Tactical Urbanism in the Horizontal Landscape, Reggie Nicholson's Concepts 03/23 BlogTalkRadio Interview

Tactical Urbanism in the Horizontal Landscape, Reggie Nicholson's Concepts 03/23 by Phantom Gallery Chicago Network | Visual Arts

Reggie Nicholson-Drummer, Percussionist, Composer

 The instantly recognizable style and sound of Reggie Nicholson have elevated him to one of the most distinctive, inventive, and inspirational drummer/percussionists of his generation; a formidable technician, but one who uses his considerable skills constructively and with infinite taste. 

Tactical Urbanism, in the Horizontal Landscape, 'Soundscape Tapestry.' This collaborative project will utilize sound and visual art in a public installation. Soundscape Tapestry will echo the African American music experience unique to the sounds of Chicago.


Two thousand twenty-two project plans are to host and collaborate with composer Reggie Nicholson and develop platforms for exploration and creating new works. They are using tactical urbanism and contributing to the horizontal landscape to expose pedestrians and tourists to the experience of what is viewed inside the gallery. Will create a dynamic platform for large-scale installations and moving image works and sound performances, which did not have a dedicated space at the Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tours in prior years. Music and performances from collaborating artists accompany all the projections. 





Tactical Urbanism in the Horizontal Landscape, Reggie Nicholson's Concepts by Phantom Gallery Chicago Network | Visual Arts

Tactical Urbanism in the Horizontal Landscape, Reggie Nicholson's Concepts 03/23 by Phantom Gallery Chicago Network | Visual Arts

Reggie Nicholson-Drummer, Percussionist, Composer The instantly recognizable style and sound of Reggie Nicholson has elevated him to one of the most distinctive, inventive, and inspirational drummer/percussionists of his generation; a formidable technician, but one who uses his considerable skills constructively and with infinite taste. 

Tactical Urbanism, in the Horizontal Landscape, 'Soundscape Tapestry.' 
This collaborative project will utilize sound and visual art in a public installation. Soundscape Tapestry will echo the African American music experience unique to the sounds of Chicago. In addition, they are introducing a new sector of experimental film projections in the public space, curated by Alpha Bruton, ambitious new video projections of current artworks created during the residency project. 

Will create a dynamic platform for large-scale installations and moving image works and sound performances, which did not have a dedicated space at the Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tours in prior years. Music and performances from collaborating artists accompany all the projections.



Reggie Nicholson Artist in Resident 2022 - "Soundscape Tapestry"


The Phantom Gallery Chicago is proud to announce a collaboration with composer and musician Reggie Nicholson as resident artists for the 2022 program year.  


"Mettle" (2018) features his second solo recording for percussion. 

The instantly recognizable style and sound of Reggie Nicholson have elevated him to one of the most distinctive, inventive, and inspirational drummer/percussionists of his generation, a formidable technician but one who uses his considerable skills constructively and with infinite taste.

Born in Chicago, his drum concept perfectly fitted the needs of many extraordinary Chicago musicians. An active member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1979, Nicholson has absorbed the musical influences of each AACM member learning the skills to compose and improvise original music.

Nicholson has performed and recorded with a wide variety of jazz and new music luminaries such as Henry Threadgill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Amina Claudine Myers, Leroy Jenkins, Anthony Braxton, Sam Newsome, Myra Melford, Wilber Morris, Elektra Kurtis, Billy Bang, Butch Morris, James Spaulding, Yuko Fujiyama, Oliver Lake, Fay Victor, Roy Campbell, just to name a few. In addition, Reggie has toured throughout Europe and Japan.

As a composer, he was nominated twice for the Cal Arts Composition Award in 1993/1994. His compositions were performed throughout NYC, including concerts for Roulette, Interpretations, Vision Festival, and the AACM.  

Nicholson's recordings, which have highlighted his compositions, are "Unnecessary Noise Allowed (1997)," which features his quintet, The Reggie Nicholson Concept. "Percussion Peace" (2005) is a solo recording experimenting with electronics and percussion instruments. In 2007,  the premiere of "Timbre Suite" (Tone Colors) was recorded for a percussion ensemble." Surreal Feel" (2008) shows the maturity and growth of his composing skills with music for brass instruments and percussion. "Mettle" (2018) features his second solo recording for percussion. His latest recording, "No Preservatives Added" (2020), features new compositions for the percussion ensemble.

