Monday, January 25, 2016

The Forum

"Art is Business"
There is a real revitalization going on in restoring the Bronzeville Forum I'm using the image of the Bronzeville Forum on 43rd Street, to address the need to revisit conversations, and document those conversations on BlogTalkRadio. Giving a Forum for artists to talk about their art practice, and how the use Tactical Urbanism  as social engagement.

Stabilization of The Forum complex is complete, and our goal for 2016 is to begin the rehabilitation process. We are particularly excited about what appears to be new energy for community revitalization coming from City Hall. Visit the facebook group to get updates on the  project. 

Interview this week with Toni Collie Perry and Everett C. William

Toni Collie Perry

Everett C. Williams

The URBAN Dictionary gives a precarious definition of FORUMS, I  can't say I agree. though---

Best described as a torrent of little children running around in a minefield (users), some armed with weapons (moderators), forums are the flagship of internet discussion, spam, and flame wars. 

Smaller forums tend to be more habitable, but the larger ones have many distinct and similar features. For example, within approximately seven seconds of the creation of a topic, you will have at least one reply, guaranteed. Large forums also tend to spawn makeshift caste systems within themselves, and you're automatically a malefactor in the forum until you have a 4-digit post count. 

A forum can sometimes be helpful, but normally they become a time consuming and frustrating thing if you pay too much attention to them.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Creative Conversations; Art Talks Online Radio by Phantom Gallery Chicago Network | BlogTalkRadio

Creative Conversations: Art Talks Online Radio by Phantom Gallery Chicago Network | BlogTalkRadio

The Motivation/problem that Creative Currency seeks to address is the deficit in civility and compassion that is currently rampant in our communities.

We all experience this every day when we come into contact with our fellow humans. Our default approach is to not see each other as human. Although most would agree that treating each other with humanity, no matter who rules, creates a safe vibrant community.

Creative Currency seeks to directly focus on the positive effect that staying mindful of how we treat each other truly is. This we do in an effort to build a better society. 

Art on the trails-Recycle-reuse and decay, charms-medicine-juju-honoring the wisdom that comes from within and sharing that energy out.

What’s on top! Art-Nature-Community Engaging community in creative action EcoHermanas Totems-did first one in 2009, 7 projects-new one starting Monday-rolling crest community center about Black and Brown community heros and sheros.

Artomatic Future vision-

We developed and implemented:

Creative Currency: Words to Live By A National Public Art Project Model

A blog,, on which to hold creative conversations and to document the work.

Activities included:
200 participants in 5 states.
200 signs created

Events included:
Chicago Calling/Any Squared street action/exhibition
DMUUC Sanctuary Gallery exhibition
2 voting site street installations
15 Creative Conversations.

As an artist I was able to:

Share the creative process with diverse communities to explore the question of compassion in our human relations.

Expand my network of communities and organizations who are engaged in creative activities for social justice.

Our participants engaged in community arts activities which contribute to personal and social development.

Participants personal benefits were expressed as improved communication, planning and organizing skills. They increased their capacities to collect, organize and analyse information and problem solving.

Our collective community benefit includes enhanced connections and networks and a stronger connection to creativity.

Thursday, January 21, 2016


"Art is Business"
Submission by Feb. 2, 2016 for 
Women Rights Art Show.

Women Rights Art show at Liz Long Gallery:

Please send digital images of your original art in time to get your actual art to gallery on time. Send images to 

Email an informative artist statement about you and about your art. 

All media is considered with limitations of size to 32″ in all directions.

We will carefully review and consider your artwork. Once accepted, we will contact you via email within 24 hours. Actual art must be rec'd at gallery by Feb. 2, 2016 for Women Rights Art Show.

Prepare your pieces to be formally presented in the gallery. Label with your name and the title of the piece only on the back of each art piece you deliver.

Install display-ready wire on the back of each piece we agree upon for the show.

If a hook is used on back of artwork, it must be claw type and only one in center.

Please don't use any other fasteners.

Deliver your art pieces to the Liz Long Gallery (Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center 1957 S. Spaulding Ave.) by appt. or send via mail/USPS/FedEx/UPS. Art must arrive at gallery by date indicated for that show. thanks.

Artist is responsible for all transportation costs and transportation arrangements. Include two copies of a signed inventory sheet you create that includes all of your contact info at the top (i.e.: address etc.), and a list of all the pieces you send including w/the title, size, description, media, and price or NFS.

Expect that artists receive 70% of all sales with 30% going to CUARC, the non-profit.

Whether you live nearby or faraway- all artists are to invite their support network (family members, friends, co-workers, mailing list, & clients) to attend the opening reception and associated discussions they are interested in. All artists are asked to help publicize the art show online, on their Facebook page, twitter, etc.

Artists must pick up their art on the last day of the show at 4 p.m. or by appt. within 3 days of the end of show or pay a daily fee beginning on 4th day. We do not have storage for your art and a new show is coming in right after your art show ends! Please be respectful and help us out.

We are especially interested in art that spotlights the theme of the show.
International artists are very welcome in our art gallery. You must be willing & able to make arrangements for your art to get to and from the gallery.
Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center's photo.

One-Man Play Has Louis Armstrong Looking Back at His Life

One-Man Play Has Louis Armstrong Looking Back at His Life

Free symposium: Mon, Jan 25, 7:30pm

The Beverly Arts Center is thrilled to be part of the Louis Armstrong Festival and will be telling another version of Louis Armstrong’s life with the assistance of the Louis Armstrong House Museum and archivist Ricky Riccardi. The archives, located at Queens College in New York, will be loaning components that will highlight his gig at the Waldorf, Race and Civil Rights, Armstrong in Chicago, and finally his relationship with manager Joe Glaser.

Along with the exhibit, the BAC will be hosting a free symposium on Monday, January 25 at 7:30pm featuring Terry Teachout, playwright of Satchmo at the Waldorf, being presented at Court Theatre, and Ricky Riccardi, Louis Armstrong House Museum archivist. Mr. Riccardi will also share some of the 700 reel to reel recordings made by Armstrong throughout his life.

A film festival will highlight Armstrong’s work in February when the BAC will show three films of importance in Armstrong’s life. High Society will kick things off on February 3 at 7:30pm. February 5 at 7:30pm will feature Cabin in the Sky. Sunday, February 7 at 3pm will wrap the series with a special documentary loaned from the Armstrong archives. Satchmo the Great, made by Edward R. Murrow, is a 1957 biography film of the jazz-great. He and his band tour the world as American good-will ambassadors bringing jazz at its best to the people of the world. Within the film, the life of Louis Armstrong is portrayed through the music. One of the outstanding scenes in this "biography/docudrama" shows blind songwriter W. C. Handy, with tears streaming down his face, as Armstrong, backed by Leonard Bernstein leading the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, play Handy's immortal "St. Louis Blues."

Monday, January 18, 2016

Friday, January 8, 2016