Call for artists: Youth Empowerment Program @ Center on Halsted

Center on Halsted

3656 North Halsted Ave
Chicago, IL

Deadline for submission: May 31, 2012 by 11:59PM

HumanThread Gallery and Prodigies of Pride, the Youth Empowerment Program at the Center on Halsted, are looking for video, visual, or fine art submissions from Chicagoland gay, bisexual, & queer men of color ages 16- 29.

“POP OUT!” is our central theme. We invite you to pop out of your mold, pop out of your scene, pop out of your comfort zone to empower your unique identity through your most expressive art for the National LBGT Pride Month. We are open to all expressions of artwork and identity, including, but not limited to  photography, installation, fabric, video, sculpture, mixed media, and all painting & drawing styles.

This month-long exhibition is an artistic outreach lead by the Prodigies of Pride to provide empowering opportunities for youth of color in Chicago. POP takes residence at the HumanThread Gallery (located at 645 West 18th Street, just off S Halsted Ave.) for a month long series of social outreach, artistic education, and an exhibition of new artwork by young Chicago artists. Through weekly workshops, outreach, and social events POP OUT will build and strengthen support for the LBGTQ community.

E-mail with the subject: POP OUT ART & please submit the following information:

  1. Your name and sexual identity

  2. Age and gender identity

  3. Ethnicity/background

  4. A little bio about you

  5. Up to 5 images and/or links and/or videos of your work

  6. Brief artistic statement of your artwork

The deadline for submission is Thursday May 31, 2012 by 11:59PM. Artwork will be collected or dropped off June 1 & 2.

The opening reception will be Friday, June 8. Selected artists will be featured at Pilsen’s monthly Second Friday Gallery Walk. Your work will be displayed for the entire month of June, as well as on our virtual art gallery online!

Questions? Contact Blake Russell at or call 312-909-2204.

We look forward to empowering minds with you!