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Elastic Arts Presents: Culture Coach, Night Out in the Parks

Elastic Arts announces its second season of “Night Out in the Parks” Culture Coach series presented in conjunction with the Chicago Park District, Madison Media Institute and Kuumba Renaissance of Madison, Wisconsin. The Culture Coach, a traveling pop-up stage, will bring music and hands-on arts experiences to 10 parks clustered on the North, South and […]

Elastic Arts Audience Survey

Elastic has been working with a firm named, CB White, which specializes in conducting market research and developing strategies for nonprofit organizations. In that effort, we held a couple of focus groups recently, asking people what we’re doing well, not so well and what ideas they had for things that we could be doing. We […]

Elastic Mashups!

FESTIVAL OF EVERYDAY : avant jazz, spoken word, improvised electronics, poetry, songwriters, video, contemporary music, performance, and puppetry Over 3 days (May 15th-17th), we’re showcasing some of the many diverse artists, presenters and organizations we’ve been working with, some for over 15 years. Thursday 5/15 features the Thursday Night Jazz and Improvised Music Series with Ken […]

Mission

The Elastic Arts Foundation works to foster the local community of art and culture in Logan Square and beyond through developing, hosting and producing creative, non-commercial performances, exhibitions, and arts events.

Founded in 2002, Elastic Arts has presented over 1300 events: live music shows, multi-disciplinary performances, theater pieces, literary readings, art exhibitions, and film/video screenings, establishing itself as a leader among grassroots performance organizations in Chicago and throughout the world. By fostering the development and presentation of innovative, non-conventional artists and art forms, Elastic Arts also provides the public with valuable and unique aesthetic and cultural events in an intimate performance environment, free from commercial restraints.

 

 

Our programs are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Staff

Samuel Lewis contact
co-founder/director; programming, marketing, production, outreach; curator of Hip-Hop Seriesspoken word artist

Paul Giallorenzo contact
co-founder/director; programming, grant writing, production, administration; curator of Elastro electro/acoustic series; musician

Davis Krieg contact

co-founder; producer/engineer, facility manager

Dave Rempis contact

curator of Improvised Music Seriesmusician

Susan Fox contact
Intersections curator, Culture Coach programmer

History

Elastic Arts’ founders have been working together as an informal artists’ collective since 1998, originally based out of a loft space in the 500 W Cermak building (“the Spice Factory”), located on the Chicago River between Pilsen and Chinatown. Elastic Arts Foundation (EAF) incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in March 2002, and acquired 501(c)3 status in March 2004.

Since then, EAF has presented over 1300 events – live music shows, multi-disciplinary performances, theater pieces, literary readings, art exhibitions, and film/video screenings – establishing itself as a respected leader among grassroots performance organizations in Chicago and throughout the world. By fostering the development and presentation of innovative, non-conventional artists and art forms, EAF also provides the public with valuable and unique aesthetic and cultural events in an intimate performance environment, free from commercial restraints.

From 2001 – 2005, EAF was based out of a converted church building at 3030 West Cortland Street in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. The venue, a 75-seat theater and digital recording studio, was called 3030. It was a smoke-free, all-ages venue that was unique in the city of Chicago, and as such was appreciated and supported by both performers and audiences. EAF produced over 500 performances at 3030.

In spring 2006 EAF moved out of 3030 and established the Elastic Sound & Vision Gallery (commonly referred to simply as Elastic) at its present location: 2830 N Milwaukee Ave in the Logan Square neighborhood. EAF produces an average of 2 to 4 performances each week at Elastic, while concurrently presenting 1 to 2 month-long visual art exhibitions. Although similar in spirit to 3030, Elastic is an improved venue for several reasons: public transportation and street parking are readily available and the facility itself is more suitable for multi-media performances and visual art exhibitions.

Board

Steve Gaede contact
co-founder; President

Dan Schwarzlose contact
co-founder; Treasurer, director of Elastic Cambodia

Dave Rempis contact
Treasurer, curator of Improvised Music Seriesmusician

Amor Montes de Oca contact
Trustee, arteyvidachicago.com

Samuel Lewis contact
co-founder, Trustee, Director; curator of Hip-Hop Seriesspoken word artist

Paul Giallorenzo contact
co-founder, Trustee, curator of Elastro electro/acoustic series; musician

 

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