I see the Crystal Ball in your future

I see the Crystal Ball in your future
Photo credit Depression Press and Finn Smulders

I’m thrilled to help spread the word about the upcoming in-person Crystal Ball after a two-year hiatus. The Crystal Ball is an annual fundraising effort for the Chicago Art Department (CAD), which is a non-profit arts organization. Come one, come all to celebrate alongside CAD resident artists, partners, and sponsors. Alumni artists will be displaying their work in a silent auction.

Here are some noteworthy details from the press release:

“The space will be transformed into a magical oasis by CAD Resident artist and Crystal Ball Curator, Jane Georges, who will be creating immersive experiences for guests to enjoy. On display in CAD’s Main Gallery will be Everything Must Go, an exhibition featuring the works of Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist Jeffrey Michael Austin, best known for their uncanny and illusory sculptural installations.”

“The evening’s Emcee and Deejay will be DJ LOKari, formally known as Elgin Smith, who is a CAD Alum and 3Arts and Illinois Humanities Envisioning Justice Grant Recipient. Sharing a special musical performance will be members of the critically acclaimed group Black Monument Ensemble, led by CAD Co.Lab artist, educator, and musician, Damon Locks.”

Courtesy of CAD (this could be you)

The Crystal Ball will take place at CAD on May 14 from 7-11 pm. CAD is in the Pilsen neighborhood at 1946 S. Halsted Street. The space is a whopping 11,000 square feet, so come ready to party! Early bird tickets are available through April 14, so don’t delay. You can also purchase reduced ticket prices if you are an artist or student.

If you would like to volunteer for the Crystal Ball, please contact Carlos Flores at carlos@chicagoartdepartment.org. Volunteers are needed to help with art installations and during the event itself. There are volunteer incentives such as community service hours, complimentary tickets to the event, and more!

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