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I got to work on 2 shows this Chicago summer- the Milwaukee Ave Arts Festival & BUILT Fest. As mentioned below, I curated a show for MAAF entitled “Calling Home” with some other printers. For the Built Festival, I volunteered with Spudnik Press & shared a storage container gallery with some awesome ladies- the CMYKittens.

With both experiences, I gained the greater realization how hard it is to make art events happen in Chicago and how much the community & the artists are responsible for pulling off these feats- volunteering hours of manpower & skill and pulling from their own coffers- to very little recognition. So, I’d like to take this space to say, thank you. What you do is amazing. What you do is important. It is more important than money, it is more important than a write up in Time Out or The Reader and it is more important than turnout, because there will always be a big chunk of the population who don’t get up & get out to see things. It’s their loss, so thank you for making it our gain.

Big ups to Tracy & the MAAF Team, Tristan for his continued work, all the volunteers who get down & dirty & all the attendees for taking the time to come out & support- we hope we made it as worthwhile for you as it was for us.

“Calling Home” Artists: Liz Born, Corinna Button, Elke Claus, Laura Collins, Miriam Leanne Dubinsky, Hattori Makiko, Michelle Mashon, Matthew Messmer, Jill Nahrstedt, Pablo Philips, Margaret Rogers, Mary Sea, Jennifer Stoneking-Stewart, Itow Takumi, Jen Thomas.

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