Past Events

A City Divided

Saturday June 9, 2018 | 6 PM - 12 AM

Echoes of Chicago encourages their community to unpack the divisive issues that Chicago faces. This is a self-reflective event for Chicagoans to take a moment and consider the things that divide us, why they divide us, and what can help us overcome them to improve Chicago. 100% of profits will benefit Somos Logan Square and The Firehouse Community Arts Center with Chicago CRED.

But don’t worry, it’s still a party: a celebration of community members willing to come together, rise above the reasons that divide us, and consider, unpack, and challenge them.

A City Divided will include:

  • An Art Gallery featuring over 20 local artists
  • A marketplace featuring local Artisans, Nonprofits, and Businesses
  • Local Music Performances
  • Arts and Crafts tables at our Creative Corner
  • Beers and Spirits
  • A Themed Photo Booth
  • The Echoes Superhero, Windy, Performed by Grace DeSant
  • Stand-up Comedy by Keegan Buckingham
  • And more!

Chicago CRED
Their singular purpose is to achieve a transformative reduction in Chicago gun violence. They believe the best solution for ending gun violence is recruiting men most likely to be perpetrators or victims of shootings and transition them to jobs in the legal economy that pay as much or more than what they earn in the violence-plagued illegal economy.

The Firehouse Community Arts Center
The FCAC is changing the world through youth and young adults in the arts within a faith community. They believe the arts is a powerful tool and the “creative spark” for redemptive transformation.

Somos Logan Square
Somos Logan Square is a community organization of current and former residents of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. They organize for affordable housing, and against evictions, rising rents and developments that are imposed without taking the community’s voice into account. They are opposed to the negative impacts of gentrification. They believe that housing is a human right, that everyone deserves a home, and that development should be driven by the community.

Master of Ceremony:
Jurisdiction Da Necessity

Live Music:
Rest You Sleeping Giant
Henry Geraghty
Amir Prince Yateem aka PSU the Hurt Hogon
Jade Brinae
Signal the Launch

Marketplace Vendors:
Art By Markas O
Artistic Kind
David B. Hall
Dead Poet Accessories
Kingston James & Co
The Regardless Collection

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Echoes of Chicago is a nonprofit whose mission is to create affordable, innovative arts and music events that promote Chicago culture and community while raising awareness and funds for local nonprofits.

We are entirely volunteer-run and donate 100% of each event’s profits to local nonprofits.

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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018
7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Map and directionsArnold Schoenberg

For our final CLOSE ENCOUNTER, we invite you to paint or draw the spectacles that percolate within your mind as we play–with a little help from a professional artist, of course. We're beside ourselves to have Katherine Desjardins, on faculty at the University Of Chicago, as our painting instructor and inspirer for this event.
Schoenberg himself was a pretty exceptional painter, using self-portraiture as a way to unlock his own interior life, and with the aid of some...talent juice...we’re intrigued to see what emerges for you as you put brush to canvas–while we provide the musical inspiration.

-selections from-
Arnold Schoenberg – String Quartet No. 4
Elliott Carter – Fragments 1 & 2 for String Quartet
David Fulmer – A new Spektral commission

Tickets on line here

One day Event!! Saturday, May 19, 2018, 7 pm to 10 pm

Specks of EarthIn Specks of Earth, we have approached this exhibition with ideas of nature, organism, symbiosis and hierarchy in mind. It is our belief that, although humans have worked towards isolating ourselves from natural systems, we are inseparable from the cycles of growth, labor, and decay that exist in all organic forms of life. While human systems may seem complex and expertly designed, they pale in comparison to longstanding natural phenomena. One teaspoon of dirt alone holds millions of organisms– tiny unicellular structures that coordinate with the complexity of our largest cities. Through this lens, the exhibition is meant reflect the expansive intricacy that connects our constructed world with the unseen, organic systems that sustain life as we know it.

With both strange and traditional elements, installation and 2D artworks, Specks of Earth attempts to deconstruct the hierarchical view of nature that puts humanity at the top. It is not our objective to reduce the human experience to a teaspoon of dirt, but rather to draw parallels between the macro and micro in hopes of revealing something normally imperceptible. Pulling together a diverse body of work and a group of artists of many of identities and backgrounds, our mission is to distort the scale, multiply perspectives, and vex viewers into new, unfamiliar understandings. Playing on familiarity and discomfort, we work to expose the complexity of our environments big and small, physical and social, as well as answer the questions that are posed by such a task. Who and what make up an environment? How is a space defined by visibility/invisibility? Where does labor take place and whom does it benefit? Where are undetectable forces at play? How can we acknowledge, honor, and challenge such forces? In Specks of Earth we hope to ask and explore these difficult question and more.

Specks of Earth has been organized, curated, and produced by the Exploring Professional Social Practices class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with the generous assistance of instructor Jimmy Bulosan and the organizers of Hairpin Arts Center.

Featuring Artists:

Maya Cartland
Franka Del Santo
Sofia Diaz
Elle Erickson

Kathryn Sara
Grace Kang
Soyoung Lee
Pingyu Ma

Bean McGourty
Corrie Merrill
Aletta Ren

Josh Spelman-Hall
Martel Tinsleyw/ Stevie Stevens
Amy Wilson

Women in Focus Chronicle 12 Chicago Neighborhoods over 12 months

A comprehensive new exhibition of fine art photographs by members of the artist-initiated, non-profit group Women in Focus-Chicago (WIF) opens on Friday, April 13, 7:00 to 10:00 pm gala celebrating the city’s diversity. The show is the culmination of a year of work by WIF photographers who visited a different Chicago neighborhood each month, capturing thousands of images representing the people, sights, and culture of Bronzeville, Chinatown, Downtown, Historic Pullman, Hyde Park, Lincoln Park and the Lakefront, Logan Square, Pilsen, Rogers Park, Uptown, the West Loop, and Wicker Park. Curated by two well-known experts on both photography and Chicago neighborhoods, Richard Cahan and Charles Osgood, the Hairpin exhibition marks the debut of the full project. The full project includes 74 archival fine art prints, with 5-7 photographs representing each of the 12 neighborhoods.

Women in Focus-Chicago (WIF) 12 Neighborhoods

Women in Focus-Chicago (WIF) 12 Neighborhoods

The Hairpin exhibition marks the debut of the full project, following a preview exhibit at Café Sel Marie last summer and the inclusion of select works in Jackson Junge Gallery’s “In the ‘Hood” show over the 2017 holiday season. The full project includes 74 archival fine art prints, with 5-7 photographs representing each of the 12 neighborhoods.

Read Tribune article to learn more

Photographers: Susan Aurinko, Annette Nieves, Kristin Cass, Adeline Sides, Barbara Calabrese, Anne Evans, Wendy Love, Debbie Poulin, Kirsten Fenton, Elaine Coorens

Gallery Hours: Saturday, April 14, 2018 and Sunday, April 15, 2018 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.