Trail Mixer: Art & Environment Featured Projects 2013-14

Tuesday, October 8, 7:30-9 p.m.
Marwen, 833 North Orleans Street, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Art is a powerful tool for connecting people with the plants, animals, water, and food that we need to survive. Join “Trail Mixer 2013” for a sneak peek of upcoming art and environment projects in the Chicago region, and to learn more about new opportunities for partnering with artists and environment groups!

Trail Mixer is the Global Alliance of Artists Environment Xchange's annual kickoff event celebrating art and environment projects in the region. Attendees will enjoy previews of the upcoming featured events, refreshments and opportunities to connect with these cutting edge artists and organizations.

This event will include:
7:30-8:00 Refreshments, Fun, & Mixing
8:00-9:00 A Preview of Upcoming Projects

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The event is free of charge although donations are appreciated. 

Trail Mixer is generously hosted by Marwen, a nonprofit organization that provides free visual art courses, college planning and career preparation programs to Chicago's under-served youth. Trail Mixer is part of Chicago Artists Month 2013, the 18th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. For more information, visit


Featured projects include:

Rooting: Regional Branches, Global Concerns

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL
October 11-13

This symposium will highlight emerging programs and projects by artists, cultural workers, radical chefs, rural and urban farmers, and small businesses. The program will spotlight creative responses to the extreme environmental, social and economic changes, facing local and global communities with a focus on the Chicago region in the United States and New Delhi and other regions in India.

The Rooting initiative fosters new ties between New Delhi and Chicago, exploring the cities' mutual desire to grow, distribute, and eat sustainably. In addition to the symposium focused on urban agriculture, an exhibition will be held in tandem at venues throughout the city, including the Chicago Cultural Center, featuring lectures, workshops, tours, vendors, and a keynote presentation by New Delhi-based artist, Akshay Raj Singh Rathore.

Cost: Symposium and Exhibition are Free, Meals: $35-65 Tours: $30
Image credit: Amber Ginsberg's Meal Palimpsest Placemats at Polyculture Meal, Ken Dunn's City Farm

Making a Natural Loom
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 North Pulaski, Chicago, IL
October 24, 1-3 p.m.

Winter is looming, and you should be too! With about ten sticks, twine and dormant prairie plants you can weave your own natural tapestry. Join us at this perfect point between the seasons to collect, construct and create. You can make mats, wall hangings, or panels of any size. We’ll also show some other weaving techniques with natural material. It is a great group activity for all ages that is as aerobic as it is artistic.

All material will be provided. For more information contact Sean Shaffer at 312-744-5472.

Thirsty Flood: impermeable
Fountain Square, 1601 Sherman Avenue Evanston, IL 60201 near World of Beer)
November 3 (rain or shine!), four short performances happening every 20 minutes starting at 2:30 p.m.

Thirsty Flood: impermeable, is a performance featuring dance and sound. In this piece about urban flooding, we will tell the story of water trying to enter the ground. At first unsuccessful because of the large amount of impermeable pavement, the water finally enters the earth after tree toots crack open the cement.

For more information, visit
Cost: Free

Connecting Artists with Nature and Conservation
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Spring, 2014, Date TBA

Artist Michelle Kogan will give a presentation about her exhibition "Narratives of Nature: Watercolor Paintings by Michelle Kogan". The thematic focus of the exhibition is conservation, the environment, and human interaction with flora and fauna, much of it in Chicago. After the presentation, a Nature Museum biologist will lead attendees on an outdoor tour of the Museum's grounds. Attendees will learn about local plant and animal species to inform their own work.

For more information about this exhibit, visit:

Cost: Free


Thanks to our sponsors and partners helping to support and promote Trail Mixer: