Crystal Ball 20th Anniversary Celebration September 14, 2024

What: An evening celebrating two decades of Chicago Art Department (CAD)—the Crystal Ball brings together the magic of community to celebrate the past while looking toward the future. All proceeds from the Crystal Ball support the work of CAD and its mission: Providing space and resources for civically-minded artists to grow their practice while questioning the city we live in. This fundraiser will benefit CAD’s 50+ annual free programs and 20+ subsidized studio residencies, along with other opportunities to directly support artists and CAD programming. 

When: Saturday, September 14, 2024, 7-11pm

Where: Chicago Art Department | 1926 S. Halsted Street | Pilsen

Exhibition: Just Below the Surface |  Patric McCoy & Diana Solís

Curated by Cristobal Alday & Carlos Flores – This exhibition will examine several decades of documenting life in Chicago and LGBTQ+ history through their lens. All works will be available for purchase with a portion benefitting CAD along with the artists. Inspired by their portraiture and stories of LGBTQ+ nightlife in Chicago, we will also pay homage to the historic Warehouse all night through house music and space decor.

Silent Auction: Celebrating 20 years of CAD | Trying it, Making it, Sharing it | Curated by Amanda Cervantes – Including works by CAD residents, partners, and alum, the silent auction will be a visual history spanning two decades, 2004-2024, and will benefit CAD’s mission.

Attire: We encourage guests to draw inspiration from the disco ball—wear your shiniest and bedazzled fits to party the night away while helping raise crucial operating funds for CAD. 

TICKETS (early bird rates available starting June 1st)

Early Bird Rates (June 1 – August 14)
Individual: $75
Couple: $140
Party of 5: $350
Artist/Student: $50

Regular rates (Start August 15)
Individual: $100
Couple: $175
Party of 5: $425
Artist/Student: $75

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Stay tuned for more announcements, experiences, and full event program.

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