Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Cultural ReProducers Event Series

It's official -- Cultural ReProducers has been awarded a grant from the Propeller Fund to support a series of four exciting art events at art spaces throughout Chicago in 2014!
weekend artist lecture or event (kids welcome)
FREE on-site child care with related creative activities
All-ages reception afterwards

If raising children who value and engage with art benefits not only them but also culture as a whole, then raising such children is a profound cultural act in itself. Despite this, both young children and parents are usually left out of the dialogue of the art community because of how its institutions structure the possibility of participation.

The Cultural ReProducers Event Series is a simple project that allows parents with small children participate more actively in the art community. We'll host events at four different art venues throughout the city on Saturday mornings, during hours that make it possible for most families with small children to attend. 

We're working with each venue to curate an exciting lecture, performance, or other event in conjunction with their existing programming.
Unlike your average adult art event, free professional child care will be provided throughout the event in a nearby room, with creative activities linked to the event their parents are attending. There will be a limit of 18 kids in the child care area at each venue, but parents are also free to keep their kids with them - and of course non-parents are also welcome. Each event is followed by an informal all-ages reception with light refreshments, allowing for the possibility of dialogue, connection, and tasty snacks.

Our goal is twofold: to give parents and their kids the chance to participate as critical members of the arts community, and also to inspire cultural institutions to better serve artists and audiences, providing positive models for future programming.  

 If you have ideas about venues or events you'd like to see us partner with in 2014, please be in touch! You can follow posts about upcoming and past events in the series HERE.

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