ACTIVATE is a popular annual series of pop-up arts programs launched in 2014 that transform alleys and other unexpected places into creative exhibition spaces. This is the sixth annual ACTIVATE season, and this year it aligns with the City of Chicago’s Year of Chicago Theatre. ACTIVATE: Backstage will celebrate the role theater has played in the Loop’s success. In addition to the kind of art installations ACTIVATE attendees have come to expect, the events will include even more pop-up performances, audience participation, stagecraft and set design.
Chicago Loop Alliance will team up with a different curator for each event to highlight a new aspect of the performing arts, covering drag, lighting and stage design, circus arts, and comedy. Curators this season are Missy Perkins and Roe Melloe, A Queer Pride and White Mystery, SONIDOS, and Hot Kitchen.