Currently, Nicholson is continuing to explore the aesthetics of his musical ideas.

Reggie Nicholson, Composer/Percussionist 

 Tactical Urbanism in the Horizontal Landscape
 "Soundscape Tapestry." 

He will work directly with the lead artist and chief curator, Alpha Bruton. In addition, Phantom Gallery Chicago will provide technical and administrative support for creating new work and exploring new ideas with a two-month sound and video exhibition at the end of the project.

Phantom Gallery Chicago's mission is to promote the betterment of the visual arts community through the arts and to promote cultural activities in exhibits, workshops, and artists-in-residence projects. This collaborative project will utilize sound and visual art in a public installation. Soundscape Tapestry will echo the African American music experience unique to the sounds of Chicago. As a visual artist, Alpha Bruton will experiment with abstractions, vibrational sound narratives, and vibrational sound narrations in response to the experimental sound of composer/percussionists Reggie Nicholson in an eight-week series of concentrated studio time to develop platforms for exploration and creation of new works.

Elastic Arts and AMP- CHI Presents: Intersections, Chicago Jazz Fest Afterfest AACM

Phantom Gallery Chicago realizes artists need to keep creating and inventing at their best and that they need time to reflect and work seriously or just for fun. The journey to becoming a skilled and accomplished artist is lifelong. When you invest in your talent, you can reinvigorate your passion for making art. But, an essential part of the process is building into your schedule a time for renewal, new experiences, and a different perspective. Self-directed artist residency, "artist vacations," is not taken to get away from their work but to find ways to inspire their work with new vitality and energy.

The goal is to give artists a space to imagine new work methods. The AIR is followed by a two-month exhibition created, fully documented, and a full-color exhibition catalog. Collaborating artists are encouraged to share their ideas and complete a visual diary of drawings, collages, videos, or photography. This visual journal will reflect the on-site experience, employing themes, contemporary narratives, and personal or historical regarding the course or discourse of their work.

Elastic Arts and AMP- CHI Presents: Intersections, Chicago Jazz Fest Afterfest AACM

While artist residencies have traditionally provided opportunities for artists to work in solitude, many residency programs today are designed specifically around artists engaging the local community. Increasingly, organizations still primarily offering retreat-style residencies are expanding into community-engaged work and looking for best practices from peers.

This collaboration is curated by the chief curator of the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network and is an ambitious new sector using tactical urbanism and contributing to the horizontal landscape. With the intent of exposing pedestrians and tourists to the experience of what is viewed inside the gallery—creating a dynamic platform for large-scale installations, moving image works, and sound performances, which has had a dedicated space at the Bronzeville Artist Lofts since 2014 years. 

Past presenting film and media artists: "The Kaleidoscope Effect"  by Tali Farchi and Royce Deans (2011), "Vacation Spot" curated by Janelle Vaughn Dowell (2014); Collective Voices "CV Film Festival" curated by Ife Olatunji; (2015-2016). "Wabi House Media" Presents "Pop-Up Movie Theater," "Tactical Urbanism," "Experimental Screenings," and RACE Films" curated by Renee Baker (2017- 2021). "Ceremonial Teas," the Social Move initiative, was curated by Larissa J. Akeremi (2020).
All the projections are accompanied by original soundscapes juxtaposed with the urban sounds of Bronzeville @ 47th Street and various intersections of the community. 


 - September 16th, 2022, 8pm - 10pm


TO INHERIT THE EARTH: An Artistic RoundTable On RACE, RELIGION, AND RESISTANCE

"Art is Business" 


 Taurean J. Webb Named Director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience and Instructor of Religion and Race at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

The Institute for Research in African American Studies Alumni Council congratulates Taurean J. Webb named as the new director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience and Instructor of Religion and Race at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

IRAAS ALUMNI COUNCIL We are Columbia University's Institute for Research in African American Studies Alumni Council Reposted March 2019

EVANSTON, Illinois – Having just completed a national search, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Taurean J. Webb as director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE). In addition, Webb will be joining the faculty as an instructor of religion and race and will be named as assistant professor of religion and race upon completion of his dissertation. Webb will begin his position on May 1, 2019. A leading center of Garrett-Evangelical, CBE was founded in 1970 and has empowered and trained generations of leaders for the African American religious community and society-at-large.

