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MARWEN CELEBRATES ITS 15TH ANNUAL ART FAIR 

 

An in-person, opening night celebration kicks off the 3-day online auction featuring 300+ works of art by Marwen’s community of young, emerging, and community-based artists

 

 

https://artfair.givesmart.com/

 

(Chicago, IL – October 2021) Marwen’s 15th annual Art Fair returns to the building  (833 N. Orleans Street) on Friday November 5, 7-10 pm. Art Fair 2021 is an auction and exhibition of 300+ pieces of original artwork by 80+ artists from Marwen’s talented community of young people, teaching artists, alumni, and staff from across Chicago and beyond.

 

Co-chaired by Marwen trustees Antonio García (Table XI, Dadwell & Co.) and Jason Mirach (Synchrony), the opening night event on November 5th features a tented reception in Marwen’s parking lot and an exhibition spanning three floors of gallery space. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a pop-up holiday card shop, timed youth-led exhibition tours, and art making activities.

 

"As we celebrate a milestone anniversary, we are thrilled to not only gather in-person, but to showcase such phenomenal works made by the Marwen community,” said Akilah Halley, Marwen’s Executive Director. “The soft and hard edges of life radiate throughout this show. With the proceeds investing in artists and Marwen's programming, that light shines even brighter."

 

New this year: the event will also feature three special works by Marwen alumni Wisdom Baty, Regin Igloria, and Jordan Seaberry that are only available to purchase during the event on opening night.

 

Guests can purchase tickets for opening night and register to bid on artwork at https://artfair.givesmart.com. Advanced registration is encouraged as tickets are limited. All guests will be required to show proof of vaccination upon registration or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours upon arrival at the event.

 

All work in the exhibition is also available for purchase through an online auction at https://artfair.givesmart.com, which runs from Friday, November 5, 9 am through Sunday, November 7, 6 pm CST. Online bidding is free and open to the public.

 

The auction will showcase original artwork, including photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, home decor, fashion, and more. All proceeds go directly to the artists (75%) and Marwen's no-cost arts programming for Chicago youth (25%). The event directly supports Marwen's mission to educate and inspire young people to nurture their growth and build their futures through art and community.

 

ABOUT MARWEN

Since 1987, Marwen has educated and inspired young people to nurture their growth and build their futures through art and community. Marwen provides no-cost visual art courses, college planning, and career development programs to 6-12th graders from across the city. For more information visit marwen.org.

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Marwen Celebrates Its 15th Annual Art Fair on November 5
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MARWEN CELEBRATES ITS 15TH ANNUAL ART FAIR 

 

An in-person, opening night celebration kicks off the 3-day online auction featuring 300+ works of art by Marwen’s community of young, emerging, and community-based artists

 

 

https://artfair.givesmart.com/

 

(Chicago, IL – October 2021) Marwen’s 15th annual Art Fair returns to the building  (833 N. Orleans Street) on Friday November 5, 7-10 pm. Art Fair 2021 is an auction and exhibition of 300+ pieces of original artwork by 80+ artists from Marwen’s talented community of young people, teaching artists, alumni, and staff from across Chicago and beyond.

 

Co-chaired by Marwen trustees Antonio García (Table XI, Dadwell & Co.) and Jason Mirach (Synchrony), the opening night event on November 5th features a tented reception in Marwen’s parking lot and an exhibition spanning three floors of gallery space. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a pop-up holiday card shop, timed youth-led exhibition tours, and art making activities.

 

"As we celebrate a milestone anniversary, we are thrilled to not only gather in-person, but to showcase such phenomenal works made by the Marwen community,” said Akilah Halley, Marwen’s Executive Director. “The soft and hard edges of life radiate throughout this show. With the proceeds investing in artists and Marwen's programming, that light shines even brighter."

 

New this year: the event will also feature three special works by Marwen alumni Wisdom Baty, Regin Igloria, and Jordan Seaberry that are only available to purchase during the event on opening night.

 

Guests can purchase tickets for opening night and register to bid on artwork at https://artfair.givesmart.com. Advanced registration is encouraged as tickets are limited. All guests will be required to show proof of vaccination upon registration or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours upon arrival at the event.

 

All work in the exhibition is also available for purchase through an online auction at https://artfair.givesmart.com, which runs from Friday, November 5, 9 am through Sunday, November 7, 6 pm CST. Online bidding is free and open to the public.

 

The auction will showcase original artwork, including photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, home decor, fashion, and more. All proceeds go directly to the artists (75%) and Marwen's no-cost arts programming for Chicago youth (25%). The event directly supports Marwen's mission to educate and inspire young people to nurture their growth and build their futures through art and community.

