SpotOn News – June 2020

June 8: We doubt any pundit foresaw the historic times through which we are now passing as a country. The murder of George Floyd, the massive and continuing outpouring of civil protest, and a pandemic that has sickened almost 2 million and killed over 100,000 Americans have created a unique moment in time. In response to police brutality, the arts community has raised its collective voice to express the outrage and sorrow of society. Rather than pass along event news (which we will do in a soon-to-be-released mail) we are presenting a list of the Chicago institutions that have taken a stand against brutality and inhumanity in emails to their patrons. We doubt any institution in Chicago follows as many arts providers as we do at SpotOnChicago. We receive updates from over 700 institutions across northern Illinois. Below you will find a list of the organizations that have spoken out in their emails. We make no claim that this list is complete, and some arts providers have used social media to communicate their solidarity with this movement. This is not a time to remain silent. We urge our readers to explore the response of the institutions they support. Image: In the Wake – On Blackness and Being by Christina Sharp. Sharpe illustrates how Black lives are swept up and animated by the afterlives of slavery, and she delineates what survives despite such insistent violence and negation. Initiating and describing a theory and method of reading the metaphors and materiality of "the wake," "the ship," "the hold," and "the weather," Sharpe shows how the sign of the slave ship marks and haunts contemporary Black life in the diaspora and how the specter of the hold produces conditions of containment, regulation, and punishment, but also something in excess of them. Our take: Sharp’s book uses the image of the wake of the slave ship to show us how we are still living in the aftermath of those ships and their wakes.

Chicago Arts Speak Out:
16th Street Theater
2nd Story
A Red Orchid Theatre
About Face Theatre
Adler Planetarium
American Blues Theatre
American Theatre
American Writers Museum
Art Encounter
Art Institute of Chicago
Auditorium Theatre
Beverly Arts Center
Big Noise Theatre
Black Ensemble Theater
Broken Nose Theatre
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
Buffett Institute for Global Affairs
Chicago Architecture Center
Chicago Artists Coalition
Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory
Chicago Collections Consortium
Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble
Chicago Filmmakers
Chicago Humanities Festival
Chicago International Film Festival
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic
Chicago Latino Theater Alliance
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Chicago Tap Theatre
Chicago Writers Association
City Lit Books
City Lit Theater - Edgewater Presbyterian Church
City Winery Chicago
Court Theatre
Definition Theatre Company
DePaul Art Museum
Don't Tell
Elmhurst Art Museum
Empty Bottle
Ensemble Español
Filament Theatre
Filter Photo
First Folio Theatre
fulcrumpoint New Music Project
Gallery 1871
Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation
Glessner House Museum
Goodman Theatre
Griffin Theatre
Hana Center
Heaven Gallery
House Theatre
Illinois Humanities
Institute of Politics at the U of C
International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
iO Theater
Jane Adams Hull-House
Kavi Gupta Gallery
Kellogg Center for Nonprofit Management
Lifeline Theatre
Links Hall
Mandala South Asian Performing Arts
Mansueto Institute
Monique Meloche Gallery
Mudlark Theatre
Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Photography
Music Theatre Works
National Indo-American Museum
National Museum of Mexican Art
Navy Pier
New Art Dealers Alliance
Northlight Theatre
NU Women's Center
Organic Theater Company
Otherworld Theatre
Patron Gallery
Pegasus Theatre Chicago
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Pivot Arts
Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
Raven Theatre
Rebuild Foundation
Redtwist Theatre
Remy Bumpo
Rivendell Theatre
Rogers Park Business Alliance
Rough House Theater
Second City
Shattered Globe Theatre
Sideshow Theatre Company
Silk Road Rising
Smart Museum
Snow City Arts
Spudnik Press Cooperative
Steep Theatre
The Actors Fund
The Artistic Home Theatre
The Book Stall
The Factory Theater
The Field Museum
The Hideout
The Newberry Library
The Plagiarists
The Promontory
The Seldoms
TimeLine Theatre
Tower Chorale
US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Visceral Dance
Winifred Haun & Dancers
Women & Children First
Writers Theatre
YWCA Evanston/North Shore