An intergenerational celebration of arts, family, and community
Sat, Jun 20, 2015 / All events free
At the Logan Center (915 E 60th St at Drexel Ave)
Kick off summer at the Logan Center with a full day of intergenerational workshops, performances, and an exhibition celebrating arts, family, and community. Enjoy an afternoon of art workshops for the whole family at the Logan Center Family Saturday, or commemorate the legacy of African-American music with a concert of traditional African drumming, big band, freedom songs, gospel, hip-hop, and more. Families can also move freely between the courtyard performances and Family Saturday workshops inside the building, though workshop pre-registration is strongly recommended. Later, guests can choose between a screening of the historic documentary Wattstax and a spoken word showcase and open mic hosted by Rebirth Poetry Ensemble. An exhibition opening and artists’ tour of work by Gerald Sanders and his students will round out the day’s programs, with the artworks remaining on view through August 23.
Co-presented by Arts + Public Life, Africa International House, Legacy Productions Plus, the Logan Center, and Reel Black Filmmakers.
JUNE 20 EVENTS
Through Aug 23 / Café Logan and Level 2
Artists’ exhibition tour: 12:30 pm
For the first time at UChicago, a select group of students who have studied under the tutelage of the renowned self-taught, Arkansas-born, Chicago-bred artist Gerald Sanders will exhibit their artwork alongside Sanders’ own compositions. These works invite the eye to linger on the details: textured hair, sheen of skin, folds of cloth, and enigmatic facial expressions. Presented by the Logan Center and Legacy Productions Plus.
1–5 pm / Logan Center Courtyard
In case of rain, performances will take place indoors at the Logan Center
An intergenerational celebration of African-American Music Appreciation Month, featuring African Drumming; a freedom song sing-along with Zahra Baker and Ugochi Nwaogwugwu; the Greater House of Prayer Gospel Choir; Soundmine Merchants Big Band; Maggie Brown’s Legacy Music Project; and Chicago poet, activist, and “humanitarian rap artist” FM SUPREME. Presented by Africa International House and the Logan Center.
2–4:30 pm / Throughout the Logan Center
Workshop pre-registration recommended
Discover your child’s artistic passion with free, hands-on art workshops. Families can sample a range of activities for ages 2–10 through hour-long sessions led by local artists. Presented by the Logan Center and Arts + Public Life with the support of the Milken Institute, Michael and Patricia Klowden, and the Reva and David Logan Foundation.
5–6 pm / Logan Center Courtyard
Participate as a performer or audience member in this spoken word event for teens, hosted by the Rebirth Poetry Ensemble. Featuring Team Englewood and guest performance by Chicago artist, poet, and musician avery r. young. Presented by the Logan Center and Arts + Public Life.
5:30 pm / Screening Room
This historic documentary focuses on the 1972 Wattstax Music Festival and the African-American community of Watts in Los Angeles. Screening followed by a brief discussion about how music can affect social change. Presented by Reel Black Filmmakers, Africa International House, and the Logan Center.
About the Presenters
Arts + Public Life builds creative connections on Chicago’s South Side through artist residencies, arts education, and artist-led projects and events. Public events and exhibitions led by resident and visiting artists, as well as campus and community partners, take place at the Arts Incubator, the Logan Center, and in the surrounding neighborhoods. These programs act as catalysts for collaboration and exchange, creating dynamic and critical creative spaces.
Africa International House USA, Inc. (AIH) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in Illinois whose mission is to serve as a center that exposes and educates all peoples to the individual works and collective contributions of African cultures. The AIH volunteer board of directors is composed of prominent and influential African immigrant and U.S. citizens that represent a wide spectrum of industry, private and public sector leaders. AIH was founded in 1994 to administer its flagship program, the African Festival of the Arts – A Taste of Africa in Chicago.
Legacy Productions Plus facilitates the production of educational, artistic, and cultural activities that transfer wisdom and life lessons from our ancestors, elders, artists, educators, and business leaders to present and future generations. This interconnection across time pays homage to past challenges and achievements and thus offers guidance and inspiration to reach for greatness by those who are with us now and those waiting to come by adding to the storehouse of wisdom via videos, pictures, literature, and other archival means.
The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts presents concerts, exhibitions, performances, programs, and more from world class, emerging, local, and student artists. The Logan Center serves as a hub for the vibrant arts scene at the University of Chicago and a destination on the South Side and greater Chicago.
Reel Black Filmmakers provides information, resources, and assistance to filmmakers of African descent. They study and analyze visual media in all its forms, unifying locally and internationally to create a network that educates and uplifts our community worldwide.