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We know how hard you work to build arts programs in your community. Americans for the Arts produces a number of annual publications, e-newsletters, and reports to help you make the case for arts funding, educate lawmakers and citizens, and lead effective advocacy campaigns.

We also conduct and produce research, surveys, and reports about the arts in America to provide quantitative, measurable impact of our field.

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PopUp Research Station 2014 a Year in Review

2014 a Year In Review on BlogTalkRadio October 2, 2013 - October 22, 2014.Last year we launched a Podcast produced by GYST Radio on BlogTalk, Pop-Up Research Station will develop gradually hosting creative conversations that explore "Temporary Public Art Installations" "Storefront Art Movements" "Creative Place-making" and projects that are the impetus for "Cultural Urban Planning".

The Pop-Up Research Station on BlogTalkRadio will cover snapshots of artist stories, host real discussions on the problems we face, offer a support system, and solicit advice to avoid the potholes moving forward. of Phantom Galleries LA-, and Alpha Bruton-Chief Curator of t Phantom Gallery Chicago Network.

October 2, 2013
Bill Moran of Moran Studios, Greater Chicago Area - ‎Owner Moran Studios - fine art and decorative painting. President/Owner at Moran Studios, past president of Ravenswood Arts Walks (RAW), OpenWall sub-committee project exploring the use of empty storefronts as pop-up galleries in the 47th Ward (North Center, Lincoln, Irving Park, Lawrence, and Ravenswood).

Director, OpenWall ChicagoPatricia Larkin Green  International Chinese Calligraphy Art and Ink Painting Society, and Exhibition Coordinator, North America Branch-East Coast.

 Arts ReSTORE LA: Westwood—a new initiative by the Hammer Museum that aims to re-energize Westwood Village with the creative force of local Angeleno artisans and craftspeople. From November 1 to 24, the Hammer filled several empty storefronts in Westwood, donated by the property owners to this project, with an array of artisan vendors. With its accompanying events and workshops, the Arts ReSTORE pop-up village will enliven the neighborhood with a new and vibrant retail experience. 

Hosted by Liza Simone, founder of Phantom Galleries LA, Alpha Bruton Chief Curator Phantom Gallery Chicago Network,
Phantom Galleries LA Radio Interview Chicago Artists during CAM

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

PopUp Station Research Station- CAM- Lisa McDonald 
Lisa McDonald, President, and founder of Research Explorers, has over twenty-five years of research, marketing, and strategic planning experience. She is a member and chair of the membership committee.

Diaspora Rhythms was founded in 2003. The organization hosts public and private (members-only) events, including home tours, exhibitions, and other opportunities to build knowledge about cultural value. Currently a regional organization.

Alpha Bruton and Liza Simone on BlogTalkRadio, kicking off the beginning of their partnership to produce PopUp Research Station.

Getting Your Sh*t Together

GYST Radio is a resource for all information on the business of art, hybrid careers, and other DIY strategies for a successful career in the arts. We believe that artists should define their own careers on their ownread more

Chicago’s art scene isn’t like the rest: It’s surprisingly diverse

Chicago's art scene isn't like the rest: It's surprisingly diverse.


