01/21/21

The Beverly Area Arts Alliance

Art Goes On With “Pandemograms”

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We’re delighted to share another story of the creative ways in which Rex grantees aren’t letting a pandemic keep them from doing great work.

Chicago’s Beverly Area Arts Alliance, like so many arts organizations, is normally busy year-round bringing art works and events to its neighborhood–at busy, face-to-face gatherings that suddenly became impossible when COVID-19 struck. Bad news for the artists. Bad news for the community.

But all was not lost: thanks in part to a 2020 grant from the Rex Foundation, art installations filled the windows of area stores and businesses this winter. And there’s more coming later in the year.

art installations in store windows--Beverly Area Arts Alliance

Rex grantee Beverly Area Arts Alliance brought art to local store windows in times of COVID with “Pandemograms.”

The Alliance’s Sal Campbell says: “Since its founding more than seven years ago, The Beverly Area Arts Alliance (The Alliance) has cultivated collaboration between artists and musicians with the Beverly/Morgan Park community and helped to foster a hub of culture and creativity on Chicago’s far Southside.

“In support of this mission, the Alliance is proud to announce a $5,000 grant from The Rex Foundation. Originally founded by members of The Grateful Dead, The Rex Foundation has been a catalyst for grassroots community action since 1983. In the Rex Foundation, the Alliance has found a partner that understands the transformative power of the arts. This generous gift comes at a crucial moment as the Alliance works to bridge our social distance, inspire change, bring joy and support our community during challenging times.

“The grant will fund artist commissions for ‘Pandemogram’ art installations at local businesses this winter ,and will also assist The Alliance in staging a series of Chicago Blues-inspired exhibitions and outdoor concerts this spring and summer.”

Muddy Waters painting by Jon Langford

“Muddy Waters” painting by Jon Langford, to be featured in Beverly Area Arts Alliance’s exhibition this summer inspired by legends of the Blues in Chicago.