Take a closer look, and you may notice that most of these hills are arranged in massive rings, like travelers huddled around a fire on a cold night. An even closer look reveals that parts of the hills are made of cut stone, and some have tunnels carved into their sides. In fact they’re not hills at all but ancient pyramids, left to decay after the collapse of the Maya civilization a millennium ago.Read More
"Art AIDS America is the first exhibition to explore how the AIDS crisis forever changed American art," the Chicago exhibit's website states. "While acknowledging and honoring the enormous anger, loss and grief generated by the epidemic, the exhibition refutes the narrative that AIDS is only a tragic tangent in American art. Instead, Art AIDS America offers a story of resilience and beauty revealed through the visual arts, and of the communities that gathered to bring hope and change in the face of a devastating disease."Read More
(CHICAGO) July 14, 2016 — Art AIDS America, a groundbreaking exhibition which underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art, culminates its U.S. tour here at the Alphawood Gallery (2401 North Halsted Street, Chicago). This temporary space has been created in a former bank by the Chicago-based Alphawood Foundation to bring the exhibition to its only Midwest venue. Admission to the exhibition will be free with timed tickets; it opens on World AIDS Day, Thursday, December 1, 2016, continuing through Sunday, April 2, 2017. Prior to Chicago, Art AIDS America will have appeared at the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington State, the Zuckerman Museum in suburban Atlanta, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York City generating considerable interest and attention at each location.Read More
“Art AIDS America’s” goal is to show the intersection of art, AIDS, and how the 1980s epidemic changed America,” said James McDonough, executive director at the Alphawood Foundation.
Anthony Hirschel, formerly the Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, is overseeing the Chicago presentation of the traveling exhibit. “By working with the local arts community, academics, and Chicago’s advocacy organizations who have been supporting those affected by HIV/AIDS for decades, we intend to present an exhibition that will strengthen and bring together communities from across our great city like no other,” he said in a prepared statement.
The works featured will showcase “a story of resilience and beauty,” and of community even “in the face of a devastating disease,” according to the official statement about the exhibit.Read More
(CHICAGO) July 14, 2016 – Art AIDS America, a groundbreaking exhibition which underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art, culminates its U.S. tour here at the Alphawood Gallery (2401 North Halsted Street, Chicago). This temporary space has been created in a former bank by the Chicago-based Alphawood Foundation to bring the exhibition to its only Midwest venue. Admission to the exhibition will be free with timed tickets; it opens on World AIDS Day, Thursday, December 1, 2016, continuing through Sunday, April 2, 2017. Prior to Chicago, Art AIDS America will have appeared at the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington State, the Zuckerman Museum in suburban Atlanta, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York City generating considerable interest and attention at each location.Read More
In 1971, Cambodia was in the midst of a civil war between the Communist Party of Kampuchea, more commonly known as the Khmer Rouge, and the government forces of Cambodia. Seth joined the Cambodian army; he was in southern Thailand at a military-training facility when Khmer Rouge insurgents captured Phnom Penh in 1975. He had a crucial decision to make: He could return to Cambodia to try to protect his family, including his wife and two sons, and risk execution; or he could flee to the United States as a refugee and leave behind everyone and everything he knew, yet hold out hope that his loved ones would survive.Read More
A full-scale model of the tiny home design that won a recent contest for housing for youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago was on display in advance of the April 18-19 Tiny Homes for the Homeless Summit at UIC.Read More
When a blocked sewer caused major water damage to the 1891-1892 Louis Sullivan- and Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Charnley-Persky House in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood in August 2014, the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), which has owned the building since 1995, was quick to repair the damage. But the extent of the damage and abruptness of the repair left the SAH thinking that it needed to do something more to preserve the national historic landmark.Read More
Walk into any archaeologist’s laboratory and you’re likely to see bags of broken pottery. Walk into Bárbara Arroyo’s laboratory in a warehouse on the edge of the ruins of Kaminaljuyú in Guatemala City and you’ll find bags containing millions of pottery sherds, stacked almost to the ceiling. Millions more sit in the vaults of the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology a few miles away. Outside Arroyo’s laboratory, she and her team have dumped thousands upon thousands more ancient ceramic scraps into a large hole. “They can’t take any more at the museum,” she says with a shrug, gesturing out a window at the overflowing pitRead More
From London, UK to Denver, CO, tiny homes are in the spotlight as architects and activists are turning toward “living small” as a potential solution to homelessness. AIA Chicago is sponsoring a nationwide Tiny Home Competition, encouraging students, architects, designers and the public to plan and design a community of tiny homes for unsheltered homeless young adults, ages 18 to 24. According to the 2015 Chicago Homeless Count and Survey, 31% of the unsheltered homeless population is between the ages of 18 and 24 years old. This competition both raises awareness of younger homeless populations while also providing viable design solutions to a contemporary social issue. Submissions to the competition—generously funded by the Alphawood Foundation -- were due on January 30, 2016. Nearly 300 submissions were received.Read More
A stunning and unexpected discovery in Guatemala is providing researchers with important new information on the fierce rivalry between two Maya superpowers that raged during the apex of the empire some 1500 years ago. (Discover the top 10 Maya Secrets.)
