

One of the country's premier artist colonies is just north of Chicago, in historic Lake Forest. A founding member of the Alliance of Artists Communities, Ragdale was originally designed as the summer home of Arts and Crafts architect Howard Van Doren Shaw. The buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are surrounded by 200 acres of virgin Midwestern prairie. Today, Ragdale is home to a renowned artist residency program as well as readings, artist lectures, workshops, and other special events.



SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 | CLOSING NIGHT CELEBRATION

Sadie Woods

Columbia College Chicago | Media Production Center

Columbia College Chicago Media Production Center | 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Unwind with new and old friends, dancing, dinner, and cocktails! Tickets are $35 for conference attendees and $45 for guests.

DJ Sadie Woods will set the mood in one of the city's coolest new venues.

The Media Production Center (1600 South State Street), Columbia College's first new-construction building in its 120-year history, opened in October 2010. The stunning 35,500-square-foot, LEED-certified facility, designed by Studio Gang Architects, provides adaptable, state-of-the-art facilities and event space and has quickly become an architectural anchor for the thriving South Loop neighborhood.


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