What’s Your Art? Celebrating the Art Centers of Chicago

Saturday, December 3, 2011 @ 6:00am – 11:00am

Event Info




Chicago Cultural Center

78 E. Washington Street





Chicago Public Media - WBEZ 91.5FM

WBEZ's Off-Air Event Series extends your listening experience to nights on the town – come see what you’ve been hearing and celebrate Chicago! Each month promises to be different and something not to miss—with discounted tickets for WBEZ members.

From Hyde Park to Pilsen to Ravenswood, there are amazing places of art exhibition, classes and public events fostering the development of art and culture located throughout Chicago. Each unique location has its own style, feel, and expertise. These places champion the city’s commitment for local residents to learn and create original art, and are as Chicago as the World’s Fair and Vienna Beef Hot Dogs. Alongside these neighborhood spaces, Chicago hosts the nation's first free municipal cultural center, which first opened its doors in 1893. The Chicago Cultural Center is one of the city's most popular attractions, featuring more than 1,000 programs and exhibitions covering a wide range of the performing, visual and literary arts.

In celebration of Chicago’s rich landscape devoted to emerging artists, art education, and the opportunity to inspire and become inspired, WBEZ invites you to the Chicago Cultural Center to join us in exploring these spaces and the role they play in shaping the artist in each of us.

HOLIDAY GIFT SALE: New to this year's event, a Marketplace of work presented by the event's participating Art Centers will allow for attending audience to purchase a variety of items perfect for the holiday season!  And to stay with the theme of the day, there will also be a unique wrapping station where you can then add your own artistic touch.

Participating Art Centers include:

Chicago Art Department
1732 West Hubbard Street (Studios)
Chicago, IL 60622

Lillstreet Art Center
4401 N. Ravenswood
Chicago, IL 60640

Fire Arts Center of Chicago
1800 W. Cornelia Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657

Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615

Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th Street
Chicago, IL 60655

833 North Orleans Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Chicago Photography Center
3301 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657

Rumble Arts Center
3413 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

South Side Community Art Center
3831 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653

Spudnik Press Cooperative
1821 W. Hubbard, Suite 302
Chicago, IL 60622

Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center
1060 East 47th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60653

Evanston Art Center
2603 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201


WBEZ has teamed up with Sixty Inches From Center (SIFC) to create "What's Your Art?" and couldn't be more pleased with what's in store. This remarkable Chicago organization strives to document, archive and support art that exists outside the central iconic art institutions in Chicago. With video, audio, photography, writing, projects, and community engagement, SIFC aims to capture and contribute to the most innovative aspects of our city's peripheral visual culture.

SPECIAL EVENT: The Red Thread at 1:30pm
Lindsay Obermeyer's The Red Thread Project® is community art made by the community for the community. Each hat in the performance was made by children and adults across Chicago.  Celebrate Chicago's creativity in a collective, connected performance, the Dance of Hats.  Everyone is invited to participate.


Stop by the Hyde Park Art Center’s table to sample workshops of all shapes and sizes, including painting, drawing, and sculpture. Stop by from 1-2 pm for a special Encaustic Painting demonstration with Art Center teaching artist Holly Holmes. Encaustic painting uses melted wax to create colorful paintings. Watch as Holly shows you how to use hand tools, molds, and everyday items to create textured works of art.

Join Lillstreet Art Center to learn how to Screenprint Hankies.  Visit their table to create and take home your own!

A huge hit last year, Fire Arts Center will be conducting live demonstrations of simple techniques for stone carving.

Visit with Spudink Press Director Angee Lennard who will be working on carving a woodblock through out the day, inviting visitors to look on and ask questions as the anticipated print takes shape. Spudnik Press also invites guests to create their own print from linoleum blocks pre-carved by members of the Spudnik studio. Falling somewhere in between the Surrealist game “Cadavre Exquis” (circa 1925 France) and Barbie Fashion Plates™ (circa 1980 United States), guests will be able to select from heads, torsos, and feet to create a creature all their own.

Chicago Art Department is made up of a wide variety of creative types from painters to sculptors to videographers and fashion designers. Meet several of these artists and possibly even walk away wearing one of their own creations: Every hour a new artist will take over the CAD creation station bringing examples of their work and a new interactive project like collaborative doodling, cut & paste collage, or story mapping. The final hour will allow participants to scan /print and seal their new images to a t-shirt (while supplies last) - free of charge!

On the top of every hour, the Chicago Photography Center will be demonstrating various Photography techniques, from shooting a portrait to editing out mom's wrinkles, this is not something you want to miss! Pick up a few tips and tricks from our Pros and get some info on the Center's new Certificate Program.

Marwen staff and students will be on hand at their table to discuss work on display made in Marwen courses. Folks that know Marwen best will provide an inside look at what goes in Marwen’s studios and galleries.
Visit the Beverly Art Center booth to participate in "Make-one/Take-one" Artists Trading Cards, which are collectible tiny artworks that have become a popular way to share and collect original art. In this workshop each participant will have the opportunity to create a small, unique work of art, 2.5 x 3.5" through painting, collage, drawing, stamping etc. and submit it to a common pool of card creations. Each submitting artist will choose another artist's work to begin their collection.

Rumble Arts Center will be demonstrating dance of Africa and the Caribbean. African percussionists accompany Markeya Howard in a presentation with simple techniques along with intricate rhythms from Mali, Gambia, Guinea, and Senegal. You will also experience a bit of the African and Caribbean history as it relays to the art form. Come see for yourself!

Stop by the Evanston Art Center table to participate in two special workshops: "Self Portrait Workshop" - Have fun creating your image sitting across from your parent/friend who is also drawing a portrait. Learn the fundamentals of the geometry of drawing a face in pencil, paints or pastels and create a lasting portrait  to frame and cherish. And remember sometimes a portrait will include the things that are important to you so bring photographs of friends, other family members and pets. And "Figuring Out The Figure" - In this workshop participants approach figure drawing in a step-by-step, easy to follow lesson that is great for kids and adults who need to learn the basics or improve their figure drawing skills. Line, mass, and modeled drawing will be explored through gesture and sport like poses.
And throughout the day, participating artist James Jankowiak, on behalf of Johalla Projects,  will be creating the "What's Your Art?" contribution to the 2011 Doors to a Better World city-wide project, curated by Gallery Swarm. Starting with the guiding principle that the door must remain functional, each door aims to be as innovative as their artists and are being designed by organizations and individuals across Chicago.  The "What's Your Art?" door will feature a map of the city and its centers of art in a collaborative masterpiece. Come add your thoughts and cheer the artists on!

Registration for this event is now closed (but it’s FREE, so come on over and join us!).
This event is sponsored in-part by: