CAR's music researcher and staff report on the artists and audiences they meet around Chicago. The ongoing goal of this report is to provide a snapshot of the music industry and scene as CAR works to reach more diverse audiences and learn what tools those audiences want and expect from CAR.
CAR's Literary Researcher, Jeff Oaks, embeds in 826CHI, a non-profit dedicated to supporting students ages 6 through 18 with their creative and expository writing skills.
Whitney Carter opened Carter & Citizen in September 2011 in the Culver City arts district of Los Angeles.
Dance Researcher Victoria Bradford is embedded in the Chicago dance and performance scene for the Fall of 2013 to engage with local dance enthusiasts, dance artists, and dance companies.
This piece explores the higher range of the oboe, which is a difficult range to play in tune while maintaining a full and dark sound. When played well, the sound that emanates is a beautiful, alluring impression unique to the oboe.
There are an infinite number of ways to create a song. It can begin with a founding motif. You can impose a rhythmic device that structures the sounds around it. Starting with a lyric can generate a vocabulary of imagery for the music to follow. A simple riff can morph into an entire phrase.
We're artists. We paint, dance, act, strum, perform and write. But are we (even you, authors) masters of writing about what we do? Not always. Still, the world expects us to spell out the our ideas and goals in order to score the grants, residencies and jobs we need. The Edit is a look at artists' statements, bios, cover letters and the editorial process that shapes them into more persuasive arguments for one's practice.
I put myself in the mindset of baking. My art-making and design work are the cake, the foundation. They take the majority of my time and energy. Social media is the icing that lends a voice to what I do—just enough but not overpowering.
This panel discussed the emergence of new ways to engage audiences in artworks through customized exhibitions and avenues for visitor participation. Panelists considered in depth the implications of audience expectations that are increasingly driven by popular culture and informed by widespread use of social media.
Often the artists who say they have a “studio” here simply have their name on one of the hundreds of shelves that line the ceramics wing. “But we like that,” Robbins assures me. “We want everyone to feel like they have a place to work and feel like part of the family here.”
"Pitchfork is a community of music people who have come together to put on a project that we really love that has been successful and has grown. It was a positive experience from the get-go, and it’s stayed that way." Read up on the people who make the popular music festival run.
As makers, we should all be inspired to lend some time and resources to support our colleagues in their own practices and confront the needs of the neighborhoods that we work in. South Logan Arts Coalition has done just this.
Visual Arts Researcher Andi Crist is moving around the city reporting on and engaging with local artists, arts administrators and advocates to expand our understanding of the visual arts landscape in Chicago.
In the spring of 2013, The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation convened former recipients of its Exhibition Award—given since 1998 to support the work of innovative curators—and other experts for a facilitated conversation on the impact of experimentation and customization in the field.
Small Fish Radio Theatre brings together an old-time radio format and brand-new work. This the first play we have presented episodically. Creating soundscapes to keep the listener located in the world of this play has been most interesting.
One of the greatest things about country music (and soul music) is that part of the songwriting goal is to tell an emotionally relatable story about love or relationships. That’s one of the reasons I’m attracted to the genre as a singer and songwriter; I want to write about life in a direct and poetic way.
Pr0ne follows Jessica Harrison, an aspiring film actress, and her family as the country discovers her secret: that she is the unnamed, possibly exploited, young woman in an adult “casting couch” video at the heart of a highly-publicized legal battle.
Since opening its studio, Ignite has worked to expand awareness of the glass arts to creative communities in Chicago. Ignite currently offers public-access studio hours and classes for independent artists; after-school programs with Chicago Public Schools; and community appreciation through the rental of its event space.
“From what I can tell, our project is the biggest and most ambitious that any newspaper is doing in the United States,” said Doug Seibold, president of the Evanston-based publisher Agate.