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Project& Fellow Claire Chase to perform Excerpt from Project&’s PAN December 02nd, 2017

Cal Performances presents Project& Fellow Claire Chase at the Berkley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive. 

Chase will premiere and except from PAN, a collaborative commission with Project& and the PAN Creative Team. Through her Density: 2036 project, Chase premieres new commissions of work for solo-flute every year. This December 2nd.

PAN’s structure is part of Project&’s core vision of creating models of equitable cultural participation with community and creative collaboration. PAN is an international conversation that crosses borders through the communal creative process.

PAN (taking the sense meaning “all”) aims to break new ground in the 21st-century repertory with a work that is as socially meaningful in a given community as it is artistically adventurous in its format-defying approach to the “concert” (acting together, jointly) experience.

Click here to get your tickets now!

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Project& Receives Prestigious MacArthur Foundation Documentary Grant

CHICAGO, IL, January 14, 2016 — Today the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced a $100,000 grant and partnership with Project& in support of Working in America, which takes an intimate look at how we feel about what most of us do all day long: work. Working in America is a multi-platform documentary initiative chronicling the everyday challenges, triumphs and realities of working (and not working). Within the common thread that everyone has a relationship to work, this powerful visual and audio initiative is inspired by the 40th anniversary of Studs Terkel’s influential book, Working, as a springboard for a contemporary conversation about the meaning of work and the physical and psychological realities of working in America today.

As Jane M Saks, President/Artistic Director of Project& and Creator of Working in America explains, “What Studs Terkel understood 40 years ago has exploded onto the mainstage of America: Our ability to work and the value placed on us and our labor significantly defines our sense of identity, dignity, and humanity, and that of our entire country. This initiative gives the changing and complex landscape of working in America the human focus, engagement, and creativity it deserves at a time when we are collectively gearing up for an election that could show what we value (or don’t) by voting on the direction of our nation’s economy and political future.”

Project&’s Working in America is one of only 19 grants awarded for documentary and interactive projects. These grants, totaling nearly $2.5 million, represent MacArthur’s largest single-year investment in documentaries. “It was an extremely competitive year,” the Foundation states, “We are delighted to include Working in America in this group of outstanding and important documentary and nonfiction multimedia projects.”

Working in America includes three components: a nationally traveling photographic exhibition featuring images of veterans, janitors, tech and finance entrepreneurs, farmers, athletes, oil field workers, artists, domestic caregivers and more from across the US captured by Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer and Project& Fellow Lynsey Addario. The exhibition will be designed by renowned architect Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang. Working in America will launch at Chicago’s famed Harold Washington Library on Labor Day Weekend 2016 with a series of compelling programs, and the exhibition will travel to city libraries across the US in 2017 and 2018. The initiative also includes “Your Working Story,” a dynamic online archive that provides everyone the opportunity to upload images of themselves and their working stories; and Project& will assist local libraries in developing programming and dialogues that ask how we can reimagine work to enhance the dignity and quality of life for individuals, families, communities, and the nation.

Project& has partnered with Radio Diaries to co-produce a radio series titled “Working Then and Now” that will broadcast on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” Project&—working with The Studs Terkel Radio Archives, Chicago History Museum, and the Library of Congress—has been given unprecedented and exclusive access to the never-before-heard field recordings Terkel conducted for his book. “Working Then and Now” expands on these recordings with current interviews with those he interviewed 40 years ago and with workers today. The radio series will reflect upon the dramatically changing American working landscape, charting the decline of the manufacturing industry and the rise of the “gig economy” alike, knowing that Terkel’s research remains more relevant today than ever.

Other key partners in the Working in America initiative include Access Living, exhibition design by Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang Architects, Chicago Public Library, the US Department of Labor, The Center for American Progress, the Chicago History Museum, the Library of Congress, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Rap Sessions, the Shriver Center for Poverty Law, Spark, Women Employed, YOUMedia, and the Reva and David Logan Foundation.
Project& wants to know your working story! What does work mean, look and feel like to you, your friends, and your family?  Post your story and you’ll have the chance to be featured by Project&! You can do so by tagging Project& in your vintage and/or contemporary photos of working in America and using the hashtag “#workinginamerica.” You can find us on Instagram at @project.and, on Twitter @_projectand, and at facebook.com/projectand.

We’re Going to the White House!

Project&, Cheryl Pope and Nathan Diamond are honored to be a part of the White House’s efforts to focus on National Youth Justice Awareness Month with programming that features panels, art performances and group discussions on the importance of the arts in building narratives, empowering communities, and furthering youth justice.

