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Austin Art Council Planning Meeting for 2019-2020,

A few committed, enthusiastic participants generated an exciting set of creative possibilities for Art in Austin. A public school teacher, an art therapist and an IT specialist were among the participants in the main room of the Austin architectural gem anchored by Catholic Charities.

Achievements of the Austin Art Council over the last 18 months were reviewed.

  • Awesome Austin Art Affair, July 2018
  • Art and Architecture in Austin, October 2018
  • Speakeasy for Justice Workshops, April 2019
  • Open MIC, May 2019
  • Published Austin Art & Culture Calendar, April 2019

Plans for the remainder of 2019 include:

  • Mask Making Class, June
  • 2nd Annual Awesome Austin Art Affair, July
  • Open MIC, August
  • Austin Art Council Planning Meeting, September
  • 2nd Annual Art and Architecture in Austin, October

Suggestions posed by participants for consideration by the Austin Art Council included:

  • Putting emphasis on art as therapy
  • Increasing the number of stakeholder participants
  • Creating vehicles for scaling up the work of individual artists through collaboration
  • Providing technical assistance for artists
  • Identifying sources for sustainable funding for the Austin Art Council

Plans for the remainder of 2019 include:

  • Mask Making Class, June
  • 2nd Annual Awesome Austin Art Affair, July
  • Open MIC, August
  • Austin Art Council Planning Meeting, September
  • 2nd Annual Art and Architecture in Austin, October

The Austin Art Council is a vehicle for increasing the collective impact of art and art enthusiasts in Austin. Contact sreid@chicaac.org for more information.

Build it and they will come.

At 7:05 pm on Friday, May 3 , I was counting on that adage  to reduce my worry about attendance at the Open MIC event Rita and I had planned with a start time of  7:00 pm. Only one 15 year old young  man had shown up for the first Open MIC scheduled by the Austin Art Council(chicaac.org) and Third Unitarian Church (thirdunitarianchurch.org). All of Austin had been invited to participate and enjoy.

At 7:15pm I was ecstatic when 10 people of varying ages walked in the door. That flow would continue until we reached 40 people.

Through the use of black drapes, lighting, a DJ and tablescapes, we converted a community room into an intimate café. As MC for the evening, I called for “creatives” to take the stage. I offered the audience two options: perform or listen to my vaudevillian one-liners, punctuated with a duck call horn.

For 90 minutes, all were able to share an experience with talented neighbors. Seven creatives heeded the call: one playwright, Daryl Satcher; a visual artist, Shirley Hudson: a singer, Ron McCowan; three storytellers, Kucha, Baba Tony and Rita Maniotis; a young poet who wrote his poem while waiting for his turn.

The performers took the audience on a journey from absolute stillness and focus to clapping, foot stomping and singing along to an old spiritual. The level of creative energy rose over the course of the evening, moving the audience to inquire about the next date.

CALLING ALL ARTISTS AND ART LOVERS

2nd ANNUAL AWESOME AUSTIN ART FAIR

Saturday, JULY 20, 2019
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
5900-5930 W. West End
Chicago, IL 60644

Show your works of art

Austin has a wealth of discovered and undiscovered talented residents. Increased visibility, participation and support for art and culture in Austin would: enrich the lives of all residents; enhance the livability of the community; and contribute to the community’s economic revitalization.

This summer, Redevelopment Management Resources, Inc., The Austin Art Council with support from the Central Austin Neighborhood Association, Third Unitarian Church, The Field Foundation of Illinois is planning our 2nd Annual local art fair to showcase the talent of Austin artists. We are looking for local artists to participate in the fair. Do you or do you know someone who:

  • Has a strong connection or interest in Austin
  • Creates original pieces of art
  • Seeks more outlets for display and sale of art
  • Advocates for more funding for the arts and artists

We are looking for artists to display and sell their creations as well as lead demonstrations and classes to provide opportunities for the community to create as well.

We are looking for art lovers to help make this a great event.

Refreshments will be served. Music will be played. Entertainment will be provided. Art will be sold!

