Brrr it's cold, but a lot of happenings...

Knowing Nick & Nate a documentary about two brothers who are autistic. 

Thursday, January 24 “Knowing Nick & Nate” will screen at 7 p.m. at Glencoe’s Taffik Center (999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe, IL 60022). The film highlights the daily life of a family with two autistic boys and their efforts show that they are a typical American family. After the screening a Q&A will be held with the family featured in the film and
with co-director Kristen Kellar.  $10 suggested donation.

“Knowing Nick & Nate” was awarded Best Student Documentary at the 2012
Illinois International Film Festival and was an Official Selection at the 2012 ArcLight Cinemas Documentary Festival.

RSVP by noon on Tuesday, January 22 by emailing

To learn more about the film visit our website,
or view the trailer at

If you have any questions email


The End of Normal: Disability and Diversity lecture

Department of Disability and Human Development presents

A public lecture by Professor Lennard J. Davis

“Normal” seems to be ending its tyrannical reign over bodies,

particularly identities. Instead, it has been replaced by “diversity.” Yet the one ares that “normal” reigns supreme is in the realm of disability. This lecture explores these issues and tries to account for this discrepancy by considering aspects of life under neoliberalism.

6:00 - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Auditorium, DHSP Building

1640 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago

Light refreshments will be provided.

To request access accommodations, send an email to
or call 312-413-1647 as soon as possible. Dr. Davis is a professor in the English Department as well as Professor of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Art in the Moment 

At the Art Institute, take a moment before mid-February to visit the special exhibition celebrating "Art in the Moment" on display in the northeast corridor of the Ryan Education Center and in the Educator Resource Center.

Art in the Moment is a Museum Education program that engages individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia and their care partners to spark creative dialogue and nurture positive interactions. Together with Art Institute museum educators, volunteers, and art therapist from CJE SeniorLife, participants in the program visit the museum galleries to view and discuss renowned works of art and then engage in
related art-making projects.

The exhibition in the Ryan Education Center displays documentary photography and original works of art made by people with Alzheimer's and dementia and their caregivers during the "Art in the Moment" program. This retrospective reflects how "Art in the Moment" has developed and been conducted at the Art Institute over the past two

Follow this link for more information about "Art in the Moment." 


2013 AATA Film Festival

For the 2013 art therapy conference Art Therapy: Connecting Visual Expressions & Healing, we challenge art therapy filmmakers from around the world to use the medium of film, with its numerous possibilities, to address this theme. Filmmakers of all ages are invited to conceive, design, and produce an original short film that examines who and what we are.
Due to the nature and length of our film festival, shorter films will be given higher priority. Fifteen minute films will be the maximum length considered. Any film longer than this will not be reviewed.
AATA Film Festival Entry Forms...print out and include each page of this entry form with your dvd.

Deadline: February 15, 2013

Each film or video must be accompanied by a completed entry form. Entries must be submitted on DVD (any region or format). Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English. Please include a 3 line synopsis of your film. Please do not send press kits or any other print materials until they are requested by the festival staff.


2013 BOLT Residency

The Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) is thrilled to release the 2013 BOLT Residency Application to Chicago residents with newly subsidized studio rates thanks to the generous support of
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. CAC will welcome a new cohort to  its west loop facility beginning this July 2013.  Application Guidelines are available HERE for DOWNLOAD or by visiting CAC's website. Applications are due February 17, 2013. To Apply, click HERE

The 2013 BOLT Residency Jury includes: Ellen Hartwell Alderman Program Coordinator at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and Founder/Director, Alderman Exhibitions; Natalia Ferreyra, Director, THE MISSION; Hamza Walker, Director of Education and Associate Curator, Renaissance Society and James Yood, Director of the New Arts Journalism program and Visiting Professor, Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism, SAIC. 

BOLT Residency is a highly competitive, juried, one-year artist studio residency program offering artists the opportunity to engage the Chicago arts community and its public in critical dialogue about contemporary art.  Located at the Chicago Artists' Coalition,  BOLT provides workspace, creative community, exhibition opportunities and professional development for contemporary Chicago artists.

BOLT Residency provides artists with nine subsidized studios with 24/7 secure access, a designated 500 square foot exhibition space for solo exhibitions + professionally curated group shows, juried exhibition opportunity for one BOLT resident at EXPO Chicago, and ongoing professional development consisting of one-on-one studio visits with prominent members of the greater arts community. 

Previous visitors have included:

Ellen Hartwell Alderman: Owner/Director Alderman Exhibitions. Program Coordinator, Graham Foundation
Lisa Corrin:  
Ellen Philips Katz Director, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
Michael Darling: 
James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Lisa Dorin: 
Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago
Tricia Van Eck: 
Founder and Artistic Director at 6018NORTH
Natasha Egan: 
Associate Director and Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography
Karen Irvine: 
Curator and Manager of Publications, Museum of Contemporary Photography
Mark Jeffrey: 
Associate Professor Performance, SAIC. Curator. Artist.
Eric May: 
Founder and Director, Roots and Culture Gallery
Monique Meloche: 
Owner/Director, moniquemeloche gallery
Janine Mileaf: 
Director, Art Club of Chicago
Allison Peters Quinn: 
Director of Exhibitions, Hyde Park Art Center
Andrew Rafacz: 
Owner/Director, Andrew Rafacz Gallery
Dieter Roelstraete: 
Manilow Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Roberto Sifuentes: 
Chair/Professor, Performance, SAIC. Founding Member, La Pocha Nostra Performance Group
Lorelei Stewart: 
Director, Gallery 400
Shannon Stratton: Founder and current Executive and Creative Director of threewalls, Chicago
Lane Relyea:  Chair, Art Theory & Practice at Northwestern University
Thomas Robertello: Owner/Director, Thomas Robertello Gallery
Hamza Walker: Director of Education and Associate Curator for the Renaissance Society
James Yood: Director of the New Arts Journalism program and Visiting Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism, SAIC.
Visit our website or Download Application Guidelines.Click HERE to APPLY. Applications are due for submission February 17, 2013 at midnight. Residency begins July 15, 2013. 

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