The Heidelberg Project

Detroit is known as a hard, industrial city where living is not as comfortable as in many other places within the United States. Poverty has hit the city hard and its citizens have found ways to cope with such situation.

Yosef Meystel, the from Aperion Care, says that we cannot generalize and say that the city is in total poverty, but we can safely say that you can tell that the city is going through hard times and that it has been going on for quite a time now.

In Detroit, specifically in Heidelberg street, a project was born in order to give the community a way to make their lives and the lives around them better through art.  Now, after more than 30 years, the project is more alive and giving all they can to the community. It is the Heidelberg Project and let’s take a look at their story and how they came to be.

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The Heidelberg Project is a project where the community is inspired to appreciate and use artistic expression as a way of coping with life or as a way of expressing feelings or give a statement; the idea of this is to enrich and improve the community  by giving them a way to express themselves and relate to the urban environment around them.  The ultimate goal is to rebuild communities around art and give them the resources they need to live in an economically viable life that welcomes everyone.

So what do they exactly do? The Heidelberg Project is a full outdoor art project. What artist do is take elements from the streets of Detroit and convert them into art pieces. They use houses or abandoned lots to express their art. The street serves as a canvas where they tell a story or have a protest towards current issues that are affecting the community and the world society as a whole. The Heidelberg Project is also a way of seeing how many communities in Detroit have been forgotten into poverty. Some people view this type of art as junk, others as art, others as a story and many others as a protest. The real meaning is for the viewer to decide.

This whole crazy idea had a beginning. It started with the brainchild of native Detroit artist, Tyree Guyton. In the year 1986,  there was an ongoing poverty issue that left Detroit and many of its neighborhoods in total decay and shame. The Heidelberg Project is an answer to that. It is a response to how the communities were falling apart and how it could now be seen even in the infrastructure of the city.  

Tyree Guyton and his grandfather, Sam Mackey started this movement by simply changing guns and drugs for paintbrush and art.  When artist Tyree Guyton went back to his hometown and his street, Heidelberg street, he saw that things had changed for the worse, with drugs everywhere and crimes being committed in daylight. His grandfather told him that they had to find a solution through art.

It started very simple. The children, Guyton and Grandpa started to go to vacant houses and cleaning them and from all the garbage and debris the collected they created an art piece and transformed the whole place into a huge art environment. After some time the artist gave life to many vacant lots and they became  “lots of art” and all the forgotten houses became “gigantic art sculptures.” Guyton included the entire house surrounding into his art piece and called the work the Heidelberg Project. His vision was to transform a  community that was once a diverse, working class and became a violent, racist community with big poverty, despair and abandonment issues.

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It was not easy and he encountered a lot of resistance. Guyton systematically re-arranged all the street by including all the objects seen in the street, whether it was nature or debris or even the people or a tree. The first 18 years it was met with controversy and even violent resistance but Guyton understood this and called it a pill that was not easy to swallow that would come with its pro and cons.

After many years the pill had its effect. People who never knew about the Detroit Institute of Arts or the Detroit Symphony Orchestra started to go and visit those places and participate in HP programs, festivals, and forums. The community benefited with some modest jobs and an outdoor space where people could get together and express their feeling, play, create and interact with people from around the world.

The HP site is a sanctuary now for artists visiting Detroit and after 30 years of rebuilding and taking the human spirit from the ground and making amazing pieces of art, this can now be seen as a successful community program.

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Mosaic Detroit: performing arts that engage and inspire the youth

It is proven that through art people can let go of a lot of things in their lives. It is also proven that art is a way of expressing feelings thus a way of letting your own reality go. It is the arts that give many people a chance to express themselves and to be who they want to be within society; it also gives some people purpose in their lives and it helps them overcome hard situations in their lives.

In Detroit there is a charity called Mosaic that understands exactly that: what it feel to have something in your life that matters and that is worth fighting for. And that is art. Specifically, performing arts.