Webb, who has been serving as the interim director of CBE since July 2018, will focus on building a strong financial and programmatic foundation for the center. With experience in pastoral ministry, intersectional justice movement building, cultural education, non-profit governance, and interracial/interfaith coalition training, Webb aims to engage a wide cross-section of professional domains as the director. He is particularly interested in engaging faith communities, educators, and civil society organizations to both enhance the experiences of current Garrett-Evangelical students and also help maximize CBE’s impact outside of the seminary.

“We are delighted that Mr. Webb has accepted our invitation to join the Garett-Evangelical faculty and to direct our historic Center for the Church and the Black Experience,” said President Lallene J. Rector. “His work in black theology, commitment to interfaith dialogue and activism, and expertise in critical race theory are gifts that will enhance and strengthen the seminary’s commitment to preparing spiritual leaders for today’s church and world. Welcome, Taurean!”

CBE has been a beacon of hope and inspiration for Black students, pastors, churches, and communities for nearly five decades. It has been instrumental in fusing Black people and Black religious life into the entire seminary community. As the director, Webb seeks to address the unique challenges facing Black students—across the diaspora—while educating and inspiring all persons who live, work, and study at the seminary.

“In so many ways, CBE stands in such a storied lineage of Black institutions that came of age in the thick of twentieth-century liberation struggles. For this reason and others, I count it such a great honor to lead this center into its half-century mark—a historical moment in which Garrett-Evangelical, its denomination, and Africa-descended people the world over are urgently wrestling with important questions about God, equity, and justice,” Webb noted. “I’m grateful to the search committee for its tireless work and to Garrett-Evangelical for its commitment to liberation-minded ministry.”

Webb is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College, with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and religion. He holds a master of arts degree in Black and cultural studies from Columbia University and Northwestern University. He is currently in the doctor of the philosophy program at Garrett-Evangelical, with doctoral research that looks at “Blackness” and “Palestinian-ness” as racial formations, and the ways in which an internationalist theological hermeneutic of [visual material] culture can uncover how these communities organically move against white supremacy and Judeo-Christian hegemony. His work is supported by the Forum for Theological Exploration.

Previously, Webb served as Scholar-in-Residence at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, where he produced writings, researched, and managed the organization’s Palestine justice portfolio. He also formerly served as director of staff and academics at the W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute in Princeton, New Jersey.

Instituted in 1970 as one of the primary emphases of the seminary, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE) focuses on African and African American experience and ministry. Part of its purpose is to ensure the integration of the Black religious experience into all aspects of seminary life, including student recruitment, faculty development, curriculum planning, and special programs. Its aims are instituted by incorporating African and African American experience into existing curricula, rather than establishing separate Black studies programs; by the endowment of scholarships for black students; and by the establishment of a parity committee made up of equal numbers of Black and white faculty. To learn more about CBE, go to Garrett.edu/CBE.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 450 students from various denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy, and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

Source: IRAAS ALUMNI COUNCIL We are Columbia University's Institute for Research in African American Studies Alumni Council

Florin Road Community Beautification Project

"Art is Business" https://cleancalifornia.dot.ca.gov/local-grants/local-grant-program.

The Florin Road Community Beautification Project is a public outreach campaign, youth engagement, and beautification effort to improve the area from Tamoshanter Way through Franklin Boulevard on Florin Road. The project will coordinate with Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum, Luther Burbank High School, Florin Road Partnership, local non-profits, and businesses to address litter and illegal dumping hot spots. This project will create public spaces for showcasing the culture and diversity of the Meadowview community. The project will include art installations on Florin Road, such as banners, murals, interactive structures, landscaping, museum signage, and public seating. High school interns conduct litter source assessments, adopt litter hot spots for clean-up, and design and promote litter abatement solutions. There will be opportunities for the community to participate in beautification efforts through community art projects, youth programming, and outreach events.




WITH SUPPORT FROM THE OFFICE OF ARTS AND CULTURE- THE TEAM WAS ABLE TO SUBMIT THE APPLICATION

The Office of Arts and Culture (OAC) was established in 1977 by a City and County Ordinance. OAC is a public agency devoted to supporting, promoting, and advancing the arts in the region. Funded by the Sacramento City and County, OAC provides funding to local artists and arts groups; promotes the skills through marketing, outreach, and education initiatives; provides resources to support and increase regional arts education activities; and serves as a community partner and resource.



