Exhibition : Readings : Film Screening : Artist Talk Panel Discussion
Opening Reception: Friday, October 5, 6-9 p.m.
Chicago, IL - August 13, 2012 In celebration of Woman Made Gallery’s (WMG) 20th Anniversary we proudly announce the 20 Neighborhoods exhibition opening with a reception on October 5th from 6 to 9 p.m. and on display through October 31 at 685 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago.
Celebrations include a poetry reading presented by The Guild Complex on Sunday, October 14th; a poetry reading featuring 20 Neighborhoods Artists and community members on October 18th, A film screening on Saturday, October 20th; an artist talk on Thursday, October 25th; and a panel discussion on Saturday October 27th.
All events at Woman Made Gallery are open and free to the public.
What began as a conversation about building the Woman Made Gallery community and the challenge of the seeming exclusivity of the art world has manifested into a truly special project within the city of Chicago. In celebration of Woman Made Gallery’s 20th Anniversary, the gallery has taken on the unique task of working within 20 different and vibrant neighborhoods throughout Chicago, many of them lacking in access to arts programming. To make this a reality, Woman Made Gallery partnered with twenty Chicago community-based, arts-based, and housing organizations to create 20 Neighborhoods: a workshop series and art exhibition based on Chicago women’s individual and collective experiences and aspirations for their homes, families, neighborhoods, communities, and city.
With the help of teaching artists, teaching assistants, partner organizations, interns, and many volunteers, 20 Neighborhoods has successfully introduced a diverse group of individuals to an array of artistic skills and abilities, as well as created space for new conversations on self, home, community, and city. Since June, Woman Made Gallery has hosted found-object assemblage sculpture workshops for participating women, and in some cases youth, at each organization’s location, which has culminated in an exhibition of all the participants’ art pieces, writing, additional project documentation, and a group-created site-specific installation at Woman Made Gallery during Chicago Artists Month in October 2012.
The overarching goal of the 20 Neighborhoods Project has been to use the space and resources of Woman Made Gallery to build an artistic community among women and youth from different neighborhoods throughout Chicago, with a specific focus on self and community empowerment. By offering a safe space for participating artists to explore themselves and the community they live in, many involved in the project have developed new insights into how they would like to see themselves, their families, and their communities grow stronger and healthier.
The 20 Neighborhoods Project is supported by grants from the Efroymson Family Foundation and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and by individual donations.