Picasso said that art washes the dust of everyday life from our
souls. Chicagoans will have a chance to wash off some of the dust
this October as the city celebrates its 18th annual Chicago Artists
The first CAM, held in November 1995, was organized by the
Chicago Artists' Coalition to bring attention to the work of
Chicago's independent artists and arts organizations. Five years
later, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special
Events assumed the planning and moved the celebration to
The theme for 2013 is "In the Neighborhoods." Each of five
featured neighborhoods will be under the direction of a curator
responsible for organizing the activities to reflect the unique
flavor of each locale.
This year, for the first time, organizers plan to feature work
that embraces genres such as culinary, performing, design, film,
fashion, literary and spoken word. These arts will be showcased
through exhibitions, performances, open studios, art walks and
learning/making experiences. Each neighborhood will include
"Chicago Artists Month is a celebration of the rich creative
environments of Chicago's neighborhoods," says Barbara Koenen,
director of artist resources at the Department of Cultural Affairs.
"It is a fabulous opportunity to meet some of Chicago's finest,
most intriguing artists and performers."
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