Cheryl Pope and the Chicago poets of JUST YELL/POETRY as SELF DEFENSE are teaming up with Nathan Diamond and poets from Washington D.C. to head to our nation’s capital. Along with Jane M. Saks of Project&, they will participate in the daylong event:

Justice and Opportunity: The Power of the Arts
A Focus on Juvenile Justice
The White House | October 14, 2015

Innovative visual artist and the 2015 recipient of a 3Arts Award, Cheryl Pope, and Nathan Diamond, Director of the Arts in the District of Columbia’s Public Schools, have designed a provoking program that brings forward the voices of youth today from Chicago and DC responding to issues of juvenile justice. Opening the day with a raw collaborative performance reminiscent of jazz improvisation, the Chicago and DC poets will share their experiences with urban violence and the judicial system. The voices of incarcerated youth will become entangled with these stories, providing a multi-vocal response to the issues of juvenile justice that impact the lives of young people across this country.

“When an adult slows down and genuinely listens to the voices of youth today,” Pope explains, “the experience is transformative.”

At the invitation of the White House, Project& President and Artistic Director, Jane M. Saks, will participate on a panel on the ability of art and culture to create necessary and difficult dialogues and have social impact.

“To be part of the White House’s efforts focused on Juvenile Justice and the Arts is a powerful opportunity to collaborate with Cheryl, Nathan and young, fierce artists using their own voices to express their own lives,” notes Saks. “Just Yell/Poetry as Self Defense illustrates the phenomenal power of the arts to ask the challenging questions and force us to listen, re-imagine ourselves and our world beyond what we have before.”

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth) September 17th, 2015

Organization: EXPO CHICAGO.
This September 17-20, 2015 heralds the inauguration of the annual Project&/EXPO CHICAGO Collaboration Focused on Social Aesthetics.

Project& presents internationally-celebrated artists Hank Willis Thomas, Ryan Alexiev and Jim Ricks of the Cause Collective’s In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth) on Navy Pier at EXPO CHICAGO.

In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth) is a mobile interactive video recording booth open to the public that asks participants to look into a camera and finish the statement “The truth is…” The project debuted at Ireland’s Galway Arts Festival in 2011. It has since traveled to locations including South Africa, Afghanistan, Cleveland, Miami, Brooklyn and now to Chicago with Project& and EXPO CHICAGO.

To further animate The Truth Booth in Chicago, Project& is inviting local organizations that engage the breadth of the city’s population and represent the deep civic commitment and ideals of Chicago to finish the phrase “The truth is…” From The Truth Booth recordings, Project& and the Cause Collective will create a cinematographic piece representing Chicago’s diverse opinions, perspectives, confessions and passions.

Photo Credit: James Prinz Photography

Just Yell / Poetry as Self Defense: The physical embodiment of language August 10th, 2015

Organization: The Poetry Foundation.
Project&, in collaboration with innovative visual artist Cheryl Pope, is staging the second installment of their long-term series of publicly-engaged installation performances around issues of violence and Chicago’s youth on August 10, 2015 at The Poetry Foundation from 6:00-8:00pm.

In Just Yell / Poetry as Self Defense: The physical embodiment of language, Pope and Chicago teens will stage a performance combining self-defense training and poetry, confronting issues of race, gender and abuses of power. The event is free and open to the public; the Poetry Foundation is located at 61 West Superior Street.

In collaboration with Project&, Pope will develop an ongoing city-wide series that aims to more effectively and democratically discuss the issues of violence that plague our nation through invitations that engage audience participation during the performances. At its core, this model aims to engage youth at an unprecedented depth.

To read more about Project&’s work with Cheryl Pope, click here.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth) September 18th, 2015

Organization: EXPO CHICAGO.
Project& and internationally-celebrated artist Hank Willis Thomas ignite a global dialogue through the collaborative work In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth) asking, “How is truth defined?” A giant cartoon speech bubble, which acts like a photo booth that participants can enter, is the central element in this public installation.

The “Booth” travels across the country and the world, recording two minute long private confessions and musings. The resulting footage is curated into revealing videos meant to inspire dialogue between people, locations, and truths.

Project& and Willis Thomas will be bringing the “Booth” to EXPO Chicago at Navy Pier, September 18-20th. For visitor information, please visit EXPO Chicago’s site. For more information on The Truth Booth and its artists, click here.

Photo Credit: Paul Davis Photographer

Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South August 03rd, 2015

Organization: National Black Theatre Festival.
Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South, a Project& Global Dialogue, has been selected to take part in the National Black Theatre Festival. The Festival will run from August 3rd through August 8th in Winston-Salem, NC. Information on showtimes, ticketing, and post showing programming will be posted shortly.

