Monday, October 24, 2016

A not-so-harrowing trip through Chicago’s South Side

  October 14
Hosea L. Martin is a Chicago writer.

A not-so-harrowing trip through Chicago’s South Side
Artist Kerry James Marshall works at his studio in the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side in June 2013. (Brett T. Roseman/For The Washington Post)

My 96-year-old mother lives alone in a building on Chicago’s South Side that she and her late husband moved into more than 50 years ago, and the other day I drove her to shop for groceries in a small store a few miles away. She prefers this store because she likes to stand in line with neighbors who also shop there and greet her, and she doesn’t get that kind of attention and intimacy from the big-box supermarkets that have a wider selection of products and sometimes lower prices.
After we finished shopping, we returned to her neighborhood, where young men who live on the block helped me unload her grocery bags and carried them to the building entrance. I followed them with a load and, as usual, didn’t bother to lock the trunk and doors of my car. Nothing was taken from the vehicle, as usual.
Leaving my mother, I drove down the busy street to the expressway that would take me to my home several miles away. Along the way I passed a shopping center, where mothers with small children went from store to store. (The kids, probably anxious to go to an ice cream shop, tugged at their moms’ hands.) In the center strip, boys pounded rhythmically on tin drums, and peddlers offered an assortment of merchandise to motorists at traffic signals. I declined to buy a bean pie and black Muslim newspaper from a young man wearing a neat bow tie, but I gave him a donation.

After I reached my exit, I stopped to let students cross the street, on the way to Illinois Institute of Technologyclassrooms or, because it was warm, perhaps the Lake Michigan beach a mile or so east. Or maybe they were just going to Starbucks. Many of these students had come to Chicago for the world-class technical education to be had at IIT; others were no doubt enrolled at the University of Chicago or Loyola University. That evening, hundreds of eager baseball fans would pour out of the “L” station and hurry across the street for the opening innings of the White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field to my left.

On my right and several blocks away were the charred remains of Pilgrim Baptist Church, said to be the birthplace of gospel music. The church conflagration was devastating, but the congregation refuses to surrender to adversity and now holds services in a building across the street; it isn’t as imposing as its predecessor, but joyful sounds come from inside on Sunday mornings.

Eventually, I came to the park that’s named after Paul Laurence Dunbar, whose poetry, written in “Negro dialect,” embarrassed me when I was in high school. Now I slow down respectfully as I pass his statue; as with many other African American literary figures, Dunbar’s fame came posthumously.

I finally rolled into the parking lot of my apartment complex and climbed out of the car to go to my unit. There I prepared a simple meal, which I ate at a leisurely pace as I sat in front of the television and waited for the Monday Night Football game to come on. I felt I deserved a bit of relaxation after surviving another harrowing trip through war-torn Chicago.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Public Art Rosenwald

Call for Artists

Public Art Rosenwald

archi-treasures is looking for a creative professional to collaborate with residents of Bronzeville to develop site specific public art projects as part of the revitalization of the historic Rosenwald Courts Apartments, located between 46th and 47th Streets, and between Michigan and Wabash Avenues in Chicago, Illinois.
Vision and Goals
This project will result in the installation of permanent, site specific artwork at Rosenwald Courts. The artwork will:
• Reflect the rich history of the Michigan Boulevard Garden Apartments (aka “the Rosenwald”) and its role in the Great Migration of African Americans to Chicago from the South
• Engage current residents and neighbors in the conceptualization, design and/or production of the artwork in order to build a sense of connection and stewardship of this landmarked, culturally significant development
• Contribute to the identity of Rosenwald Courts as a cultural anchor in a revitalizing Bronzeville, embracing both the past and future of this community
June 24, 2016

"Peace at Home, Peace Abroad"

It's not often that you're asked to be in a movie . . . but here's your chance.

Chicago Veterans For Peace member Frank Fitzgerald (, 312-218-6259) is in the beginning stage of making a documentary film about JROTC’s invasion of Chicago Public Schools, and of public schools across the country.

Here are some things you can do:

1) Let Frank know of any opportunities where he can interview and/or film you or an action that you think might be relevant to this project.

2) Share with Frank the names and contact information of any acquaintances you have who are in JROTC, families of JROTC students, CPS teachers or students in schools with JROTC programs. It makes no difference if these individuals oppose or support JROTC — Frank wants to talk to them all.

3) Let Frank know if you know anyone who has opposed or supported the military invasion of CPS, for example at Ames MIddle School (now the Marine Leadership Academy) or Senn High School (now partly Rickover Naval Academy) or any other CPS schools.

4) Please tell Frank if you have information, experiences, stories, opinions related to JROTC.

He might want to interview you on camera — you might become a movie star! Maybe win a VFP Oscar!

