Friday, October 10 (8:30 p.m.)
Haitian American Museum of Chicago
4654 N. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
phone: (773) 213-1869
The Chicago Calling Arts Festival is a multi-arts collaboration festival in which artists in Chicago work with artists outside of Chicago, both in the U.S. and abroad. These collaborations include a range of art forms, such as music, dance, film, literature, and intermedia, and they are prepared or improvised. Some Chicago Calling events involve live feeds between Chicago and other locations.
The 19th Annual Chicago Artists Month highlights the work of hundreds of artists throughout Chicago with performances, exhibitions, open studios, tours and neighborhood art walks. September 27 – October 31, 2014, Chicago Artists Month (CAM) will invite residents and visitors to meet artists and see their work at venues across Chicago. The 2014 theme, “Crossing Borders,” showcases 20 featured programs and artists in neighborhoods ranging from Avondale to Andersonville, Lakeview to Little Village, West Town to Wicker Park and Lawndale to the Loop. CAM is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in collaboration with the Chicago Park District and numerous community partners.
The Haitian American Museum of Chicago, Crossing Borders Music, and the Borderbend Arts Collective are partnering to debut a performance of Diaspora Voices, a program of of music by Haitian composers living in the U.S. The works by composers Gifrants, Rudy Perrault, Julio Racine, and others include compositions dealing with nostalgia, loss, cultural preservation, and the simple feelings of everyday life. This concert also includes writings by Haitian American authors. Diaspora Voices, which happens during the Ninth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival and Chicago Artists Month, is being supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.
Founded in 2011, Crossing Borders Music has become the leading interpreter of chamber music from Haiti and Uganda, and a pioneering, critically acclaimed presenter of music by graduates of the Bahá'í Institute of Higher Education in Iran. The mission of Crossing Borders Music is to foster intercultural appreciation, understanding, and cooperation through music. To this end, Crossing Borders Music presents moving music that tells compelling stories by composers from under-represented cultures - music that invites audiences to learn more and get involved. Crossing Borders Music is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.