Hairpin

Arts Center

Managed by Logan Square Chamber of Arts, a nonprofit 501c3 organization, Hairpin Arts Center shares the LSCA mission to: Empower, engage, and transform our communities through the arts.


With a goal to address the ever-changing issues of humanity, Hairpin supports artists representing a plurality of ideas across art forms and levels of experience.

Hairpin Arts Center: At the Intersection of Art and Activism.

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Sudden Impact Series

Tatsu Aoki brings back the Sudden Impact with its 2nd full streaming event in the 2020 Autumn series, providing a platform for Chicago’s musical artists to create. explore, and conduct musical experiments.

Mai Sugimoto is a saxophonist, composer, and active member of Chicago’s jazz and improvisational music scene. Sugimoto draws inspiration from her upbringing in Japan and her roots in jazz to compose and perform from her unique multicultural experience. Born/Raised, her debut album (Asian Improv Records, 2018), explores…

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In response to the current developments in the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Hairpin Arts Center has made the difficult decision to close beginning Wednesday, March 18th . We will reassess the situation and a decision will be made when we can reopen.

We know these are difficult times for all of us. As we are all searching for ways to remain sane and well as we ‘shelter in place’, I was thinking ways we can pass the time, but support and make a difference for others. We are a network of conversations, i.e. our neighbors, churches, schools, friends and family.

As the Executive Director of the Hairpin Arts Center I am keenly aware the ramifications of this shut down on our space, the artists in our community and the community itself.  I went to the Hairpin the other day and as I walked into the space with the sun streaming in through windows…

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Hairpin Arts Center is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
HAIRPIN ARTS CENTER c/o Logan Square Chamber of Arts

2810 North Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60618-7981
HairpinArts@gmail.com | 773.661.6361

Funding supports the Logan Square Chamber of Arts, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit.
The LSCA operates and manages the Hairpin Arts Center.

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A Letter From Our Executive Director
Dear Hairpin Arts Center Community:

We know these are difficult times for all of us. As we are all searching for ways to remain sane and well as we ‘shelter in place’, I was thinking ways we can pass the time, but support and make a difference for others. We are a network of conversations, i.e. our neighbors, churches, schools, friends and family.

 

As the Executive Director of the Hairpin Arts Center I am keenly aware the ramifications of this shut down on our space, the artists in our community and the community itself.  I went to the Hairpin the other day and as I walked into the space with the sun streaming in through windows, the silence and beauty took my breath away. We have a beautiful arts space and currently an amazing AnySquared arts installation, LIP 20/20 (Life in Progress) highlighting 86 artists in celebration of 10 years of  AnySquared art in Logan Square. After the opening, the Hairpin had to be closed due to COVID-19. There is no way for anyone to see this exhibition and all of the  events had to be postponed. We are hopeful the Hairpin can reopen in the next months and the community can gather again to see this exhibition and attend the postponed events. Link to the exhibition and AnySquared is on the attached page.

 

The arts are a critical part of our humanity.  Many artists and small arts organizations are economically vulnerable at this time. These community members need our support now. I am attaching a document with websites that have places you can donate directly to make a difference for nonprofits making a difference and looking for donations. Chicago Community Trust has done a great job in pulling together large funders to support those most vulnerable. The Hairpin needs your support at this time as well. The Hairpin relies on space rentals, and donations to pay overhead and staff while maintaining programs that support artists. If you are able, please make a tax-exempt donation today so that we will be able to give you programming while we are closed and reopen a stronger community arts organization.

 

As a person of a certain age, I know to be cautious and when I go out I wear my N95 mask and disposable gloves. I appreciate my staff, friends and neighbors reaching out to make sure I am OK.  I have found a good joke can put a smile on people’s faces and filling a request for art supplies for children having to stay at home makes me feel connected and alive. I hand groceries through an open porch window to a friend, we say our hello’s and then the window closes.

The challenge is, how do we keep that window open during these challenging times?  We are all in this together and there is no doing it alone. As the Hairpin is still closed we are working on possible ways to bring some programming into your home and also give you some ideas how to enrich your life through art, social connections, learn something new, and just having fun. 

 

I want to give you one simple idea here that has made a huge difference in my life. *Wake up each day EXPECTING a miracle. Say out loud something like, “What miracles will I see today?”  Set your mind to what is possible instead of what is wrong. It will make a huge difference. It could be spring flowers popping up. The birds announcing their love of new day or the kindness of a neighbor or friend. Miracles are everywhere if we take the time to be present and notice them.

Thank you everyone! Be safe and stay healthy. And again, if you are able, please consider supporting the Hairpin Arts Center with your tax-exempt donation. Together we will get through this and hopefully come out stronger and more connected on the other side.

Have a miraculous day!

Gretchen Henninger
Executive Director

Hairpin Arts Center
2810 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60618.