I invite you to attend the second annual Art Round Trip (ART)–a biking-walking-riding celebration of the arts in Rogers Park–this Sunday, October 6th, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. The Rogers Park Arts Alliance (RPAA) is sponsoring this event with the assistance of my Ward Service Office staff; the Mayne Stage;Xoro Gallery; the Rogers Park Business Alliance, and dozens of volunteers and local businesses.
Concentrated around the “hubs” of the neighborhood’s four CTA stops–Loyola, Morse, Jarvis, and Howard–over 30 theaters, galleries, stores, and restaurants will be opening their doors to exhibit and promote the art of local artists and artisans. In addition, a “satellite” location, the Greenleaf Arts Center at 1806 Greenleaf, will open its doors to the public.
Pick up a brochure between the hours of 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. and start your ART walk/ride at any of the Rogers Park Red Line “L” stations. ART guides will be at every “L” station hub and information will be provided at all participating venues.
Each hub will present a different, lively art experience:
- Loyola: Just west of the CTA stop, along Loyola Avenue, visit three galleries with a full block party out front! Group shows, artisan vendors, young designers, performance, poetry, music, BBQ, bake sale, games and more!
- Morse: Visit non-traditional galleries such as Bullhead Cantina and Rogers Park Social. Pass byGlenwood Dance Studio and join the Hip Hop dance class at noon. And visit the Mezz Gallery, upstairs at the Mayne Stage, to see a 12-minute video by Youth Empowerment Performance Project.
- Jarvis: The “Square” will be filled with outdoor music, dance, poetry, and art in unconventional galleries such as R Public House, Poitin Stil, and Towbar. There will be jewelry and ceramics as well as a sculpture garden, and an all-afternoon finger-puppet workshop will delight the kids.
- Howard: Try out the circus wheel in Willye White Park and enjoy nearby music and poetry. Sol Caféwill present art from local schools and artists, and be sure to take a look at the new Peterson Garden, now in full bloom.
- Greenleaf Arts Center: The Center provides studio and exhibition space for over fifty area artists, and will open its GAC gallery to the public during the hours of Art Round Trip.
The four CTA station hubs will also include art from eight local Rogers Park schools, including paintings, sculpture, poetry, and the music of singer-songwriters and two rock bands.
Also, if you live in the 49th Ward (which is most of Rogers Park) and are 16 years of age or older, you’ll have a chance to vote on a new design for custom bike racks to be installed throughout the neighborhood. The project is funded through the City and was approved by the community through my Participatory Budgeting process (PB49).
Over 40 designs were submitted by local artists and a panel of RPAA and PB49 judges determined the four finalists.
To view the proposed finalists, CLICK HERE or scroll to the bottom of this page.
The design that receives the most votes on October 5th will become the official bike-rack design for the entire 49th Ward. This is the ONLY day that the bike-rack design vote will be held, so be sure to come by one of the ART hubs and look for the voting table.
You are not required to be a registered voter or a U.S. citizen. Simply present a driver’s license or state ID with your current address, or two forms of identification, one of which must show proof of your current address. (Note: if you are under 20, you must also show proof of your age.)
I will announce the results of the vote in an email next Monday, October 6th, and post them online on the Participatory Budgeting page of my website:
So ride, walk or bike around Art Round Trip the Sunday and see the work of local artists and students, enjoy the atmosphere food and refreshments offered up by one of our neighborhood restaurants or bars, learn to make a finger puppet, take a spin on the Circus wheel, and vote for a bike-rack design that will identify our community!