Tuesday, December 14, 2010

DIANNA LONG CURATOR LIZ LONG GALLERY CALL FOR Women Artist 2011

Dear Artist, I am organizing an art show for February and March 2011 to showcase Women's Art.

March 8 is International Women's Day. March is Women's History month.

Dianna Long, Curator Liz Long Gallery

"I am hoping that women will submit art that shows women and their accomplishments.

To depict women's lives and issues, would be good."

The first step is to send images of your art via email to Dianna@urbanartretreat.com

Once this is received Dianna will email you back with the guidelines for entering the art show. I need your artist statement, and art images that I can use to publicize the art show.

January 31 - February 4 is the week your art should be delivered to the gallery.

I look forward to hearing back from you!

Sincerely,

Dianna C. Long/Curator
Liz Long gallery at Urban Art Retreat

New City Link to Review" Five Decades of the Fantastic Murphy Hill Gallery

http://newcity.com/
http://art.newcity.com/2010/11/29/review-five-decades-of-the-fantasticmurphy-hill-gallery/

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Murphy Hill Gallery Moving May 2011

 I would like to add to this post that Murphy Hill Gallery Will not move until May 31. This gives us more time to get things in order. If you know if anyone who has space available LONG TERM Please go to Murphy Hill Gallery Facebook Group. Thank you for your patronise.

 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Community Trust is Considering Funding the URBAN ART RETREAT for Five Years.

Please mark your calendars and decide which of these events you can attend and and bring more people to. The (extra) purpose is that the Chicago Community Trust  will be visiting some of these activities and we want to make sure that they are well attended. Chicago Community Trust is considering funding the URBAN ART RETREAT and we really want that five year grant program!


UAR INCREASED VISIBILITY Campaign BEGINS NOW!

Opportunities to know UAR better are coming up:
* Dec. 2 Open House After Hours from 4-7
Tour, refreshments, info. on programs, chance to win prizes, art show, hands-on art experience in art studio, plus more! First 20 newcomers win a mini-watercolor when they arrive! Plus gifts for becoming a member
or renewing membership.

* Opening Reception for Out of Town Curator Dec.11- Jan.29.

Dec. 11 (1-4) opening reception for new art show.
* Dec. 11, Saturday Offering at Urban Art Retreat “HOW TO BE AN ARTIST” presentation for beginners. “Dianna C. Long presents “Options and Insights for artists of all kinds”, along with Sharon Foster who presents “The Art of Doing Business”. Presentation and questions from 3-6 p.m.
other presenters will share some info. with attendees on “How Do I get Started?”

* Thursdays, December and January, you are invited to make an appt. for a tag-a-long with UAR artist providing a service at area Sacred Heart Home on Albany. Tag along when this artist of mercy visits SHH as an example of how the UAR program- Have Studio Will Travel operates.You must RSVP in advance to go along.

* December 23, DROP OFF YOUR GIFTS FOR CHILDREN before Dec. 23
so the elves will have time to wrap and prepare for the kids Christmas giveaway. Kinds of gifts the elves are looking for are:

School clothing, socks, boots, hats & scarves and gloves, winter coats, flannel pajamas. Also, school supplies like pens, pencils, lined papers, sketch books, markers, notebooks. Plus foods kids like- candy, cupcakes, oatmeal, peanut butter, jams, bread, chips, juices, brown sugar, canned milk, Christmas cookies. Of course, children love toys like- dolls of many colors, stuffed animals, balloons, masks, face paint, coloring books & crayons, action figures, superman & spiderman stuff, plus building blocks of all kinds including leggos. And last but not least, children love to make art. They like to put on art aprons, use watercolor paint sets with their soft brushes, and mold clay into dinosaurs, and color masks, and glue feathers and sequins on stuff and use glue to make collage with color tissue papers. They also like to draw with dry erase markers on their laminated white boards, & paint murals using acrylic permanent paints.

*January 15 at 2 p.m. View and discuss the riveting artwork created by survivors of trauma. Created by the UAR a few years ago, with the help of a grant from Coalition for the Homeless, the tape shows images of art created by a large number of artists who, at that time had in common, that they participated in an art show produced by Dianna C. Long of UAR and Sisters’ Place. The other thing they had in common was they all had survived a trauma of some type. The most reported traumas were sexual assault, incest, domestic violence, and prostitution. Video followed by discussion, video again, and talking while looking at art displayed on the video tape. This is some of the best art you will ever see. We will talk about how the artists used art making to express their feelings about the traumas in their lives.

