Department Projects

emerge: journal of arts administration and policy

e-merge is an online journal produced by graduate students in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Master of Arts Administration and Policy program, featuring collaborations with guest editors from the SAIC community. It features original, pioneering theory and practice in the field of arts administration and related domains. We seek to engage with issues related to arts administration as a professional practice in order to broaden the overall scope of discourse.

The online-only publication also allows us to continue refining and evolving our structure. This mutability is well suited to a publication run entirely by graduate students-a community that faces a complete renewal every two years. We look forward to seeing and sharing the continued evolution of emerge with our audience.

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Inherit Chicago (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)

Inherit Chicago is the first intercultural citywide festival of its kind, happening in October 2017. The month-long festival is happening across 30 neighborhood-based heritage museums and cultural centers and includes exhibitions, performances, culinary events and discussions. The festival is produced by the Chicago Cultural Alliance. 

For this project, the student team worked across the Fall and Spring semesters to help shape and facilitate festival concept design sessions and build collaborative programming ideas with more than 30 member organizations. In the Spring semester, the team worked extensively on the festival branding and to develop the narrative and film elements of the festival's video. Several team members supported the festival production. See links below.

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Chicago Creative RX: Reuse Exchange (Fall 2017)

CCRX is a start up nonprofit organization in the early stages of development.  The organization will address the recycling and redistribution of resources for use in the arts and education sectors.  The project is modeled on several national organizations.  The organization’s leader is a widely respected and admired Chicago arts administrator who has begun research and development for the project.

The MSI team working on this project will help build the organization’s business plan, 501c3 application, fundraising plans, website design, and program concepts.  This was an excellent project for students interested in learning the process of starting a non profit, particularly a larger more complex model which will rely on building and sustaining networks and collaborative programming.  The project also engaged the important social and political questions of environmental issues such as reuse and the social responsibility of the arts in creating sustainable working models.

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Northern Triangle Exhibition (Spring 2016)

In 2014, more than 68,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended on the U.S./Mexico border, double the number from the previous year. Of this group, the majority are from the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Known as the Northern Triangle, this region has a long and complicated relationship with the United States. Originally commissioned by Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum (Austin, TX), Northern Triangle is an exhibition created by Borderland Collective that opens a space for constructive dialogue and exchange around the current Central American refugee crisis along the U.S./Mexico border and the long and complicated history of U.S. intervention in which it is irrevocably entangled. (Curatorial notes)

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Rock and the Bean (Fall 2015)

Rock and the Bean was a work in progress installation of salvaged historic raw limestone rocks from the shoreline of the South Side of Chicago. Conceptualized as part of a forthcoming pavilion on Montrose Beach designed by Dutch-Nigerian architect Kunle Adeyemi/NLE, the "pop up" installation was part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2015 and displayed and activated next to Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate (affectionately called "the bean"). The project was a collaboration between the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, and NLE.

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Homan Square Story Share - Collaboration with SAIC (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

The Homan Square Story Share project is a partnership with Continuing Studies and the Shapiro Center for Collaboration to collect and archive stories in the Homan Square neighborhood.  The project seeks to connect SAIC to the North Lawndale community through listening.

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Cosmosis - Collaboration with Steven Bridges and the Hyde Park Art Center (Fall 2014-Spring 2015)

Curated by Steven Bridges for the Hyde Park Art Center and Contemporary Arts Council, Cosmosis investigated how the cosmos and the field of Cosmology continue to inspire artistic production and exert influence on  human  understanding of the universe—and our place therein.

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Around Center - Collaboration with Jan Tichy and the Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago Cultural Center (Fall 2013-Spring 2014)

Combining photography, sculpture and video projection with civic engagement, Jan Tichy’s work reveals contradictions and hidden truths in our lived environment and the larger cultural, social and political sphere. For aroundcenter, Tichy focused on the Chicago Cultural Center — formerly Chicago’s main public library, and now home to the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events – where thousands of free cultural events happen annually.  

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