CAPE and the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial

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Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education is a part of the 2019 Chicago Architectural Biennial, collaborating on projects located at the former Overton Elementary School, located at 221 E 49th St, Chicago, IL 60615.Students from Daniel Hale Williams Preparatory School of Medicine high school worked with Williams Prep Art and Design Teacher Phil Cotton, CAPE teaching artist Margy Stover, and studioBASAR, a Romanian architecture group comprising architects Alex Axinte and Cristi Borcan.

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During this past summer and into the fall they all co-designed and constructed a multi-purpose structure in the parking lot that will provide for ongoing community engagement and interaction.  This work for the Biennial follows on previous work at Overton by Williams Prep students and Phil Cotton and Margy Stover in 2015.  Their work was the first done at this closed school site, including the public exhibition of Williams Prep student design and installation art work at Overton in June, 2016.

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CAPE artist Lional “Brother El” Freeman worked with students from Dyett High School for the Arts and sound artist Zorka Wollny.   They created and recorded student voices and sounds inside Overton that evoke senses and memories of a former school site, both as a physical building and as an integral part of the mental and emotional identity of a community.

As part of the Biennial, Overton will be home a variety of public activities on the grounds, along with viewing of these installations involving CAPE students and educators. Please join us for three free public Community Days at Overton on the following dates:

  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 1 to 5pm
  • Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 1 to 5pm
  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 1 to 5pm
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