Friday, February 21, 2014

In Conversation with Ghost Nature: Cultural ReProducers + Gallery 400

Childcare-supported programming is here! Cultural ReProducers and Gallery 400 are pleased to co-host a conversation between biologist and artist Andrew Yang and Chicago-based artists featured in the exhibition Ghost Nature: Jeremy Bolen, Robert Burnier, Assaf Evron and Heidi Norton, exploring intersections between contemporary art and the natural world.

Saturday morning, March 1st, is your last chance to catch the exhibition Ghost Nature, curated by Caroline Picard for Gallery 400, and also the very first in a series of events organized by Cultural ReProducers at institutions throughout Chicago, offering free on-site childcare.This event will be followed by a closing reception featuring light refreshments and charming kids.

The Cultural ReProducers Event Series is a roaming series of lectures, performances, and other events designed to allow parents with small children participate more actively in the art community. Events take place on weekend mornings and feature free on-site childcare and all-ages receptions.

Our goal is twofold: to give parents and their kids the chance to participate as critical members of the arts community, and to inspire cultural institutions to better serve artists and audiences, providing positive models for future programming. This project is made possible through support from the Propeller Fund.

Where can I find more information about the speakers for this event? Thanks for asking. You can find artist bios, links and more information HERE.

I’m not a parent. Can I come? Absolutely, and bring your friends. We hope these events will be something of interest to anyone engaged in the arts - not just families. One of our goals is to include parents in the context of the broader art community, which means it’s vital to have non-parents there as part of the conversation too.

I am a parent. Does my kid have to be in child care, or can I keep them with me? Parents who'd rather keep their kids with them are welcome to do so. We're just offering the option to participate without the distraction of wrangling small children.

Why do I need to pre-register for child care? If you plan to use our on-site childcare, please sign up as soon as you can so that we know what age groups to plan for! For safety and legal reasons, space is limited to 18 children per event. Registration is first-come, first-served.

What time should I arrive if I'm using the free childcare? Sign-in starts at 10:30 am. The event itself starts at 11am and will last about an hour, with refreshments and conversation to follow. Of course, timing with kids is often a bit unpredictable. You’re welcome to sign in and quietly join us at any time during the event.

Who will be watching my kids? We’ve hand-picked a great selection of experienced babysitters and playgroup facilitators who will lead hands-on activities linked to the events that parents will be attending. These are people we know and trust with our own kids regularly. Keep in mind that this is a grassroots, artist-run childcare project, not a licensed daycare facility. You will be asked to read and sign a waiver before registering your child.

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