2015 Awardee Fielding at Hyde Park Art Center Open House


Project Fielding Resistant Architecture at the Hyde Park Arts Center Open House 
Friday, April 21. 4-6 pm

Hyde Park Art Center

5020 S. Cornell Ave.

(Part of Open Engagement 2017)

Created during a recent workshop led by Project Fielding, Resistance Architecture is an adaptable structure intended for political encampment; responsive to our current political climate; and can be erected in direct response to the needs of long-term protesters. For this open house, Project Fielding teachers Sara Black, Amber Ginsburg and Miriam Stevens invite you to engage with the structure’s physically adaptive features and to enter the structure for a short workshop where we discuss and draw upon our own resistances. Project Fielding is a collective of women and gender non-conforming carpenters who lead power tool workshops and design/build projects for builders of all levels.

2011 Awardee Territory Leads Youth Empowerment Walking Tour

Walk In Our Shoes
Saturday, April 22, 12-1:30pm
Meets at CTA Kimball Brown Line Station
3400 W. Lawrence
(Part of Open Engagement 2017)

See the city through the eyes of young people, and discover community-based youth empowerment strategies through an interactive walking tour led by Territory Urban Design Team. The tour includes site visits and placemaking activities exploring social justice issues through urban design, activism, performance, and social enterprise. The tour is designed by young people who live and learn in in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood. Full tour route and site list to be determined by design team.

2016 Awardee Lavender Menace Occupation at Salonathon

Lavender Menace Occupation Participatory Bathroom Installation
Monday, April 24, 9pm
Beauty Bar
1444 W. Chicago Ave. 
This event will center around a site specific installation of lavender menace posters within in the bathroom of long standing performing arts series, Salonathon. The installation will include the participation of bar patrons by allowing them to respond to a text prompt directly on the wall of the bathroom, adding to the context and the environment of both the gathering and the existing art installation. Salonathon is a home for underground, emerging and genre-defying art. Founded by Jane Beachy and co-curated by Jane Beachy, Joe Varisco and Will Von Vogt. This event is free and open to the public, but is 21 & over.

Propeller Fund Seeks Archiving Intern

Propeller Fund Archivist

Volunteer Staff/Internship position

Propeller Fund, Threewalls & Gallery 400

Time commitment: 2 days/per week for at least three months

The Propeller Fund, a Chicago-area grantmaking organization for visual artists, seeks a part-time, temporary intern to assist in archiving grantee projects and building the organization’s online presence. Propeller is looking for someone who is organized, a self-starter, and interested in documenting the activities of socially engaged artists in Chicago. The archiving intern will compile materials and documentation from the projects of grantees, highlight this work on Propeller’s website and social media outlets, and help archive funded projects from previous years. Under the guidance of Propeller staff, the intern will assist in work that ranges from special projects and research to clerical support.

Duties include:

o  Ongoing archival work related to grantee activities

o  Researching and compiling photographic, written, and media content

o  Scanning and archiving printed material and ephemera

o  Documentation of grantee events and programs, as needed

o  Drafting website copy

o  Reviewing, editing, and updating the website

o  Managing contact with grantees to ensure accuracy and thoroughness

o  Creating a monthly grantee feature (interview, press clipping, campaign, media content) to be highlighted on Propeller Fund website and monthly newsletter

o  Work with Propeller Fund staff to develop social media strategy for sharing grantee activities

o  Updating social media platforms


o  Desirable skills include a high degree of organization, attention to detail, ability to work independently, and strong writing and communication skills

o  Knowledge of WordPress, Photoshop, Excel and social media platforms preferred

o  Internships require a commitment of 10-12 hours per week and are typically a semester in length. A major in art history or fine art is not required. All internships are unpaid.

o  Applicants must have their own computer

o  Position reports to Michael Moore, Grant Administrator at Threewalls and Erin Nixon, Grant Administrator at Gallery 400

Please send letter of interest and resume to Application deadline: April 30. Position starts June 2017.

Propeller Fund Open House

Propeller Fund Open House
Friday, April 21, 2017
Various locations throughout Chicago – See program
Propeller Fund presents a series of discussions, performances, presentations, and more in multiple neighborhoods across Chicago. Now in it’s eighth year, Propeller Fund is a Chicago-area granting organization that supports artist-led, collaborative, public-oriented projects that are independent and self-organized. From Humboldt Park to Austin, from the Northside to Bronzeville, and from public spaces to online, these artist-led interventions, workshop series, collectively organized exhibition spaces, websites, and media projects constitute a large catalyst for the creative activity and vitality of the Chicago art world.