*January 29, Saturday Workshop for Youth and Families!
Youth & family creative outlet offered by mentors from the art show “South From Here”. Great chance for area youth to take a workshop by out of town artists led by Dail Chambers from St. Louis. Dail is with the art show in the gallery December & January.
*UAR Annual Dinner Party For Newcomers!Yearly opportunity to recognize volunteers, reward newcomers for attending, give gifts to supporters and share some of the success stories and positive experiences we had in 2010! We give thanks for 2010 and encourage participation in 2011, January 29, 2011 at Lou Malnati’s Restaurant, 5:30 p.m.

Come eat with other supporters of UAR and those who would like to know more about UAR. We will have an interesting annual report for you to read by UAR board of directors on contributions & education of UAR volunteers, interns, board members on social justice issues. How UAR managed 2010 & what the 2011 plans are.

Also, a chance to nominate someone for UAR board of directors.
For never having been to the annual dinner, you receive a gift just for being a newcomer!!! And look forward to the entertainment by youth- Live Drama in the Middle of the Restaurant.

Monday, November 8, 2010

WOMEN OF COLOR ARTISTS ART OPENING

December 11, 2010,  from 1-4pm New Art Show Opening Reception: Women of Color Artists share their views on being brought up in the South.

December 11, from 2-6pm "How to be an Artist and the Art of Business". Dianna Long and Sharon Foster will lead the presentation to help people figure out how to proceed with being an artist and/or beginning a business. We will get you started.

Whether one wants to make art, or relax and soothe their mind, they can find the opportunity to do both in the Differently Minded Art Studio. URBAN ART RETREAT offers small art classes, workshops, and retreats for the individual and small groups who would like to retreat for an afternoon. Saturday's from 11am-2pm


Retreats can include- refreshments, music, relaxation exercises, meditation, body stretches, art making, and mind emptying.

Retreats for women who are beginners at relaxation, mindful breathing, stretching for health, and easy quiet art sessions, are now being booked for during and after the holiday season. Individuals and small groups may contact the URBAN ART RETREAT by email to reserve a day
Materials included.

Try going to our facebook page – facebook.com/urbanartretreat

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Closing January 2011 of Murphy Hill Gallery

WE JUST GOT WORD THAT THE ENTIRE BUILDING MAY BE CLOSING JANUARY 2011 HERE AT HOMAN SQUARE. THE DEAL TO CREATE RESIDENTIAL HOUSING IN THE BUILDING AROUND US SEEMS TO HAVE FELL THROUGH. THE DOLLARS GENERATED FROM THAT DEAL WOULD HAVE ALLOWED THE OWNERS TO CONTINUE FOR A WHILE. THE CLOSING OF THIS BUILDING WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO THE COMMUNITY. LETS SEE WHAT WE CAN DO TO REVERSE THIS PROCESS. THE MANAGEMENT STATES THAT THE UTILITIES AND OPERATING EXPENSES FAR OUTWEIGH THE REVENUE OF THE BUILDING.


I AM THINKING THIS MAY BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A MOVE FOR THE CREATION OF A HUGE MOVEMENT TO SAVE THE BUILDING AND TAKE IT OFF THE HANDS OF THE OWNERS SINCE IT IS SUCH A LOST FOR THEM TO THE POINT THAT THEY WANT TO CLOSE IT UP AND DISPLACE SO MANY PEOPLE AND THEIR DREAMS. WE NEED THAT BUILDING NOT JUST FOR THE GALLERY BUT FOR ALL OF THE INDIVIDUALS WHO WORK THERE AND STRIVE TO CREATE A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES. THE SUCCESS OF THE GALLERY I THINK WILL BE THE KEY CATALYST FOR THE MOVEMENT. ON MONDAY WE RECEIVED THE BLACK EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR VISUAL ARTS.PLEASE PRAY AND BE THINKING ABOUT WHAT WE MAY BE ABLE TO DO. RALPH MURPHY 773-457-4185.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Murphy Hill Gallery Nominated for Black Excellence Award 2010

African American Arts Alliance of Chicago
Proudly Serving Chicago's African American Arts Community since 1997
2010
Black Excellence Awards

