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Archive for November 5th, 2012

National Veterans Art Museum honor Veterans Day: Launches Third Annual IN WAR series, Opens New Space, and Raises New Art Exhibition, Welcome Home

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CHICAGO, IL – In light of the ongoing war in Afghanistan and the rising need for mental health care for returning veterans, the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) is proud to hold its third annual IN WAR series. As part of this series of events, art shows, and performances that explores the continued rupturing of the traumas of war in everyday America, the NVAM will celebrate the grand opening of its new location, at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, with a reception to unveil its newest art exhibition, Welcome Home. Welcome Home is a joint exhibition featuring work by Dr. Charles Smith, a Vietnam veteran, and Ash Kyrie, an Iraq veteran. The NVAM will be free and open to the public with artist talks and light refreshments from 1 PM – 5 PM on Veterans Day, November 11, 2012.

The show will be open to the public from Sunday, November 11, 2012 through Memorial Day 2013. Welcome Home is sponsored by Paratech Incorporated.

The third annual IN WAR series examines intergenerational trauma: the passing of mass traumas from one generation to the next. Trauma takes a profound psychological and physical toll on survivors that has ramifications for decades. Highlights of the IN WAR series includes the opening of Welcome Home, a Veterans Round Table on Intergenerational Trauma featuring artists and veterans Dr. Charles Smith and Ash Kyrie, book readings, film screenings, workshops and more.

WHAT: Opening Reception and Artist and Curator Talks

WHO: National Veterans Art Museum

WHEN/WHERE: Press Opportunity on Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM CST with Alderman John Arena, State Senator Iris Y. Martinez, State Representative Maria Antonia Berrios, Executive Director of the Adler School of Psychology Dr. Joseph Troiani, Executive Director of Military Programs at Chicago Todd Connor and veteran artists Dr. Charles Smith and Ash Kyrie, Executive Director Levi Moore, and Creative Director Ted Stanuga. Opening Reception 1 PM – 5 PM CST on Sunday, November 11, 2012. Artist talks from 2 PM – 3 PM. Both events at the National Veterans Art Museum, 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60641.

WHY: IN WAR responds to the ongoing war in Afghanistan and the rising need for mental health care for returning veterans, bringing to light issues facing that are too often overlooked. Welcome Home is the customary message given to soldiers returning from war. After this initial greeting, familiarity dissolves and the traumas of war surface. Veterans set out to to relearn the world they left behind and their family meets a transformed person.

Of the show Welcome Home, Dr. Smith says, “This show is important because forty years after coming home from Vietnam we find ourselves coming home from another war.” Smith added, “It is an honor to show at the NVAM. It is a space of healing and a great deal of camaraderie and fellowship.”

Curator Aaron Hughes notes that, “Welcome Home brings the echoes of war trauma, that cross generation after generation, out of the shadows into the light to be acknowledged, grappled with, and healed.” In addition, Hughes notes, “Now in its third year, the IN WAR series is more important now than ever. We hold this series of events, performances and exhibitions in order to empower other veterans to expose to the nation the hidden burdens we carry and begin the process of healing.”

The NVAM celebrates its grand opening at its new space at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, raising new exhibitions and selecting pieces from the permanent collection. Of the move, Executive Director Levi Moore states, “We are thrilled to open our doors to our new space in Portage Park. We look forward to welcoming our new neighbors and friends and seeing many familiar faces at our grand opening this Veterans Day.”

VISUALS: Local and state government officials speaking, veteran/artists speaking, veteran and civilian patrons, visual art.

Governor Pat Quinn, partners announce completion of Hofmann Dam removal on Des Plaines River

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Reductions in flooding, improvements to aquatic habitat expected

In 1827, brothers David and Bernardus Laughton constructed a dam in the Des Plaines River to help their saw mill business, and through the years, the dam was rebuilt, along with two others. However, these dams caused unintended consequences: stormwater runoff increased neighborhood flooding, fish were negatively impacted and recreators faced risks from

undercurrents.

Fast forward 185 years, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has removed these three dams in what is present-day Riverside to improve water quality, allow for the migration of fish and prevent flooding. To commemorate the completion of the dams’ removal, Governor Pat Quinn and other partners announced the Illinois Dam Removal Initiative to remove or modify 16 dams using $10 million over the next two years.

