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!
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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.