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Jonathan Heuring: Snow City Arts 2016 ACTIVATE Partnership

Snow City Arts is thrilled to be a part of ACTIVATE 2016!

We realize that most people haven’t heard of Snow City Arts, because it serves a very special, private function. Our organization provides arts learning opportunities to children and youth in Chicago’s hospitals. We help turn what can be a difficult and traumatic time in a child’s life into one filled with creativity, artistic expression, and hope.

Snow City Arts was founded in 1998 by Paul Sznewajs, a poet and writer, who realized the need for such an educational opportunity for children in hospitals. Our first hospital, and still our home 18 years later, is Rush University Medical Center. Since then, we’ve grown to Lurie Children’s Hospital, Stroger Hospital of Cook County, and Children’s Hospital University of Illinois. And, we have plans to expand in 2017!

Everyone at Snow City Arts feels that we provide not just a special, but essential service to children. A well-rounded arts education is a critical piece of a child’s educational development. And quite often, our teaching artists open a creative outlet that children didn’t even know they had! Our students often move on to pursue their new artistic dreams after leaving the hospital.

Opportunities like ACTIVATE allow us to bring the very private work we do to the broader public. The majority of the funding to support this work comes from private funding, such as individuals, foundations, and corporations, so this exposure of our work has been invaluable.

We’d love for you to visit our website at www.snowcityarts.org, to find out more about us and see examples of our students’ work.  


World's Largest Camera in Chicago

“Butterflies & Buffalo: Tales of American Culture” and the world’s largest camera are in Chicago.

BBTAC is a photographic documentary project produced by renowned Chicago photographer, Dennis Manarchy. Embarking on a 20,000-mile nationwide documentary journey across the United States, the project seeks to capture the most ethnically diverse nation in the world with a massive, massive (did I say massive?) MASSIVE camera lens.

The camera itself spans a full 35 feet and churns out 6-foot negatives. Amazingly, a traditionally designed camera constructed on such a large scale can produce images “with over 1000x more detail than today’s most advanced digital cameras.”

The result? An exhibition of 24-foot portraits, the likes of which have never been seen in the 200-year-old world of cameras.

Sound like it’s worth a look? The good news is that the camera is free and open to the public at Two N. Riverside Plaza from 7am – 7pm daily.

Follow @BigChiCamera on Twitter for daily updates.


Buck's 200 N Michigan Avenue Rental Tower to Begin March 2014

As I reported back in July, serious testimony of new construction plans emerging around North Michigan Avenue had our ears pricked here at CLA.  

Well, it looks like The John Buck Company is moving one of them forward.

As Curbed Chicago reported last week, a proposal was given by the company for the 515 ft., 432 rental unit tower (pictured above), designed by bKL Architecture. The proposal included a timeline for site preparation and demolition as soon as December 2013 with construction beginning March 2014.

Buck hopes that this development with create a “catalyst for transformation” on a somewhat underdeveloped intersection on Michigan Avenue.

John Buck built his career in Chicago, and shares responsibility for many buildings on Wacker Drive, including 200 South Wacker.

From a Chicago Loop Alliance perspective, this kind of development is a step in the right direction, given the Loop’s ever-increasing status as Chicago’s premier neighborhood in which to live, work and play.


What is ACTIVATE?

ACTIVATE is taking place tonight—Thursday, September 12 from 5 - 10 PM—in Couch Place alley. It is free and open to the public as part of Pop-Up Art Loop's September gallery walk.

By now you’ve probably heard a slew of key phrases from us about the ACTIVATE event at Couch Place tonight—public art celebration, placemaking initiative, “people alley”—but with so much packed into one event you may still be wondering, what exactly should I expect? I’ll give you the quick rundown below:

Fashion Show | House of Frog | 7:30 PM

  • Frog Greishaw is a Chicago-based fashion designer. The show at ACTIVATE will feature steampunk-style fashion (right).
  • Steampunk fashion, declared by IBM's "sentiment analysis" to be the next generation of fashion in 2013, is a real-world reproduction of the clothing that is or could be found in steampunk literature.
  • Steampunk literature is perhaps best described as a kind of Victorian sci-fi—borrowing clothing, technology and social mores of Victorian society combined with an alternative imagination of the industrialized 19th century and the influence of steam power on technology.

Uber

  • Uber has generously offered a $25 ride to new customers at the event with the promo code ACTIVATE13 (excludes taxi).
  • Uber drivers have luxury cars such as Lincoln Town Cars, Chrysler 300 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-class sedans.
  • Cars are reserved by sending a text message or by using a mobile app. Using the apps, customers can track their reserved car's location.

Massive "Lite-Brite" | CMYKittens

  • CMYKittens is a Chicago based design collaborative that creates interactive art using the elements of graphic design.
  • At ACTIVATE, the "kittens" are featuring a large lite-brite like display, the largest of its kind.

Entrance | Tristan Hummel

  • The entrance to Couch Place via State Street will be covered with a backlit false brick façade (pictured right in construction) designed by CLA’s own Tristan Hummel.

Pleasant Dreams in Tableau Vivant | Two Lights Theatre Company

  • The Two Lights Theatre Company is a multidisciplinary community of artists in Chicago.
  • “Pleasant Dreams…” will be a 2-D art display covering a large portions of the alley’s walls

Believe it or not, this is still only a taste—there will be even more surprises and perks to look out for tonight!

Once again we’d like to thank our sponsors—Columbia College Chicago, Widmer Brothers Brewing, Blick Art Materials, Carhartt, and Smilebooth—for making this all possible.


Annual Meeting to feature Edwards, highlights of 2013

On February 26, 2013, Chicago Loop Alliance will host the Annual Meeting of its general membership and Board of Directors. To be held at the distinguished University Club of Chicago, the event will assemble more than 250 business, cultural, and civic leaders who have a stake in the health and prosperity of Chicago's great downtown.
 
The event will feature a presentation by Michael M. Edwards, the economic development expert recently appointed as the organization's Executive Director. Edwards, a recognized downtown leader whose portfolio includes the revitalization of Pittsburgh's central area, will discuss the next phase of the organization's growth.
 
Edwards' presentation comes at a pivotal time for Chicago Loop Alliance, and the Loop itself.

During 2012, Chicago Loop Alliance presented Lightscape, which brought to life displays presented in partnership with community organizations; unveiled the city's largest-ever art installation, "Color Jam"; and served as a key partner in hosting the NATO summit. In November, the Board of Directors announced the appointment of Edwards as Executive Director.
 
Invitations to the Annual Meeting are forthcoming. Limited sponsorships are available.


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