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Video Portrait: Project Onward

Video Portrait: Project Onward
Project Onward is an arts program for adults with mental and developmental disabilities. For the month of April, Project Onward presents Unstrange – Autism Revealed showcasing a group exhibition of works created by artists on the autism spectrum in observance of Autism Awareness Month. Located in the historic Chicago Cultural Center, Project Onward provides workspace, art materials, professional... 

We don’t want you to give us money…

We don't want you to give us money...
In case you haven’t heard, Sixty recently crossed the finish line of getting our 501c3 status.  And thanks to the generosity of the Jane and Tad Shepard Family Foundation, we have received our first grant under our new status, allowing us to start the new year off with new plans and fresh ideas for how to support the Chicago artists and work that bring some warmth to this chilly time of year. In... 

Creativity and Advocacy Meet at Project Onward

Creativity and Advocacy Meet at Project Onward
Larger-than-life mannequins collaged in hip hop paraphernalia greet me as I enter Project Onward, a Chicago studio and gallery dedicated to artists with mental and developmental disabilities. Bright colors sparkle in a refreshingly free aesthetic that characterizes the pieces found within, a sensory overload ranging from altered dolls to custom portraiture.  On a partially divided side of the room,... 

Art Chicago Interview: Project Onward

Art Chicago Interview: <em>Project Onward</em>
Despite the frenzy of activity at Art Chicago this past weekend, I was fortunate to be able to interview Rob Lentz, the Program Director of Project Onward, an organization housed under the Chicago Cultural Center which provides studio space for and promotes the professional growth of artists with mental or developmental disabilities.  They take a unique approach as a community based organization working... 
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