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Block Party 2020


Join us for the museum’s biggest summer event.

Call for Submissions

We are thrilled to host our third annual Block Party on Sunday, July 26—a full day of performances, talks, film screenings, storytelling, and art making in and around the entire museum.

This year’s theme is Room to Move. Whether you’re considering bodies, objects, populations and communities, ideas, or something altogether different, we want to know: What does it mean to move? What can movement look or sound like? How can movement feel? What kinds of moves inspire you?

 We invite you to share your moves with Chicago.

Offer a workshop, talk, performance, or other experience you’d like to lead in the museum’s galleries. Think about stories or creative practices you’d like to share, audiences you wish to reach, or artworks at the museum that you want to connect with. Submit your pitch to contribute to this year’s Block Party by Thursday, February 20. While the content and format are totally up to you, we’ll be looking for presentations that focus on movement and/or the Art Institute in some way. We welcome proposals from people of all ages and backgrounds. Selected contributors will receive a modest honorarium.

Program Submission Form
The deadline for program proposals is now extended to Thursday, February 20.

Questions? Email or call the museum’s Learning and Public Engagement department at (312) 857-7132.

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Movement artists Jasmine Mendoza, Cristal Sabbagh, and Anna Martine Whitehead, and sound explorers Damon Locks and Ben LaMar Gay present a performance inspired by Octavia Butler’s short story “Amnesty.” This program was one selected during last year’s open call for contributors. Photo by Percy Ollie.


The Art Institute of Chicago is grateful to Glenn and Claire Swogger and the Redbud Foundation for their extraordinary sponsorship expanding the museum’s free admission program to Chicago teens under the age of 18.

Support for Summer Learning at the Art Institute of Chicago is generously provided by The Jane and David M. Stone Charitable Trust.

Support for public programs is provided in part by the Woman’s Board of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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