Thank you for whatever you can do to support Frank’s attempt to create a documentary that furthers our Education Not Militarization initiative.

Coordinator      Join us!
Twitter  @DeMilitarizeCPS
cell  734-216-1814  (voice & text)  "Peace at Home, Peace Abroad"

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Faces Not Forgotten- Chicago at Bloomingdale Art Gallery

Phantom Gallery Chicago Network   
440 E. 47th Street, Room 205
Chicago, IL  60653

 Faces Not Forgotten- Chicago

The Phantom Gallery Chicago Network has partnered with Faces Not Forgotten Saint Louis, to present the Faces Not Forgotten – Chicago. The Faces project was started by artist, Christine Ilewski. She began painting portraits of children who have died from victims of gun violence in memory of Lorenzo Rosebaugh. It is her hope that by putting a face to these victims, we can raise awareness about gun violence in the USA.

Posting pictures is a powerful way to promote engagement, as pictures tend to garner more views, likes, shares, and comments than text alone. Join us as we present forty-one Chicago artists who responded to the call for artists, to join our social justice movement by painting portraits of Chicago youth who have lost their lives as victims of gun violence.

Featured Artists Who Responded to the Call for Portraits-
Alan Emerson Hicks , Alexa Lebron, Alpha Bruton,  Anne Farley-Gaines , April Dill, B RA-EL ALI , Christine Ilewski-Huelsmann , Cbabi Bayoc  , Cesar Conde, Diane Ponder, Derrell Monegain, George Larson , Jeanine Hill-Soldner, Jeanne Fields, Joyce Lindsey , Kathryn Gauthier, Laura Cerf Dahl, Lauren Pilot,  Leidy Baldwin,  Lucy Li, Melissa Allen , Melisa Halka, Nayda Aurora Cuevas, , Niaz Kausar,  Nicole Laport, Ophelia Adams,  Rahmaan Statik , Raymond A. Thomas, Rob Hogan , Rory T. Morgan, Rylan Thompson, Roger J. Carter, Sandra Bacon, Sarah Kaiser-Amaral, Sarah j Mueller, Sean Culver , Shazia Ilyas , Sophie de la Mar,  Tina Hepworth,  and  Zachary Williams.

Phantom Gallery Chicago Presents the work of eight artists whose art practice responses to Social Justice Issues: B RA-EL ALI , Cesar Conde , Christine Ilewski-Huelsmann , Everett C. Williams, Fran Joy (Evanston) , Najee Dorsey (Columbus, GA), Nicholas Conlon,  Ti- Rock Moore (New Orleans)

Opening Reception, Friday, May, 20th, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates May 16th – June 11th
2418 W. Bloomingdale, Chicago IL
Office 773.278.7677

Friday, June 17th, 5-9pm Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour (Public)
Exhibition June 13th – June 30th
Bronzeville Artist Lofts
440 E. 47th Street, Second Floor, Chicago IL  60653

Monday, May 2, 2016

2016 NCVRW Theme Video: Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.

Peace Park Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center

Peace Park, 2101 S. Spaulding at 21st, opens June 5, 2016!

Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center is offering service learning hours & community service hours for people who would like to help create the Peace Park at 2101 S. Spaulding Ave.

The Peace Park represents peace & features recognition of American black heroes. You can be a part of this great program to transform vacant lots into peaceful, artistic North Lawndale parks.

We offer regular hours for youth & adult volunteers on Saturdays & Sundays noon-4p.m. for anyone who would like to help. We also provide a special opportunity for volunteers to participate at other times by making arrangements in advance. An individual or group may RSVP for date/time they would like to volunteer.
We aim to complete laying down the long pathway, creating a courtyard, & building benches by the end of May 2016. Please contact ASAP to participate once or more.
June 5, (noon-5)
On June 5, we will open the park with it's first afternoon of activities.           At noon, we will cut the ribbon and let people in.
At 12:30 we will unveil the special sculpture created by volunteers to honor Loraine and Gerald Earles (a couple in their 80's who have done much to improve North Lawndale).
At 1p.m. we will introduce the oath to protect the environment, & ask those present to commit to protecting Earth's environment.
From 2-5 we will play games, make art, & create stepping stones for the park.
Maybe you will help us complete the park during May so that we can open on time for June 5 activities! Please contact us with your questions by email.
August 27 (noon-5)
On August 27 (noon-5), we will offer an exciting opportunity for youth 13-19 to participate in Youth Art 2016! There will be a sidewalk youth art show with booths of youth showing & offering their art for sale! (youth need to enter in advance)Judges will offer 3 ribbons for 1st, 2nd, and honorable mention prizes. There will be a cash award for the 1st prize winner in the form of the Ann Richter scholarship. Refreshments & music will be provided.
The workshops at CUARC will allow youth to create portraits of African American black heroes using acrylic paint on wood. These portraits will be displayed at the Peace Park at 2101 S. Spaulding in time for the opening day.
Please have young artists contact CUARC about participating now, since they will need to create art & sign-up to participate in advance. Rules
Please let me know if you a have any questions by sending me an email.

