There’s an election coming up this Sunday, but no politicians are on the ballot. Instead, you will get to vote for the logo design that you would most like to see on our new bike racks.
This is all a part of my 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting process in which I give 49th Ward residents the power to determine how I spend the ward’s capital budget allocation. New bike racks were one of the projects approved by the voters in previous participatory budgeting elections and I arranged with the City to set aside a portion of the money allocated to include a distinct logo design on some of the racks in high traffic locations.
I issued a call last month for Rogers Park artists and designers to submit proposals for the logo design. Over 40 local artists submitted designs and a panel of judges from the Rogers Park Arts Alliance and the 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Leadership Committee narrowed the field to four finalists.
To view the proposed finalists, CLICK HERE or scroll to the bottom of this page.
Now it’s your turn. In the tradition of 49th Ward participatory democracy, I’m asking the residents of my ward to vote for their favorite design. The vote will take place this Sunday, October 5th, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., at Art Round Trip–a biking-walking-riding celebration of the arts in Rogers Park. Polling stations will be set up at or near each of the four CTA Red Line stations in Rogers Park–Loyola, Morse, Jarvis and Howard–and theGreenleaf Arts Center, 1806 W. Greenleaf.
The design that receives the most community resident votes will become the official 49th Ward bike rack design.
If you are a resident of the 49th Ward and at least 16 years of age, you are invited to vote. 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 theParticipatory Budgeting page of my website:
After you cast your ballot, take time to enjoy Art Round Trip (ART). This second annual neighborhood arts festival is concentrated around the “hubs” of our neighborhood’s four CTA stops. 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, 1806 W. 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 wheelin 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.