Upstream Animated

  • Upstream Animated sample

    Upstream Animated sample

Interdisciplinary artist David Luke has collaborated with Upstream Arts to create a quartet of unique animated movies. Continue Reading Upstream Animated

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In the Pursuit of Happiness

  • Esther and a participant laughing.

    Esther and a participant laughing.

The Pursuit of Happiness aims to infuse the neighborhood with the best medicine, laughter, through a series of Laughter Gatherings in living rooms, businesses, community spaces, schools, and outdoors, thereby promoting physical and emotional well-being and our right to the pursuit of happiness. Continue Reading In the Pursuit of Happiness

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Poetry Mobile

  • Poetry Mobile: Inital potential mockup

    Poetry Mobile: Inital potential mockup

  • Poetry Mobile: Inital potential mockup

    Poetry Mobile: Inital potential mockup

  • Poetry Mobile: Working sketch

    Poetry Mobile: Working sketch

  • Poetry Mobile: Designing the model

    Poetry Mobile: Designing the model

  • Poetry Mobile: Designing the model

    Poetry Mobile: Designing the model

  • Poetry Mobile: Molly Van Avery types a poem on the finished Poetry Mobile

    Poetry Mobile: Molly Van Avery types a poem on the finished Poetry Mobile

  • The Poetry Mobile in action at the 38th and Chicago Business Association festival.

    The Poetry Mobile in action at the 38th and Chicago Business Association festival.

  • Typing at the Poetry Mobile.

    Typing at the Poetry Mobile.

  • Anne and Thomas write a poem on the Poetry Mobile at the 38th and and Chicago Business Association festival.

    Anne and Thomas write a poem on the Poetry Mobile at the 38th and and Chicago Business Association festival.

  • One of the Poetry Mobile poems.

    One of the Poetry Mobile poems.

The Poetry Mobile is a 4-wheeled, pedal powered whimsical writing studio where Project Coordinator Molly Van Avery and a multitude of collaborators will write and deliver an original poem to every household in Powderhorn Park. Continue Reading Poetry Mobile

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Time Travel

  • Concept mock-up.

    Concept mock-up.

  • Finishing the background.

    Finishing the background.

  • In the parking lot south of Pillsbury House + Theatre.

    In the parking lot south of Pillsbury House + Theatre.

  • Poetry Mobile: Designing the model

    Poetry Mobile: Designing the model

  • Poetry Mobile: Designing the model

    Poetry Mobile: Designing the model

  • Poetry Mobile: Molly Van Avery types a poem on the finished Poetry Mobile

    Poetry Mobile: Molly Van Avery types a poem on the finished Poetry Mobile

  • The Poetry Mobile in action at the 38th and Chicago Business Association festival.

    The Poetry Mobile in action at the 38th and Chicago Business Association festival.

  • Typing at the Poetry Mobile.

    Typing at the Poetry Mobile.

  • Anne and Thomas write a poem on the Poetry Mobile at the 38th and and Chicago Business Association festival.

    Anne and Thomas write a poem on the Poetry Mobile at the 38th and and Chicago Business Association festival.

  • One of the Poetry Mobile poems.

    One of the Poetry Mobile poems.

A site-specific piece meant to be universal, combining the art of sign painting and installation art. Continue Reading Time Travel

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PHAT mobile

  • PHAT Mobile potential trailer sketch

    PHAT Mobile potential trailer sketch

  • PHAT Mobile: Finished Design

    PHAT Mobile: Finished Design

  • PHAT Mobilepotential trailer sketch

    PHAT Mobilepotential trailer sketch

  • David works with kids at the Boys and Girls Club on their screenprinting designs

    David works with kids at the Boys and Girls Club on their screenprinting designs

  • Arts on Chicago Screen

    Arts on Chicago Screen

  • Natasha helps a kid at the Boys and Girls Club with screenprinting

    Natasha helps a kid at the Boys and Girls Club with screenprinting

  • Natasha pulls a screen print at the June 8th Arts on Chicago celebration.

    Natasha pulls a screen print at the June 8th Arts on Chicago celebration.

  • Screen printed Arts on Chicago bandanas, courtesy of the PHAT Mobile.

    Screen printed Arts on Chicago bandanas, courtesy of the PHAT Mobile.

  • Screenprinted Arts on Chicago bandanas hanging up to dry.

    Screenprinted Arts on Chicago bandanas hanging up to dry.

  • One of the Poetry Mobile poems.

    One of the Poetry Mobile poems.

The PHAT mobile is an interactive vehicle that will facilitate art projects where youth are to transform, breakout, get up, get down and get the party started. Continue Reading PHAT mobile

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Urban/Environment

  • Wildflower

    Wildflower

  • Zucchini with Chicken Wire

    Zucchini with Chicken Wire

  • Sunflower

    Sunflower

  • Melon and Virginia Creeper

    Melon and Virginia Creeper

  • Ragweed

    Ragweed

  • Sign depicting a sunflower

    Sign depicting a sunflower
    a finished sign with an image of the center of a sunflower and descriptive text in English, Spanish and Somali.

