The Chicago Perch is a creative platform for social exchange through the publishing of books, hosting of symposium dinners and cost-free learning opportunities. I founded this project and direct it with a small team of talented individuals.
You can learn more by visiting The Chicago Perch website, looking through the photos above, or scrolling down for more information.
This project is partially supported by an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
Publishing through The Chicago Perch works like a completion-dependent scholarship for each selected artist. We raise the money for the production of the book, design and create it together, and all profits go to the artist when the book is released.
Each dinner consists of about ten guests that are chosen based on their contributions to a community, project, effort, etc. The guests are provided with wine, food, and company in exchange for a prepared presentation responding to a prompt that I send with their invitation. Their RSVP acts as their assuming of this responsibility. After we eat, each guest shares their response with the group.
We often collaborate with other institutions and groups to be able to extend our reach of connecting other people to each other. We've done events with the Smart Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, ACRE Residency, Spudnik Press and others to extend our reach of being able to connect people with a creative and conversational dynamic.