Mosaic Detroit started as  Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit in 1992 when  Rick Sperling who was an actor and director saw many of the budget programs being cut by the government in Detroit schools and the art programs were the first one to be affected. He did not want this to happen because from his experience as guest artist he had seen a lot of talent in public schools around the Detroit area. Also, he had seen that the same talent that was being neglected needed more advanced arts training to reach good levels and to make it a way of life for many.  As Mosaic got bigger and bigger they understood that the program was being very successful and that many of the students achieved very high expectations, graduated from school with honors and that many of them even went into college. This is amazing because many of the Mosaic students come from minorities and from low-income families, and  over 95% of them graduate and are accepted into college, which is a standard over the national average for students with the same living conditions.

All the programs found in Mosaic reach many children and young adults in the Detroit area. They have performances by advanced Main Stage acting and vocal music companies and they do it 3 times per year at the Detroit Institute of Arts. They also have a lot of community performances and they have “First Stage” and intermediate “Second Stage” programs for all the people that are wishing to get in touch with the performing arts.

While there is a big focus on the development of artists and students, there is also an enormous effort behind stages to  build strong relationships with various Metro Detroit service organizations  that support their idea and aim of teaching young children about performing arts that will help them in their physical, mental and emotional well-being. With all this, the students that come from Mosaic are considered very well trained and highly commitment to hard work.

Additional support comes from the people and actors themselves. Many artists and many respected people in the art community are always looking for a way to help Mosaic, either by serving as staff or by donating time, effort or money into the movement and by also sharing their knowledge with the community. And the people help out by giving their time and effort. Also, the audience is a core support of Mosaic with their permanent support and loyalty for attendance and financial collaboration.

Other ways of funding  Mosaic come from public and private sources. It is more or less a philanthropy style of giving. Apart from being a high selling youth group, Mosaic has many Individual donors and tickets sales provide a wide base of funds that can be used for growing purposes.

Here are 4 of their programs:

  1. First Stage Program: this program is aimed at very young artists that are 5th  or 10th graders  and its shows them the high-energy, empowering, and inspiring performing arts training that Mosaic offers to its members. In this program the participants learn about the very basics of performance such as projection, movement and articulation using games, doing speeches and monologues and acting out scenes. This program is totally free.
  2. Second Stage, training to Performance: this program takes kids that are 11-16 and introduce them to the Mosaic Method with key concepts for the performing arts.
  3. Main Stage: Training THROUGH Performance: this program is aimed at young artists and gives them a total immersion to the Mosaic Model of Youth Development through the Arts. In this stage kids perform and are part of rehearsals,  recitals, studio productions and many more.
  4. The Next Stage. This is the final part of the art training. This is where students become real performers and start their theatre and music professionals in real settings with real performances for the Detroit Zoo and many other venues

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An Inspiring Nonprofit Bringing Art to Young Detroiters

Most of us know Detroit for being the world’s automotive center or the biggest city in Michigan. Known as the Motor City and an important commercial hub (especially with Canada), Detroit has positioned itself as the city of champions. However, a few know that the city also has an artsy side that aims to benefit the youth and to position Detroit as a cultural reference in the United States. This is why organizations such as the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit contribute successfully to the cultural development of the city from a philanthropic approach.

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The Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit is located in the southeast of the city and it is recognized as one of the cultural jewels of Detroit and the Midwest. Operating as an organization dedicated to producing student-driven performances, for more than twenty years this institutions has served more than 7,000 young artists in the city of Detroit, who have done theatrical presentations and tours worldwide. This has helped the city gain some recognition as a center for arts and culture where young and talented people can be part of different artistic expressions and performing arts.

How it all started

Founded in 1992 by the actor and director Rick Sperling, the Mosaic was created to serve young artists in Metro Detroit. With 25 students during its inaugural year, the organization evolved to serve hundreds of students during its first years of operation. Allowing youths to participate in different stage programs over the years.

The Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit was created when schools budget cuts Fforced institutions to eliminate most art programs. This inspired Rick Sperling to start the Mosaic offering the chance to young talents to be trained in advanced arts and perform in different stages. This philanthropic initiative led Sperling to observe how art programs helped in the development of youths allowing the institution to grow and have an active participation in the life of students who wanted to attend college. Over 95% of students who have been part of the Mosaic have been admitted to college, exceeding the national average in this area.

