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312-952-4983

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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.

The Awesome Austin Art Affair is an interactive, multidimensional experience where artists and the Austin community can engage in beauty and peace.   It is an opportunity for people to come together in creation and celebration of culture while also developing social capital.

Taking place on Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 10:30am to 5:00pm at Fulton and Mayfield, the Awesome Austin Art Affair will increase visibility, participation, relevance, and support for the arts and culture in Austin. Participants of all ages and skill levels can explore creativity and culture.

ART GALLERY

 

The Villagers by Shirley Hudson

The Pop-Up Art Gallery, located in the featured artists tents, will feature the works of several local Austin artists, Among them is Shirley Hudson, Joe Hardy, Demetrius  and Alderman Chris Taliaferro.

 

Shirley Hudson, a self-taught artist, is inspired by the colors of nature and faces, leading her to create abstract and figurative paintings. She writes that painting is an essential element of self-discovery along with her poetry. She has been featured at art shows and in literature around the country, including Oak Park and other Midwestern cities. Read more in this feature article in the Austin Weekly. http://www.austinweeklynews.com/News/Articles/10-24-2007/Hudson-paints-her-way-out-of-life’s-hardships/?utm_source=EmailShare&utm_medium=EmailShare&utm_campaign=EmailShare

 

Joe Hardy, a self-taught artist, works in stainless steel. He creates abstract sculptures. Demetrius specializes in re-creating ancient artifacts. The Alderman of the 29th Ward, Chris Taliaferro, who is also an artist, is creating a piece just for this event.

 

ART FAIR

 

The Art Fair segment, taking place on 5900 Block of W. West End Ave. between Mason and Mayfield , will feature the work of young as well as established artists. Artists can exhibit for free. Attendees can view and purchase art that speaks to them.

 

Some of the artists create socially engaged art with an awareness of the social, cultural and political context of the community. Their art has the capacity to inform, challenge, transport and connect us.

 

ART CLASSES

Creative activities for all ages

In addition to selling their work, several of the artists will conduct demonstrations that will help connect artists more deeply with the community. Participants can take a class led by an artist and take home something tangible from the event, creating a more lasting impression.

 

The schedule includes, but is not limited to, the creation of mobiles, fabric art, and anti-violence yard signs. One class will allow participants to create their names in Egyptian symbols.

 

COLLABORATION ART PIECE

Acting together on creating art, a common goal, can make a great difference in the health and well-being of the community. It can provide a sense of connectedness, which counters feelings of alienation. Engaging creativity can be a powerful healing experience, aiding in mental and emotional well-being.

77894291 – a collection of well used art paint brushes in an old jug in front of a white background

Participants of all skill levels will be invited to add their input to a large, scale original piece of art. Artist Shirley Hudson will prepare the framework for this creative, community building collaboration.

 

PEACE GARDEN

We are creating a garden space where participants can learn new coping skills. A yoga instructor will lead stretching and meditation classes during the day in the garden. Chair massage minutes will be made available through purchase or as incentives or raffle prizes.

 

PEACE  DANCE

Participants will be led in a peace dance by Dancemakers are Peacemakers, another Safe and Peaceful Communities grant recipient. This class will provide a platform for participants to develop self-confidence, relationship skills and social awareness through a group dance activity. Participants will learn a collaborative circular dance form will be based on culturally relevant dance patterns from popular urban social dances of the past and present.

 

The Awesome Austin Art Affair was developed by Serethea Reid at Redevelopment Management Resources, Inc., a not-for-profit organization based in Austin. Artists and others seeking more information can visit the website www.chicaac.org or visit the Facebook page @chicagoaac. Emails can be sent to sreid@chicaac.org.

 

The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities provided funding.  Support has also been provided by Austin Coming Together, Central Austin Neighborhood Association and CAPS. Links to other articles about the event are provided below.

http://www.austinweeklynews.com/News/Articles/6-12-2018/Austin-art-fair-in-the-works-/

Austin residents to host art fair this month

 

Awesome Austin Art Affair

On July 28th , the intersection at Fulton and Mayfield streets in Austin will be the hub for creativity and peace. It will combine opportunities for artists to engage more deeply with the community while allowing participants to express their creativity. The peace garden, peace circle dances and meditation will provide participants with exercises and skills to improve mental health.

The pace of requests for information from supporters and artists has accelerated dramatically. We haven’t reached capacity yet. We encourage you to get in touch with us to secure your space.

 

 

CALLING ALL ARTISTS AND ART LOVERS

AUSTIN ART FAIR

SATURDAY JULY 28, 2018

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., is planning to create a 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:

  • Lives 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.

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

 

 

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