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Saint Sabina Social Services Director Seeks 100 Walkers to feed the Hungry

Posted by Admin On June - 14 - 2013 Comments Off on Saint Sabina Social Services Director Seeks 100 Walkers to feed the Hungry

Deadline to ride bus, 6.26.13


By Chinta Strausberg

No one should ever go hungry, Sharon Tillmon, director Social Services, said Sunday during the morning worship service at Saint Sabina where she called for 100 people to sign up for the church’s 28th annual Hunger Walk being held at Soldier Field, Saturday, June 29, 2013.

Registration will be conducted at 7:30 a.m. and the Hunger Walk steps off at 8:30 a.m. “All proceeds will go to the Saint Sabina Food Pantry,” she explained. “The purpose of the Hunger Walk is to raise funds and to raise awareness of the work that we do in the community” including providing food for those in need.

Tillmon urged people to take a pledge sheet, to get sponsors and to attend the June 29th event. “If you can’t come, please sponsor someone. If you can walk, I’d appreciate it because we get an additional $12.00 for every walker and this year we want 100 walkers,” she told the congregation.

“It will be a fun day and something for the entire family. Everyone will receive goody bag and a T-shirt to commemorate the day,” Tillmon said.

You can either register for or donate towards the Hunger Walk by calling the Church Rectory at: 773.483.4300 or register online by clicking on: www.chicagosfoodbank.org/hunger walk. After you sign on to the website, look for Saint Sabina Parish, agency # A00024.

If you need a ride to the hunger walk event, you must call the Church Rectory at 773.483.4300 before Wednesday, June 26, 2013.  Buses will leave the church on Saturday, June 29th at 7:30 a.m.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

The World Famous Platters Revue Comes to Drury Lane Theatre on February 4 & 5

Posted by Newsroom On January - 28 - 2013 Comments Off on The World Famous Platters Revue Comes to Drury Lane Theatre on February 4 & 5
For two performances only!
The_World_Famous_Platters_of_BransonOakbrook Terrace, IL— The World Famous Platters Revue will perform the greatest hits of The Platters, who had 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 in the 1950’s and 1960’s, at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, on Monday, February 4 at 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, February 5 at 1:30 p.m.  The World Famous Platters Revue pays tribute to one of the world’s most successful vocal groups since the introduction of the classic “Doo-Wop” sound of the 1950’s.
The Platters are known for timeless classics including “Only You,” “The Great Pretender,” “My Prayer,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” “Harbor Lights,” “Ebb Tide,” “Red Sails In The Sunset,” “If I Didn’t Care” and “The Magic Touch.” Since the group formed in 1953, they have recorded approximately 400 songs, sold over 89 million records, received 230 awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Platters quickly became a favorite of rock-n-roll, pop, rhythm and blues, and country listeners around the world. The World Famous Platters Revue continues their tradition, performing their smash hits from the 1950’s and 1960’s in Branson for over 15 years.
The performance schedule for The World Famous Platters Revue is Monday, February 4 at 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, February 5 at 1:30 p.m.  Tickets are $50 for each performance. Lunch/theatre packages are available for $65 and discounts are available for subscribers. For reservations, call the Drury Lane Box office at 630.530.0111, or visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/ or http://www.drurylaneoakbrook.com/.

The Art Fair Company presents 18th Annual SOFA CHICAGO 2012 in Navy Pier’s Festival Hall November 2-4, 2012

Posted by Admin On August - 29 - 2012 Comments Off on The Art Fair Company presents 18th Annual SOFA CHICAGO 2012 in Navy Pier’s Festival Hall November 2-4, 2012


Special Celebrations Mark 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass Movement


One Ticket Admits Attendees to Fair, Lecture Series, Special Exhibits and Events

VIP Opening Night Preview Thursday, Nov. 1



CHICAGO, IL — The Art Fair Company, based in Chicago, presents the critically acclaimed international art fair SOFA CHICAGO 2012 at historic Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Avenue) Friday, Nov. 2 through Sunday, Nov. 4. The highly anticipated three-day event features masterworks of contemporary and modern art and design, sculpture, functional art, non-traditional and visionary art, plus related special exhibits and a lecture series.


