We invite you to join us on Tuesday, March 12, at 9 a.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Edlis Neeson Theater for a special event with Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, celebrating the launch of the new Water Tower Arts District.
Fifteen of Chicago’s renowned cultural organizations (see the full list below), all located within walking distance of the historic Chicago Water Tower on Michigan Avenue, have come together to form a unique cultural coalition in an area that is reemerging from its roots as a thriving arts center in the early twentieth-century.
The launch program features presentations by each of the organizations, in addition to special performances by celebrated artist and historian Pamela Bannos, in conversation with Mark Kelly on the history of the Water Tower area; renowned contemporary artist Brendan Fernandes, who was recently selected for the prestigious Whitney Biennial; and Jeff Award-winning actor Michelle Lauto with Porchlight Music Theatre performing a number from Funny Girl; and artists from the Ruth Page Center and CDI – Concert Dance, Inc.
The #WaterTowerArtsDistrict includes: The Arts Club of Chicago, Broadway In Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower (Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events), Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, International Museum of Surgical Science, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Newberry Library, Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine, Porchlight Music Theatre, Richard Gray Gallery, The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, and the Society of Architectural Historians.
Please celebrate this extraordinary occasion with us, hear more about the diverse array of cultural activities in the Water Tower Arts District, and how this collective will bring new energy and attention to our community and city.
Enter through the ground-floor doors at the corner of East Pearson Street and North Mies Van der Rohe Way. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.