As an important part of the Mosaic history, Yosef Meystel, who studied at SAIC Chicago, must highlight its outstanding efforts to benefit youths who come from low-income families in Detroit and its Metropolitan Area. Nowadays, the institution benefits hundreds of students each year in more than 50 Metro Detroit schools. Supported in a large proportion of donors and volunteers.

Related: Artreach: empowering and connecting people through visual art

The Mosaic’s mission

The Mosaic’s mission is to provide innovative training and mentoring programs and opportunities to young actors, singers, and stage technicians. This is possible thanks to the contribution of each one of these individuals to activities beyond the stage that allows the organization to be sustainable while it empowers youths to maximize their potential through theatrical and musical art.

This philanthropic institution is a reference in youth development in the Midwest focused on artistic training. Delivering high-quality education and to young Detroiters who want to follow an artistic path. Mosaic always has the challenge of inspiring, engaging and transforming young individuals who probably live in difficult circumstances but have the potential and talent to shine on stage but most importantly, as human beings and out of the spotlight.

One of the noblest things this institution does is provide its service to youths between the aged of 7 to 18 regardless their ability to pay. What matters most to the institution is the talent and passion of young individuals as well as their will to commit to performing arts.

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A lifetime commitment to youths

Mosaic has grown as a renowned arts institution defined by its excellence and commitment to the lives of young Detroiters who have the necessity of developing their passions and talents in a safe environment. The institution has been honored by multiple arts committees and institutions. It has also been awarded by Crain’s Detroit Business as the Best-Managed Nonprofit in the city and by New Detroit, Wayne State University with the Governor’s Art Award.

Offering opportunities to young individuals who otherwise would spend their lives away from art is something that Mosaic understands as a way to help the world build better societies and places. Providing a safe environment where every artist feels empowered, secure and supported is the basis to the organization’s mission since students are the ones who are requested to perform in different stages in the United States and other countries. In other words, Mosaic operates as a vehicle for youths to explore and use their full potential as devoted artists.

Keeping an active soul and doing things with passion is central to Mosaic’s philosophy. This is why the institution’s approach to students is personalized and aims to build confidence, skills, and self-esteem in youths from all social and economic backgrounds. This way Mosaic guarantees that the institution will not only provide artistic training to students but also support and counseling for the mental and emotional well-being of each student.

Artreach: empowering and connecting people through visual art

What are the best ways to engage teenagers, children and adults alike? Sports is an activity that can unite these very diverse groups of people, but art can do the same and sometimes with better results. While sport makes people be healthy and teach discipline, arts can awake the creative child or person within each and every one of us.

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Visual arts have a power of connecting people, taking them to a space where they can let their imagination fly and express themselves in very amazing ways. Also, to have a way to let personal expression be expressed or to have a creative outlet is a necessity that everyone feels.

ArtReach is that place where people can have that moment, that special moment of creativity in their lives even though they have had a hard and not so easy life.

ArtReach is connecting and empowering people of all ages in the areas where poverty has hit the worse and giving them a special moment in the day where they can think about other things and let their imagination fly.

Let take a look at their community work and how they are helping underprivileged Chicagoans.

The first thing we need to understand is that Artreach is Lillstreet´s little sister. Lillstreet was created in 1975 with the idea of providing an art center for artists and the community in general where they could express themselves and get deep into the world of arts.

Lillstreet Art Center works hand by hand with artists and the community to provide a very friendly environment where each person can grow and express their ideas without the fear of being judged and with the certainty that they will be motivated and encouraged to continue in the art path and continue with the artistic growth. Lillstreet Art Center is also behind many education programs, galleries, artist residencies, exhibitions and retail sales opportunities. They also provide studio rentals, professional development aimed at arts.

Artreach was born out of Lillstreet center in order to focus on communities that are underprivileged and do not have access to art as many others do. Artreach was Founded in 1990 as the non-profit sister organization to the Lillstreet Art Center to have the reach they wanted outside of their spectrum and to go directly to the communities, and not wait for them to reach the art center.  

Their mission is simple: they want to take art to underprivileged communities and not wait for them to go to the center. They aim at all Chicagoans from every background or identity, and they take the tools, the professionals, the spaces and the knowledge to them so they can acquire self-esteem, build confidence, and have empowered communities.

