Propeller Fund is pleased to announce a new project space and studio residency at Mana Contemporary, with a grand opening on May 24. The event includes a keynote lecture by Chicago artist Michael Rakowitz and exhibition opening of 2012 Propeller grantees, featuring work by America/n (Lucky Pierre), AREA Chicago, Art Patch Project, CAKE, The Chicago Television Project, Comfort Station, Extinct Entities, The Franklin, GLI.TC/H, Bad at Sports, Prison-Neighborhood Arts Project, Rooting: Regional Networks, Global Concerns, Splitbeam, and SHoP.
All events take place at Mana Contemporary, 4th Floor and are free and open to the public. Come during any part of the day.
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Applying to Propeller
Introduction and tips on writing a compelling proposal, budgeting, navigating the online system and juror’s point of view. Presenters include previous Propeller Fund awardees Eboni Hawkins, Anthony Stepter, Ivan Lozano and juror Mark Jeffrey.
3 – 4:00 PM: One-on-one meetings in 15-minute sessions with Propeller staff on applying. Sign-ups will be available.
4:00 PM: Keynote on community-engaged art in Chicago by artist Michael Rakowitz
5:00 – 7:00 PM: Propeller 2012 awardees exhibition reception with refreshments and open studios of Propeller studio residency awardees
About Propeller Fund studio residency and exhibition space
This new program offers two studio residencies for incubation of new projects by Propeller Grantees for free for one year. These studio spaces will be used for a variety of public culture projects, including, but not limited to, collectively organized exhibition spaces, publishing endeavors, alternative schools, ecological initiatives, performance space, a television studio or meeting/office space for the development of festivals or community initiatives. The two studios are adjacent to a 600 sq foot Propeller Fund-dedicated project space, which will host exhibitions projects, including work by Propeller grantees and other curatorial initiatives related to the Propeller initiative, as well as workshops and gatherings dedicated to furthering community engaged and collaborative visual arts projects in Chicago.
The 2014/2015 awardees are Radius and Multiuso.
Radius: Radius’ new series GRIDS, funded with the 2013 Propeller Fund Grant, consists of four mobile radio broadcasts at four different Chicago geographical locations throughout the 2014 calendar year. For the PILOT PROGRAM, Radius will use our studio space as a headquarters for Radius’ year-long series, and as an incubator/studio-residency space for the four commissioned GRIDS artists. Radius will also be broadcasting its monthly Episodes from the space, and will host a series of Radius artist talks in coordination with the GRIDS series.
Multiuso: On the Lower West Side of Chicago artists, activists and educators contribute to the empowerment and visibility of working class and immigrant people in Pilsen, making it a center of culture and pride. Here, the community arts movement has engaged local youth, included non-experts and supported the creative development of local cultural workers in the community for nearly 50 years, but places for this kind of holistic culture and community organizing are disappearing and though cultural organizations are moving into Pilsen, there has been little evidence of outreach, employment of local artists or youth, or support of existing Mexican/Mexican-American/Chicano/Latino culture. Multiuso will use art and non-art, experts and non-experts, and mash-ups between generations and modes of production. People will be invited to propose short-term projects and experiments in the space in exchange for community workshops and presentations, including panels, talks, youth participation, exhibitions and class visits, intergenerational teach-ins and events focused on local history. The project supports youth as public intellectuals, and to bring cultural workers together in alliance and in support of participatory culture. Lead organizers include Maria Gaspar, Nicole Marroquin, Amanda Cortes, Elvia Rodriguez, Vanessa Sanchez, and Paulina Camacho.
About Propeller Fund
Launched in May 2010, Propeller Fund is administered jointly by Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Threewalls. Propeller Fund provides grants to artists, curators, and groups living and working in Cook County, Illinois, and seeks to support projects that are independent, informal, and self-organized. Propeller Fund offers $50,000 annually (five grants at $6,000 and ten grants at $2,000) to artists producing a wide-range of public culture. Propeller Fund receives support from Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts through the Regional Regranting Program. The next deadline is August 1, 2014.
Image: Boulevard Dreamers, a collaborative project organized by Kirsten Leenaars and Lise Haller Baggesen at The Franklin, 2012 Propeller Grantee