  • Finished sign at 3730 Chicago Avenue S, Studio B

    Finished sign at 3730 Chicago Avenue S, Studio B

  • Sign depicting a duck eating a Cheeto

    Sign depicting a duck eating a Cheeto
    A finished sign with an image of a male mallard duck eating a Cheeto and descriptive text in English, Spanish and Somali

  • Finished sign at 4052 Park Avenue (installation photo by Ben Hovland)

    Finished sign at 4052 Park Avenue (installation photo by Ben Hovland)
    sign installed in a front lawn as part of Stephanie L. Rogers'

  • Finished sign at wetland area at 37th Street between Chicago and Park Avenues (installation photo by Ben Hovland)

    Finished sign at wetland area at 37th Street between Chicago and Park Avenues (installation photo by Ben Hovland)
    A sign installed in a public area as part of Stephanie L. Rogers'

  • Finished Sing at 3512 Chicago Avenue

    Finished Sing at 3512 Chicago Avenue

  • Stephanie Rogers leading an urban nature hike.

    Stephanie Rogers leading an urban nature hike.

Urban/Environment is a nature walk along Chicago Avenue comprised of 30 state-park-inspired signs that combine photographs of the neighborhood with interpretive text. Join us for guided hikes! Continue Reading Urban/Environment

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Breaking Ice

  • Breaking Ice Performance. Photo by Aaron Fenster, Feb. 2013

    Breaking Ice Performance. Photo by Aaron Fenster, Feb. 2013

  • Breaking Ice Performance. Photo by Aaron Fenster, Feb. 2013

    Breaking Ice Performance. Photo by Aaron Fenster, Feb. 2013

  • Breaking Ice Performance. Photo by Aaron Fenster, Feb. 2013

    Breaking Ice Performance. Photo by Aaron Fenster, Feb. 2013

  • Breaking Ice Performance. Photo by Aaron Fenster, Feb. 2013

    Breaking Ice Performance. Photo by Aaron Fenster, Feb. 2013

  • Breaking Ice Performance. Photo by Aaron Fenster, Feb. 2013

    Breaking Ice Performance. Photo by Aaron Fenster, Feb. 2013

  • Breaking Ice Performance. Photo by Aaron Fenster, Feb. 2013

    Breaking Ice Performance. Photo by Aaron Fenster, Feb. 2013

  • Breaking Ice Performance. Photo by Aaron Fenster, Feb. 2013

    Breaking Ice Performance. Photo by Aaron Fenster, Feb. 2013

  • Finished sign at 4052 Park Avenue (installation photo by Ben Hovland)

    Finished sign at 4052 Park Avenue (installation photo by Ben Hovland)
    sign installed in a front lawn as part of Stephanie L. Rogers'

  • Finished sign at wetland area at 37th Street between Chicago and Park Avenues (installation photo by Ben Hovland)

    Finished sign at wetland area at 37th Street between Chicago and Park Avenues (installation photo by Ben Hovland)
    A sign installed in a public area as part of Stephanie L. Rogers'

  • Finished Sing at 3512 Chicago Avenue

    Finished Sing at 3512 Chicago Avenue

  • Stephanie Rogers leading an urban nature hike.

    Stephanie Rogers leading an urban nature hike.

Breaking Ice is a program of Pillsbury House + Theatre that uses improvisation and ensemble-based theatre to confront the difficult communication issues that arise from cultural friction. In February of 2013, Breaking Ice customized an entertaining and thought-provoking performance with input from the neighborhood on… Continue Reading Breaking Ice

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Paint the Pavement

  • Paint the Pavement design by Forrest Wozniak.

    Paint the Pavement design by Forrest Wozniak.

  • Paint the Pavement, June 8, 2013.

    Paint the Pavement, June 8, 2013.

  • Paint the Pavement, June 8, 2013.

    Paint the Pavement, June 8, 2013.

  • Paint the Pavement, June 8, 2013.

    Paint the Pavement, June 8, 2013.

  • Paint the Pavement, June 8, 2013.

    Paint the Pavement, June 8, 2013.

  • Washing up after painting the pavement, June 8, 2013.

    Washing up after painting the pavement, June 8, 2013.

  • Putting the finishing touches on the painted pavement on 10th Ave. and 34th Street.

    Putting the finishing touches on the painted pavement on 10th Ave. and 34th Street.

