Around the Coyote has been in trouble for awhile (read Deanna Isaacs article on the organization’s woes in the January ’10 issue of The Reader here), but at the end of last week New City reported that, as of May 8th, the 20 year old Chicago nonprofit arts organization had officially closed its doors and ceased operations (and those doors are *really* shut: even ATC’s website no longer exists). By many accounts ATC’s program had been in decline for several years, and Executive Director Alison Stites was quoted in Isaac’s article saying that she’d been “trying to figure out if there is a natural time for this organization to end.” Looks like that time has come. Duncan and Richard interviewed Stites on Episode 110 of the podcast, right around the time Around the Coyote made its controversial move from the Flat Iron Building in Wicker Park to the Splat Flats (a building which is now up for sale). Here’s the text from the press release issued by ATC Board President Chris McVety:
After two decades of working with Chicago’s vibrant emerging arts community, Around the Coyote is regrettably closing its doors and ceasing operations as of May 8, 2010. The staff and board of directors would like to express their thanks to all of the artists, donors and collectors that supported the not-for-profit for so many years. Through the years we did our best to add to the Chicago art dialogue, support the start of strong art careers, and foster the collecting of the emerging arts. We are proud of what we accomplished, and we are confident that with continued vigor, good things lie ahead for the arts in Chicago.Of course, while it is with a heavy heart that we announce the closing of Around the Coyote, we are encouraged by the certainty that in our absence, other opportunities for artists will emerge. Our tireless and devoted staff have been working to allocate the remaining resources, knowledge and equipment we have to other local arts non-profits in hopes of encouraging continue growth in this area. Some of these Chicago-based arts non-profits are Three Walls and Chicago Artists Coalition. We encourage all of our supporters to get involved with these excellent organizations. Three Walls, which holds gallery exhibitions, residencies and special programs in the visual arts, is having a fundraiser on May 28 which we hope you will attend. Chicago Artists Coalition is entering an exciting time as they re-imagine their programming for emerging artists. They have put together a new team and are focused on advocating for artists, and providing professional development and exhibition opportunities throughout the city of Chicago.Special thanks to Allison Stites, Around the Coyote’s interim Executive Director, for her passion and dedication to the organization through its final days of operation.Chis McVety
Former BAS guests The Post Family will be hosting what looks to be an interesting panel discussion. I wish I could go but we are having a moving party for a BAS member. If your free definitely stop by and check it out. Then let me know how it was,
via The Post Family:
Quit Your Job and Become an Artist
The Post Family and Sonnenzimmer Panel Discussion
As part of Amos Paul Kennedy Jr‘s lovely letterpress show entitled Quit Your Job and Become an Artist, hear members from Sonnenzimmer and The Post Family discuss their own transitions from working in a “typical job” to working as artists in independent and collaborative spheres within the traditional economy. Refreshments provided by Peroni. Brought to you buy Around the Coyote.
Wednesday, June 17 @6:30pm
Flat Splats Gallery
1817 W. Division St
$3 suggested donation
As a special treat for all you Bad At Sports listeners, Around the Coyote would like to offer discount admission to our 2008 Fall Arts Festival October 17-19 at Plumbers Hall (1340 W. Washington St.) in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Go to
www.going.com/aroundthecoyotevip to get half-price daily admission as well as half-price tickets to the opening night party which includes food, beer and a weekend pass for the entire festival weekend!”
This week we return to the local Chicago Art world and the things that mean most to us.
First, we check in with Allison Stites at the Around the Coyote and ask why and how the city’s main emerging arts festival is moving from the community that gave it life. There are some good answers.
Then we check into what is going on with Chicago’s Allrise gallery. It’s director, Lisa Flores, tells us about how she is moving heaven and earth to do weekly shows and how you can get involved.
Finally, the BOOK Review is back! This week we chat about David Carr’s “The Night of the Gun.” Also, we want to let everyone in the world know that celeb author Naemm Murr is reading at the Parlor on October 7th. Be there.
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