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

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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.


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