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Some of their core values in order to take this amazing idea to everyone are:

  • First, as mentioned before, they think everybody needs an artistic expression, a creative outlet, especially communities that don’t have access to such artistic tools.
  • Art promotes empathy. Through art, people can pay attention to different social approaches and issues.  
  • Art endures over centuries and should be part of cultural teaching. They think that Art-making is and should be a universal value, but unfortunately, it is not supported or recognized as it should be. Access to art, resources, and tools should be universal.
  • People should not be defined by their challenges or limitations. Art balances out this difference by making everybody equal to the eyes of creativity.
  • Art-making builds confidence and helps people through hard times.
  • Art is a questioning and discovery process.
  • Art embraces failure as part of life and as part of the process to be successful in life.
  • Art-making gives people joy and happiness.
  • Everybody learns in an artistic process. Teachers and students alike.

Artreach takes their tools directly to the community with programs for schools. They take their programs to the community using in-school residencies, after-school programs and field trips. In their in-school residencies they integrate arts approaches to the traditional subjects found in school curriculums, or they give tools to teachers so they can use them in their own classes; in the after school programs they teach basic skills for art, but they also teach about the principles of art and its historical context, critique, and collaboration; and in their field trips they take students to see and live art within a professional arts studio. Field trips take students to the ceramics department, galleries, shops and workshops, and many more. They also get to experience art production next to the real artists.

This charity is taking art to the communities that most need it and don’t have the means or the access to live it in their own spaces. Artreach is giving them those spaces and classes so they can have a creative outlet and forget about the real world for at least some hours.

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CircEsteem: clowning around with style and confidence

When we were kids we liked to clown a lot almost all the time. As adults, we clown around too but it is more of a serious thing or a thing to have a laugh. Clowning around is something that we as adults take for granted in children and sometimes annoys us. But we don’t understand the power behind clowning and having a laugh.

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Clowning can be ways children express themselves or let their feelings go without restrictions. It is creative, it is fun, it is even healthy for our bodies and minds. Of course, as adults, clowning around may seem like an immature thing or a thing that very few do. Depends on the personality.

But what if we told you that there is a way to make clowning around an activity where children can build confidence? Even more, when combined with other circus arts and very good guidance, it can become a source of happiness confidence and self-esteem for children, adults, teachers and everybody that is touched by these amazing approaches to life.

Let’s take a look at a charity in the Chicagoland area called CircEsteem that is doing exactly what we just mentioned: building confidence through circus arts and the activity of clowning around.

The idea of CircEsteem came to be in the year 2001 from the brains of Paul Miller, a former clown that was part of the Barnum & Bailey group. His idea was to provide a space where people could go and “clown” around without being judged or looked at. From there, it grew to a group that provided a place for kids that came from very different backgrounds and that did not know what physical activity to do or how to express themselves. With this, children went to the group to have fun and by the way, build the much-needed self-esteem that is required to face everything in life.  How did he do it? Well, he took the fine circus arts and applied them to performance approaches that were fun and useful.

Then, in 2004 a very special woman came to play an important role to grow the group and take it to new places. Her name was Maribeth Joy and she joined CircEsteem in its  4th Spring Circus working  as a stage manager, photographer, and costume maker. The way she contributed to the company was by taking the show and the idea all over the United States and even to Germany. She then became the Executive Director in the year 2009.

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As for today, Dan Roberts is the head of the group. He used to be a CircEsteem Teaching Artist, and he took some time in Indonesia to learn and to work with different social circus programs where he sometimes was a founder and other times he was the manager.

Now, as for their programs, they are very holistic and include many activities aimed at increasing self-esteem and how to lose fear and panic of being seen on stage. All of their programs are connected to each other with the idea of helping and teaching young kids to respect for diversity and the importance of self-confidence. Another keystone in their programs is that they are always looking for ways to address social needs. For example, they created the HomeWork and CircusWork program when they found out children were not doing so well at school and they had the brilliant idea of having a free after school program which gave children the academic support the needed 3 times per week. This same program then led to other programs such as the employment opportunities program and the scholarship money for a college program.

