We are excited to announce the projects for Winter SOUP ’18: Art & Design!
SOUP was created as a concept in Chicago to help fund art projects during a time of shrinking resources in our communities across the nation. We are honored to return to this core concept of SOUP for the fifth time. Our hosts at Edgework Creative have an amazingly inspiring space ready for us to listen to some amazing projects from across our city. Edgework Creative’s custom furniture will serve to bring the #greenspoonarmy to pick which of our five projects should take home the collection grant. We can’t wait to be in their amazing space.
We have a pretty amazing mix of projects for this event—from a mini-mural project in King-Lincoln to a project to bring LGBTQ youth together to discuss challenges they are facing through theater and art. These five projects have already inspired us and we can’t wait for you all to hear their stories from them. Until then next Sunday… here are our five presenters:
In our neighborhood, some see blight. But we see beauty, history, and opportunity. To stimulate diverse communities that are not just live-able, but also love-able, we are presenting BRUSH the BLOCK a public art installation. We seek to engage community artists, residents, and businesses in creating temporary mini-murals in the King Lincoln District, historically known as Bronzeville.
Improvements to our stage will make our annual 934 Fest more impactful, with better sound and visual appeal. These improvements will give the community a platform & space to communicate ideas, as well as hold community events. 934 Gallery provides programming as a publicly accessible arts anchor within Milo-Grogan and fosters an interest in the arts among all ages in the local community.
Mural art engages communities, restores structures, improves blight, and engages a community. FEE seeks to address this need by inserting artwork directly into a community. Historically, murals are one the most democratic means of providing artwork free of charge. FEE will demonstrate that creativity is an outlet for education and community development.
This program is designed for children with disabilities and their families. Each interactive class features group discussions and an art project that provides children with an outlet for personal physical, emotional, developmental, and environmental exploration, as well as an opportunity to build confidence in a supportive environment.
The purpose of this project is to provide youth identity affirmation and empowerment activities that build high self-esteem and a sense of empowerment. The weekly Social Justice Theater program will dip into theatre and the arts to explore a social justice issue relating to the LGBTQ community. Through games, activities, writing exercises, movement, and art-making, the group of youth will reflect on their identities, strengths, privileges, and hardships.