 on December 17, 2014

Raymond Thomas is a full-time working artist in Chicago. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times
Raymond A. Thomas is an award-winning, Chicago-based, full-time artist. He doesn't have to flip burgers or teach a high school gym class to make ends meet. He also doesn't have to move to New York or Los Angeles to find a market for his work. Last year, one of his paintings was awarded Best of Show/first place at the long-standing, annual Black Creativity exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. And right now, he's got a showing at Blanc Gallery in Bronzeville, a South Side neighborhood that is home to the city's latest rebirth of the arts.
Some might think Thomas is an anomaly in the art world in that he's successful, has an arts degree from the School of the Art Institute, and he's black. And a recent study by BFAMFAPhd, "Artists Report Back: A National Study on the Lives of Arts Graduates and Working Artists," would seem to agree. However, that study crunched every number possible and found that the supermajority of arts grads don't work in the field, make a living off their craft, and are overwhelmingly white men.
Raymond Thomas poses among some of his work in his gallery. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times
Those numbers, based upon census figures, can't be argued. But in Chicago, the artists, buyers, arts foundations, city market places, galleries, and collectors appear to have more open minds when embracing and cultivating diversity. It's not perfect, say local artists, but it's a start.
"There is a renaissance going on in this city as far as the black visual arts are concerned," says Thomas, whose gallery is inside a new artist's loft space on 47th street just off Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. "I think there's nothing akin to this anywhere in the country. Nowhere else will you find five institutions or gallery spaces exhibiting [exclusively] African-American artists. Then, less than a mile away [from 47th street], you will find your art stars, Theaster Gates with his whole compound, Kerry James Marshall, and a little further west, you find Hebru Brantley. It's incredible."
Thomas, whose work "reaffirms the humanity of the community," talks a lot about ensuring that the story of artists of color is not mired in depressing statistics. His thought process seems helpful to consider when juxtaposed to that presented in an October Washington Post piece that ran with the headline, "If you're lucky enough to earn a living from your art, you're probably white." That piece, by Roberto Ferdman, led off by stating that racial diversity among America's working artists "pretty much doesn't exist." And while many in the local arts scene appreciated the spirit behind the headline and the lead sentence, they say that more discussion is needed.
"Our cultural scene's vibrancy is enhanced by some very talented, hard-working, high-profile, very successful artists of color," says Paul Gray, director of the Richard Gray Gallery here in Chicago (which is home to Theaster Gate's acclaimed Retreat exhibition). "Unfortunately, I don't believe that in any way impugns the statistical evidence in the Washington Post article; racism, ingrained biases, and other factors have stacked the deck in favor of white people, and white men in particular. Any other conclusion is self-congratulatory defensiveness. Economic power in our society is key, and while the numbers may not tell the whole story, it is a fantasy that money does not matter to an artist. Artists need housing and have children to educate just as the rest of us do, and even a small disparity (though the truth seems to be there is a large one) has to adversely impact their ability to pursue their talent, to all of our detriment."
It's inappropriate to talk about what is or what is not in someone's pocketbook. But,  Dawoud Bey, another one of the city's "art stars," finds it more beneficial to say this: "If you are lucky enough to make money off of your art, you are probably making some exciting art!" Plus, he says, though it is true that not even 20 years ago, the only black artist frequently discussed in elite circles was Jean-Michel Basquiat. Institutional racism is slowly being replaced with an appreciation for a wider swath of art.
"The palace gates have been busted open if you want to put it that way," says Bey, who references many influential artists of color, including Carrie Mae Weems, Marshall, Gates, David Hammons, and Alison Saar. "There are simply too many works by African-American artists in museums throughout the country for me to say that institutional racism is a continued hindrance. Instead, it should be said that this inclusion is happening because progressive-minded museum directors, curators, and museum trustees — who are also collectors of this work — are making this happen."
However, Bey does add this: "It's not happening because we are living in a peaceful, post-racial society. It is happening because certain people who are now well situated in the art world and within museum culture continue to fight the good fight. And it is also happening because some of the most interesting, engaging, and provocative work continues to be made by my fellow African-American artists."
It also doesn't hurt that Chicago is, well, Chicago — a city that is segregated but still manages to consistently produce stars.
"I think, in general, Chicago is an anomaly," says Andre Guichard, artist, and owner of Gallery Guichard, also located in Bronzeville. In terms of density, Guichard's gallery shares a building with Thomas' studio. "Our gallery for the last 10 years now has worked with and represented several artists that are full-time artists, and that is to Chicago's advantage. You don't have to have a job in another field."
Both Guichard and Thomas exhibited at the Harlem Fine Arts Show, which stopped through the Chicago Merchandise Mart a few weeks ago. According to Dion Clark, by the end of the Chicago exhibition, some $1.3-million worth of art was sold, who created and curated the art fair.
That said, the next hurdle to possibly cross might be that of valuation.
"It can be said that the works of African-American artists are still not valued at auction or in gallery prices and valuation of their work is not at the same level of any number of white artists," says Bey. However, "Chicago has certainly been more than receptive to the works of black artists, with representation by many of the galleries in this city, including Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Kavi Gupta, Stephen Daiter, and Valerie Carberry — all of whom are doing very well with this work."
The city is also receptive to the works of Mexican artists. Several pop-up shops and museums have featured works by people of color. For example, painter and muralist Sentrock held a pop-up shop at Elephant in the South Loop. He's become quite popular with a younger population that enjoys art that speaks to more of a hip-hop generation. And, he deliberately moved to Chicago because he knew he would find more collectors among the urbane. And artist Gabriel Villa, known for his provocative imagery, is currently the focus of an exhibit at the city's National Museum of Mexican Art. (A few years ago, one of his murals was painted over in what he describes as a form of censorship.) One of his current murals, "American Painting," is at 18th and Oakley.
Carolina Garcia Jayaram, Executive Director of United States Artists, says that arts foundations play a significant part in financing a wide-ranging group of worthy candidates. Her group, USA, gives away $50,000 annually to artists in an untethered grant.
"If you look at our winners, there is a majority of artists of color and almost 50 percent women — which is another part of the art field that is constantly a controversial topic," says Garcia Jayaram, whose foundation makes an effort to include diversity on the board of trustees and nominating committee level. "You see the same issues in the corporate and legal sector that there's still a bias. Chicago is a bit different for artists of color. Dawoud Bey and others are a handful thriving in Chicago, but there's the foundational aspect of this. Foundations are the ones who feel a lot of the community organizations and grassroots organizations that support these artists."
And then there's the elitist thing. It's no secret that, as the study says, art schools offer the most expensive educations. Pair that with segregation, and the issues multiply. That's why Chicago has done well to support local community arts centers, says Diane Dinkins Carr, a known art collector and evaluator.
"I've watched how Theaster rose because I'm affiliated with the South Side Community Arts Center, the oldest black art center in the country," says Dinkins Carr, who believes that successful contemporary artists should do more to help the newbies. "I remember when the art center and their auctions were the only places to go to to look at black art. Now different art galleries and white galleries are accepting all art."

