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Neighborhood Focus for 2013 Artists Month

Chicago neighborhoods will put their arts and culture on display in October as Chicago rolls out its 18th annual Chicago Artists Month (CAM), which will feature individual artists and organizations on weekends through October.

CAM highlights the work of Chicago's independent artists and arts organizations through exhibitions, performances, art walks, open studios and other arts activity happening in Chicago neighborhoods.

This year’s schedule, called "In the Neighborhoods," features three longtime LISC Chicago partner communities:

  • South Shore / South Chicago - Oct. 11-13. Enjoy the thrill of the runway at a fashion show presenting creations by local designers, Cocomocha. Then celebrate the eclectic mix of fashion, visual and culinary arts, dance and musical performances on Sunday, October 13 with a day of food, dance, art, an artisan market, music by the Grammy-nominated Sones de Mexico and more. South Chicago was an early adopter of using the arts for community development, participating in LISC’s Building Community through the Arts program starting in 2005. See the full list of 30 events in the two neighborhoods.
  • Dia de los Muertos Workshops

    Pilsen/Little Village - Oct. 18-20. Young creative minds are causing a shift inPilsen’s rich history as a community of Mexican and Mexican-American arts and culture, building on a long tradition of muralists and public art. Likewise, Little Village, Chicago’s largest Mexican community, is seeing its arts and cultural landscape gain momentum -- a reflection of a young community developing a contemporary perspective deeply rooted in pride. Both neighborhoods have mounted multiple arts-related projects with support from LISC Chicago. See the full schedule of 40 events.
  • East Garfield Park - Oct. 25-27. Garfield Park has been a beacon for creative work on Chicago’s West Side for generations, from the Garfield Park Conservatory and the landmark Gold Dome Field house—home of the West Side Cultural Arts Council, Najwa Dance and the West Community Music Center—to the Switching Station Artists Lofts and Albany-Carroll studio buildings. Artists and galleries now populate many former factories in the industrial corridor along Carroll Street, providing a wide range of artistic activity. These older and new landmarks—like the Center for Green Technology and Inspiration Kitchens—will host the annual East Garfield Park Art Walk. After hours, enjoy the fabulous stylings of DJ Mr. Voice as he reminisces on a Motown affair of oldies with soul. See all 25 planned events.

The month-long celebration began in late September in Edgewater Uptown and continued the weekend of Oct. 4-6 in the Portage Park neighborhood.

Posted in Placemaking, East Garfield Park, Little Village, Pilsen, South Chicago


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