A quick announcement about the Chicago teachers’ and park district employees’ strike:

We are hopeful that Chicago teachers and park district employees will get everything they're asking for in their continuing contract negotiations this week. In the event of a strike on October 17 and in solidarity with with our park friends, TEA will not cross picket lines to participate in our regularly scheduled Halloween activities at Pottawattomie Park.

And here's something YOU personally can do to help support teachers: If there is a strike, please join the picket line at Gale School at 1631 W. Jonquil Terrace at 7:00 AM this Thursday and Friday.

2019 Salon Series

We’re thrilled to be hosting a series of salons this year! Our salons bring together artists and activists who are working with a common theme, for one unique night only. Each presenter uses 10-20 minutes to showcase their work in the medium of their choosing, and then we end with a whole-group question and answer session. We don’t put any restrictions on content, and we like being surprised by what happens just as much as you do!

Past Salons

Our esteemed artists and activists discussing race and healthcare at the February 23 “Access to Care” salon. Right to left: Michele Hays, Khloe Janel, Jae Green, and Laura Colenari.

Our esteemed artists and activists discussing race and healthcare at the February 23 “Access to Care” salon. Right to left: Michele Hays, Khloe Janel, Jae Green, and Laura Colenari.

Our first salon, “Access to Care,” took place at the Factory Theater on February 23. Michele Hays discussed how she came to found Back on Their Feet, a group that helps prevent homelessness and connects people to social services in Evanston and beyond. Khloe Janel performed poems about self-care as a black, queer woman living in 2019. Jae Green performed a piece about maternal health care in the south. And Laura Colenari presented the Chicago Democratic Socialists’ work on reproductive justice and Medicare for All.

Channing Jones AKA Tenthwondr discusses his watercolor portraits and landscapes at “Ideas of Home” on May 25.

Channing Jones AKA Tenthwondr discusses his watercolor portraits and landscapes at “Ideas of Home” on May 25.

We held our second salon, “Ideas of Home,” at the New Rhythm Arts Center on May 25. Pop Mythologist Daniel Jun Kim discussed building a movement of superheroes based on the Spider-Verse mythos who work to make their communities a better place. Actor and writer Rory Jobst debuted an original monologue about carrying his home with him as a speck in a box. Channing Jones AKA Tenthwondr exhibited and discussed his watercolor portraits and landscapes inspired by his travels and the people he meets in the city. And Georgia Braun showed her large-scale impressionist paintings and told stories about her father, who built her childhood home.

Marlon Lyles holds the mic, with Annie Gill-Bloyer, AK Agunbiade, and Daniel Staub Weinberg at “Back to School with TEA: The Education Salon.”

Marlon Lyles holds the mic, with Annie Gill-Bloyer, AK Agunbiade, and Daniel Staub Weinberg at “Back to School with TEA: The Education Salon.”

“Back to School with TEA: The Education Salon” took place on September 28 at the New Rhythm Art Center. This was our third salon and most eclectic lineup yet! Artist Marlon Lyles showed his geometric line drawings and described the language he invented with the guidance of an art teacher. Annie Gill-Bloyer, founding member of RISE49, discussed the need for public school advocacy in Rogers Park. AK Agunbiade, comedian and doctor, read an essay about the lack of Black male doctors. And Daniel Staub Weinberg (weinbergsart + Dr. Shmooz the Clown) told stories about attending the Mooseburger Clown Camp and performed some clown tricks.

Call for Artists - Submit by October 10

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Third Estate Art loves putting artists and activists together at salon-style events to see what happens. If you’re a person doing interesting work that deals with aging, we want to know about it. Each presenter gets 10-20 minutes, and we don’t put any restrictions on content. Instead, we’ll work with you and the venue to make sure you have everything you need to show your work in its best light.

This is a paying gig. To apply, email us at thirdestateart@gmail.com with a brief description of what you do and how you’d use your 10-20 minutes. We’re especially interested in featuring underrepresented artists, folx who are new in their careers or hobbies, and people who’ve started something cool.

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