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Agent and Artist: Pettis and Najjar

I got an opportunity to interview Lavon Pettis, and Najjar on April 30, 2014, on the PopUp Research Station, Blogtalk Radio, and this fall we shared the stage during the Intersectionality Critique Exchange, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The talk was very insightful, as we recognized each others practice, and how our spirituality is reflective in our art. It was due to the efforts of Pettis to make the connection and set up the platform of communication.

Pettis has created an exhibition and featured artist in Chicago, and St.Louis, international, emerging, experimental, performance speaks about her mentor, teacher, and client: Najjar Abdul Musawwir recognized for his philanthropy/contributions to the arts & community.

Najjar has created exhibitions and featured artists in Chicago, and St.Louis, international, emerging, experimental, performance speaks about her mentor, teacher, and client: Najjar Abdul Musawwir recognized for his philanthropy/contributions to the arts & community.

To learn more about Najjar Abdul-Musawwir and his work, please contact Lavon Pettis, Creative Manager, at

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir was born October 25th, 1958, in Chicago, Illinois. He is an internationally acknowledged artist who has exhibited throughout the United States, Africa, Asia, and Europe. He currently works as an Associate Professor of studio arts and art history in the School of Art and Design and Africana Studies at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

He has received distinguish and prestigious acknowledgments, and among them are: first Artist-n-Residency/exhibition for the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art in Detroit, invitational Artist-n-Residency/exhibition by the Tuanku Fauziah Museum and Gallery in Malaysia, commissioned to create a piece for the Visions of Our 44th President travelling exhibition hosted by Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit, Rickert Ziebold Trust Awardee, Judge William Holmes Cook Professorship Endowment, and was invited by the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago as a member of an Illinois artists' consulting team.