Some of their most important programs are the following:

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This is their youth employment program.  Here the group gives work to older students and more responsible ones by making them teach, perform, mentor younger students, and even teach personal finances and help students open bank accounts so they can save for college.

Saturday Circus

The Saturday  Circus is a program where students from the Chicagoland area meet up with other children that are part of the HomeWork & CircusWork program to have  five hours of circus classes. Here, students from many backgrounds meet to discuss, play, do activities and learn about circus arts and how they can contribute to everyday life. This is one of the oldest programs and it addresses their mission of “uniting youth from diverse backgrounds”

CircEsteem Scholarship Opportunities

This is not a program in the full sense of the word. The idea here is that CircEsteem wants to reach everybody. They charge certain fees and ask families to try to pay them if they can. If not possible, they encourage families to swap services with the company such as graphic design, costuming and marketing services. An amazing feature that makes the programs even more accessible.

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American Blues Theater: giving voice to visceral ideas

At the following addresses you can find a theater company that works with and for the community: Performance Venue 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614; and Office & Rehearsals 4809 N. Ravenswood, Suite #221 Chicago, IL 60640. This theater company is called American Blues Theater and they aim at producing theatrical works that generate controversy and at the same time engage their audience with local and national service agencies. They work towards giving a space to ideas of freedom, equal rights, and opportunity in the approaches they produce and the communities they serve.

They have a very wide staff with a combined experience of 530 years of collaboration on stage. They have what they call an “Ensemble” which is a group of people dedicated to collective creation and committed to consistently working together to create an artistic expression. Its members are empowered to help change and create their theater’s artistic direction and organizational structure. They apply this concept perfectly and have received over 172 Joseph Jefferson Awards and nominations that make them very well known in the Chicago scene, and over 28 Black Theater Alliance Awards. Their artists have awards such as Pulitzer Prize nominations, Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Emmy Awards, and many other awards.

Their history goes back to the year 1985 with the minds of Ed Blatchford, Rick Cleveland, James Laming, and William Payne. At first, the company dedicated itself to new and classic American plays. In August of 1993, the company moved to a warehouse on Byron and Lincoln. These were the first steps towards helping the community because James Leaming assembled a group of more than 90 volunteers from the local community to transform the space into theater with 134 seats.

In a 12 year span, From 1997-2009, the company had many changes and underwent an “outside” administration. This was a good thing because the theater’s name changed to American Theater Company (ATC), the mission statement was checked and changed and the business expanded. In 2008 “major administrative and artistic differences” caused the company to separate and all four Founders and every Ensemble member prior to 2008 left the ATC organization.

In 2009, the Ensemble got together again and started over, now with the new name American Blues Theater and with the support of its founding Board members who gave the new theater all their support and guidance. After this, it was all downhill from there. Ensemble member Gwendolyn Whiteside had the opportunity of being the Producing Artistic Director and under her watch the theater doubled the size of its Ensemble and added 26 Artistic Affiliates.

She created the nationally-recognized Blue Ink Playwriting Award, the Blueprint play development, designed community service and started the program The Lincoln Project for Chicago Public Schools.

When it comes to the theater and their commitment to the community, their goal is clear: to provide community service for many not-for-profits like the Lynn Sage Foundation, Chicago Public Schools body, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Farm Bureau, Misericordia, PAWS Chicago, and the USO. They are also very committed to their food & book drives, to distributing promotional tickets, and raising awareness for children’s surgeries and health needs. They also make donations from what they make in “Pink Previews” to the Lynn Sage Foundation for breast cancer research.

One of their main community programs is the Arts education Lincoln project. This project was created in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation for Emancipation . The project aims to provide a free arts education program to all the grades from 5th to 10th grade in Chicago Public Schools and surrounding communities.

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In the program students read scenes that are found in “The Heavens Are Hung in Black” and the theater study guide, watch scenes performed live in the classroom and participate in discussions. Students then have to write and perform their own scenes inspired in their own personal experiences or special events. The Lincoln Project is free to all Chicago Public Schools and it covers almost 1,000 students every year.