The Tenth Annual Black Excellence Awards Ceremony Gala will take place on Monday, November 1, 2010 at the DuSable Museum of African American History, located 740 E. 56th Place in the Illinois Black Legislator Auditorium. The evening will begin with a delectable dinner buffet and reception at 6:00 p.m. The awards ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. This year the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to jazz musician Kelan Phil Cohran. Tickets are $35.00.
Purchase your tickets to the Black Excellence Awards here!
aaaa@africanamericanartsalliancechicago.org



Visual Arts
Curators
Ralph Murphy and Bill Hill
Murphy Hill Gallery


Multi Media
Dayo Laoye


African American Arts Alliance of Chicago
4520 North Beacon, Chicago, IL 60640
773.769.4098

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

MIDWEST REGIONAL MARCH in CHICAGO for PEACE AND JUSTICE!

Rally: 12:30pm Saturday October 16th, Michigan Aveuue and Congress Parkway, Chicago

March: 1:30;pm, through Downtown Chicago.
For info or to endourse: Midwest Regional Mobilzation for Peace & Justice/CCAWR@aol.com.

END THE WAR AND OCCUPATION NOW!

MONEY FOR HUMAN NEEDS,
NOT CORPORATE GREED!

UNVEILING CEREMONY NICK BASTIS "EMPTY LOT PROJECT"

Unveiling Ceremony took place on Saturday October 09, 2010 at the empty lot on 3100 W. Washington. The building is the work of American Architect Frank Gentry and a magnificent example of the most ground breaking architecture to have come out of the 20th century. For more information visit www.nickbastis.com . Thanks to Nick he has added East Garfield Park to the major international cultural circuits.



 

Featured Artist Nick Bastis

Dr. Ewing Principal of Beidler Elem, and Alderman Howard Burnett, Ward #27




Acknowledgements got to: Beilder Elementary, Dr Ewing, Dr. T, Robert Perkins, and Robert Kilpatrick. Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs CAM2010, Space provided by David Fleishman, Alderman Burnett, Ward 27, Tom and Ray at St. Stephen Church, and the Chicago Police Department.



Unveiling Ceremony took place on Saturday October 09, 2010 at the empty lot on 3100 W. Washington. The building is the work of American Architect Frank Gentry and a magnificent example of the most ground breaking architecture to have come out of the 20th century. For more information visit www.nickbastis.com . Thanks to Nick he has added East Garfield Park to the major international cultural circuits.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

FORMS OF SPECACLE AND SOLUTIONS TO VACANCY

Dear Friends,

Please join me, Beidler Elementary School, and many others for the unveiling of a new Frank Gehry building (replica).
It will be taking place on October 9, 4:00 pm. 3100 West Washington Blvd, Chicago. - Kedzie Green Line stop.



We hope to see you there.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Phantom Gallery Chicago Network Popin Up in the West Loop


"Glory of the Real Estate", Erik DeBat 2009

ART WALKS, ART TALKS, ART TOURS

FEATURED ARTISTS ERIK DEBAT
Thursday, October 7, 2010
2620 W. Washington
 4pm - 8pm
October 30, 2010 East Garfield Park Art Tours
"The City as Studio" "Curatorial Practice"
This year’s theme 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. The place where art is imagined and made, whether in a physical or virtual space, affects the idea, the process and the final product. And the art, once created, leaves a mark on the place it occupies. Chicago Artists Month 2010 looks at how the city influences art and artists, and how artists transform the city by contributing to civic dialogue and quality of life.
The Phantom Gallery seeks to provide a model situation for emerging curators to gain practical curating experience, and to critically reflect on the issues involved.

The aim of the Phantom Galleries during Chicago Artists Month is to examine changes in current curatoral production and to develop innovative displays in relation to these physical storefronts or virtual spaces.

Curating means the creation of innovative structures for the presentation of cultural artefacts through interdisciplinary collaboration. In this field, art, digital media, and design relate in new ways to one another. The last few years have seen curators working in increasingly close collaboration with artists, designers, and educationalists on the development of exhibitions, projects in the public sphere, the design of museum spaces, and the presentation of collections. Contemporary exhibitions are changing, with new interpretative strategies complementing the integration into exhibitions of innovative display structures, lounge areas, archives, reading rooms, and new media interfaces.





