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Announcing the first round of Arts on Chicago projects!

Announcing the first round of Arts on Chicago projects!

Minneapolis, MN Sept 4, 2012 –We are excited to announce that the first TEN placemaking projects have been selected through an open call to launch the Arts on Chicago. Each project will engage creative placemaking to further the use of the arts in neighborhood locations to encourage social interaction, support the growth of local businesses and safer streets, and to promote a sense of neighborhood identity and ownership. Projects range from a glowing LED mural, a photographic “Urban Nature Walk”, a pedal powered “Poetry Mobile”, artist designed bicycle racks, to the “Phat Mobile.”

Important details:
• The 10 artists and organizations include; Eric Rieger (HOTTEA), Forrest Wozniak, Stephanie Rogers, Loretta Day and the TAWU Artist Group, Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, Molly Van Avery, Wing Young Huie, Kelly Brazil, the Pillsbury House & Theatre, Natasha Pestich, and the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association’s Powderhorn365.
• Artists received support ranging from $5,000 to $9,000 to implement their proposed projects.
• All artists selected live or work within the Powderhorn, Central, Bancroft, and Bryant neighborhoods.
• A second round of TEN projects will be selected through another open call. The second deadline for proposals is October 19, 2012.
• For artists and groups interested in applying to the Arts on Chicago, public workshops and informational sessions will be held at the Pillsbury House and Theater on Sept. 26thfrom 6pm-8pm, Oct. 3 from 6pm-8pm, and Oct. 6th from 10:00am-noon.

ABOUT
Pillsbury House + Theatre with its partners the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, Professor Natasha Pestich, Upstream Arts, and with support from the Ward 8 Council Office of Elizabeth Glidden, was one of 47 organizations to receive funding from Artplace, a collaboration of twelve of the nation’s leading foundations, eight government agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts, and six financial institutions across the U.S. Arts on Chicago will implement TWENTY art projects in ONE YEAR to knit together existing creative assets in the Central, Powderhorn, Bancroft, Bryant communities along Chicago Avenue from 32nd Street to 42nd Street, using the process to build a framework for the ongoing support of a vibrant arts and cultural district.

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ARTS ON CHICAGO – TEN PROJECTS SUMMARYS:

1) Eric Rieger & Forrest Wozniak- TimeTravel
This project is about “Universal Pleasantry.” It will speak of our human condition to fill the void within our lives and how artwork can be a tool to convey messages like this. The proposed project includes a mural and sculptural elements.

2) Stephanie Rogers
I will create an urban nature walk that examines the ecology of Chicago Avenue. At least 30 signs combining images and descriptive text will be installed in public spaces, creating serendipitous encounters. Photography will focus on a macro view, encouraging a closer look at our surroundings.

3) Loretta Day + TAWU Artist Group
TAWU Artist Group proposes to transform the bus stops between 32nd and 42nd into “Art Stops”. Our mission is to turn every trash receptacle and bench into a work of art. The art work will definitely provide creative identity. The “Art Stops” will blend into the Chicago Corridor as they reflect the diversity in cultures as well as complimenting surrounding businesses.

4) Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center
CAFAC proposes a mural installation for its highly visible north wall. The mural design combines elements of the building’s movie theater history with an homage to the fiery work being produced at CAFAC and incorporates sculptural metal pieces and LED elements, fabricated by youth from the Hennepin County Home School.

5) Molly Van Avery
At the heart of this project is the act of people writing and receiving poetry. The poetry will not be written in isolation, but will instead be born out of and inspired by the street it will be written on: Chicago Avenue (through use of the “poetry mobile” a writing desk on wheels that will be a piece of art in and of itself.).

6) Wing Young Huie
To photograph the cultural diversity along the corridor using concepts to connect neighbors who don’t know each other well or at all, and traditional documentary techniques, accompanied with explanatory text based on interviews with those photographed. 100 photos will be exhibited inside ten businesses, with separate openings at each venue.

7) Kelly Brazil
Welding 5 separate bicycle racks along proposed corridor incorporating themes or flavors of each location. I would utilize the CAFAC as a “re-heater 2”, welding with a youth from the Trans Youth Support Network (TYSN).

8) Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association
PPNA will wrap 6 utility boxes along the Chicago Avenue corridor with collaged photographs from the Powderhorn365 photography project. Images will be voted on and selected by residents and community members.

9) Natasha Pestich
The Phat mobile

10) Pillsbury House & Theatre
An exterior public gathering space at the corner of 35th and Chicago. The vision for this project was developed by the PH&T staff and community stakeholders through the Pillsbury House and Theatre Cultural Community Hub Institute sessions.