Now celebrating its 19th year, SOFA, the international Sculpture Objects & Functional Art + Design Fair is the largest and longest continually running art fair in Chicago, attracting art and design lovers from throughout the country and adding an element of global flair to the city’s cultural and social calendar.


SOFA CHICAGO 2012 will feature nearly 70 art galleries and dealers from 10 countries along with special exhibits by renowned museums, universities and arts organizations, and an extensive lecture series, all included in the admission price.


For the eighth straight year, SOFA CHICAGO is sponsored in part by Chubb Personal Insurance, one of the world’s preeminent insurers of fine homes, art, antiques, jewelry, automobiles, yachts and other prized possessions. The Art Fair Company is pleased to announce that for first time, Audi, one of the most respected makers of luxury cars, will also be a sponsor of SOFA CHICAGO.


“This year’s fair promises to have a particularly impressive international component,” says Donna Davies, Director of SOFA. “In addition to galleries from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Israel, Italy, Japan, Scotland and the U.S., we will be presenting works by more than 800 artists from throughout the world, many of whom will be on hand to present lectures and demonstrations and to greet and talk with attendees about their work.”


SOFA CHICAGO 2012 will have a strong U.K. presence, with London galleries such as Erskine, Hall & Coe highlighting ceramics by established and emerging artists; Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, displaying works by American and European wood artists Philip Moulthrop, John Jordan, Marc Ricourt and Ernst Gamperl; flow, which will showcase works in silver by Maya Selway, as well as Nuala O’Donovan’s ceramic pieces and Sidel Hanum’s porcelain works, and Craft Scotland, the Edinburgh-based organization that promotes Scottish craft featuring artists who work in furniture, jewelry, ceramics and fiber.


Japan will also make a bold showing, with galleries such as Ippodo Gallery (Yokyo, New York), and Tokyo-based galleries Oz Zingaro and Exhibition Space APJ, both making their SOFA debut. Works by Japanese artists will also be represented by U.S. galleries including Dai Ichi Arts (New York), TAI Gallery (Santa Fe, N.M.) and Chicago-based Floating World Gallery.


Other international galleries include the stunning glass sculptures presented by the returning Litvak Gallery of Tel Aviv, Israel, and Kirra Galleries from Melbourne, Australia; the father-and-son silversmith team Thalen & Thalen of Francorchamps, Belgium; and Canadian galleries, such as L.A. Pai Gallery of Ottawa, and Montreal’s Option Art and Galerie Elena Lee.


In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement, SOFA boasts works by both historic and emerging glass artists, presented by some of the world’s leading galleries, Schantz Galleries (Stockbridge, Mass.), Heller Gallery (New York), David Richard Contemporary (Santa Fe, N.M.), and Habatat Galleries (Royal Oak, Mich.).

The start of the Studio Glass Movement can be traced back to a pair of glassblowing workshops given by Harvey K. Littleton and Dominick Labino at The Toledo Museum of Art in 1962. Today, acclaimed glass artists such as Dale Chihuly, Marvin Lipofsky, Toots Zynsky and Lino Tagliapietra continue to develop innovative techniques to produce spectacular works that are recognized and admired throughout the world. A special selection of Littleton’s own glass sculptures will be on display this year at the Maurine Littleton Gallery (Washington, D.C.), owned by the artist’s daughter, who will be on hand to discuss her father’s work.

Another important focus of this year’s fair is cutting-edge design, evident in all media but particularly in the one-of-a-kind or limited edition furniture shown by signature galleries including Wexler Gallery (Philadelphia, Pa.), who will exhibit innovative designer Vivian Beer; Scott Jacobson Gallery (New York), presenting the work of Swiss-born designer Yves Boucard; and William Zimmer Gallery (Mendocino, Calif.), showing the work of numerous prominent designers and furniture artists.


“Design is one of the most eagerly anticipated aspects of the fair,” notes Davies. “These works marry sculpture, material, and functional art while always pushing the boundaries of technique. These are forms that have grown out of the craft tradition but the artists are exploring and creating a new vocabulary for work that are at once inventive furniture and sculpture.”

SOFA CHICAGO 2012 exhibitors confirmed to date include:

•Aaron Faber Gallery (New York)

•Adamar Fine Arts (Miami)

•Ann Nathan Gallery (Chicago)

•Blue Rain Gallery (Santa Fe, N.M.)