T-Shirt Art Harvest Fest

ART MUSIC FOOD FUN ALL WEEKEND
BANDS JAM ALL WEEKEND

ELECTRIC Medicine, Gomez-Farr, General Patton, and His Privates, Brian Imig, Valerie Voshell, Flabby Hoffman Trio, Bam Jam, Jaik Willis, Tatterdemalion, Kim Blankenship, Uncle Ziestys & Actually Ashley, VOODOO Monkey Child, Flo Theory, MC Spark Plug, There is a Mans, Jeff, Infusions, Killer Moon, Seeking.......

Fri-Sun Sept 24-26, 2010

FREE Party for Freedom, All weekend
at the American Indian Center
1630 W. Wilson, Chicago IL 60640

Produced by the Uptown Multi-Cultural Art Center

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Chicago Black Artists : Chicago As Art Studio

Liz Long Gallery
1957 S. Spaulding Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60623
sophiebella@sbcglobal.net
Urban Art Retreat

Liz Long Gallery is a steppingstone gallery for artists newly exhibiting and emerging artists. Artists with extensive resumes and lots of exhibiting experience show with the emerging artists. This makes for a well rounded show of works in different media, different styles, and different skill levels. Artists are from this area and from other states

The show will take place Oct. & Nov. 2010.

Once you send your images to email address, and are accepted,

you have to get your art to gallery before Sept. 27, 2010.

(Please no referrals to websites)

Thanks,

Dianna C. Long

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Muralist Needed on the Westside



We need painters on the westside if you know anyone who will volunteer please have them email their interest to: mailto:mghowen@saic.edu or please contact, Jaime Zaplatosch Education Director Openlands 25 E Washington, Suite 1650, Chicago, IL 60602I   312-863-6270 fax 312-863-6251.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Theme: Chicago Artists Month 2010: The City as Studio

PHANTOM GALLERY CHICAGO NETWORK CALL FOR CURATORS FOR


Theme: Chicago Artists Month 2010: The City as Studio

http://www.chicagoartistsmonth.org/

DEADLINE: Friday, May 19, 2010 for artists interested in curating with the Phantom Gallery.

CRITERIA FOR PARTICIPATION

Chicago Artists Month (CAM) is a non-juried, citywide event coordinated by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. CAM welcomes program submissions from organizations and individuals that meet the following criteria:

• Programs must feature one or more professional Chicago-based visual artists;

• Programs must take place in October at a public venue.


Note: Individual artist studios are not considered public venues unless they are part of a neighborhood art walk, studio building tour, or otherwise used as a public venue

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. The place where art is imagined and made, whether in a physical or virtual space, affects the idea, the process and the final product. And the art, once created, leaves a mark on the place it occupies. Chicago Artists Month 2010 looks at how the city influences art and artists, and how artists transform the city by contributing to civic dialogue and quality of life.

You are encouraged (though not required) to use this theme as you plan your October program.

To participate, visit www.chicagoartistsmonth.org for "Intent to Particpate Form"

DEADLINE: Friday, May 21 for Phantom Gallery to submit to CAM.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

FREE MOVIES ALL SUMMER LONG!

Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, brings the best in international cinema to Chicago through its year-round programming and events. In collaboration with the Chicago Cultural Center and our international and cultural partners throughout the city, we are pleased to host FREE public film screenings at our 7th annual International Summer Screenings Program. Due to the popularity of this program, we've expanded our schedule to include select Saturday matinee screenings, in addition to our weekly Wednesday evening screenings! This weekly film series, running May 5 - September 8, showcases nineteen films from around the world.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to theater capacity. Films are unrated. Viewer discretion is advised.

http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/

May 5 - September 8, 2010
Wednesdays at 6:30PM
Saturdays at 2:00PM

Chicago Cultural Center
Claudia Cassidy Theater
77 E. Randolph Street

For a complete schedule and synopses, please visit: Cinema/Chicago website

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Flower and Garden Show 2010

Mattie Wilson


March 6-14 at Navy Pier



In addition to the volunteer opportunity in the Conservatory’s Display area, we also have volunteer opportunities this year in the Kids Activity Garden! Volunteers working in the Kids Activity Garden will help children get their hands dirty planting pretend flowers, digging for vegetables in our mobile garden carts or designing a living necklace using soil and seeds. Other rotating activities on the green menu include decorating alphabet trees, making scratch and sniff pendants, constructing plant-part shakers, and more!