  • Breaking Ice Performance. Photo by Aaron Fenster, Feb. 2013

    Breaking Ice Performance. Photo by Aaron Fenster, Feb. 2013

  • Finished sign at 4052 Park Avenue (installation photo by Ben Hovland)

    Finished sign at 4052 Park Avenue (installation photo by Ben Hovland)
    sign installed in a front lawn as part of Stephanie L. Rogers'

  • Finished sign at wetland area at 37th Street between Chicago and Park Avenues (installation photo by Ben Hovland)

    Finished sign at wetland area at 37th Street between Chicago and Park Avenues (installation photo by Ben Hovland)
    A sign installed in a public area as part of Stephanie L. Rogers'

  • Finished Sing at 3512 Chicago Avenue

    Finished Sing at 3512 Chicago Avenue

  • Stephanie Rogers leading an urban nature hike.

    Stephanie Rogers leading an urban nature hike.

Creating a memorable space over street pavement! Continue Reading Paint the Pavement

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The Mobile Sign Shop

  • Mounted signs on 35th and Chicago

    Mounted signs on 35th and Chicago

  • Mobile Sign Workshop at the ArtStop Garden

    Mobile Sign Workshop at the ArtStop Garden

  • Mobile Sign Workshop at the ArtStop Garden

    Mobile Sign Workshop at the ArtStop Garden

  • Mobile Sign Workshop at the ArtStop Garden

    Mobile Sign Workshop at the ArtStop Garden

  • Mobile Sign Workshop at the CANDO Office

    Mobile Sign Workshop at the CANDO Office

  • Mobile Sign Workshop at Pillsbury House

    Mobile Sign Workshop at Pillsbury House

  • How to Make a Sign.

    How to Make a Sign.

  • Beautiful names on beautiful signs!

    Beautiful names on beautiful signs!

  • Name signs on 35th and Chicago

    Name signs on 35th and Chicago

  • Setting up for the Mobile Sign workshop on June 8th at the Arts on Chicago Celebration

    Setting up for the Mobile Sign workshop on June 8th at the Arts on Chicago Celebration

  • The Mobile Sign workshop on June 8th at the Arts on Chicago Celebration

    The Mobile Sign workshop on June 8th at the Arts on Chicago Celebration

  • Stephanie Rogers leading an urban nature hike.

    Stephanie Rogers leading an urban nature hike.

The Mobile Sign Shop functions as a mobile, municipal sign shop designed to create vernacular name signs for the neighborhood with the goal of increasing residents’ connection to each other while giving people who travel on Chicago a sense of who lives here, adding names to the place. Continue Reading The Mobile Sign Shop

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Collage Collaborative

  • One of the collages created by the Collage Collaborative for Arts on Chicago

    One of the collages created by the Collage Collaborative for Arts on Chicago

  • Painting sessions within youth at Pillsbury House and Urban Arts Academy

    Painting sessions within youth at Pillsbury House and Urban Arts Academy

  • Artist Patricia Anderson shares the collages with senior at the Senior Center at Sabathani Community Center

    Artist Patricia Anderson shares the collages with senior at the Senior Center at Sabathani Community Center

  • Artist Patricia Anderson shares the collages with senior at the Senior Center at Sabathani Community Center

    Artist Patricia Anderson shares the collages with senior at the Senior Center at Sabathani Community Center

  • The collages were inspired by discussions about the history and culture of the neighborhoods with senior citizen’s groups such as the Senior Center at Sabathani Community Center

    The collages were inspired by discussions about the history and culture of the neighborhoods with senior citizen’s groups such as the Senior Center at Sabathani Community Center

  • Connection - One of the collages created by the Collage Collaborative for Arts on Chicago

    Connection - One of the collages created by the Collage Collaborative for Arts on Chicago

  • Joy - One of the collages created by the Collage Collaborative for Arts on Chicago

    Joy - One of the collages created by the Collage Collaborative for Arts on Chicago

  • Love, Life, Joy, Hope - One of the collages created by the Collage Collaborative for Arts on Chicago

    Love, Life, Joy, Hope - One of the collages created by the Collage Collaborative for Arts on Chicago

  • Peace Out - One of the collages created by the Collage Collaborative for Arts on Chicago

    Peace Out - One of the collages created by the Collage Collaborative for Arts on Chicago

  • Shout it Out - One of the collages created by the Collage Collaborative for Arts on Chicago

    Shout it Out - One of the collages created by the Collage Collaborative for Arts on Chicago

  • We Belong - One of the collages created by the Collage Collaborative for Arts on Chicago

    We Belong - One of the collages created by the Collage Collaborative for Arts on Chicago

  • Stephanie Rogers leading an urban nature hike.

    Stephanie Rogers leading an urban nature hike.

The public art consortium, The Collage Collaborative™, is creating artwork that promotes Chicago Avenue South using the neighborhood senior citizens’ stories as inspiration and the youths’ painted paper as material. Continue Reading Collage Collaborative

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