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



Wednesday 3/10


Saturday 3/13



Sunday 3/14


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.

Mattie Wilson

Volunteer Program Coordinator

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

300 N. Central Park Ave.

Chicago, IL 60624

773-638-1766, ex. 26

Monday, February 8, 2010

Haiti: Beyond Mountains there are Mountains

Forward Post byAlpha Bruton
February 6, 2010

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.

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?

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.


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.
Art for Change
Haiti Exhibition
1699 Lexington Avenue, Basement North
New York, NY 10029

OR EMAIL YOUR PROPOSAL TO: 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!