If you’d like to read more about Sweet Tea, please click here.

Photo Credit: James Prinz Photography

Just Yell: Poetry as Self Defense June 11th, 2015

Organization: The Poetry Foundation.
Project&, in collaboration with visual artist Cheryl Pope and 38 Chicago students, share and activate intimate experiences of urban violence in their lives. Just Yell: Poetry as Self Defense is the first in an ongoing series of publicly-engaged installation performances around issues of violence and Chicago’s youth. It will take place at Chicago’s The Poetry Foundation at 61 W. Superior Street from 5:30-7:30pm on Thursday, June 11th.

To read more about Project&’s work with Cheryl Pope, click here.

Photo Credit: Paul Davis Photographer

Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South May 28th, 2015

Organization: The Wallis Theatre at Northwestern.
Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South, a Project& Global Dialogue, will be performed at The Wallis Theatre in Evanston from May 28th-June 7th. Evening performances will begin at 7:30pm, and Sunday matinees will begin at 2:00pm. For further information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

If you’d like to read more about Sweet Tea, please click here.

Photo Credit: Marc Perlish Photographer

Claire Chase April 04th, 2015

Organization: UCLA.
On Saturday, April 4 at 4pm, Project& Fellow Claire Chase will lead a performance of Salvatore Sciarrino’s immersive 70-minute Cerchio Tagliato dei Suoni (Cutting the Circle of Sounds) for 104 flutists. The accompanying flutists are of all ages and abilities. Often performed in museum spaces, for UCLA Chase transports this unique experience to the campus environs surrounding Schoenberg Hall.

A solo performance by Chase will follow, and will feature selections from Chase’s latest album Density. Density is an ambitious and varied collection that culminates in the notorious flute solo “Density 21.5” by Edgard Varèse, a work which Chase says “unleashes the spirit of the flute.” For tickets and more information, please visit UCLA’s website.

Photo Credit: Paul Davis Photographer

Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South April 29th, 2015

Organization: Towne Street Theatre.
Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South, a Project& Global Dialogue, will be performed at the Stella Adler Theatre in Los Angeles from April 29th-May 3rd. The performance is a co-production of Project& and Towne Street Theatre, and tickets can be purchased on Towne Street’s site. Tickets are $20 for general admission, and $10 for students. Performances will take place at 7:30pm each evening, with an additional 4:00pm matinee on Sunday.

If you’d like to read more about Sweet Tea, please click here.

Photo Credit: Marc Perlish Photographer

Claire Chase February 11th, 2015

Organization: De Doelen.
Claire Chase will give the European premiere of “An Empty Garlic” (2014), written by composer Du Yun and commissioned by Project&, on February 11, 2015 at De Doelen in Rotterdam. This piece, featured on her program Density 2036: part ii, has now been played in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. You can visit Claire’s site for details.

For those who are unable to catch any of the live performances, you can watch a video of Claire performing “An Empty Garlic” at The Kitchen here.

Photo Credit: James Prinz Photography

Cheryl Pope January 29th, 2014

Organization: Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.
The work of Project& Artist Cheryl Pope will be featured in an exhibition at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMOCA) titled Substrate. Substrate will feature the work of eight artists whose installations deal with how we interact with our surroundings. Taking inspiration from the museum itself, the artists have transformed the floors of the exhibition space, reimagining the physical in an effort to challenge the roles of artist and museum.

Substrate will run from January 29th-April 5th, 2015. To read more about the exhibition, please click here.

Photo Credit: James Prinz Photography

Cheryl Pope January 27th, 2014

Organization: The President’s Gallery at Harold Washington College.
The President’s Gallery at Harold Washington College will feature an exhibition from Project& artist Cheryl Pope, titled Just Yell: Unfolding the Folds. As part of the exhibition, Pope will work with students to inspire artistic responses to pressing social issues such as the #blacklivesmatter protests and the new civil rights movement. These responses will become part of the exhibition.

Pope is a resident of the college’s Pedestrian Project, a Visiting Artists Program within the Department of Art and Architecture.

The exhibition will run from January 27th-February 27th, 2015, which will include a public presentation with Pope on Thursday, February 19th from 12:00-2:00pm. To read more about the exhibition, please click here.

An Evening with Pulitzer-Prize Winning Photographer and Project& Fellow Lynsey Addario February 23rd, 2015

Organization: Project&.
Join us for an intimate conversation with Lynsey Addario to celebrate the release of her memoir, “It’s What I Do,” published by Penguin Press. The book follows Addario as she documents the major conflicts and humanitarian crises of our time, traveling from Afghanistan to the Congo to Syria with camera in hand.

