chicago arts district: 40th annual pilsen east artists' open house

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i don't consider myself an artist at all, but i have been very fortunate to be invited to participate in the chicago arts district 40th annual pilsen east artists' open house {thank you dubhe of the dubhe carreno gallery!}

The longest-running event of its kind, the Pilsen East Artist's Open has become an integral part of Chicago's cultural history. It was founded in 1970 by Mrs. Annelies Podmajersky and a handful of artists to help connect their art with the public.

This event is a self-guided walking tour of the intimate world of the working artist. The neighborhood of creatives welcomes you to experience art at its source as you visit their home, studio, theater, dance space, gallery. More than 50 artists will participate and be on hand to discuss their work and share their creative process, don't miss this unique perspective.    

 {excerpts from Chicago Arts District website www.chicagoartsdistrict.org and the open house's program}

neat, huh? but what's even neater {is that a word?} is that i will be exhibiting with a group of other creatives under the name "Artists for Education" where part of our proceeds will benefit KIPP Schools.

haven't heard of KIPP Schools?

KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 99 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 26,000 students.

Every day, KIPP students across the nation are proving that demographics do not define destiny. Over 80 percent of our students are from low-income families... Nationally, more than 90 percent of KIPP middle school students have gone on to college-preparatory high schools, and over 85 percent of alumni have gone on to college. 

 

{excerpts from KIPP's website www.kipp.org}

if you're local and in town, then come out and support!  come visit our spot {artists for education: benefiting KIPP schools, location #22} and purchase something for you and a loved one... it's for a good cause!  while you're there, peruse the streets and take a peak into the workspace of both established and emerging artists.  hope to see you there!

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