Fifth Annual Wabash Arts Corridor Crawl to Feature Performance Artists, Exhibition Openings, and New Murals
CHICAGO (Oct. 19, 2017) – Columbia College Chicago and Wabash Arts Corridor (WAC) present the 5th annual WAC Crawl on Friday, Oct. 20 from 4–9 p.m. The free public event showcases the creative energy of Columbia and the South Loop neighborhood by featuring more than 40 exhibitions, performances, and events from businesses and major cultural and educational institutions in the area. The event will take place along Wabash Ave. from Congress Pkwy. to Roosevelt Rd.
Featured performances and events include:
- Tempest-Tost, performance from multidisciplinary artist Michael Anthony Garcia’s in partnership with Threewalls
- Range, a roving video performance from media artist Mat Rappaport
- Once Upon a Drag event featuring student and professional drag queens, including RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant DiDa Ritz
- STREET LEVEL culminating exhibition party
- Six new large-scale murals from artists GloeOne, Sam Kirk,Shinique Smith, Eelco, Ouizi, and Hector Duarte and a guided walking mural tour through the South Loop
- Little Indie Press Festival, featuring independent publishers of zines, comics, and indie literature
- Catalogue release party for ¡Si Se Puede! exhibition
“WAC Crawl brings together artists, students, cultural organizations, businesses, residents, and myriad partners as one vibrant community of creatives,” says Neysa Page-Lieberman, Executive Director of Columbia’s Department of Exhibition and Performance Spaces and WAC Chief Curator. “This year celebrates the culmination of STREET LEVEL, WAC’s 2nd Annual Public Art Festival, which includes 6 new murals, an inaugural performance series, and numerous new media installations,” she says. “Crawl celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of a community broadening the scope of public art engagement in Chicago.”
WAC Crawl partners include Columbia College Chicago, Equilibrium Energy + Education, Mercat a la Planxa, Elephant Room Gallery, Artist & Craftsman Supply, Peet’s Coffee, South Loop Club, Vans, Red Bull, Giardano Dance Chicago, Blick, and Buddy Guys.
The Wabash Arts Corridor (WAC) was launched by Columbia College Chicago in 2013 to transform the college’s campus and community into a destination neighborhood to live, work, study, and visit. Since its inception, WAC has installed more than 40 large-scale murals by local and internationally-renowned street artists, creating one of the most significant collections of public art in the city. For more information about the Wabash Arts Corridor, visit wabashartscorridor.org.
Columbia College Chicago is a private, nonprofit college offering a distinctive curriculum that blends creative and media arts, liberal arts and business for nearly 7,500 students in more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Dedicated to academic excellence and long-term career success, Columbia College Chicago creates a dynamic, challenging and collaborative space for students who experience the world through a creative lens. For more information, visit colum.edu.
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