•Charon Kransen Arts (New York)

•Craft Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland)

•CREA Gallery (Montreal, Canada)

•Dai Ichi Arts (New York)

•David Richard Contemporary (Santa Fe, N.M.)

•Donna Schneier Fine Arts (Palm Beach, Fla. & New York)

•Duane Reed Gallery (St. Louis, Mo.)

•Exhibition Space APJ (Tokyo, Japan)

•Floating World Gallery (Chicago)

•flow (London, UK) Pistachios (Chicago)

•Galerie Elena Lee (Montreal, Canada)

•Habatat Galleries (Royal Oak, Mich.)

•Harvey Pranian Art & Antiques (Evanston, Ill.)

•Hawk Galleries (Columbus, Ohio)

•Hedone Gallery (Leonia, N.J.)

•Heller Gallery (New York) TAI Gallery (Santa Fe, N.M.)

•Ippodo Gallery (New York)

•Jane Sauer Gallery (Santa Fe, N.M.)

•Jean Albano Gallery (Chicago)

•Kirra Galleries (Melbourne, Australia)

•L.A. Pai Gallery (Ottawa, Canada)

•Lacoste Gallery (Concord, Mass.)

•Lindsay Gallery (Columbus, Ohio)

•Litvak Gallery (Tel Aviv, Israel) Woman Made Gallery (Chicago)

•Lucky Girls Gallery (New Orleans, La.) Yvel (Jerusalem, Israel)

•Maria Elena Kravetz (Cordoba, Argentina)

•Mattson’s Fine Art (Atlanta, Ga.)

•Maurine Littleton Gallery (Washington, D.C.)

•Mindy Solomon Gallery (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

•Next Step Studio + Gallery (Ferndale, Mich.)

•Oliver & Espig (Santa Barbara, Calif.)

•Option Art (Montreal, Canada)

•Orley Shabahang (New York)

•Oz Zingaro (Tokyo, Japan)

•Packer Schopf (Chicago)

•Palette Contemporary Art and Craft (Albuquerque, N.M.)

•Perimeter Gallery (Chicago)

•PISMO Fine Art Glass (Denver, Colo.)

•Sarah Myerscough Fine Art (London, UK)

•Schantz Galleries (Stockbridge, Mass.)

•Scott Jacobson Gallery (New York)

•Sherrie Gallerie (Columbus, Ohio)

•Synderman-Works Gallery (Philadelphia, Pa.)

•ten472 Contemporary Art (Grass Valley, Calif.)

•Thalen & Thalen (Francorchamps, Belgium)

•Thomas R. Riley Galleries (Cleveland, Ohio)

•Turkish Cultural Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

•UrbanGlass (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

•Wexler Gallery (Philadelphia, Pa.)

•William Zimmer Gallery (Mendocino, Calif.)


SOFA CHICAGO 2012 Special Exhibits

In addition to the fair itself, SOFA CHICAGO 2012 offers a wide variety of special exhibits and events, along with presentations by renowned artists, collectors and arts professionals, all included in the price of a general admission ticket. These special exhibits and events are curated and presented by a host of international arts organizations and include corresponding lectures.


Among the highlights to date: Among Fellows: An Exhibition of Work by the 2012 College of Fellows, presented by the American Craft Council; Gothic Jewelry: Sinister Pleasures—Metalsmith’s 2012 curated Exhibition in Print, presented by Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG); What is Beautiful? Changing Perspectives in Contemporary Wood Art, presented by Collectors of Wood Art; Bags Across the Globe (BAG), presented by the Design Department, University of California, Davis; and Eye of Mr. I: A Tribute, a retrospective tribute presented by the Chicago-based Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.


SOFA CHICAGO 2012 Lecture Series


The SOFA Lecture Series will again feature top museum curators, artists, collectors, scholars and critics who will share their professional and personal experiences in the field.


Among the highlights to date: The Studio Glass Movement: A Driver’s Manual, featuring Stuart Kestenbaum, Director, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, James Baker, Director, Pilchuck Glass School and Jean McLaughlin, Executive Director, Penland School of Crafts; Intersections: Ideas, Process, Media, and Scale, a discussion with artist Barbara Cooper, represented by Perimeter Gallery, Chicago; Craft and New Technology: A Continuum of Creativity, which explores the innovative collaboration between the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the Center for Bits and Atoms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Sculptural Environments in Self-Taught Art, a panel discussion of vernacular art environments, presented by Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.