For more information Please contact sreid@chicaac.org, or call (312) 952-4983

Below are PDF documents for Artists:

Click on the link below to Print out the Artist Vendor Application Form and FAX to 773-473-4107 or scan and e-mail it to sreid@chicaac.org

Questions call 312-952-4983

AWESOME AUSTIN ART AFFAIR VISION 

Artist Vendor Application Form

Workshop or Class Proposal

enriching lives, promoting arts and artists   chicaac.org

DATEEVENTSPONSOR/INFO
April 6,
13,27
10am-1pm
SPEAKEASY FOR JUSTICE
301 N. MAYFIELD
THIRD UNITARIAN CHURCH
FREE
TUC/RMR/
CHICAAC/
CANA

sreid
@chicaac.org
April 11
6-8PM
9th Annual BUILD PUBLIC
SPEAKING CONTEST
5100 W. Harrison
FREE
BUILD,
deonnasmith
@buildchicag.org
April 18-9
12-6pm
AUSTIN GOT TALENT
Open Auditions
15th District Police Station
5701 W. Madison
FREE
15th District
Polce Station
312-743-1440
May 3
6:30pm
SPEAKEASY PERFORMANCE AND
RECEPTION
301 N. MAYFIELD
THIRD UNITARIAN CHURCH
FREE
TUC/RMR/
CHICAAC/
CANA

sreid
@chicaac.org
May 10BIG BAND/BIG DANCE
LaFollette Park
FREE
DCASE
May 23
6pm
POETRY NIGHT OPEN MIC
AUSTIN TOWN HALL
FREE
Chicago Park
District
June 15
12-6PM
AUSTIN GOT TALENT
Youth Talent Show
15th District Police Station
Kehrein Center for the Arts
5620 W. Washington
FREE
15th District
Polce Station
312-743-1440
June 28-29

SUMMER OF OPPORTUNITY
Laramie and Harrison
FREE
BUILD
buildchicago.org
July 12-14LATIN JAZZ FESTIVAL
Humboldt Park
FREE
Chicago Park
District, DCASE
July 20AWESOME AUSTIN ART AFFAIR
2nd ANNUAL

West End Boulevard and Mason
FREE
AUSTIN ART
COUNCIL
sreid
@chicaac.org
August 3NORTH LAWNDALE ANNUAL ART
FAIR, 4th ANNUAL
Douglas Park
FREE
NLCCC
Sept 27BE BOP BLAST
Austin Town Hall Park
FREE
DCASE
October

AUSTIN ART & ARCHITECTURE

FREE
AUSTIN ART
COUNCIL
sreid
@chicaac.org

If you have an event you’d like to add to the next e-blast, or a correction , send the information to sreid@chicaac.org. Include date, time, location, content, cost, and target audience.

Any way that you view it, the AAA Affair was an outstanding event. Here are just a few ways to evaluate how much the community enjoyed and benefited from the event.

COMMUNITY WEALTH

With purchases ranging from $10 to $1,000, all 11 artists in attendance sold at least 2 pieces of their work. Many artists hesitate to participate in new and unproven art events for concern that their sales won’t warrant the effort. All of the artists want to know when the next event is scheduled.

Art enthusiasts, in response to the postings by artists at the event on Facebook, drove from the Hyde Park Bantu Art Festival to the Awesome Austin Art Fair. They made a substantial purchase

PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION

Our youngest artist, Briana, age 10, was accompanied by her father, mother and brother. The whole family came out to provide support for her first attempt at selling her work. By the time she got to the sale of the fifth of the seven pieces she had brought out to sell, she raised her prices. By late afternoon, Briana was offering her assistance to other artists as they taught the art workshops. Her mother stated that the experience exceeded all expectations and expressed her gratitude for being able to provide her daughter with a supportive and transformative experience.

ISLAND OF PEACE

Child: “What type of music is this , mama ? I feel so relaxed.”

Mother: “It’s jazz. It makes you want to buy art.”

Artist: “This is way beyond a peace garden, it’s a peace event.”

These are just a few of the comments overheard at the event.

Attendees spoke of feeling a sense of peace and calm. Chair massages and yoga helped to create a feeling of relaxation.

EXPRSSIONS IN CREATIVITY

Several artists spoke about how art helped them to cope and recover. One artist shared her recovery vehicle through teaching a class on making bears out of towels. Many in attendance contributed to the group art collaboration piece, an abstract painting overseen by artist Shirley Hudson.

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