 

ABOUT MARWEN

Since 1987, Marwen has educated and inspired young people to nurture their growth and build their futures through art and community. Marwen provides no-cost visual art courses, college planning, and career development programs to 6-12th graders from across the city. For more information visit marwen.org.

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A Tote Full of Opportunity

 
Earlier this year Marwen formalized our Commissions Program, expanding paid opportunities for young and emerging artists to expand their creative practice while growing their professional skills.
 
As part of this program, we commissioned three young and emerging artists to create tote bag designs for a new initiative, Friends of Marwen, a monthly giving program. The application was sent to nearly 100 young artists and families, in search of three artists to contract for the project. Applicants were asked about their artistic influences and what the Marwen community means to them. READ FULL ARTICLE
A Tote Full of Opportunity [October 2021]
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A Tote Full of Opportunity

 
Earlier this year Marwen formalized our Commissions Program, expanding paid opportunities for young and emerging artists to expand their creative practice while growing their professional skills.
 
As part of this program, we commissioned three young and emerging artists to create tote bag designs for a new initiative, Friends of Marwen, a monthly giving program. The application was sent to nearly 100 young artists and families, in search of three artists to contract for the project. Applicants were asked about their artistic influences and what the Marwen community means to them. READ FULL ARTICLE
Dear Marwen Community,
 
As Summer winds down and we continue to prepare for the Fall, we are so excited to welcome everyone back into our studios. The health and safety of our community of young people, families, and artists has always been our top priority. We will maintain safety protocols and limit attendance. However, the best way we can uphold health and stop the spread is to get our community vaccinated. In partnership with our friends at InstaVaxx, Marwen will have free, Covid-19 vaccinations onsite beginning this Friday, August 6, 3:30-5:30 pm. This will be the first of a series, and you will see details below.
 
I am eager to see you this Friday and back in our building in October for programs. We can't wait to see all the things you will do and create.
 
In community,
 
Akilah Halley, Executive Director & Alumna
 
WHEN: Fridays, 3:30 - 5:30 pm (August 6, 27; September 17; October 8)
WHO: 12 and older
WHERE: Marwen, 833 N. Orleans Street
 
  • Vaccines are completely free; walk ins are welcome
  • Photo ID required for age verification; 12 and older only
  • Insurance cards are recommended but not required
  • Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer shots will be offered
  • If you have received your first shot and want to complete your second dose at Marwen (Pfizer only) please bring your vaccination card
  • Plan to remain on site at Marwen for 15 minutes following your shot as a required observation window
  • Vaccines are administered by medical providers InstaVaxx
  • Free parking in our lot as space is available
 
Marwen to offer free Covid-19 vaccinations onsite [August 2021]
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Dear Marwen Community,
 
As Summer winds down and we continue to prepare for the Fall, we are so excited to welcome everyone back into our studios. The health and safety of our community of young people, families, and artists has always been our top priority. We will maintain safety protocols and limit attendance. However, the best way we can uphold health and stop the spread is to get our community vaccinated. In partnership with our friends at InstaVaxx, Marwen will have free, Covid-19 vaccinations onsite beginning this Friday, August 6, 3:30-5:30 pm. This will be the first of a series, and you will see details below.
 
I am eager to see you this Friday and back in our building in October for programs. We can't wait to see all the things you will do and create.
 
In community,
 
Akilah Halley, Executive Director & Alumna
 
WHEN: Fridays, 3:30 - 5:30 pm (August 6, 27; September 17; October 8)
WHO: 12 and older
WHERE: Marwen, 833 N. Orleans Street
 
  • Vaccines are completely free; walk ins are welcome
  • Photo ID required for age verification; 12 and older only
  • Insurance cards are recommended but not required
  • Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer shots will be offered
  • If you have received your first shot and want to complete your second dose at Marwen (Pfizer only) please bring your vaccination card
  • Plan to remain on site at Marwen for 15 minutes following your shot as a required observation window
  • Vaccines are administered by medical providers InstaVaxx
  • Free parking in our lot as space is available
 
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Please join us in congratulating Akilah Halley, Marwen Executive Director and Alumna, who was recognized as a Woman of Excellence by The Chicago Defender.
 
"I am honored to be inducted and celebrate the work of the women beside me and before me," said Halley.
 
The Chicago Defender annually recognizes black women for their contributions to their communities and for their excellence in their respective professions. The 2021 Class join an elite group of influential and inspirational women positively affecting their communities through their leadership.
 
