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November 2, 2013

Announces 2013 Awardees

Propeller Fund
Christa Donner Cultural ReProducers: Future Plan #3, 2013, colored ink on paper, 10″ x 17″, Courtesy of Cultural ReProducers.

Propeller Fund proudly announces the fifteen grant recipients for 2013. Selected from a pool of over one hundred candidates, these small, self-organized, and radical projects are vital to Propeller’s mission of promoting diversity and small-scale interventions in Chicago’s visual art world. Propeller Fund offers 50,000 USD annually (five grants at 6,000 USD and ten grants at 2,000 USD) to artists producing a wide-range of public culture.

2013 Awardees:
An annual 24-hour festival of experimental spaces, apartment galleries, and ephemeral and migrant approaches to exhibitions, 2nd Floor Rear celebrates Chicago’s vibrant community of alternative and DIY art spaces.

3rd Language is a series of inter-generational visual arts workshops for Chicago-based LGBTQ persons of color. Led by Queer artist teachers, the workshops investigate Queer history and alternative methods of visual documentation.

Chicago Artist Writers is an online platform that solicits emerging artists and cultural producers to write criticism of alternative and experimental spaces in Chicago.

Using digital sound and scenic design inside a foreclosed home, Chicago Dream House interprets the personal pain of the 2007-08 economic crisis. Community programming on the property’s exterior creates neighborhood relationships, fostering connection and breaking isolation.

The Chicago Home Theater Festival brings Chicagoans out of their neighborhoods and into each other’s homes to experience hyper-local performance and community building.

The Chicago Zine Fest is an independent event creating an outlet for small press and independent publishers to interact, build community, and swap skills through tabling, workshops, readings, panels, and zine related events.

The (Con)-Solidarity Project is a collaborative, artist-led initiative that focuses on rebuilding personal and historical narratives through engaging Chicago Public School students in consolidated schools with Chicago cultural archives.

In collaboration with the Chicago Time Exchange, Creative Economy, Irresistible Revolution is a series of “social practice” oriented performances commenting on community artist practices and creating a resilient economy founded on community needs and gifts.

Cultural ReProducers is a series of artist-led events at established Chicago art institutions during family friendly hours, featuring free, on-site childcare activities.

Ekphest: A Festival of Art + Word is a program of poetry and spoken word events that invites selected Chicago poets to respond to works of art in the collections of Chicago’s cultural institutions and museums.

Fultonia is a temporary space that re-imagines nutritional pioneer Dr. Alvenia Fulton and the wide-ranging influence she had on Chicago’s Black community and beyond. A series of performative events, exhibitions, and publications brings forth this history as a springboard for conversation and action centered on the present state of Black physical, mental, and cultural life.

IMAGE FILE PRESS is a digital press presenting artist books, zines, and other digital ephemera as free downloads. Its monthly publication, IMAGE FILES, asks an artist to select an image and create 7 “responses” to it.

Radius GRIDS commissions four artists to produce radio broadcasts at four electrical production or distribution centers in Chicago throughout 2014. The project examines energy propagation and what it means to be a node in the networked grid.

The Plug-In Studio hosts a series of public pop-up “ArtMakerSpaces” to engage young people with art and technology through creative activities. Participants create artworks from electronics and found materials, which are then exhibited online.

A journal of art, philosophy, social science, and law, Why Marriage? advocates alternative approaches toward family life. In February 2014, the journal’s launch will be celebrated with an art festival featuring both performances and exhibitions.

About Propeller Fund
Launched in May 2010, Propeller Fund is administered jointly by Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Threewalls. Propeller Fund provides grants to artists, curators, and groups living and working in Cook County, Illinois, and seeks to support projects that are independent, informal, and self-organized. Propeller Fund receives support from Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts through the Regional Regranting Program. Learn more about recipients at www.propellerfund.org

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