Najjar's philosophical thoughts:

Research – Look for what is not evident and see possibilities.

Service – Helping other is, without doubt, the helping of self.
Teaching – Educate others perchance they understand the message better than me; they become the teacher and me the student.


    "Art is Business " Chief Curator Alpha Bruton
DEC 03 2014 - DEC 07 2014
801 NW 3rd Ave, Miami Florida, 33136

This year’s Art Africa Miami Arts Fair will be taking over the entire ground floor of the newly renovated Carver building at the entrance of Historic Overtown. Curated by The Urban Collective, this year’s theme, “The Art Of Nobody,” will feature world-renowned artist Nobody (AKA TMNK) and other talented art nobodies from the African and Caribbean Diaspora. This year will also feature a youth gallery that will exhibit works from the Overtown Youth Coalition arts program. This year’s activities also include a The Urban Collective pop-up gallery, art fashion show, Sunday Jazz Brunch, and a millennial cocktail hour.
 “The Art Of Nobody” will feature world-renowned artist Nobody (AKA TMNK) 

Phantom Gallery Chicago Network will be presented by the project manager and curator Lavon Pettis- Art Organizer Global Connections, 

Featured Artists:

Renee Baker, Chicago
Alpha Bruton, Chicago 
Kevin Cole- Atlanta Georgia
Nicholas Conlon, Chicago IL
Alan Emerson-Hicks, Chicago
Najjar Abdul Musawwir- Carbondale, IL 
(Young Aspiring Artists)
Moises Salazar, Chicago IL 
Kari Blackburn, Chicago IL

"Home Coming"

"Art is Business" Lead Curator: Moises Salazar and Kari Blackburn 
"Born" Kari

HOME COMING Nov.15-Nov 29
Students from the Chicago School of the Arts present, "Homecoming." The work that will be showcased will be composed of a variety of interpretations of our personal upbringing in society and our culture as a whole. Work will touch base on ethnic culture, storytelling and the creation of human beings.

The Man- Kari
Before moving to its new location, ChiArts was established in the heart of Bronzeville on 35th and King Drive. To celebrate our ancestry and upbringings students are hosting a homecoming art Jubilee at the Bronzeville Artist Lofts, located at 436 E. 47th Street, Chicago IL  60653. For more information about the BAL- Arts Incubator.

"Our Story"
The exhibit will feature artwork from the following artists:

Throughout the evening we will showcase Musical Performances: Performances will include (but are not limited to) classical guitar, piano, dance and singing performances.

*This will be a free event for those with student body cards, and wish to be a part of the celebration*

Contact: Mosies Salazar at 773-458-0341 for more info about the show.

The Chicago High School for the Arts
phone: 773-534-9710 | fax: 773-534-4022 |

The Visual Arts program at ChiArts begins with foundational instruction, including an emphasis upon essential art making skills and understandings, and progresses toward more complex concepts, including critical analysis of visual culture and the fostering of independent work. The program challenges and empowers students to develop their own aesthetic as each matures into an innovative artist and critical thinker.

Students of all abilities may interview for admission into the Visual Arts program. ChiArts recognizes the need to provide opportunities for students who have had prior instruction in the visual arts and students who have not had prior training but demonstrate strong natural abilities and a desire to learn.

Pop Up Research Station- Investigates Social Practice Projects

Preparation is also underway to begin our on air panel discussions connecting with art organizers in various cities for our pre-summit online conference, which will happen on in November 2014, listen in or contact us at

The theme this year for Chicago Artists Month is “Crossing Borders”; starting in November the Pop Up research station will resume our weekly on air radio interviews with 
GYST Radio calls in number:  (914) 338-0532.