The 2021 honorees will be formally inducted in a virtual ceremony live on the Chicago Defender’s Facebook page on May 21, 2021 at 6pm. To view a full list of honorees, visit https://chicagodefender.com/chicago-defender-2021-women-of-excellence-honorees-announced/
Akilah Halley Honored as One of Chicago Defender's "Women of Excellence" [May 14, 2021]
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Please join us in congratulating Akilah Halley, Marwen Executive Director and Alumna, who was recognized as a Woman of Excellence by The Chicago Defender.
 
"I am honored to be inducted and celebrate the work of the women beside me and before me," said Halley.
 
The Chicago Defender annually recognizes black women for their contributions to their communities and for their excellence in their respective professions. The 2021 Class join an elite group of influential and inspirational women positively affecting their communities through their leadership.
 
The 2021 honorees will be formally inducted in a virtual ceremony live on the Chicago Defender’s Facebook page on May 21, 2021 at 6pm. To view a full list of honorees, visit https://chicagodefender.com/chicago-defender-2021-women-of-excellence-honorees-announced/

MARWEN RECIPIENT OF THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS (NEA) CARES ACT FUNDING

 

The 33-year-old creative youth development organization was one of 855 organizations nationwide and one of 12 in Chicago to receive funds. 

 

 

(Chicago, IL – August 10, 2020) The National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients  for direct funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Marwen was one of 855 organizations nationwide to receive a portion of $44.5 million to support staff salaries, fees for artists or contractual personnel, and facilities costs. Marwen’s CARES Act funds, which total $50,000, will go directly to paying Teaching Artists and young people.

 

“The impact of COVID19 has reinforced the equity issues disproportionately affecting artists,” said Akilah Halley, Marwen’s Executive Director and alumna. “As artists search for resources to sustain themselves and their communities during this time of extreme uncertainty, we are reminded of the securities afforded to some but not all. How can we support our local artists that so often find themselves in positions of hardship?”

 

“Given the role that community-based artists hold as change agents and conveners in our communities, Marwen is investing in our community of teaching artists, while continuing to provide high quality arts programming to young people across the city,” added Alexandra Field, Marwen’s Director of Development. “While our building may be closed and social distancing guidelines continue to deter our previously planned programming, Marwen is building a portfolio of responsive and adaptive artistic engagement opportunities.”

 

In keeping with the tenets of Creative Youth Development, Marwen’s summer virtual programs were co-created by a cohort of seven Teaching Artists and young people, in collaboration with staff. Partnering with young people to co-design and experiment on our digital engagement through a community-based approach will lead to programs that deliver meaningful impact for our students during a tumultuous time.

 

While the digital sphere is new to Marwen, we are committed to providing artistic opportunities that create financial sustainability for our community of Teaching Artists and continual artistic engagement for our young people.

 

About the CARES Act

 

Grants of $50,000 were offered to 846 organizations while nine local arts agencies will receive $250,000 each to further award to arts organizations in their area. The National Endowment for the Arts received more than 3,100 eligible applications requesting $157 million for the $45 million available in direct assistance. 

 

“All of us at the National Endowment for the Arts are keenly aware that arts organizations across the country are hurting, struggling, and trying to survive and that our supply of funding does not come close to meeting the demand for assistance,” said Arts Endowment Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “That said, I am enormously proud of the over-and-above efforts of the Arts Endowment staff to swiftly and professionally manage such a large amount of additional work in a relatively short period of time on behalf of the American public.” 

 

These awardees represent the diverse nature of arts organizations around the country. Overall funding is divided nearly evenly between small, medium, and large arts organizations. Arts and culture are a key component of the U.S. economy that contribute $877.8 billion, or 4.5 percent, to the nation’s gross domestic product in 2017 and employ over 5 million wage‐and‐salary workers who collectively earned $405 billion. This funding will help support those jobs and those nonprofit organizations during this time of great need so that arts and culture will persevere as a significant contributor to the American economy. See full press release here.

 

About Marwen

 

Since 1987, Marwen has educated and inspired young people from Chicago’s under-resourced communities and schools through the visual arts. Marwen provides free visual art courses, college planning, and career development programs to 6-12th graders from across the city. For more information visit marwen.org.

 

About the National Endowment for the Arts

 

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.

 

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Marwen Recipient of NEA Cares Act Funding [August 10, 2020]
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MARWEN RECIPIENT OF THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS (NEA) CARES ACT FUNDING

 

The 33-year-old creative youth development organization was one of 855 organizations nationwide and one of 12 in Chicago to receive funds. 

 

 

(Chicago, IL – August 10, 2020) The National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients  for direct funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Marwen was one of 855 organizations nationwide to receive a portion of $44.5 million to support staff salaries, fees for artists or contractual personnel, and facilities costs. Marwen’s CARES Act funds, which total $50,000, will go directly to paying Teaching Artists and young people.