The event will take place on February 23rd at The James C. Tyree Auditorium of
Mesirow Financial, 353 N. Clark St. Doors will open at 5:30pm, and the program will begin at 6:00pm. The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale, and a book signing will follow the event.

No RSVP is required, but please direct all inquiries to rowan@projectand.org or 773-606-2384.

Photo Credit: James Prinz Photography

Cheryl Pope December 04th, 2014

Organization: Auto Body Movement.
Project& artist Cheryl Pope will be featured in the four-day performance and video project Auto Body. It will feature 33 female artists who were selected by a curatorial advisory committee, and will premier at Miami Art Week on December 4th. It will take place at Giant Motors: Auto Body and Repair Shop, a now defunct garage. The show is a traveling exhibition, and is slated to open in Buenos Aires in 2015. To read more about Auto Body, please click here.

Photo Credit: Corinne de Korver

Rachel Beth Anderson November 19th, 2014

Organization: Daily Nebraskan.
Rachel Beth Anderson’s First to Fall will screen at her alma mater, University of Nebraska Lincoln, on Wednesday, November 19th. A Q&A with Anderson will follow the screening of the documentary. Click here to read more.

Photo Credit: Corinne de Korver

Rachel Beth Anderson November 22nd, 2014

Organization: Columbus Film Council.
Rachel Beth Anderson’s First to Fall will be screened at The Columbus International Film + Video Festival on November 22nd. The film is a Best of Fest winner, and Anderson will introduce it at the screening. Click here for details of the event.

To read more about the film, and Project&’s Global Dialogue in collaboration with Anderson, please click here. You can also look up future First to Fall screenings on Ishta Productions’ site.

Photo Credit: Corinne de Korver

Rachel Beth Anderson October 24th, 2014

Organization: Harvard University.
Rachel Beth Anderson’s First to Fall will be screened at Harvard University on October 24th, courtesy of the university’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Click here for details. An interview with Rachel and co-director Tim Grucza will follow the screening.

Photo Credit: Images courtesy of Ginzberg Films

Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa October 08th, 2014

Organization: Hartford Courant.
Quinnipiac University School of Law will host a screening of Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa on October 8th. A conversation with the documentary’s director Abby Ginzberg will follow the screening. Click here for details.

If you’d like to learn more about Project&’s Global Dialogue on the film, click here.

Photo Credit: Images courtesy of Ginzberg Films

Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa October 09th, 2014

Organization: Columbia University.
Columbia University’s World Leaders Forum will host a screening of Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa on October 9th at the Miller Theatre. A conversation with Sachs and the documentary’s director will follow the screening. Click here for details.

If you’d like to learn more about Project&’s Global Dialogue on the film, click here.

Photo Credit: Marc Perlish Photographer

Claire Chase October 12th, 2014

Organization: The Hideout.
Project& Fellow Claire Chase’s ensemble ICE is performing on October 12th at Chicago’s The Hideout. The performance begins at 6:00pm, and is free of charge. For information on the program and location, click here for details.

Photo Credit: Paul Davis Photographer

E. Patrick Johnson September 25th, 2014

Organization: SAIC.
Project& artist E. Patrick Johnson will give a lecture titled “From Field to Performance: Adapting Oral History and Ethnographic Field Research for the Stage” at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on Thursday, September 25 at 6:00 p.m. For more information on the lecture, click here.

If you’d like to read about Johnson’s Project& Global Dialogue, click here.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Hank Willis Thomas September 11th, 2014

Organization: Monique Meloche Gallery.
Hank Willis Thomas’ work is the first to be featured in the Monique Meloche Gallery’s Off the Wall project, a new public art initiative in Chicago. Six of Thomas’ challenging, conceptual photographs will be featured on public benches around the city. To read more and see photos of the benches, click here.

To learn more about Hank Willis Thomas’ Global Dialogue with Project&, titled Question Bridge: Black Males, click here.

Photo Credit: Market Road Films

Project& October 05th, 2014

Organization: Project&.
This October Project& participated as a Creative Producer in the creative summit to begin work developing the site-specific installation planned for Reading, PA, America’s poorest city. The team behind the piece is led by MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, who will work to create a bold and interactive multimedia sculpture. This piece will investigate how the identities of so many cities in America shift over time, and the effect these shifts have on their residents.

To read more about “THIS IS READING,” and see photos from the creative summit, click here.

