Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Apply by May 20
to offer IHC Road Scholar presentations in three categories.

We're preparing for the 2015-16 edition of our Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars speakers bureau. Since 1997, this program has given many of Illinois' foremost scholars, teachers, authors, and artists the opportunity to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with people throughout our state. It also enables cultural organizations in communities of all sizes to host compelling humanities presentations at an affordable cost.
The application period for speakers interested in joining our 2015-16 Road Scholars roster ended on May 8th. We received many excellent applications, but we're eager for additional applications from people interested in offering presentations that would
1) appeal to people ages 16-25
2) interest Latino/a Illinoisans and could be delivered in Spanish
3) address topics and themes related to water and its cultural significance.
For this reason, we are extending the application period until Wednesday, May 20, at 5pm for anyone who wishes to offer presentations that fit any of the three categories above. If you are interested, please apply here. If you know someone who might be interested, please forward this message and encourage them to apply.
Further information is available here or from Matt Meacham, the program coordinator, at mwm@prairie.org or (312) 422-5589. Thank you!

If selected, IHC Road Scholars are expected to... Give up to six presentations during each program year (at times mutually agreed upon with host organizations); Attend a half-day speaker orientation; Encourage dialogue and conversation among their program audiences; Provide their own mode of transportation (travel costs are reimbursed by the IHC); Reach out to potential host organizations to generate interest in their presentation.
 Compensation: Selected speakers are engaged as contract employees of the Illinois Humanities Council and will receive an honorarium of $150-$300 per program, dependent upon total miles traveled. In addition, the IHC will reimburse the speaker for mileage, meals, and lodging expenses.
Presentation topics: The IHC seeks speakers from a wide range of backgrounds, including science, history, literature, art, music, philosophy, government, etc. While an academic background in your topic is not a requirement, we do ask that your topic is well-researched and thoughtfully presented. We do not consider instructional workshops or how-to programs (ex: “Learn How to Speak in Public”). Topics do not have to be about Illinois, though we do ask you to consider the relevance and appeal of your topic to all Illinoisans. Furthermore, if your program is Chicago-centric or geographically-focused in some other way, we encourage you to find an aspect of the topic that would appeal to audiences around the state. In general, we’re looking for topics that pique our curiosity and surprise our intellects -- topics that will challenge our audiences and invite them to consider the remarkable, the strange, the fantastic, the tragic, the humorous, and the beautiful. We hope to assemble a roster of IHC Road Scholars programs that, in their totality, will take our audiences on a journey in which they can examine the world in all its varied shades and help them to see and understand all that it contains, including the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Passport To the Arts

 Passport to the Arts

May 16, 2014

10:00 AM – 2PM

Free Teen Arts Expo

Workshops, food, fun and music

Free workshops with:  
Lookingglass Theatre Company
Joel Hall Dancers
Free Spirit Media

Special Guest Host - Phenom 

Loyola University
Mundelein Center for the Arts
1032 W. Sheridan

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Chicago Community Trust celebrates its 100th Anniversary on May 12th with hundreds of On The Table events that showcase local philanthropy in all its forms.  Our On The Table event at the Juvenile Detention Center will help the teens there to recognize the investment of local HipHop artists in their community by featuring presentations from: Donda’s House (Kanye West), M.U.R.A.L. (Lupe Fiasco), The Remix Project (Drake), YouMedia (Chance) and others.


Because there can be no PR at the Detention Center, we want to feature one artist’s work each day next week (April 27-May 1), and we would love your help in spreading the info through your social media and linking it to your own work with teens in the genre.


How you can help:

1.       Follow us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/thechicagocommunitytrust

2.       and Twitter: @chitrust

3.       Next week, each afternoon we will be posting feature stories, please Like and Share on Facebook, and RT us!

4.       Use #onthetable2015 if you would like to join the conversation

This is an opportunity to raise awareness about the positive impact of artists on our teens among Trust donors and the wider community.  Please encourage your teens and colleagues to participate!


