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Art Institute of Chicago Block Party

Become a part of the Art Institute of Chicago's Block Party

Do you have a story, idea, or artistic practice you’d like to share with the city?

The Art Institute is seeking contributors for the museum’s Block Party, a daylong celebration of art in Chicago featuring performances, talks, storytelling, and art making. Join people from across Chicagoland on July 21, 2018, as we gather to recognize the talents, creativity, and untold histories that have shaped our city. 

Submit your proposal for an art-related activity that you’d like to lead at the Art Institute Block Party. The format is up to you. Ideas include:

  • Presenting a short gallery talk about an artwork you have researched
  • Reading from your personal archive
  • Leading a hands-on workshop or demonstration
  • Sharing a poem you wrote inspired by something in the museum’s collection
  • Telling a story about your time as a student at the School of the Art Institute
  • Or taking an entirely unique approach—we’re excited to hear from you!

A panel of museum staff, artists, and community members will review proposals and select presenters with the aim of representing a wide variety of experiences, topics, and formats. Presenters will be chosen based on their passion for the subject, its connection to art and design in Chicago, and the creativity demonstrated in their proposal.

Please submit your pitch by Thursday, March 15. Selected participants will be notified by April 30. A modest honorarium is available to all selected contributors to help offset costs, and museum staff will work with presenters to ensure that the activities are safe for visitors and for works of art.

Submit your proposal through our online form. 

The Art Institute Block Party is part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.  

The Art Institute Block Party is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.


Artwork by Angelica Villagomez.