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 Month.
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 October.
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 kid-friendly activities.
"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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