Propeller Fund was imagined to provide funds directly to visual artists and collaboratives in order to stimulate the growth of independent cultural production throughout Chicago; to encourage more varied models of art production and presentation; to spread artistic activities into more diverse areas; to promote the public’s interaction with and public recognition of such activities of our city; and to spark ambitions beyond current formats. To date Propeller has awarded a total $350,000 to 103 projects. Propeller Fund is administered by Gallery 400 at UIC and Threewalls and supported through the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Regional Regranting Program.

Propeller Open House Program

  1. 2nd Floor Rear
  2. Hume Chicago
  3. 3242 W. Armitage Ave.
  4. 10am-12pm

2nd Floor Rear is an annual DIY festival of art in experimental contexts, apartment galleries, and ephemeral and migrant projects, celebrating Chicago’s vibrant community of alternative art spaces. 2nd Floor Rear Director Katie Waddell leads a conversation with artists, staff, and collaborators of the festival about its developments and future challenges to introduce an idea-generating workshop for grassroots arts organizers, organizations and collectives. The group discussion will stem from the questions: As justice-conscious artists and organizers, how do we not only adapt to changing tides, but embrace them by consolidating our values, revising our way of doing things, and ultimately become even more valuable to the artists, communities, and missions we serve? How do we make our work sustainable in the long-term, while sustainability seems impossible? How do we meet our organizations’ needs and keep our projects alive while putting justice, equity, and transparency into practice?

  1. Axis Lab
  2. 1120 W. Argyle St.
  3. 3-4pm

Axis Lab is a community engagement platform curating cultural programming within Chicago’s historic Southeast Asian corridor, Argyle Street, to incite equitable and inclusive development with its immigrant and refugee community through the intersection of food, design, and arts education. Axis Lab organizers offer a visual presentation of past and upcoming projects which center around themes of equitable development and social justice for the Asian community on Argyle. Such projects include working with local restaurant owners, community members, and policymakers to facilitate a variety of programming related to food, creative production, urban design, and curating participatory spaces. The latter half will be a sensorial workshop entitled Scents of Home, which is part of a series of pop-up events for Sống, a cookbook and archival project of the Vietnamese American community in Chicago. The Scents of Home workshop will serve as an interactive preview to the book, in which participants will explore Vietnamese food through scent as a mnemonic aid.

  1. Out of Site
  2. UIC Halsted Blue Line station and environs
  3. Peoria Street, between Van Buren and Harrison
  4. 5-7pm

Out of Site curates cutting edge unexpected encounters in public space, supporting contemporary performance artists to create new work that engages directly with the public. Out of Site will present public performance pieces by Joshua Kent, Janet Schmidt, and Sara Zalek which focus on community justice. Kent’s performance takes the symbolism and poetics of “Bread and Roses”, a phrase of historical and cultural significance, originating in the Union movement. Schmid’s pedestrian dance project encourages community engagement through movement. Zalek’s interactive dance performance questions the illusion of freedom in our contemporary society. All of these works will actively engage the audience in a dialogue on economic justice (Kent), community exchange (Schmid), and the illusion of freedom and justice (Zalek).

Friday, April 21

Sara Zalek, 5-7pm – UIC Halsted Blue Line station

Joshua Kent, 5-7pm –  400 S. Peoria St.

Saturday, April 22

Janet Schmid, 5-7pm – UIC Halsted Blue Line station

  1. Lavender Menace Occupation
  2. Art and Exhibition Hall
  3. 1st, 3rd, and 5th floor bathrooms
  4. 400 S. Peoria St.
  5. April 21-23

The Lavender Menace Occupation (LMO) was developed from the lavender menace poster project: a series of posters and other text based artworks that utilize letterpress printing, hand papermaking, and laser cut text, to address queer visibility politics, while creating art objects that are easily distributed through an invisible network of participants. LMO creates a site specific installation of posters within the bathrooms of UIC’s Art and Exhibition Hall.

  1. Radius
  2. 88.9-FM and online at
  3. April 21-23, 12-7pm CST

Radius is an experimental radio broadcast platform located in Chicago. Radius provides artists with live and experimental formats in radio programming to support work that engages the tonal and public spaces of the electromagnetic spectrum. During Open Engagement Radius premieres Episode 78: Norman Long, featuring the three-part series Calumet Project, which invites us to contemplate how soundscapes define our sense of community and focuses our attention on a landscape’s diversity, restoration, and resilience.

Maps with event program and schedule can be found at Gallery 400 (400 S. Peoria Street), Threewalls (2738 W. North Ave), and downloaded here: Propeller Open House Program

2016 Awardee Lavender Menace Occupation Installation

LMO x Off Chances
Lavender Menace Occupation bathroom installation during the Valentine’s Day edition of Off Chances at Danny’s.
Tuesday, February 14th, 10PM – 2AM
Danny’s in Wicker Park
1959 W. Dickens, Chicago, IL

This event will center around a site specific installation of lavender menace posters within in the bathroom of long standing queer dance party, Off Chances at Danny’s. The installation will include the participation of bar patrons by allowing them to respond to a text prompt directly on to the wall of the bathroom, adding to the context and the environment of both the gathering and the existing art installation. Off Chances is the cruisy and conversational sister to Chances Dances, featuring Cheap Drinks, Good Music, Free Stuff, and Queer People. All Chances parties recognize the power of consent, welcome all gender expressions, and feature gender neutral bathrooms.This event is free and open to the public, but is also 21 & over. Unfortunately, Danny’s is not wheelchair accessible.