Ms. Dianna C. Long
1957 S. Spaulding Ave. Chicago, Il. 60623
(corner of 21st, just 2 short blocks west of Kedzie pink line stop)
(773) 542-9126  messages only
Adults Art Studio Program:
11-1        Year Round Saturdays.
FREE, if email RSVP in advance
Orientation:   Noon on Saturdays year round.  email RSVP only
Gallery Hours: 11-4  Saturdays (except opening receptions 1-4)  or email appt. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Women Rights Art Show CALL for Artists

Women Rights Art show in our art gallery:

  • Please send digital images of your original art in time to get your actual art to gallery on time. Send images to Email an informative artist statement about you and about your art. All media is considered with limitations of size to 32″ in all directions.

  • We will carefully review and consider your artwork. Once accepted, we will contact you via email within 24 hours. Actual art must be rec'd at gallery by Feb. 2, 2016 for Women Rights Art Show.

  • Prepare your pieces to be formally presented in the gallery. Label with your name and the title of the piece only on the back of each art piece you deliver. Install display-ready wire on the back of each piece we agree upon for the show. 

  • If a hook is used on back of artwork, it must be claw type and only one in center. Please don't use any other fasteners.

  • Deliver your art pieces to the Liz Long Gallery (Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center 1957 S. Spaulding Ave.) by appt. or send via mail/USPS/FedEx/UPS. Art must arrive at gallery by date indicated for that show. thanks.

  • Artist is responsible for all transportation costs and transportation arrangements. Include two copies of a signed inventory sheet you create that includes all of your contact info at the top (i.e.: address etc.), and a list of all the pieces you send including w/the title, size, description, media, and price or NFS.

Expect that artists receive 70% of all sales with 30% going to CUARC, the non-profit.

  • Whether you live nearby or faraway- all artists are to invite their support network (family members, friends, co-workers, mailing list, & clients) to attend the opening reception and associated discussions they are interested in. All artists are asked to help publicize the art show online, on their Facebook page, twitter, etc.

  • Artists must pick up their art on the last day of the show at 4 p.m. or by appt. within 3 days of the end of show or pay a daily fee beginning on 4th day. We do not have storage for your art and a new show is coming in right after your art show ends! Please be respectful and help us out.

  • We are especially interested in art that spotlights the theme of the show.

International artists are very welcome in our art gallery. You must be willing & able to make arrangements for your art to get to and from the gallery.

Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center's photo.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Faces Not Forgotten Traveling Exhibition Call For Artists

Faces Not Forgotten Traveling Exhibition
St. Louis Faces Not Forgotten Project

2016 theme —Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.—

December-January  Outreach

Feb 15, 2016 Deadline to submit portraits

March- Mounting Portraits

April 10-16 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

  • Bronzeville Visitors and Information Center- April
  • Blueline Gallery- Near North West Arts Council
  • Bronzeville Artist Lofts- Phantom Gallery Chicago

Each April, OVC helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), which will be observed April 10–16, 2016. This year's theme —Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.— underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery.

Call for  artists to paint portraits of children who have died as a result of gun violence in Chicago. It is hoped that putting a face to these victims.


The Faces project was started by artist, Christine Ilewski. She began painting portraits of children in memory of Lorenzo Rosebaugh. You will be mailed a photo of a child who has died as a result of gun violence and will be asked to paint a representational portrait of that child. The portrait (a representational head and shoulders, size 9" x 11", goes to the family as a gift.

Send a jpg file of your portrait for documentation and three xerox color copies of your original portrait to Christine to be made into a Face on a handkerchief. These will join our collection of "Faces" for traveling exhibits.


 The portrait give to the family should be 2 dimensional, representational, head and shoulders, 8.5 " X 11" in the media of your choice (watercolor, acrylic, oil, pencil, pastel).


 No. You will be donating your original portrait to the victims family. The "copy" will become on a Face on a Handkerchief and will join the traveling exhibition. You will be given credit for this portrait and listed as one of the exhibiting artists.


No, we ask that you return the photo, along with your finished portrait to the family.


 We ask that you complete the portrait within one month from receiving the photo of the victim.