Additional lectures will be announced at a later date.


About The Art Fair Company: In 2009 Michael Franks, former Chief Operating Officer of dmg world media, along with Mark Lyman, former Vice-President of dmg world media’s Art & Antiques Fairs and SOFA Founding Director, purchased the internationally renowned Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fairs — SOFA CHICAGO and SOFA NEW YORK — from dmg world media, creating a new jointly owned firm, The Art Fair Company, Inc. The Art Fair Company, Inc. is based in Chicago. For more information about The Art Fair Company, Inc. and their art fairs, visit theartfaircompany.com.


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SOFA CHICAGO 2012 hours are as follows: Opening Night Preview is Thursday, Nov. 1, 5 to 7 p.m. for VIP passholders only. Public Preview is from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased in advance at sofaexpo.com or at the door. The opening night preview is much anticipated by collectors, museum curators, art advisers, interior designers and architects, artists and cognoscenti, because it offers first viewing and the best selection of outstanding masterworks, as well as the opportunity to meet and mingle with leading members of the art and design communities. The public is invited to enjoy, study and acquire top quality art examples at this year’s preview party. Wine and hors d’oeuvres are included in the price of opening night admission.


General admission fair hours are Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 4 from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for single day general admission and $25 for a three-day pass. One general admission ticket of $15 admits visitors to the fair, related lecture series, special exhibits and events. Discounted student, senior and group tickets are available. Preview and fair tickets are available online or at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit sofaexpo.com.


The NAACP's Regional Diversity Job Fair Coming to Chicago Tomorrow

Posted by Admin On September - 26 - 2011 Comments Off on The NAACP's Regional Diversity Job Fair Coming to Chicago Tomorrow

The NAACP will hold its Regional Diversity Job Fair in Chicago tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27, at Navy Pier – Lakeview Terrace – 600 E. Grand Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The job fairs provide a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with companies that are hiring and looking for experienced candidates. Employers are seeking candidates with experience and interest in sales, engineering, government, security, education, military, medical, banking, financial services, and more. Come out and meet the employers.

There will be specialized pavilions offering careers in Education, Entertainment, Technology, Finance, Government, Healthcare, Retail, & more. The Diversity Talent Fair is free and open to everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, etc.

“This has been a difficult year for many families, said Dedrick Muhammad, Senior Director, NAACP Economic Programs. “With unemployment rates at record highs, the NAACP has put together a national effort to provide better economic opportunities for all Americans.

 If you or someone you know is looking for a job or interested in a new career, don’t miss the NAACP Regional Diversity Job Fair. Tidy up your resume, bring plenty of copies and get ready to jump into gear with a new career!

For more information, visit www.psijobfair.com/chicago_09272011.aspx or call (952) 595-4496, ext. 115.

On another note, be sure to also register for the NAACP Connect Virtual Career Fair from October 1 until October 31. Participating employers include Boeing Aircraft Co., Bank of America, Chesapeake Energy, Land O’ Lakes and many more.

Visit http://naacpjobfinder.com/ConnectCareerFair/ and be sure to include your resume so employers can find you!”   

Imagine Englewood If…! to hold Open House September 24th

Posted by Admin On September - 21 - 2011 Comments Off on Imagine Englewood If…! to hold Open House September 24th

Communicate, Collaborate, Connect


Chicago, IL – Imagine Englewood If…! will hold Open House Saturday, September 24, 2011, at its South Side office, 730 W. 69th Street, Chicago, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 There will be refreshments and raffle.

For more information, call 773 488-6704

FAX: 773 488-6705

E-Mail: www.imagineenglewoodif.org

WPA mural tour to launch June events in groundbreaking cultural series WPA 2.0: a brand new deal

Posted by Admin On June - 3 - 2011 Comments Off on WPA mural tour to launch June events in groundbreaking cultural series WPA 2.0: a brand new deal


Tour will provide unique opportunity to experience collection of rarely viewed Chicago visual arts gems




Chicago, IL – Non-profit cultural presenter portoluz will jumpstart its June programming with a rare public tour of the Depression-era murals at Lane Tech High School. The artwork is widely recognized as emblematic of public murals and paintings produced beginning in the 1930’s, many with the support of the federal government as part of a sweeping program designed to put unemployed artists back to work. The tour takes place on Thursday, June 9, at 5pm at Lane Tech, located at 2501 West Addison Street in Chicago. Attendees should use Entrance M (off the parking lot) to enter the building, and are being asked to make a $10 donation.


