theaster gates will perform with little black pearl glassblowing students at special event on the evening of friday, march 21 at 5:30 pm
GAS Conference Keynote Speaker and renown multimedia artist Theaster Gates will perform alongside glassblowing students from the Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy in a special Friday night event that will include an exhibition and reception, with further opportunities for networking with other at-risk youth programs. The performance piece will begin at 6 PM at Little Black Pearl, with the reception to follow immediately. Buses will run from the conference's Palmer House to Little Black Pearl beginning at 5:30PM, and will also return guests back to the Palmer House beginning at 8PM
Where: Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy
1060 E. Greenwood Drive. Chicago Il 60653
Light appetizers and beverages will be the reception and we hope all of you can be there!
Tracy Kirchman, director of the glass education program at Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy, is organizing two exhibitions for a Friday evening event at the school.
First is an exhibition of student works.
Says Tracy: "We ask that you let us know how many pieces you plan to display as soon as possible. We need to know how many pedestals we need. We also have only one day to set this show up because we are a school and use all of the building on a regular basis so I ask that you consider this in your selection of work."
The goal is to exhibit at least one piece from each at-risk youth program attending the GAS conference.
Says Tracy: "These can be individual or group pieces...have fun with it! You can ship work or deliver it no later than Wednesday March 19th from 8AM-5PM (we can make arrangements for return shipping or you may take your glass with you after the conference)."
Before you send it, make sure it will work and get in touch with Tracy. "Please email me a proposal of what you would like to display to represent your program as by Friday Feb 21st. I would also like to have literature about all of the programs at the show, so it would be great if you could send that along as well."
Second is an exhibition of a collaboration between students from all programs.
In addition to the display of individual work, Tracy is organizing a collaborative glass piece with elements created by students in all of the programs, even those who are not able to attend the GAS conference. She did a similar project commemorating all of the kids under 18 who were victims of gun violence here at LBP and it was stunning.
Here is more about the project from Tracy:
"Our idea was to have each organization make flowers that we can hang around the Atrium in our space from each group. It would be an easy project for our kids to create, and if we have enough of them it will look amazing! Here is a picture of the space where we will be hosting the reception and exhibtion. Pearl and I talked about hanging the flowers from the railing on the second floor, so they would be illuminated by the white lights behind them (see the space pictured above).
"I am open to the flowers being all shapes and sizes but I do ask that you please wire them to be hung (ex. a loop of wire attached to each flower that we can run a piece of rope through to make a garland) I am open to ideas on this and it would be great if everyone could send pictures.
"Again we are a school so we have only got a limited amount of time to set up. My students and I are ridiculously busy with the performance part of this event but we are willing to help in anyway that we can.
"I am looking forward to meeting all of you and hearing all of your ideas. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. "
Tracy M. Kirchmann, MFA/BFA
Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy
Glass Artist and Educator
On Friday, March 21st, at 10:30 AM, program heads, instructors, students, and administrators from some of the leading at-risk youth programs in the US will gather at a conference room at the Palmer House for a facilitated discussion of using glass education to reach at-risk youth. Moderated by Minkoff Foundation director Andrew Page, the goal is to create bridges between organizations that might not be connected despite working in the same field. We will begin with brief introductions of all programs in attendance. We will then break into smaller groups organized around key areas of interest. The group will reconvene at the end of the forum to share the results of their dialogues, and to get feedback from the rest of the attendees.