Phantom Gallery Chicago and Phantom Galleries LA have come together with the intent to create a network of support for artists and arts organizations who are engage in creative placemaking.

I  attended the Roots and Remedies Conference in Detroit Michigan, on July 17th, and have schedule live interviews with art organizers from Oakland Artist Coalition  who have transformed Detroit’s Historic North End neighborhood.

National Conference Attendees on Tour
  “Oakland Artists transforms historic corridor in Detroit’s North End”
Tour public art sites along Oakland Avenue in Detroit’s historic North End neighborhood with members of the Oakland Avenue Artists Coalition. 
Proposed Flagship Location

Urban Farming and Art
Learn more about the initiative’s historical context, recent public art projects and glimpse future plans for the art corridor. We will end our tour at Oakland Avenue Farm and Market and stroll through this awesome example of the intersection of art, urban agriculture and community engagement.

Building a 21st Century MovementResearch Justice

How does research fit into our campaigns? What does it mean to integrate the principles and practice of research justice into our work?  Participants walked away with concrete tools on how target research can make our social change campaigns more successful and how research can support campaign planning and execution. 

We discussed how to redefine research and the idea of “expertise” in our own terms, highlight research as a tool we already use actively in our daily lives, and harness it as a tool to serve our needs. And, we will collectively begin to surface the connections between the knowledge that already exists in our communities and the political power we are trying to build.
This project is funded by Hatchfund,GYST, Phantom Gallery LA, and membership donations from Phantom Gallery Chicago Network, Creative-Currency, Praxis, UIC, EMU,Borderbend Arts Collective, with support from DCASE Chicago Artists Month.

POP Up Movie Theatre- "Vacation Spot:" Art

Graphic Art by Raven Bedenfield

Artists Salon, “Culture Bridge”

Curator Marianna Buchwald
Oct 28th, 6:30pm – 9pm
Bronzeville Artist Lofts
Phantom Gallery Chicago Loft Gallery Room 205
440 E. 47th Street,Chicago IL  60653

RSVP required space is limited, call Marianna at 773-507-1300, or Alpha Bruton 773-681-6570 (leave cell,email address)

Marianna Buchwald
Artists Salon, Culture Bridge” DANK House Curator Marianna Buchwald each year forms  International Art Ambassadors, Christine Perri,  Nichole Harrod, Kenya, Renee Baker, Cherie Locket,  During the Salon, ambassadors will discuss various entry points of their tour, and present those interactions through lively conversation, and sharing of the experience. BYOB


I flew from Chicago to Frankfurt and arrive at 10am July 8 in Frankfurt and then took the train to Hannover and arrive in Hannover at 3pm as of July 9. at my friend Ulrike in Hannover, 051166 2163, Isernhagenerstr. 53, Hannover

Hannover: Marianna begins her rehearsals with mask performers July 12. - Aug. 7. and Aug.10. ( mask course will take place Saturdays and Monday evenings at the FZH VAhrenwald) Nichole and Kenya are joining her in Hannover Aug. 5. 

Syke: Marianna picks up Renee Baker from Hannover, Aug. 11.( Marianna also delivers large masks and puppets on a transport back from Syke to Hannover with help by the museum), drives back to Syke wit Renee Baker.

Aug. 12. - Aug. 14.
Anne Bendig, Ursula Gallenkamp, Telly Vander Smissen, Zoya Shubina, Christa Zoch, Barbara Macherius, Stefanie Hehr,Zari Harat,Renee Baker, Marianna Buchwald, Kenya Rao Zen, Dominic Gray participate in residency Art in Action, at the Kreismuseum in Syke, creating art, music, dance, poetry, collaborating etc. if the weather is beautiful we can work in the garden of the museum and at a large room Die Diele. We will provide our own materials to create visual and sound work, we will include other artists and also create individual work for the exhibition Aug. 15. We will also document our process to be shared at other events in Germany and USA.

