The only thing you know is that if you do not get the visa, you have 10 days to leave the country. It's a complete mind-fuck.
Artists in Conversation:
Realizing my vision was priceless. It was crucial in my transition from an emerging artist to something more.
In baroque dance the body moves like waves, or the sea. If the blood in your body related to water, then that water had an ebb and flow to it that guided your dancing. The body in baroque dance is in constant, living motion.
Your art may have a lot a meaning for the queer community. This is one kind of success. Just as queer folk don’t devour strictly queer fare, neither should your art feed only the queer set. You will get further, faster, if you have something to say to the broader audience.
The gut contains more neurotransmitters than the brain. Food is information, not just calories. When I was feeding my gut with crappy Sour Patch Kids and Big Gulps, I was sending a message to my brain to feel like crap, too. When I started treating my belly with the same care as my brain, powerful productivity changes happened.
“Many professional dance companies in major U.S. cities dream of having more African American audiences for their work. Reality sets in as artistic and administrative staff look out over the crowd and wonder where all the African Americans audiences have gone.
In 2008, a series of events unfolded that eventually led me to the artistic opportunity of a lifetime. I'm a teacher at Columbia College Chicago and until recently, the Artist in Residence at the Oak Park Police Department. Competition for traditional residencies is fierce and wanting to find meaningful work that interested me, I thought about how to use my art to contribute to my community.
My work takes me to different corners of the world and connects me in a very intimate way with diverse communities. I've learned you can categorize and label all you wish, but you will end up knowing only your categories and labels, and not the things that are categorized and labeled.
Well everyone it was a great and extremely hot summer, and unfortunately it’s coming to an end. Your band has played at a music fest or two, you’ve sold some art at a few craft fairs or your film premiered at a film festival, all and all it has been a very busy and very productive summer.
The Chicago Park District offers arts programming in two forms: cultural events and instructional programs. Carol J. Mayer discusses the CPD's Arts Partners in Residence Program as well as other opportunities for artists in Chicago's parks and explains how you can get involved.
Initially in our collaboration we focused on two things. First was how we worked together—establishing a baseline of communication and process. The second was on generating material—creating a palette in common.
As cities and communities make plans for economic development and poverty alleviation in the aftermath of the Great Recession, there is growing interest in how public and private investments in the arts and cultural initiatives can develop human capital, promote economic development, and create vibrant communities, especially in low-wealth areas.
How and why was Audience Architects conceived? Who does it reach?
Audience Architects (AA) is a dance service organization whose mission is to build new and broader audiences for Chicago-area dance
Founded in 2010, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival is an annual weekend of performance that celebrates the work of practicing contemporary dance artists and companies. CAR Dance Researcher Meida McNeal spoke with producers Nicole Gifford and Melissa Mallinson about the origins of the festival
The words “audit” and “IRS” can strike terror in the hearts of many Americans, individuals and business owners alike. It’s hard not to have visions of a monstrous institution filled with agents dressed like characters in a Dick Tracy comic, waiting in rooms with interrogation lamps and you with your box of crumpled receipts.
Groves of olive trees, Russian tanks, and radio broadcasts in Arabic—these are some of the things I think of when I think of “childhood,” but they're also things I think about everyday, even now, at 37.
I don’t believe in some sharp divide between “childhood” and “adulthood”—some cliff that, once surpassed, remains there
My goal as a dance artist is to explore essential aspects of the human experience through movement, and to create dances that transform/illuminate my explorations for the audience. Nature is a constant inspiration to me. Growing up in Michigan, I was able to explore the woods and creek
I’m in the Hollywood home of William Fraker, the six-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer of such legendary movies as Rosemary’s Baby, Bullitt, and WarGames. My crew is shooting our conversation for Old School New School, a documentary on the nature of creativity.
Growing up around Chicago, it never occurred to me that the artists my parents took me to see were self-produced or had ever worked to create their own opportunities. Hubbard Street had to have always been HUBBARD STREET, Second City had to have always been SECOND CITY, and the artists in the galleries? I was sure those were their first paintings