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PRESS RELEASE: Culture Coast Network Presents First Annual “Culture Crawl”

Monday, August 31, 2015

Culture Coast Network
5020 South Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615

For Immediate Release
August 26, 2015

Culture Coast Network Presents First Annual “Culture Crawl” Highlighting Member Organizations in a Fun-Filled Day of Free Programming September 12, 2015

(Chicago, IL) On Saturday, September 12, 2015, Culture Coast is proud to present its first Culture Crawl, an all-day event highlighting just a few of the many cultural gems in the Culture Coast’s membership network. All events are free and family-friendly.  Highlights include a Black-Comics exhibition opening, make and take art activities, guided gallery tours, dance lessons and more!

 “We are so excited to bring the Culture Coast membership together for this event and highlight just a handful of the arts and cultural gems that the Culture Coast has to offer.” said Kate Lorenz, Hyde Park Art Center
Member of the Culture Coast Advisory Committee.

Eight of Culture Coast’s 30+ member organizations are participating in this inaugural celebration, including Onli Studios, Smart Museum of Art, Hyde Park Art Center, Oriental Institute Museum, Hyde Park School of Dance, Gallery Guichard, and Diasporal Rhythms.

Explore new neighborhoods and learn more about all that the Culture Coast has to offer. You can RSVP—and invite your friends—here.

Schedule of Events

10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Photographs: Get Moving (potatoes and shells, too)
Logan Center Gallery
915 East 60th Street

Explore the Logan's preview exhibit for Agnès Varda's upcoming October residency. Four recent video installations will be presented alongside a selection of her photographic work exploring or questioning the polarity between the still and moving, the broken and continuous, the fleeting and fixed.


10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Special Exhibit: A Cosmopolitan City
The Oriental Institute Museum
1155 E. 58th St., Chicago, IL 60637
Visit this special exhibit before it closes. Explore how Old Cairo’s communities lived together and melded their traditions to create an ever-growing, multi-cultural society during the 7th to 12th centuries AD. Curated by Tasha Vorderstrasse, PhD, Research Associate at the Oriental Institute, and Tanya Treptow, who holds a PhD in Islamic Archaeology from the University of Chicago, with the collaboration of Donald Whitcomb, Associate Professor of Islamic Archaeology at the Oriental Institute.

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
“Black Comic Book Heroes and Villains”
South Side Community Art Center
3831 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL

Join us for the opening of Turtel Onli’s exhibit, “Black Comic Book Heroes and Villians.” This event is a celebration of the Black Age of Comics Movement, which seeks to expand the world of graphic novels and comic books to embrace creators and concepts derived from the Black, African, Urban, or indie experience. Vendors and workshops will be featured throughout the day.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Gallery Talk
Gallery Guichard
436 E 47th St, Chicago, IL 60653

Gallery Guichard will present a gallery talk about the history of the Bronzeville neighborhood, their building, The Bronzevile Artist Lofts, their 10-year anniversary and the upcoming exhibit, “Figuratively Speaking” featuring the artwork of Basil Watson and Susan Williams.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Smart Fest
Smart Museum of Art
5550 South Greenwood Avenue Chicago, IL 60637

Celebrate the openings of Jessica Stockholder’s new installation “Rose’s Inclination” and the Smart’s wholly reinstalled collection galleries. This family-friendly opening reception will also include a colorful, collaborative sculpture-making activity.


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Collector’s Talk
Diasporal Rhythms at Hyde Park Art Center

436 East 47th Street, Chicago, IL 60653

Diasporal Rhythms will present a collectors' talk on how to start and maintain a collection. Featuring insights from established and emerging collectors. 

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Art-Making Activity for All Ages at
Hyde Park Art Center- 5020 South Cornell Avenue Chicago, IL 60615

Artists often work both independently and collaboratively. To demonstrate how both modes of working can create magnificent results, Culture Crawlers are invited to use a variety of media—paint, markers, string, and more—to make their own beautiful panels come to life.  Participants will then have the opportunity to display their panels side-by-side with other participants’ works on the Art Center’s exterior doors to create one large collective installation.

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Free Beginning Ballet (technique and tone) class (ages 10-100)
Hyde Park School of Dance Studio B 5650 South Woodlawn Avenue

Try a dance class with Hyde Park School of Dance’s Artistic Director, August Tye! A great introduction for beginners or those with a bit of experience, this fun and energetic class will include a classic ballet barre, center work, and across the floor exercises! Participants should wear clothing that is comfortable to move in and be prepared to dance in socks or bare feet.

About Culture Coast

Culture Coast is a collection of artistically vibrant neighborhoods on Chicago’s South Side known for its high concentration of museums, music and theater ensembles, performance venues, cultural nonprofits, and arts education opportunities. As an organization, our mission is to showcase Chicago’s South Side as a premier cultural destination and serve as a networking collective for South Side artists and cultural institutions.

The region spanning from just south of McCormick Place to the South Shore Cultural Center is home to many of Chicago’s cultural gems such as the Museum of Science and Industry, the Western hemisphere’s largest science museum, and Hyde Park Art Center, the city’s oldest alternative exhibition space. Other key institutions include the DuSable Museum of African American History, the country’s first museum dedicated to the study of African American history and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, a U.S. National Historic Landmark. The University of Chicago, which is home to the Oriental Institute Museum, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, the Smart Museum of Art, and the Renaissance Society, also hosts numerous visiting artists, performances, and lectures throughout the year.

For more information about Culture Coast, visit

Press Contact: Sheniqua Faulkner