Nichole and Kenya and Dominc Gray will be able to stay with Ursula Gallenkamp in Bremen,arrangements can be made for other participants , artists in Germany,to stay at a small hotel near the Kreismuseum in Syke .

Aug. 15.
artists are installing art work at the Kreissparkasse in Syke for an exhibition until Aug. 26., the exhibition will open at 5pm Aug. 15. at the Kreissparkasse.
art work will include work created by artists and also work created during the residency: Art in Action.Wolfgang Stapelfeld and Zoya offered to help to organize, and also offered to show art scene in Bremen to Chicago Artists on Aug 16th.

Bremen to Chicago artists Aug. 16.

Aug. 17. - 20.
Cherie Lockett and Christine Perri are flying into Hamburg, they are going to stay at hotels near the KunstHalle. 
Marianna, Nichole,Renee,Cherie, Kenya and Dominic will need to stay at families and friends organized by Sabine .
During the time in Hamburg, we are going to visit art and culture events, we will visit the art studio by Zari Harat, we will give a workshop Aug. 20. Mask - Mime - Art- Music at the school organized by Sabine.

Aug. 21.
8pm, Renee Baker is having a performance in Berlin,
Earlier that day, the group Marianna, Nichole, Christine, Kenya,Cherie is traveling by train from Hamburg to Berlin, (Marianna will have a Germany rail pass)for the rest of the group there will be group rates available traveling as a group by train.Marianna will provide more information about time table and rates for train travel to Berlin,)
Aug. 22.

We might be able to do a presentation of our work as artists and a  mask music workshop at the venue by Liz Eber.
If not, Marianna, Nichole, Kenya, Cherie, Renee will travel to

Mirow to perform at a gallery event.
Christine and dominic will be in Berlin.
Aug. 23.
Marianna, Cherie, Kenya, Dominc will perform at Gallery am Schloss, we will find out if Renee Baker can join us, she might have more commitments with musicians in Berlin. Dominc might also have other engagements in Berlin.

Marianna, Cherie, Kenya,Renee will stay overnight with friends of Marianna in Mirow.
Nichole will leave early on Aug. 24. for her  train and flight to Spain.

Aug. 24 - Aug. 27
Marianna, Cherie, Renee, Kenya, Christine will travel back to Berlin, We all will need to stay at youth hostel, hotel, Servas , friend' place, rented apartment,
we are interested in apartment deal, Nichole had found out about. Nichole please forward us that information.

Marianna, Cherie, Kenya interested in performing to music by music ensembles with Renee Baker.

-Aug. 27.
Marianna will return to Syke to uninstall exhibition and store some of the art works,Bremen artists will need to pick up art work.

Aug. 24. - 29.Cherie and Christine are staying in Berlin to fly back from Berlin to Chicago
Marianna flyes back Aug. 29. from Frankfurt to Chicago

Sept. Art Salon Presentation of Culture Bridge at the DANK House in Chicago,

Oct- Phantom Gallery Chicago Loft Gallery, Bronzeville Artist Lofts

Feb. 2015, Exhibition Culture Bridge at the DANK House in Chicago with USA and German Artists.


Piotr Wolodkovicz: Ph.773 592 3442 ,Marianna Buchwald ph. 773 507 1300
The International Art Group is residing at the DANK haus,4740N.Western
The International Art Group has monthly meetings, every last tues, of every month, 6:30 - 9pm. The IAG hosts a monthly salon held on the last Tuesday of each month, we feature different artist monthly.
In keeping the gallery scene fresh and exciting, we invite artists from many different communities and countries to exhibit at our gallery.  Also, contributing to this wonderful experience are performance artists who we invite to enliven these events.
The Gallery is open nightly  5pm, or by appointment.   
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