Photo Credit: James Prinz Photography

Cheryl Pope September 18th, 2014

Organization: IN/SITU at EXPO CHICAGO.
Project& artist Cheryl Pope will exhibit her work as part of IN/SITU at EXPO CHICAGO. The EXPO will take place September 18th-21st at Navy Pier; to purchase tickets, please visit their site.

As a participant of Project&’s Innovative Studio program, Pope is developing a national initiative to democratically engage the issues of violence that plague our nation, and the lasting effects they have on individuals and communities. To learn more about Cheryl’s Innovative Studio, click here.

Photo Credit: Studs Terkel Radio Archives/WFMT

Project& / Radio Diaries September 01st, 2014

Organization: Project&.
This past Labor Day, Project&’s first radio piece, “Working, Then and Now” debuted on NPR’s All Things Considered. It included a revisit of Studs Terkel’s seminal 1974 book “Working: People Talk About What they Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do,” never-before-aired raw audio interviews, and an exploration of what it means to work in America today. You can also listen to it on the Radio Diaries site. This piece is a Project& and Radio Diaries co-production.

This co-production is part of Project&’s ongoing “Working in America” series, which includes a large scale traveling photo exhibit by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Lynsey Addario. To learn more about “Working in America,” click here.

Project& August 19th, 2014

Organization: The Monument Quilt.
The monument quilt will make a stop in Chicago on August 19th from 1 to 5 pm in Daley Plaza. Please join us for an afternoon of healing in partnership with Rape Victim Advocates and Project&. Click here for details.

Jane M. Saks August 10th, 2014

Organization: Aspen Art Museum.
Jane Saks and Project& will attend the opening of the new Aspen Art Museum on August 9-10. Jane is speaking on a panel (August 10th at 2 pm) with Jeff Chang (Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Standford Universiy) and Gloria Stoga (Founder, Puppies Behind Bars) in conversation with artist Jim Hodge’s new piece With Liberty and Justice for All. Please join us for the discussion and celebration. Click here for details.

Photo Credit: Corinne de Korver

Rachel Beth Anderson June 17th, 2014

Organization: Human Rights Watch.
First to Fall makes it’s New York premiere at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Click here for details.

Photo Credit: Marc Perlish Photographer

Claire Chase October 02nd, 2014

Organization: The Kitchen.
Project& artist Claire Chase will premiere her piece “density:2036 part ii” at New York City’s famed Kitchen on October 2, 2014. The 70-minute program, commissioned by Project& and the Pnea Foundation, will feature newly commissioned world premieres by George Lewis, Matthias Pintscher, Felipe Lara, and Du Yun. Click here to learn more. You can also read about the piece in the New York Times’ Fall Arts Preview.

This piece is part of Claire’s ongoing Fellowship with Project&, titled “Lost Languages: Visibility and Invisibility.” To learn more about Claire’s Fellowship, click here.

Photo Credit: Images courtesy of Ginzberg Films

Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa April 03rd, 2014

Organization: Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Project& and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs host a private advance screening of Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa, 5:30 pm at the Union League, Chicago, IL. Click here for details.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Question Bridge: Black Males April 24th, 2014

Organization: DuSable.
The DuSable Museum and Project& present “A Dialogue Among Men” with panelists including Jawanza Kinjufu, Janks Morton, 6:30-8 pm, Chicago, IL. Members: free, non-members $5. Click here for details.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Question Bridge: Black Males March 21st, 2014

Organization: DuSable.
The Dusable Museum presents Question Bridge: Black Males, with support from Project&, March 21 to May 18, 2014, Chicago, IL. Click here for details.

Photo Credit: Images courtesy of Lynsey Addario

Lynsey Addario February 05th, 2014

Organization: Chicago Council.
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs in Partnership with Project& present Women as Changemakers: A Photo Essay with Lynsey Addario, at the Spertus Institute, Chicago, IL. Click here for details.

Photo Credit: Paul Davis Photographer

Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women February 28th, 2014

Organization: Process Series.
Directed by Project& artist E. Patrick Johnson, Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women, playing 2/28/2014-3/1/2014 at UNC Chapel Hill. Click here for details.

Photo Credit: Paul Davis Photographer

Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South February 14th, 2014

Organization: Project&.
Starring Project& artist E. Patrick Johnson, Sweet Tea Black Gay Men of the South, playing February 14 to 22, 2014 at the Durham Arts Council, Durham, SC. Click here for details.

Photo Credit: James Prinz Photography

Cheryl Pope September 15th, 2014

Organization: Galleria Bianconi Milan, Italy.
Galleria Bianconi, in Milan, Italy, showcases a solo exhibition of Cheryl Pope’s work. Click here for details.

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