Friday, June 25, 2010

Thank you, MRAC!

In June 2010, The Metroplitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) awarded $503,837 to 61 organizations/projects in the second round of its 2009/2010 Arts Activity Support grant program. This round's funded projects include summer festivals, music series, site-specific performances, a poetry slam, art residencies, a book festival, visual art exhibitions, plays, puppetry, dance programs, cultural heritage events, and the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center's very own SPEAK Project!

The SPEAK Project builds connections between urban youth and their communities through the media of digital photography, spoken word, and, of course, metal sculpture. We are very excited about this year's project as we've got some wonderful talent lined up, and this year is the first year that the SPEAK metal arts classes will be taking place in our own building!

Thank you MRAC, and stay tuned for more details!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Renovation Sneak Peek!

Just want to let everyone know that if you are interested in checking out the building this weekend, it will be open from roughly 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, June 19th, as part of the 38th and Chicago Festival.

Construction is still underway, but if you'd like to take a look at how things are progressing come on by. The mezzanine is in, the roof repairs are (just about!) complete, and if you've driven by lately you've seen that the front facade is about to go in.

Feel free to stop by!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

CAFAC Documentary

A couple of people have asked if there is a spot on the web where they can watch the documentary we showed at our fundraiser. Sorry we've been so slow about getting this out, but here it is!

http://vimeo.com/11300330

Sincere thanks to all that were involved in making it! Enjoy!