Clean California Local Grant Program
(CCLGP)
Awardee Announcement

Congratulations to the Clean California Grant Program award recipients! Today the Governor's Office announced the award of 105 local projects approved for nearly $300 million in Clean California grants for communities throughout the state. Caltrans received more than 300 applications for local grant projects. Proposals included many community enhancements, such as litter abatement, landscaping and art installations, greening, and community identification projects. Check out the list of awarded projects here!

Awards were given to 105 projects, or approximately 30% of the received applications, totaling $295,993,146 in requested grant funds. The CCLGP team received 329 applications by the deadline of February 1, 2022, which sought $758,485,147 in grant funds. Check out the "Program Results" section on the CCLGP website for more information.

The CCLGP team appreciates all the interest and participation in this program from agencies throughout California!

https://cleancalifornia.dot.ca.gov/local-grants/local-grant-program

MilestoneDate
Call for ProjectsDecember 1, 2021
Project Application DeadlineFebruary 1, 2022, by 5:00 PM
Project Award NotificationMarch 1, 2022
Restricted Grant Agreement ExecutionSpring, 2022
Project Completion DateJune 30, 2024

Pop Up Research Station Collaborative Team

"Art is Business"





Phantom Gallery Chicago Network, Space in the Gap, and the Near North West Arts Council/Artist Design the Future have created a support network for artists, curators, and arts organizers. That engaged in temporary public art installations in storefronts and projects that engage the community.

Popup Research Station- CAFÉ, a weekly professional development training 2 -hour session, will help build the capacity for that stewardship through training, infrastructure improvements, and external partnerships. Each session will be a working group, with breakrooms designed to have open conversations with collaborators on the team. We envision the project as a portal for shared knowledge, a resource of best practices, ongoing professional development, and a place for moral support to enhance our collective impact.



Background:
 In 2012 we launched a Podcast produced by GYST- BlogTalkRadio. Pop-Up Research Station develops 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 is the portal to documenting our legacy, giving emerging curators and artists new to the world of creative placemaking a "Tool Kit" that has already been 20 years in the making, researched, developed, and implemented by artists who have carved out niches and built new communities from empty storefront to monthly art walks virtual trolley tours.

The interviews done for Pop-up Research Station are conversational and geared toward the artist's mindset but will be helpful for those interested in our projects as a research tool. Covering snapshots of artist stories, hosting honest discussions on the problems we face, offering a support system, and soliciting advice on how to avoid the potholes moving forward.

WORKPLAN FOR EACH CASE STUDY



To build institutional capacity, and increase access to archival collections, PopUp Research Station Collaborative Team: Phantom Galleries Los Angeles, Phantom Gallery Chicago Networks, Near North West Arts Council/ Around the Coyote, will carry out a yearlong series of administrative leadership training, hire a part-time digital archivist to develop its archive systems, and train volunteer citizen archivist from each organization.

Priorities for this component will be to catalog the current inventory of each collection;  document and register collections with Google files, preparing them for Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, Library of Congress, and the New York Art Resources Consortium. In addition, digital archivists will conduct monthly training provided by the collaborative team on digitizing its collections and designing them to enhance outreach, expand access, and improve collections management.

Representatives from all organizations collaborating on this project have had the option to participate in the project design process. They can contribute feedback and edits to the draft proposal, including budget documents. Representatives from all organizations collaborating on the project have been informed throughout the proposal design process. The final application materials have been shared with the primary contacts listed above.

Representatives from all organizations collaborating on this project understand that their organizations must sign the Intellectual Property (IP) agreement. Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind: inventions; literary and artistic works; and symbols, images, names, and logos used in commerce to solidify the research data shared between each collaborative partner.

Several methods PopUp Research Station used to collect quantitative data, including Experimental. Controlled observations. Surveys: paper, kiosk, mobile, questionnaires. BlogTalk Radio -Telephone interviews. Face-to-face and Zoom Virtual Open Studio interviews. In addition, using self and peer assessment will be applied regularly throughout the project.


COLLECTIONS/CASE STUDIES:
Phantom Gallery Chicago Network, (Bronzeville Art District 2014 - 2021, GALLERY 157, Phantom Galleries Uptown Arts, Sojourner  Truth African Heritage Museum, Visual Arts Development Project)  Phantom Galleries  LA (Loiter Gallery,  Phantom Gallery Long Beach, Phantom Space in the Gap), and the Near North West Arts Council ( Around the Coyote, Artist Design the Future).


Sample mapping of Phantom Galleries Los Angeles