Sacred Places Fall 2011 - Page 14

UPDATE on Partners: Chicago Office We All Come Together As One, a mural by Gamaliel Ramirez and South Chicago youth. Arts in Sacred Places Comes to Chicago Following the model launched by Partners in Philadelphia in 2010, and working closely with Karen DiLossi, Director of the Arts in Sacred Places (AiSP) program, the Chicago Office launched its AiSP program in June 2011 with the support of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. The program already has buy-in from the Chicago League of Theaters (CLT), Voice of the City (VoC), and I Am Logan Square, three local arts service organizations. Deb Clapp, Executive Dircector of CLT, and Dawn Marie Galtieri, Executive and Artistic Director of VoC, sit on the Chicago AiSP Advisory Board, and I Am Logan Chicago Advisory Board Rolf Achilles, Co-Chair Corlis Moody, Co-Chair Rabbi Michael Balinsky Joel D. Bookman Jay Braatz, Ed.D. The Very Reverend Msgr. John F. Canary Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos Steve Edwards Suzanne Germann Gunny Harboe, AIA Nevin Hedlund, AIA Marilyn Hennessy Lisa Klein Jody Kretzmann The Reverend George A. Lane, S.J. Ken Marchetti The Reverend James M. Moody, Sr. Michael P. Mosher, Esq. Andrew Perlman Joan Pomaranc David Sauerman 13 • Sacred Places • www.sacredplaces.org • Fall 2011 Square has offered to collaborate with Partners on its Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, an annual event that draws more than 25,000 people. For the first time in the festival’s history, churches will serve as venues for visual and performing arts, introducing AiSP to a large new audience. Using protocols developed for the pilot program in Philadelphia, staff and interns spent the summer surveying over 50 artists and faith leaders in the city about existing partnerships and the potential for new and stronger relationships between the two communities in Chicago. We found overwhelming enthusiasm from both sides. Congregations and artists are eager to work together – and not just as landlord and tenant. There is great interest in new dialogue and collaborative projects that build a relationship between two groups that otherwise have very little interaction. Speaking about the promise of AiSP, Pastor Doug Harris of North Shore Baptist Church said, “Churches have historically been tremendous patrons of the arts. We have only hurt ourselves by abandoning that tradition. This is a chance to turn it around.” Building on \