The mural tour is one of two June visual arts programs — and a plethora of additional public events this summer — being produced under portoluz‘ moniker of WPA 2.0: A Brand New Deal, a groundbreaking project featuring over fifty arts and humanities programs throughout the city. The year-long festival of programming features some of the nation’s leading scholars, musicians, civic leaders, visual artists, policy makers and cultural workers. The series is structured to look back on what the federal Works Progress Administration, or WPA, brought to millions of unemployed Americans at the peak of the Great Depression — and how we can reenergize the spirit of the WPA to organize and thrive today, in the worst economic crisis of the last 80 years.


 In 1934, forty murals from the General Motors Exhibition Hall at the World’s Fair “Century of Progress” became a part of Lane Tech’ art collection, and additional works were added during the WPA era. Many were produced through the Federal Art Project, one of the divisions of the WPA. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had made several attempts prior to the creation of the FAP to provide employment for artists on relief, most notably the PWAP – the Public Works of Art Project – which operated from 1933 to 1934, and the Treasury Department Section of Painting and Sculpture, which was created in 1934 after the demise of the PWAP. The FAP provided the widest reach, creating over 5,000 jobs for artists and producing over 225,000 works of art for the American people, including some of Lane Tech’s most visually stunning art works.


The widespread popularity of the murals with the public generated great pride at the high school, but over the years the mural collection suffered serious deterioration. In 1995, Lane Tech’s principal and teacher Flora Doody initiated the Mural Restoration Project to save this important collection. Students and alumni lead the in-school tours of the thirteen murals that are currently included in the tour. 
The Lane Tech mural tour is being co-sponsored by Preservation Chicago(www.preservationchicago.org), founded in 2001 as a not-for-profit organization that advocates for the preservation of Chicago’s historic architecture through education and community outreach.
On June 25th, portoluz is also sponsoring a tour and lecture on the work of renowned visual artist and designer Edgar Miller, at a classic “Edgar Miller home,” the Sol Kogan Studios in Old Town. Edgar Miller worked in as many art forms as he could imagine – including sculpture, watercolor, drawing, stained glass, the graphic arts and, later in life, graphic design. His most popular collections can be found on and in the richly remodeled buildings of Old Town, with visually stunning art and artifacts that include stained glass, fresco, ceramic tiles, sculpture and mosaic. Larry Zgoda is a renowned stained glass artist, a friend of Miller’s, and an important champion of his legacy. It was Miller’s quirky recycled glass, mosaic, and tile work on the 1920s Carl Street Studios complex that inspired Zgoda’s artistic path some 30 years ago, and that continues to guide his beliefs in the lost power of ornament. Pre-registration is required by RSVP to portoluz@gmail.com. 


To see a PDF copy of the program booklet with detailed descriptions of the entire series, click here


Highlights of June programs in year-long series of events: 


Timuel Black – Remembering the New Deal  

followed by a solo piano concert by ‘MacArthur genius” Reginald Robinson 


Saturday June 18th 2pm  $5/unemployed free/ all ages welcome

The Du Sable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place


Timuel D. Black is known as Chicago’s griot. He has spent his lifetime gathering the stories of Chicago’s African-American community, documenting the great social movements, and working for peace and justice. Born in Alabama in 1918, Black came to Chicago’s South Side with his family as part of Chicago’s first wave of the Great Migration–when tens of thousands of African-Americans left the South. After serving with distinction in World War II, Black attended Roosevelt University and the University of Chicago. A teacher, social scientist and historian, Black played a leading role in the civil rights movement in Chicago and nationally, working closely with Dr. King.  He is the author of countless articles and of Bridges of Memory, the oral history collection documenting the lives of African-Americans who came to Chicago in the first and second waves of the Great Migration. Mr. Black is currently at work on his own memoir. 


Timuel Black’s talk will be followed by a solo piano recital by Reginald Robinson. Writer Sharon Warner will read Gardeners of Dreams to open the program.

