In-Session: Call for Proposals

A remix of the traditional lecture, In-Session is an interdisciplinary salon series that activates conversation with performance. Each salon is guided by a selection from a shared reading list compiled based on a theme. In-Session facilitators develop a critical response to their chosen text through conversation that is amplified by music, poetry, dance and/or movement.

This season’s theme is the art of memory. Each collaborative will curate a stand-alone conversation and performance based on the theme. Facilitators will choose one reference text from the list provided and will select performers (in any discipline) to create a dialogue with the text. Facilitation is open to anyone who has a critical lens on the theme.

Memory is personal, but also shaped by collective experience and public representations. What reminds you of what you are? What do we learn from what we preserve personally and publicly? From family photographs to public art, memorials and museums – what constructs our varying identities and perceptions of each other?

Collaborative Artist Guidelines:

Select text from reading list and organize both critical response & discussion – *More details outlined in Event Flow below.

Participate in the conversation with audience participants. The moderator or principal guide of the conversation must be different from performers.

Provide Threewalls with list of potential questions you plan to propose during conversation with audience participants.

  1. What are the specific themes your group plans to discuss?

  2. What are your ideas for prompts to help get audience participants into the conversation?

  3. Where will the conversation be placed? Throughout the session? At the end?

Provide Threewalls with a list of all participants—performers and conversation moderator —including bios, portraits and any other program images to be used in promotion. – *Please provide social media handles if you would like to be tagged in event promotion.

Share with Threewalls any language used for self-promotion prior to sharing with the public.

Props/materials/supplies needed for the session are the responsibility of the artist collaborators.

Artists retain their intellectual property created during the program.

Debrief meeting with Threewalls staff within 2 weeks of In-Session program.

Threewalls Responsibilities:

  • Pay artist and participants’ fees totaling $1,000 to be disbursed amongst all collaborators.
  • Provide projector and speaker for audio/video.
  • Photo documentation of each session for archival purposes.
  • Communicating the event to the public.
  • Schedule debrief with In-Session artist collaborators within 2 weeks event

Event Flow:


In-Session collaborators should arrive no later than 5:30 p.m.


Doors open 6:30 p.m.

Please be prepared for audience participants to arrive earlier

Surveys for audience feedback will be distributed upon arrival.


Program to begin no later than 7 p.m., marked by official welcome & introduction by Threewalls


Moderation of Conversation/Q&A should begin no later than 7:45 p.m.

Your group may also choose to have conversation/Q&A throughout your session.


Conversation to wind down by 8:15 p.m.

Threewalls will close by reminding audience participants to share feedback on surveys handed out prior to the session.

Call for Submissions

Collaborators for Threewalls In-Session: The Art of Memory

September 2019-April 2020

Please submit responses to the following questions as a PDF document to info@three-walls.org with the subject line In-Session 2019-2020.

Responses are required for all questions. Deadline is May 31, 2019.

Applicants must be based in Chicago.

  1. Name of lead organizer
  2. Names of collaborators, both performers and conversation moderator. Please include bios, headshots, and contact information (email address, phone number) for each participant. Please also include social media handles if you would like to be tagged.
  3. What is your chosen guiding work (please choose from reference list below)? Why are you selecting this work? How does it relate to your lived experience or artistic/creative practice?
  4. Describe the conversation aspect of your session. What are the themes your group plans to discuss?
  5. List 3-5 potential questions you plant to propose during conversation with audience participants (may change leading up to session).
  6. What are your ideas for prompts to help get audience participants into the conversation?
  7. Where will the conversation be placed? At the beginning, throughout the session, or at the end? Please explain how you are thinking about this format.
  8. Describe the performance-based elements of your session. How does it connect to the theme and selected text?
  9. Threewalls has limited access to technical equipment. Please list what equipment you anticipate needing for your program?

In-Session: The Art of Memory

(September-November 2019 and February-April 2020)

Reference List (by discipline)

Articles + Criticism:

The Culture of Memory, Lea Winerman, American Psychological Association (2005)

Music, Memory and Noststalgia: Collective Memories of Cultural Revolution Songs in Contemporary China, Lei Ouyang Bryant (2005)

Long-Form Text:

Maya Angelou, Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes (2007)

Gloria Anzaldúa, La Prieta, from This Bridge Called My Back (1983)

Sandra Cisneros, A House of my Own: Stories from My Life (2016)

Audre Lorde, Zami: A Spelling of My Name – A Biomythography(1982)

Robert Nelson & Margaret Olin, Monuments and Memory, Made and Unmade (2003)

Richard E. Nesbitt, The Geography of Thought (2004)

Joseph Roach, Cities of the Dead, (1996)

Christina Sharpe, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being(2016)

Cassie Premo Steele, We Heal From Memory: Sexton, Corde, Anzaldua and the Poetry of Witness(2000)

Rosemarie Waldrop, Shorter American Memory (1988)


Fatimah Asghar, If They Should Come for Us (2017)

James Baldwin, Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems (2014)

Lucille Clifton, far memory(1993)

Bhanu Kapil, Wish(2)(2006)

Audre Lorde, Afterimages(1997)

Anne Sexton, The Double Image (1981)


Fatima, Yellow Memories, 2014

Laurie Anderson, The Beginning of Memory, 2010

Lauryn Hill, Doo-Wop (That Thing), 1998

Sevdaliza, ISON, 2017

Violeta Parra, Gracias a la Vida, 1966

Trixie Smith, Memories Suite, 1925-1929 (re-released 2015)

Film + Video:

The Beaches of Agnès, dir. Agnes Varda (2008)

Como Agua Para Chocolate, dir. Alfonso Arau (1992)

Daughters of the Dust, dir. Julie Dash (1991)

The Embassy, dir. Filipa Cesar (2011)

Como Crece la Sombra Cuando El Sol Declina, dir. Camilo Restrepo (2014)

History and Memory, Rea Tajiri (1991)

Kunįkága Remembers Red Banks, Kunįkága Remembers the Welcome Song, dir. Sky Hopinka (2014)

My Mother’s Place, Richard Fung (1990)

Quién Te Cantará (‘Who will sing to you’), dir. Carlos Vermut (2018)

Sombra a Sombra, dir. Daniel Reeves, (1988)

Roma, dir. Alfonso Cuarón (2018)

Sun Ra: Space is the Place, dir. John Coney (1974)

Visual Art

(Please identify which of the artist’s work you will reference)

Dawoud Bey (b. 1953)

Romare Bearden (b. 1911)

Mark Bradford (b. 1961)

María Magdalena Campos-Pons (b. 1959)

Bethany Collins (b. 1984)

Njideka Akunyili Crosby (b. 1983)

William Edmondson (b. 1874)

Maggi Hambling (b. 1945)

Frida Kahlo (b. 1907)

Whitfield Lovell (b. 1959)

Faith Ringgold (b. 1930)


Chicago Torture Justice Memorials

The Quilts of Gee’s Bend