There are many ways to help and get involved with American Blues Theater. For example, there are special Events that people can attend to such as the Blue Bash and the GutterBall. Each event raises funds to support their artists and programs; people can work directly with them as they are always looking for directors, designers, staff, actors, and manuscript submissions; you can give a donation or volunteer or work as an intern to gain experience working in a professional theater while earning college credit

As for the present year, they have acquired many awards now and continue to help schools throughout the Chicago area. They are still addressing very delicate topics in their plays and are encouraging people to be more aware of their world and surroundings. All through theater.

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Women for charity in Chicago: Woman Made Gallery

There are many ways to help people in any type of situation. It could be by giving money, caring for people or pets, helping the homeless or being active in an issue that matter to you in any way. You can also attend events and donate clothing. There are many ways to help and to be part of the amazing charity world in any city in the United States.

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In Chicago, as we have been talking about many charities and following the line of showing every single charity institution in the Chicago area, there is a charity institution that uses art to promote and help women that are in need of help. They do so by providing an art gallery and exhibitions and donating the money to causes that interest the charity group. Through this institution women have a voice and a vote in the art world. Let’s take a look at their work and how they are helping women artists in the area.

The Woman Made Gallery (WMG) is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization that started in the year 1992. From the beginning, its goal has been to support women in the arts and the art world by providing opportunities, awareness and advocacy towards topics that affect the community. This gallery gives importance to the artist’s identity as a woman and works portraying women’s experiences in arenas such as the international community, student life or activist life. The way to do this is to provide women with a space to show their creations and ideas. Also, WMG is committed to raise awareness on feminism issues that affect the community in general and on topics that address or recognize women´s cultural contributions in the community. It is open from Wednesday through Friday from 12 to 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4 pm. They have 6 exhibition cycles throughout the year. The main services include: Juried Group Exhibitions; Invitational/Solo Exhibitions; Artisan Gallery Invitationals; Online Registry; Online Member Galleries; Poetry Readings; Annual Gala

WMG has the goal of cultivating, promoting and supporting the work of female-identified artists by organizing and doing all the advertisement for the gallery and their art. Also, the charity is fully committed with women to give them professional development and public programs that invite discussion about what feminism means today. This does not mean that WMG does not accept the art of men or any other gender. The idea is to address feminism issues through their work so women can feel empowered in their societies. More than 7,500 women artists have exhibited their work in the gallery with amazing public and financial results.

Although Woman Made’s priority is providing a platform for women’s artistic perspective, they have offered men a voice in the conversation. There was a show where men had a word on the feminism issue. It was called Men Define the Feminine and it allowed men to present their interpretation of femininity. Another show that included men in the game was the “Girl: Please!” show, which explored constructions and performance that have to do with the gender and it had a male juror to judge the art pieces or performances. In the words of  Beate Minkovski, founder and former Executive Director,  “There are not many places where women can express what they distinctly have to say, which was specifically not included, because it’s either boring or decorative or unimportant to bigger issues. So that’s why we’re here. Because it is important.”

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The story started in 1992 with a show called ‘Man-Made Women’ by Beate Minkovski and Kelly Hensen; and in 1994 they received not-for-profit status and First Board forms. In 1997 WMG moves from Chicago’s North Side to Prairie Ave. in South Loopom and have worked non stopped ever since  hosting 322 exhibitions, 174 group shows, 109 invitational/solo shows, 40 Artisan Gallery exhibitions, and eleven off-site shows and have received  more than 7,300 women artists. They also offer stimulating and educational programs with a focus on women artists, performers and writers who share an interest in the interaction of the arts in contemporary culture.

Their mission statement is simple, addressing how they support, cultivate and promote the diverse contributions of women in the arts through exhibitions and other programs; and their Vision is to ensure the equal placement of women’s art in the world.

In the words of a very thankful artist that is convinced that the gallery really provides a voice and a showcase for those who have been underrepresented. “I first took a workshop at Woman Made many years ago and immediately thereafter became a member. The art I make today wouldn’t be possible without the support of Beate and everyone else at Woman Made”.

Don’t forget to drop by the gallery next time you are in the Chicago area at this address: 685 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60642.

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