Special guest : Sharon F. Warner is a writer of diverse interests and experience. Her work has been published in 3 countries, and of course, online.  She has been part of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance since 1997, and her work has appeared in the Journal of Ordinary Thought since that time. “Gardeners of Dreams” was inspired by remarks made by Timuel Black at an Edible Activism workshop at the Artistic Garden in Hyde Park.

Reginald Robinson


Reginald R. Robinson, born and raised in Chicago is a noted pianist/composer and an educator on ragtime music across the U.S. Reginald became interested in playing Ragtime while in 7th grade after a city funded arts program visited the school. The program was led by Jazz trumpeter Orbert Davis and covered many different styles from Beethoven to Miles Davis but Reginald paid close attention when the musicians talked about Ragtime and performed “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin. He had heard this melody coming from the ice cream trucks every summer but had never heard the song played as a serious piece of music on piano before. For Christmas that year his mother bought him a small electronic keyboard in which he began to teach himself how to play. In 2004, Reginald received “the genius” fellowship Grant from the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for his innovation in Ragtime music !




portoluz is up-ending the paradigm for panel discussion by creating intimate conversations with local visionaries. These events are intended to be in-depth exchange between the featured guest speaker and attendees. As some of these events are in private homes, pre-registration to these programs is necessary RSVP @portoluz@gmail.com with backyard roundtable in the subject line. 


Dan Swinney: Breaking Ground: A New Educational Model for Working Class Youth

Sunday June 12th  5-7pm Hyde Park private home.

Please RSVP portoluz@gmail.com for invite


Dan founded the Center for Labor and Community Research (CLCR) in 1982 in response to the thousands of manufacturing plant closings in the Chicago area. Prior to founding CLCR, Dan worked for 13 years as a machinist in the Chicago area and organized Steelworker Local 8787 at G+W Taylor Forge in Cicero, Illinois and served as Vice President. Taylor Forge closed in 1983.  Dan will be speaking on the creation of Austin Polytechnic High School an education response


Carl Davidson – The Mondragon Cooperatives  

Tuesday June 21st  6:00-7:30 pm

Unity Center 3339 S. Halsted St

A multimedia presentation on the 120 Worker-Owned Mondragon Cooperatives centered in Spain’s Basque Country, their impact and growth in other countries, their influence in the U.S., and their implications for socialist theory in a new era.

Carl Davidson is currently a national co-chair of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, a national board member of the Solidarity Economy Network, and a member of Steelworker Associates and Beaver County Peace Links in Beaver County, PA.  



The Federal Art Project was one of the divisions of the W.P.A. created under Federal Project One. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had made several attempts prior to the F.A.P. to provide employment for artists on relief, namely the Public Works of Art Project (P.W.A.P.) which operated from 1933 to 1934 and the Treasury Department Section of Painting and Sculpture which was created in 1934 after the demise of the P.W.A.P. However, it was the F.A.P. which provided the widest reach, creating over 5,000 jobs for artists and producing over 225,000 works of art for the American people.


Tour of the Lane Tech High School Murals

Albert G. Lane Technical High School 2501 West Addison Street

Thursday June 9th 5pm $10 – for tour Use Entrance M (off the parking lot) to enter the building.  We will meet in room 113 – the security person at Entrance M will direct guests to that room. Pre-register at portoluz@gmail.com

In 1934, forty murals from the General Motors Exhibition Hall at the World’s Fair “Century of Progress” became a part of Lane Tech’ art collection. Additional works were added during the WPA era. The widespread popularity of the murals with the public generated great pride at Lane Technical High School. Over the years, the mural collection at Lane suffered serious deterioration. In 1995, The principal and teacher Flora Doody initiated the Mural Restoration Project, an effort to save this important collection. Students lead the in-school tours of the thirteen murals. This event is co-sponsored by Preservation Chicago. Preservation Chicago, founded in 2001, is a not-for-profit organization that advocates for the preservation of Chicago’s historic architecture, achieving its mission through education and community outreach.  www.preservationchicago.org