 

“The impact of COVID19 has reinforced the equity issues disproportionately affecting artists,” said Akilah Halley, Marwen’s Executive Director and alumna. “As artists search for resources to sustain themselves and their communities during this time of extreme uncertainty, we are reminded of the securities afforded to some but not all. How can we support our local artists that so often find themselves in positions of hardship?”

 

“Given the role that community-based artists hold as change agents and conveners in our communities, Marwen is investing in our community of teaching artists, while continuing to provide high quality arts programming to young people across the city,” added Alexandra Field, Marwen’s Director of Development. “While our building may be closed and social distancing guidelines continue to deter our previously planned programming, Marwen is building a portfolio of responsive and adaptive artistic engagement opportunities.”

 

In keeping with the tenets of Creative Youth Development, Marwen’s summer virtual programs were co-created by a cohort of seven Teaching Artists and young people, in collaboration with staff. Partnering with young people to co-design and experiment on our digital engagement through a community-based approach will lead to programs that deliver meaningful impact for our students during a tumultuous time.

 

While the digital sphere is new to Marwen, we are committed to providing artistic opportunities that create financial sustainability for our community of Teaching Artists and continual artistic engagement for our young people.

 

About the CARES Act

 

Grants of $50,000 were offered to 846 organizations while nine local arts agencies will receive $250,000 each to further award to arts organizations in their area. The National Endowment for the Arts received more than 3,100 eligible applications requesting $157 million for the $45 million available in direct assistance. 

 

“All of us at the National Endowment for the Arts are keenly aware that arts organizations across the country are hurting, struggling, and trying to survive and that our supply of funding does not come close to meeting the demand for assistance,” said Arts Endowment Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “That said, I am enormously proud of the over-and-above efforts of the Arts Endowment staff to swiftly and professionally manage such a large amount of additional work in a relatively short period of time on behalf of the American public.” 

 

These awardees represent the diverse nature of arts organizations around the country. Overall funding is divided nearly evenly between small, medium, and large arts organizations. Arts and culture are a key component of the U.S. economy that contribute $877.8 billion, or 4.5 percent, to the nation’s gross domestic product in 2017 and employ over 5 million wage‐and‐salary workers who collectively earned $405 billion. This funding will help support those jobs and those nonprofit organizations during this time of great need so that arts and culture will persevere as a significant contributor to the American economy. See full press release here.

 

About Marwen

 

Since 1987, Marwen has educated and inspired young people from Chicago’s under-resourced communities and schools through the visual arts. Marwen provides free visual art courses, college planning, and career development programs to 6-12th graders from across the city. For more information visit marwen.org.

 

About the National Endowment for the Arts

 

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.

 

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Congratulations to Marwen's Executive Director Akilah Halley being appointed by Mayor Lightfoot to the Cultural Advisory Council of the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
 
"I am honored to be appointed along with esteemed colleagues to collaborate with communities and creative industries to expand equitable access to the arts,” shared Akilah. “The arts have the power to shape lives and futures, especially when we provide equitable access for young people. Creative currency is part of the fabric of Chicago's vitality."
 
Appointed members, including Council Chair Amina Dickerson and Vice Chair Alison Cuddy will advocate for a vital Chicago arts community and help advance the Mayor’s arts and culture priorities, which include making Chicago livable and affordable for artists and creative professionals, expanding public arts programming to help drive the economic life of our neighborhoods, collaborating with communities and creative industries to engage our artists and expand quality jobs, and expanding equitable access to high-quality arts education for all young people in Chicago.
 
Read the full press release here: https://bit.ly/3amrnxN
Marwen Represented on City's Cultural Advisory Council [January 17, 2020]
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Congratulations to Marwen's Executive Director Akilah Halley being appointed by Mayor Lightfoot to the Cultural Advisory Council of the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
 
"I am honored to be appointed along with esteemed colleagues to collaborate with communities and creative industries to expand equitable access to the arts,” shared Akilah. “The arts have the power to shape lives and futures, especially when we provide equitable access for young people. Creative currency is part of the fabric of Chicago's vitality."
 
Appointed members, including Council Chair Amina Dickerson and Vice Chair Alison Cuddy will advocate for a vital Chicago arts community and help advance the Mayor’s arts and culture priorities, which include making Chicago livable and affordable for artists and creative professionals, expanding public arts programming to help drive the economic life of our neighborhoods, collaborating with communities and creative industries to engage our artists and expand quality jobs, and expanding equitable access to high-quality arts education for all young people in Chicago.
 
Read the full press release here: https://bit.ly/3amrnxN

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