Suzanne Connor
Sr. Program Officer for Arts and Culture
The Chicago Community Trust
225 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2200 | Chicago, IL 60601
Phone 312.616.8000 x 118 | TTY 312.856.1703

Friday, April 10, 2015

Lake FX Summit + Expo

Lake FX Chicago 2015 Presented by Google

April 16-19

"Improvisation and Innovation"

Lake FX Summit + Expo presented by Google is the region’s largest FREE conference for artists, creative professionals and entrepreneurs.The inaugural four-day event, running April 16-19, will welcome thousands of individuals, businesses and organizations for keynotes by industry leaders, professional development panels and workshops, networking opportunities, music and film showcases, the Expo resource fair and a marketplace featuring local artisans.

Pre-Register HERE

Full schedule is available

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday



April 16 – 19, 2015


Lake FX Chicago 2015 Presented by Google

General for ALL Tracks

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E. Randolph St.

Lake FX Chicago 2015 Music Presented by Google


Hard Rock Hotel Chicago
230 N. Michigan Ave.

Lake FX Chicago 2015 Culinary Presented by Google

Culinary Track

Macy's on State Street
111 N. State St.

 Lake FX Expo

Lake FX Expo

Throughout Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, the Lake FX Expo at the Chicago Cultural Center will connect Chicago's creative community to the resources that can advance their career.

Lake Fx Evening Showcases and Performances

Evening Showcases and Performances

The April 16-19 weekend will also host several showcase events organized by CIMMfest and The Recording Academy® Chicago Chapter.


Lake FX Chicago 2015 Arts Presented by Google

Visual and Performing Arts Track

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.

Lake FX Chicago 2015 Fashion Presented by Google

Fashion Track

Virgin Hotels Chicago
203 N. Wabash Ave.

Lake FX Chicago 2015 Film Presented by Google

Film Track

Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State St.
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.

Lake FX Marketplace


On Sunday, April 19, the Lake FX Marketplace by Dose Market will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Lake FX Summit + Expo Registration


Pre-registration is not required, but is encouraged and allows registrants access to a “Fast Pass” for some programs at the Chicago Cultural Center.




Thursday, April 9, 2015

DCASE News - Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
Dear artists, curators, gallerists, and arts advocates -
Please circulate news of this public art opportunity widely among professional artists.

Thank you,
The City of Chicago Public Art Program
Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library

The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), working with the Chicago Public Library, invites professional artists to submit their interest in a public art commission for the new Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library. This commission opportunity is to create a site-specific artwork that responds to the community's clearly stated desire that the public art for their library be reflective of intellectual curiosity, creativity and a thirst for knowledge expressed in a visually sophisticated manner. Uniquely, this library is a partner in Pocket Con, a comic conference held in the neighborhood for Chicago teens and focusing on underrepresented populations in the comic genre. The local youth and parent awareness of Anime and graphic novels is high. All media will be considered but it is essential that it have low maintenance requirements. The panel has identified the large wall in the main entry and the "frieze band" wall sections immediately over the bookshelves in the Reading Room as primary sites for consideration. There is also an outdoor reading garden. Artists may propose for any public area of the library and grounds. The panel will select semi-finalists in May 2015 who will be paid honoraria to develop proposals by August with finalist being selected in September. Installation by the commissioned finalist is expected within one year of contracting.
Total project budget: $44,335
Application deadline: 10:59pm CST, June 14, 2015.
For more details and to apply, please visit www.callforentry.org (CaFÉ).
Please note: If you have previously submitted materials to DCASE's Artist Registry, you still need to apply via CaFÉ in order to be considered for this opportunity. DCASE's Public Art Program reserves the right to commission artists who do not apply.
City of Chicago, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago Public Library


Ekphrastic poetry is a form of writing that is inspired by a work of visual art, and responded to or reconceived by the writer as poetry or prose. Ekphest will offer the Chicago community the opportunity to experience diverse forms of poetry from a variety of artists, who through the artful construction of words can bring new ways of experiencing the visual art and culture that lives in our city.
Ten Chicago poets have been invited to respond to specific works in the collections of Chicago museums and other cultural institutions. Invited poets have been matched with a partnering institution and have chosen a work(s) as inspiration for developing original ekphrastic poetry or prose that will be presented throughout the month of April 2015. 
Featuring Arts Infusion Artists
Eric Elshtain
Jamila Woods
Use the link below to find the complete schedule of events