Edgar Miller & Larry Zgoda

Saturday June 25th 11am

Sol Kogan Studios 155 W. Burton Place

pre-registration required by RSVP to portoluz@gmail.com

Edgar Miller worked in as many art forms as he could imagine. Sculpture, watercolor, drawing and stained glass were among his fortes. He also excelled in the graphic arts and later in life, graphic design. His most popular collection of works is at the richly remodeled buildings in Old Town. Here one finds stained glass, fresco, ceramic tiles, sculpture and mosaic, just to name a few. Larry Zgoda is a renowned stained glass artist, a friend of Miller’s and an important champion of  his legacy.  It was Miller’s quirky, recycled glass, mosaic, and tile work on the 1920s Carl Street Studios complex that inspired Zgoda’s artistic path some 30 years ago, and that continues to guide his beliefs in the lost power of ornament. Join us for a special tour of “an Edgar Miller home” at the Sol Kogan Studios led by Larry Zgoda.  



WPA 2.0, a Brand New Deal

During Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first term as president, Congress passed The New Deal, a series of economic programs designed to help lift the nation out of the Great Depression. In 1935, Roosevelt established the WPA, the Works Progress Administration, the New Deal’s largest agency and a core part of the effort to put millions of unemployed Americans back to work. The WPA fed children and redistributed food, clothing, and housing; built parks, bridges and schools in virtually every part of the country; particularly in rural communities and the West; and spent more than $135 billion in today’s dollars between 1936 and 1943, providing 8 million jobs and serving as the largest employer in the country. Besides providing meaningful employment to out-of-work artists, WPA organizers were inspired by the notion that all Americans, rather than just a privileged elite, could take heart from and deserved access to art.


In 2011, portoluz‘ ten-member program committee chose WPA 2.0, “A Brand New Deal” as an overarching theme for a visionary new multi-disciplinary program designed to revisit the paradigm of public cultural engagement, within the context of sweeping new attacks on a host of civic milieus, from arts education in public schools to collective bargaining. The project is designed to look at the conditions that gave rise to New Deal reforms, and explore what parallels might be relevant today. portoluz developed this instigation as a kinetic and contemporary take on a meme by utilizing a variety of forms of cultural production to explore the Great Depression of 1929; the WPA and role of the “cultural worker;” and the current recession. By riffing on history, re-mixing archival ephemera, and commissioning and curating a wide range of voices, portoluz seeks to

primarily emphasize and inspire solutions that respond to today’s worldwide economic and social crisis.


 To develop WPA 2.0, portoluz collaborated with numerous artists, guest curators, historians, and others to produce a broad range of events – From documentary film screenings, to intimate roundtable discussions, the organizers intend to spark a city-wide discussion about art/work and  the kind of society we wish to live in.


Featured participants include: Timuel Black, Dean Baker, Van Jones, Helen Shiller, Don Byron and Reginald Robinson.  For more on the individual programs and participants, 

click here. 

 For a gallery of promotional images of the participants: 

click here. 

10th Annual John Stevens Memorial Golf Outing set for Friday, June 17, 2011

Posted by Admin On June - 3 - 2011 Comments Off on 10th Annual John Stevens Memorial Golf Outing set for Friday, June 17, 2011
4-Person Best Position – Friday, June 17, 2011

The John N. Stevens Memorial Golf Outing at the Weibring Golf Club, Illinois State University, commemorates John’s many years of service as past president of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, McLean County Board member and avid golfer. Proceeds from this event help fund the amazing summer season of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.

Schedule of Events:
11:00 – Registration and Lunch Begin
11:30 – Tee Times begin
4:00 – Social Hour begins
5:00- Awards Dinnner

$400 per Team
$110 per Player
$20 per person for social hour and dinner only
$250 Hole Sponsorship
$500 Premium Hole Sponsorship – Hole #1 or #10

Registration includes greens fees and golf cart, a box lunch, dinner,
beer and other non-alcoholic beverages, and opportunities to win prizes.

For additional information or to register by phone, please contact Yvette at Illinois Shakespeare Festival, 309-438-8974

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Congressman Rush to hold summit on protecting children from predators

Posted by Admin On January - 21 - 2011 Comments Off on Congressman Rush to hold summit on protecting children from predators

C ongressman Bobby L. Rush will hold an Emergency Summit, “Ring The Alarm! Protecting our Children From Predators”, Saturday, January 22, 2011, at Kennedy King College, 740 W. 63rd St., from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


For more information or questions, call (773) 224-6500.

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