“Free-flowing rivers benefit all of Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “Removing these dams will improve waterways across our state, making them safer for kayakers and paddlers who use them for exercise and recreation, and for anglers who enjoy fishing in these rivers. This dam removal initiative will improve conservation, water quality and outdoor recreation in Illinois.”

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is working on a similar project with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Chicago Park District and other non-governmental organizations to remove the North Branch Dam at River Park.

“The dam removal initiative is another effort that will help allow plants and animals to flourish as well as eliminate undercurrents that are a hazard to paddlers and fishing enthusiasts,” said MWRD Commissioner Debra Shore. “The MWRD appreciates the hard work of the Governor’s office, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, the Friends of the Chicago River and all of the other partners who are helping to make Illinois waterways healthier than they ever were.”

“Removing dams improves water quality, aquatic habitat and recreational safety,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller. “It also addresses the issue of dealing with crumbling and aging infrastructure, which would be much more expensive to repair or replace. These dams no longer serve their original purpose and removal or modification will save the state and local communities’ money in the future.”

The areas extending upstream from Hofmann Dam will see the most direct physical benefit from the improvements. The upstream reach and river channel have been converted from a slow-moving, deeper pool habitat to a free-flowing stream habitat. The most important benefits include enhanced drainage system at nearby Swan Pond Park to prevent entrapment of fish, increased fish passage, restoration of the natural flow of the river and improved public safety.

More than 15 miles of the Des Plaines River upstream of the previously existing dam has been opened to all fish and other aquatic species and a significant increase in biodiversity will be gained. The removal of the three Des Plaines River dams is funded through the Governor’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, the largest in Illinois history, which supports an estimated 439,000 construction jobs. The program, which aims to modernize Illinois’ infrastructure, began in 2009.

Commissioner Barbara McGowan convenes public discussion of Minority-owned, Women-owned and Small Business contracting ordinance

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Approximately 100 minority-owned, women-owned and small business enterprise (MWBE) representatives took part in a public forum focusing on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s (MWRD’s) contracting ordinance last month.

In 1975, the MWRD began development of a program to mitigate discrimination in public contracting, and by 1978, the Board of Commissioners adopted the first Affirmative Action Ordinance.

In response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the MWRD Board adopted a new ordinance in 1990 to ensure participation of minority participation on MWRD contracts. The affirmative action program is periodically reviewed during public study sessions in order to gain insight on discriminatory barriers that MWBEs encounter.

Beth Doria, Executive Director, Federation of Women Contractors, said that the MWRD has an effective program in place and appreciates the opportunities provided to their members. “We encourage the District to continue to support MWBEs.”

Steve Garth, owner of Garth Construction, has been in business 40 years. “Minority contractors work very hard, and most of us are well qualified within our trade. There should be no decrease in future minority contracts.”

Robert McGee, president of II in One, is involved in two projects at the Thornton Quarry, which is one of the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP) reservoirs the MWRD is currently constructing. He said that “the District is light years ahead of every other agency in this part of the country. Their standards are very, very high and they pay a fair price for what they do. They make you bring the best that you have. The District is on the cutting edge of opportunity.”

“The Board of Commissioners values the input of minority-owned, women-owned and small business enterprises,” said Vice President Barbara McGowan, chairman of the MWRD’s Affirmative Action Committee. “This study session provided the setting for the public to let us know the impact of our program on their firms, and we received excellent insight today. It’s important that we continue our goals of fairness, inclusion, transparency and diversity in our commitment to continue to serve the residents of Cook County.”

Additional information about MWRD contracts can be found at www.mwrd.org.

Michael Kutza to receive Sydney Pollack Award at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Hollywood

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The Chicago International Film Festival’s Founder and Artistic Director will be Presented with the Award November 15 at the American Cinematheque’s Annual Gala

CHICAGO, IL –American Cinematheque Chairman Rick Nicita, will present Chicago International Film Festival Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza with the 2012 Sydney Pollack Award on November 15, 2012. The award will be given at the Cinematheque’s Annual Fundraising Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California. which will honor actor/director comic actor Ben Stiller.

“The Sydney Pollack Award honors someone who has been of critical importance and continuing influence in non-profit film exhibition, film preservation and/or independent film distribution – people whose work Sydney supported and found to be so valuable, who are not often recognized for their efforts. And there’s no one who better represents Sydney’s commitment to the art of film than Michael,” said Rick Nicita.