The find of a broken stone monument at the site of El Achiotal in Guatemala’s western Petén may depict a local vassal lord, or ajaw, installed by Siyaj K’ahk’ ("Fire Is Born"), a warrior-ruler from far-off Teotihuacán, near modern Mexico City. (Who built Teotihuacan?)Read More
CHICAGO – February 8, 2016 – The South Side Community Art Center, the oldest African American art center in the country, announced today that it has received a grant totaling $300,000 from the Alphawood Foundation. The grant is intended to allow the South Side Community Art Center to devote more resources to fundraising and development, increase staff capacity and operating hours, and begin planning for the restoration and preservation of its historic building. The grant will be received by SSCAC over the next 3 years.Read More
Chicago, February 1 — Today, the Chicago PrEP Working Group (CPWG) launched PrEP4Love, a citywide, sex-positive media campaign designed to increase awareness of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), a daily HIV prevention pill for HIV-negative people. Honest and visceral photography with a simple tagline — “One pill. Once a day. Protect against HIV.” — is displayed in ads throughout Chicago on CTA trains and buses, as well as in an interactive, heated bus shelter at State and Lake that will be going up soon. The campaign also includes a large online advertising component anchored by the prep4love.com website — where you can see the campaign imagery.Read More
The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts®), the city's first public arts high school, has received a 1+ rating--the highest possible--from CPS's School Quality Rating Policy system, based on academic growth, student attendance and school culture, among other factors.
I want art that asks big questions, that challenges the hell out of me and makes me laugh my face off. That’s Free Street Theater, creating performances by, for and with communities across Chicago and interrogating the idea of “where theater belongs and who belongs in a theater.” They stage stories that crack the world open, most recently The Young Fugitives’ “Track 13” exploring the history and present-day reality of crime and policing from the points of view of youth of color. “We’re trying to do something different,” said ensemble member Elijah Ruiz in an interview with HowlRound.Read More
There are shelves in the world stuffed with good plans that never see the light of day. To celebrate great plans that do, Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) established the Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning in the 1980s to recognize visionary planning efforts with demonstrated results in the Chicago metropolitan region.Read More
Illinois Sunshine is a tool for browsing political contributions in the state of Illinois.
The data comes from the Illinois State Board of Elections, which has been collecting this data electronically since 1994. We built Illinois Sunshine to give journalists, activists and citizens better access to this data.
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DuPage Children’s Museum to Reopen on September 19, 2015
From Lemons to Lemonade: We’re coming back better than ever!
(Naperville, IL) Back in January, DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) experienced the “Great Flood,” which damaged all three floors, causing the Museum to temporarily close. That was the bad news. But now it is time for the long-awaited good news... DuPage Children’s Museum will officially reopen its doors to the public on Saturday, September 19, 2015.Read More
Evidence unearthed in the lowlands of Guatemala suggests that hunter-gatherers and the ancient Maya culture's less mobile settlers worked together during a transitional period that lasted for hundreds of years. The findings, published online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, challenge the view that mobile and sedentary cultures lived apart, and that public monuments are built only after a culture settles down.
"Our study presents the first relatively concrete evidence that mobile and sedentary people came together to build a ceremonial center," University of Arizona archaeologist Takeshi Inomata said in a news release.Read More