CHICAGO – Pullman Artspace released a press release requesting artists to help them turn the Pullman factory into affordable “artspaces” for artists to live, work, perform and exhibit. Below is the press release:
Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood is undergoing a make-over.
The south-east neighborhood, once a thriving working-man’s town, is aiming to become a landmark for the city.
Built in the late 1800s by railcar magnate George Pullman, the town aimed for beauty and luxury. Pullman charged all his architects to create works of art not just structure. So much so, that the Times of London heralded Pullman as “the most perfect town in the world.”
Although Pullman’s vision for a worker’s utopia ended with the landmark strike of 1894, Pullman thrives
today as Chicago’s only city, state and National Historic Landmark community, and continues to attract artists today.
Pullman has played host to numerous art exhibitions, music and film festival and original and touring theatre productions. Every year, more than 10,000 visitors enjoy these events, as well as the annual Historic Pullman House Tour, Historic Pullman Garden Walk and other historic tours and programs.
Building upon this success, Pullman Artspace, in partnership with Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives and with major support from Local Initiatives Support Corporation, has launched an effort to transform the long abandoned Pullman factory buildings into vibrant artspaces where artists live, work and play.
A new survey – conducted by Artspace – is critical to identify artist needs, inform the design of the spaces and help raise project funding. All artists interested in this major initiative should take an on-line survey. It will take about 10 minutes to complete.
Linda Bullen, Curator for the Pullman State Historic Site, has been a driving force in fostering the arts in Pullman. “This historic community has a long, rich tradition of creating beautiful things – Pullman Palace Cars 120 years ago, music, theatre, dance and visual art today.”
The prospect of a new, major artspace is certainly an asset as the National Park Service considers
Pullman’s significance and feasibility to become a national park as well.
“A National Historical Park in Pullman would bring jobs and economic growth to the entire southeast side of Chicago,” said Lynn McClure, Director of the Midwest Regional Office of the National Parks Conservation Association. “And with Pullman’s location along the Bishop Ford Freeway, a national park would help rebrand and revitalize this major southern gateway into the City of Chicago. ”
For more information, contact Arthur Pearson at (773) 844-1022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.