2015 Awardee Floating Museum Interactive Installation “How to Give Life to a Mountain”

Floating Museum + The DuSable Museum of African American History Present:

Reimagining History Through The DuSable Museum’s Collection

Reception: February 17, 7-9pm

The DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637

Floating Museum presents a new installation and project titled How to give life to a Mountain.

This exhibition is an invitation to creatively engage with the legacy of Dr. Margaret Burroughs and the history of the DuSable Museum of African American History. Dr. Margaret Burroughs initially invited the community to donate their own historical artifacts for DuSable, and this act extended the value of the object to the exchange itself, emphasizing the relation between the institution and the people it represents.
In this spirit, Floating Museum invites local artists and historians, young and old, to make this history their own. Join in, be a maker, a recorder, and a living document of this collective history.
The exhibit will display 14 objects from the DuSable’s collection, and responses to these works will be housed in a sculptural display that uses a modular vitrine installation to grow an organic 3D collage of objects.

To learn more or take part in the call for participants please go to: If you are an educator and would like to involve your class in this project please contact Kate Schlachter at for further information and for scheduling visits.

Artist Tax Workshop

Artist Tax Workshop

Thursday, March 9, 6pm

Gallery 400 

400 S. Peoria Street

Hosted by Propeller Fund, this workshop led by Janet Ecklebarger will instruct recent grant recipients and applicants on how to properly claim grants on their taxes and how to account for artwork sales, honoraria, and more.

Topics covered:

  • Taxability of grants and other artist incomes
    • Deductions and how to treat them
    • DBA’s and banking
    • 1099’s receiving and instituting
    • Role of Fiscal Agents
    • Sole Proprietorship vs. S Corp and LLC

In addition to sharing her insights on tax-filing best practices for artists, Janet will also be able to address questions pertinent to individualized circumstances.

Janet Ecklebarger earned her Master’s degree from Cranbrook, in 1992. She has been working as a tax associate since 2005 and specializes in deductions for artists, musicians, and other creative types while also offering tax and accounting techniques for the right brained. She is a practicing artist who just moved to a 30-acre property in North Carolina and cannot wait to see how the second half of her life unfolds.

This event is free and open to the public.

2016 Awardee And Then There Was BLAK Multimedia Installation

And Then There Was Repast
February 5, 7-11pm
The Dojo
2304 S. Blue Island Ave.

and then there was REPAST is a versatile interactive multimedia installation project on the urban millennial black and brown gaze when relating to death consumption. We would like to express the ritual of ethnic funerals, eulogies, repast and public consumption of death by celebrating brown lives that still exist juxtaposed with brown lives that have passed and become #hashtags. A special focus on marginalized black and brown people of color, i.e. women, impoverished, immigrants, cisgender, lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, and gender non-conforming individuals who have encountered death via state-sanctioned violence. These celebrations will be rooted from different ethnic backgrounds and diasporas such as Black, Mexican, Jamaican and Cuban.

Featured artists include Phillip Lambert, Jordan Gillespie, Gerardo Romero, Roger Rogelio Fierro, Zakkiyyah Najeebah, Jared Brown, Angel D’Cuba, and Atlantis Island.

2014 Awardee Patternbase Work Featured at Filigree Suppers: Duet

 Filigree Suppers: Duet

Filigree Suppers’ two-year anniversary event & Valentine’s celebration will be all about the number two – mixing, matching, and pairing things up! 

Sunday, February 12, 5-8pm

The Lakewood

1758 West Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60612

Warm up with us this February with new friends and old, and help us celebrate two wonderful years of Filigree Suppers! The event will feature the work of textile duo The Patternbase, who will grace the space with their playful patterns. We are thrilled to be working once again with linen extraordinaire Dot & Army, as well as local Chicago ceramicist Ashley Lin. On the table for the first time will be the beautiful calligraphy of Grace Niu, and stunning florals by Lindsay Levita of Hyde Park’s Cornell Florist.

A delicious meal will be prepared by Paramount Events, one of several local businesses spearheaded by Jodi Fyfe, whose most recent venture, in addition to The Lakewood, includes the new Eden restaurant.


Ticket covers welcome cocktail, wine, 4 courses, tax and gratuity. Please inform us to any dietary restrictions or allergies at time of ticket purchase. Because of the small nature of our events, all sales are final.