DIY Arts Projects, Collectives, Networks, Innovation

Tuesday, October 19, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Organized by Barbara Koenen, director of Chicago artists resources, City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs.

Presented by Dan Godston, director, Borderbend Arts Collective; Edward Marszewski, co-director, Public Media Institute; Lauren M. Pacheco, executive director & co-founder, Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS); Shannon Stratton, executive director, threewalls.

Innovative artist-led and produced creative activity—arts collectives, artist-run music festivals, expos, and publications—often operate under the radar of institutional support. These DIY projects are nimble, experimental, and create a space for ground-breaking ideas. Long-term sustainability, however, is often a conceptual or actual challenge. This panel will showcase some of the best examples of DIY work in Chicago, consider its impact on the city's cultural climate, and discuss issues of sustainability. Combining earned income, in-kind support, and sweat equity, how do grantors fund/participate in this type of practice? Grantmakers to emerging arts organizations will be interested.

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