“I am honored by this recognition. Sydney was a dear friend of the Chicago International Film Festival from the mid-80s on, helping us with our film tributes,” said Michael Kutza. “No matter what he was doing he would always make time to listen and share ideas with me, fueling my own passion for cinema.”
About the Sydney Pollack Award

The Sydney Pollack Award is presented by the American Cinematheque in honor of Sydney Pollack (1934-2008) whose long-standing support and early leadership on the Cinematheque Board of Directors was instrumental in ensuring the Cinematheque’s future. He was a member of the Board of Directors for 24 years (1984 to 2008) and served as Chairman of the Board from 1985 to 1993.

His involvement with the American Cinematheque grew out of his belief in the importance of the proper exhibition of all kinds of films – old and new, American, foreign, independent, etc., in an atmosphere that encouraged a dialogue between filmmakers and the audience. He was also very aware of the importance of film preservation and independent filmmaking, and was a founding Board member of The Sundance Institute and the Film Foundation.
The 2008 Sydney Pollack Award was presented to Geoffrey Gilmore, who was Director of the Sundance Film Festival when he received the award. The 2010 Sydney Pollack Award was presented to Tom Luddy, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Telluride Film Festival.
About Michael Kutza

Michael Kutza is an award-winning filmmaker, a graphic designer and the Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival. In addition, he has been involved in other film festivals internationally, in such diverse locations as Taormina, Tehran, Moscow, Manila, Bogota, Los Angeles, Cannes, Berlin and Jerusalem, and has served as an advisor to a number of other festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival and the Locarno International Film Festival. From 1979 to 1991, he served Italian journal II Tempo as its American film correspondent.

In 1964, Michael Kutza founded the Chicago International Film Festival, subsequently serving as its director. Through its early years, Kutza personally screened and selected the films that would be shown at the Festival. It was during this period, in 1967, that Kutza viewed and selected for its world-premiere I Call First, the first film of director Martin Scorsese, which would later be expanded and rereleased as Who’s That Knocking at My Door.

Kutza has received a number of honors for his cultural achievements. Among them, in 1972, Kutza received the Silver Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival and in 1978 the Chicago Sun-Times’ “Exceptional Contribution to Chicago” award. In 1985, Jack Lang, then the French Minister of Culture, bestowed the Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres upon him during the Cannes Film Festival for his work in promoting the fine arts.

In 1995, he was a member of the jury at the 45th Berlin International Film Festival. In 1996, the city of Chicago honorarily designated S. Michigan Ave. from Van Buren to Congress as “Michael J. Kutza Way.” In 2009, Kutza was honored by the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois as one of its “Legendary Landmarks”, a title bestowed on “citizens who have made contributions to the civic and cultural life of Chicago and Illinois.” In 2010, Kutza accepted the “Media Award” from the Niagara Foundation’s Peace & Dialogue Awards. The same year, Chicago Magazine included Kutza on their list of “Top 40 Chicago Pioneers,” alongside Oprah, President Barack Obama, Studs Terkel, Roger Ebert, and Gene Siskel.

About American Cinematheque

Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a 501(c)3 non-profit viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. At the Egyptian Theatre, the Cinematheque presents daily film and video programming which ranges from the classics of American and international cinema to new independent films and digital work. Exhibition of rare works, special and rare prints, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on Dec. 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman’s first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. In January 2005 the American Cinematheque expanded its programming to the 1940 Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights: Vote for our families

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(Letters to Editors)

Tomorrow you have a chance to cast a vote for our candidates – Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Drivers Licenses for all in Illinois.

The Latino and immigrant vote in Illinois and throughout the country has the potential to impact key races on the federal, state and municipal levels –  that’s why we need YOU to go out and vote tomorrow.


In Illinois we need to protect our families and our highways by passing drivers licenses for all. Send a fax to Secretary of State Jesse White and your legislator asking them to support Highway Safety Driver’s Licenses and Mandatory Insurance for All Motorists. At the federal level, we need immigration reform that keeps families together, and that restores family unity as the central principle in all aspects of our immigration system while protecting workers and civil rights for immigrants in our communities.

Vote November 6th and then join us for a march and rally outside of the Obama election night party!

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Chinese American Service League at 2141 S. Tan Court
8:00 pm – 8:30 pm – March to 2333 South King Drive
9:00 pm – 11 pm – Vigil at McCormick Place 2333 South King Drive

Make sure your voices are heard by voting. It is the best fighting weapon we have to keep our families together!

For more information about your polling place please visit our web site.

ICIRR’s Organizing Staff

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