Crystal Ball 2019


Crystal Ball
Saturday, December 7, 2019
7:00-10:00 p.m.
Chicago Art Department
1926 South Halsted
Chicago, IL 60608

Chicago Art Department’s 15th Anniversary Questions the Future!

On December 7, CAD is celebrating its 15 year anniversary (crystal anniversary) with a Crystal Ball fundraiser. CAD is aiming to raise funds to support its Studio Residency, Think-Tank, Exhibitions, and Pubic Events programs. Crystal Ball will be an evening of art, performance, celebrating our artists, and exploring our vision for the coming year.

Chicago Art Department is a not-for-profit art project space, providing resources for socially minded artists to grow and question the city we live in. Located in Pilsen since 2004, the core of CAD’s current work stems from residency programs focused on civically-engaged work. Studio Residents for 2019 include: Brandon Breaux, Arif Smith, Chuck Pryzbyl, Dud Lawson, Edyta Stepian, Galina Shevchenko, Jane George, Joi Fulton, Kent Henderson, Lisa Jenshke, Macus Alonso, Shelby Rodeffer, Silvia Ines Gonzalez, Valerie Xanos, and Vicko. CAD Core Think Tanks are led by Joseph Josue Mora, David Stovall, and Ciera McKissick. CAD Co-Lab artists for 2019 are Amanda Williams, Damon Locks, and Free Write Arts & Literacy.

How can artists sustain a practice that engages a civic audience? CAD challenges artists to ask these questions by working on three separate areas: Studio, Exhibition, and Learning. Resident Artists are required to develop new works, showcase the results, and engage with the public. Artists are intentionally pushed in multiple ways. “CAD is a space where I feel comfortable to experiment in my artwork but also to explore my teaching style,” says artist Joseph Josue Mora, who is currently leading a CAD Think-Tank program on Immigration and Displacement. CAD is seeking help to continue this community.

Join Crystal Ball as we celebrate our history and look to the future. Crystal Ball will be an experiential evening, designed to playfully predict the future, fundraise support, and friend-raise. The event will showcase an array of performances from musicians Damon Locks and Arif Smith, alongside a silent auction of curated works and experiences by artists such as Sam Kirk, Brandon Breaux, Dana Major, Norman Teague. CAD Co-Lab artist Amanda Williams who works out of CAD believes as CAD grows, “it continues to be a repository for artist-led creativity and agency.” Crystal Ball support will help grow important voices. Beyond the Studio Residency program, CAD courses explore issues of Immigration, Displacement, Equity in Teaching, and Civic Voices. “CAD works to support Chicago and specifically, Pilsen people. We greatly value their efforts to support not only an artistic community but also a civic one,” says Alderman Byron Sichgo-Lopez.

Crystal Ball will be on Saturday December 7th, 7-10pm. 1926 S. Halsted.

Tickets available for purchase starting Friday November 8, 2019

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