 You will be sending the color copies of the portrait by mail to:

 Phantom Gallery Chicago Network

 440 E. 47th Street, Room 205

Chicago, IL  60653


Sorry, but we currently don't have the funding for art supplies and postage costs, but we're working on getting funding. We appreciate you taking the time, money and talent to do the portrait for the family and adding to the traveling FACES project. Just know that you are doing something to relieve the suffering of the victim's family as well s helping to raise gun violence awareness.


 No you are not required to frame your portrait, unless you want  to. That would be nice. I'm sure the victims family would appreciate it.

 The portraits will begin touring and  exhibiting during Crime Victims' Rights week April 10 - 16 2016 at the  Bronzeville Visitors and Information Center, and the Blue Line Gallery in Wicker Park, in May 2016, and at the Phantom Gallery Chicago Loft Gallery in June 2016.

 This project is co-sponsored by Ark of St. Sabina, National Brady Campaign,Near North West Arts Council,  Phantom Gallery Chicago Network.

 Christine Ilewski, is the founder of the Faces Project, and Jane Linders, St Louis Director of the Faces Project.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Whatever you can do to direct people to the event in Pilsen on Oct 11 and to the web site will make a difference. Think big!
On the question of when to do things, there is a real point to why Oct 24 and why this has to be a massive statement in the streets of New York. The upsurge in protest against murder by police that went to a new level with the uprising in Ferguson changed a lot of the consciousness in the country. But the cops have kept on killing, so much so that over 850 people have been killed by cops so far this year, an all time high. And the system has retaliated-- arresting demonstrators, criminalizing and demonizing those who have stood up around the country. Black Lives Matter has been targeted by law enforcement as a "domestic terrorist" group!!!

This situation is not static. Either the protests and resistance will be repressed or derailed and the controversy shut down, with the horrors not only staying in place but intensifying... or people will come forth in much greater numbers and determination than before, and seriously change the terms of how all of society looks at this and acts on it.

So there is real urgency to building stronger support for #RiseUpOctober. Whatever you can do to direct people to the event in Pilsen on Oct 11 and to the web site will make a difference. Think big! There is urgent fundraising needed to make sure that 100 families of victims of killer cops can be in New York on the 24th, and to pay for buses for 1,000s from around the country to get there. People from all walks of life need to know about #RiseUpOctober and get organized to be there. There are resources and materials online at

Friday, August 7, 2015

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Protect Illinois Arts Council Agency Funding

Thank you for your input regarding the importance of funding for the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Many constituents have expressed the need to protect this funding.

It is going to be a difficult budget process this year, but hearing from constituents about the importance of specific programs -- such as the IACA -- allows me to better represent our district in Springfield.

We look forward to hearing from you again on matters that are important to you.

Kindest regards,
Office of State Representative Christian Mitchell
26th District
449 E. 35th Street
Chicago, IL  60616

773-924-1755 (office)
773-924-1775 (fax)

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As a resident and voter in Illinois, I urge you to protect funding for the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA).

The arts in Illinois – our theaters, museums, dance companies, symphonies, art galleries, and cultural centers – are a source of pride and a driving economic force for our state. The nonprofit arts sector alone is a $2.75 billion industry in Illinois that supports more than 78,000 full-time-equivalent jobs and delivers $324 million in local and state revenue annually.

The state's investment in IACA is crucial to the success of artists and arts organizations throughout Illinois. Since its creation in 1965, the agency has been working to bring the economic, educational, and civic benefits of the arts to communities – large and small – across Illinois.

While shared sacrifice is necessary to solve the state’s fiscal crisis, the IACA's budget has already been slashed by nearly 55 percent, from $22.2 million in FY2007 to $10.1 million in FY2015. Illinois’ current per-capita spending on the arts is just $0.79 per year, ranking us 20th nationally and $0.25 below the national average.

Illinois’ continued investment in the IACA is vital to sharpening our state’s competitive edge, creating jobs, and retaining and attracting successful businesses and talented people. I urge you to ensure that funding for the Illinois Arts Council Agency is preserved in the FY2016 budget at an amount no less than its FY2015 funding level of $10.1 million.


Alpha Bruton
440 E 47th St, Rm 205
Chicago, IL 60653

Friday, April 25, 2014

Sale-a-Palooza, Sylvia Moore's Private Home Sale

Sylvia Moore, an art organizer is having a total liquidation sale of her studio, and home your support is appreciated. She is having a sale on  this Sun, April 27 at the Vintage Garage season opener, 5051 N broadway 10-5pm.

Sylvia's "Back Room" on Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd & May 4th, 2pm - 7PM 
914 w Winona

Personal collections and vintage business inventory--estate  sale finds, mart samples, home decor, art, vases, pottery, over 500 pieces of jewelry, Art, collectibles, 5 racks of clothes, tons more. 

Everything Must Go! Bring a real friend.