2019 Salon Series
In 2019, Third Estate Art will host a series of salons that bring together artists and activists working with a common theme. 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.
Call for Artists!
Our next salon will take place on Saturday, May 25 at the New Rhythm Arts Center. We’re currently looking for artists, writers, storytellers, activists, organizers, and other social justice-motivated folx to present work on the theme of housing. Think displacement, homelessness, what “home” means, affordable/accessible housing, Lift the Ban, or anything else that you believe would be a good fit thematically.
Each participant will get 10-20 minutes to talk, sing, perform, dance, or however you’d like to showcase your work. The event will end with a question and answer session with all the participants. This is a paying gig.
To apply, send an email to email@example.com and tell us a little about you, your work, and how you imagine using your 10-20 minutes. Links and work samples are especially helpful.
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A Year in Review
The beginning of 2019 is a great time to reflect on everything we’ve accomplished since Third Estate Art began last February. We want to thank everyone who’s donated, volunteered, or ever sent a good thought our way for all the love and support. We can’t wait to see what our next year brings!
And without further ado, here’s our year-end list of everything we did in 2018:
1. We completed two large-scale outdoor installations (The Birds Project) spanning the entirety of Rogers Park to remember victims of gun violence.
2. We hosted free bird making workshops to help neighbors heal from gun violence and participate in the Birds Project.
3. We launched an installation at The Glenwood to call attention to the places and things we're losing to climate change.
4. We hosted a Pride-themed craft at the Artists of the Wall festival.
5. We painted faces at a "Night Out in the Parks" screening of Black Panther.
6. We built a haunted house with the Pottawattomie Park Advisory Council for neighborhood kids.
7. We painted masks with kids at Pottawattomie Park's Trunk or Treat.
8. We provided childcare and crafts at an early voting event to help more people get to the polls.
We also worked very hard behind the scenes to write bylaws and articles of incorporation, file for NFP status, file for 501(c)3 status, and build relationships with other neighborhood groups to make our work possible.