There are two shifts; 10am-1:30pm and 1:00-4:30pm on Saturdays, March 6 & 13 and Sundays, March 7 & 14. Volunteers for the Kids Activity Garden area are not expected to attend the volunteer training at Navy Pier on March 4. Please sign up directly with me for these shifts.



The Conservatory’s Display area is still looking for volunteers for the shifts listed below (other shifts may be available but these are priority). Volunteers will answer visitor questions about the display, help direct traffic, and promote a positive visitor experience. The volunteer training for these positions is at Navy Pier on March 4 at 6:30pm.



Sunday 3/7

8:30-noon

3-6pm



Wednesday 3/10

9-11:30am



Saturday 3/13

8:30-noon

3-6pm



Sunday 3/14

8:30-noon



Thanks to everyone who has already signed up! Our email woes are hopefully over now, but while the server was down some emails might have been overlooked. If you think you signed up for a shift but did not receive a confirmation from me, kindly resend your request.



Thanks!
Mattie Wilson


Volunteer Program Coordinator

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

300 N. Central Park Ave.

Chicago, IL 60624

773-638-1766, ex. 26

volunteer@garfieldpark.org

Monday, February 8, 2010

Haiti: Beyond Mountains there are Mountains

Forward Post byAlpha Bruton
February 6, 2010


ART FOR CHANGE CALL FOR ARTISTS’ PROPOSALS
Haiti: Beyond Mountains there are Mountains
El Barrio (East Harlem, NY)
Proposal Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2010

Art for Change (AfC) is seeking proposals for artworks for its upcoming exhibition, Haiti: Beyond Mountains there are Mountains, at the AfC gallery Friday, March 5, 2010 – Saturday, April 10, 2010, concurrent with a fundraiser for Haiti, film screenings, lectures, and workshops on Haitian culture and civic participation. AfC is an organization that creates innovative art and media programs that inspire people to take an active role in social justice. By merging art and community, AfC provides a space to explore social issues and celebrate the richness of cultural diversity.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Haiti: Beyond Mountains there are Mountains refers to a Haitian proverb using mountains as a metaphor for continued obstacles and challenges the country has faced. Political and social earthquakes of no small scale have foreshadowed natural earthquakes and hurricanes. Yet, as the first country to achieve independence from colonial rule, mountains serve not only a metaphor for obstacles, but also resistance of the Haitian people evidenced through an ever-present narrative of willful dissent and insurgency. Haiti: Beyond Mountains there are Mountains seeks to illuminate the common thread of strength in civil resistance throughout Haiti’s history via mechanisms ranging from civil disobedience to popular uprisings. The exhibition will explore the political, economic, and social landscape in Haiti prior to the recent catastrophic earthquake, and examine how this topography has played out in the aftermath of a crisis. Haiti’s civil resistance has consistently been paralleled with imperialism of many forms, political and economic exploitation, and individual greed coupled with extensive poverty, yielding varying faces of destruction. The earthquake itself could be seen as a metaphor for eruption of undersurface tensions along both sides of the fault line either between Haitians and outside interventionalists, or between Haitian elite and Haitian moun en deyo (“marginalized and excluded”). Haiti: Beyond Mountains there are Mountains asks us to further question what the post-earthquake political, economic, and social landscapes of Haiti will look like, both concretely and metaphorically. If the Presidential Palace, state buildings, and elite mansions symbolized an old aesthetic of sauve-que-peut, or “survival of the fittest” politics, will their destruction inspire a new aesthetic of social equity, inured by heightened sympathy amid the recent tragedy? Do the mountains beyond not merely represent unending obstacles, but rather souls of Haiti rising, nurturing new opportunities for the peasantry alienated from state power until now? Will the political and social topography constitute a more “level” playing field?

HOW TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL
Interested artists may submit proposals for artworks consistent with the social justice platform of AfC, which address topics on Haiti suggested, but not limited to, the description above. Artworks may include, but are not limited to, painting, drawing, photography, video, sculpture, performance art, interactive art, design, architecture, and site-specific installation. Proposals must be one page in length, including a detailed description of the artwork and its relevance to the exhibition theme. Artists are encouraged to do further reading on current affairs in Haiti to inspire poignant ideas.

PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING IN YOUR PROPOSAL:

Artist's Full Name(s) and/or Alias
Artist's Bio
Statement of Intent (1-2 paragraphs)
Dimensions of Piece
2-5 examples of past work (CD or DVD)

Proposals will not be returned.
PLEASE SEND PROPOSAL TO:
Art for Change
Haiti Exhibition
1699 Lexington Avenue, Basement North
New York, NY 10029

OR EMAIL YOUR PROPOSAL TO: alyssamf@gmail.com. Please put “ART FOR CHANGE: HAITI EXHIBITION” in the subject heading. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Alyssa Fridgen at: 347-804-8336.

Proposals must be received via mail or email by Monday, February 15, 2010, to be eligible for consideration. Artists will be notified on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 if their proposal is accepted, and participating artists will be required to deliver their artworks to the gallery by Wednesday, March 3, 2010. We are looking forward to reviewing your proposals!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Art Community Will Miss Art Critic and Historian Nathaniel McLin

The art community will miss art critic and historian Nathaniel McLin, who made his transition from this life on Wednesday, January 13th, 2010. Nathaniel's most prolific art form proved to be analyzing, supporting, and challenging other artists, and his masterpiece was the radio show he hosted for nearly a quarter century, "The Art Museum of Chicago," on WHPK 88.5 FM.

Nathaniel introduced himself to me in 2005, when he visited my studio during Chicago Artists Month. I was a featured artist; he interviewed me for his then "Critic's Corner", and invited me back to his show in 2008 for a live interview on WHPK.

McLin was a supporter of the Phantom Gallery, he encouraged like-minded artists to network and create alternative exhibition spaces not only in Chicago but internationally. He promoted the Rant-A-Thon in October 2008, at Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center, where he facilitated the fundraiser by using his singing voice, "AMAZING". In 2009, he was our guest curator for Chicago Artists Month, Phantom Gallery Virtual Studio, "POSTproduction", held at the Murphy Hill Gallery. He was to moderate our panel discussion, connecting Chicago to Phantom Gallery LA in Pasadena. Panelists included Fredrick Owens, Gabe Patti, William Hill, Dan Godston, and Everett Williams.

McLin wrote artist statements for many African American Art organizations: The Southside Arts Center, The Seven Black Artist Collective, The Creative Artist Association, and as a contributing expert on African American board volunteerism with mainstream museums for Kerry James Marshall's One True Thing, Meditations on Black Aesthetics catalog.

While contemporary media rarely provide a forum for discussion and criticism of any fine arts, Nathaniel McLin, this intellectual giant, was delighted to become an institution the community could count on. He will be dealry missed.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

50 Aldermen/50 Artist Group Show Postponed Potluck to Feb 5, 2010

Hello Artists and Aldermen,

Just wanted to give everyone an update on the 50 Aldermen/50 Artist Group Show. First and foremost: We have postponed the potluck/meet-and-greet due to the addition of our newest partner, the Chicago Reader, who will advertise the event to promote the potluck and March 19 show. The potluck will not be on January 15 (this Friday) but on February 5 from 7-9 PM at Debonair Social Club, 1575 N. Milwaukee. We hope the change doesn't conflict with your schedules. We do have confirmation from some aldermen who will be attending.
We are also pleased to announce that the League of Women Voters (http://www.lwvchicago.org/) will be the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization receiving 25% of sales generated from the show. League reps will be on hand at both the Feb. 5 and March 19 events. The LWV's mission is to encourage "informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy."

We are still looking for artists and have extended the entry deadline until February 5 as well. If you know anybody else who would like to participate, please forward along the info.
For those artists who have expressed interest but who have not yet submitted registration fees, please let us know if you will be paying by PayPal, check or cash. If you are paying by PayPal, just head to (http://chicagoaldermenproject.blogspot.com/) and click on the Donate button. We will use part of the registration proceeds to secure the gallery space.

Thanks to everyone who has shown interest. We are really excited about this event.
If you have any questions, let us know.

Jeremy Scheuch and Lauri Apple

Monday, January 4, 2010

2010 CAAP Grants

Application Deadline and Workshops
The Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) is an annual grant opportunity open to new, emerging and mid-career artists and nonprofit arts organizations. Applicants can request a maximum of $1,000 for projects that address specific professional and artistic development needs. Applications are due on January 25. The Dept. of Cultural Affairs is offering a series of Application Assistance Workshops to those interested in applying.