What is The Retreat for Black Artists?
The Retreat for Black Artists started as a fledgling idea aimed to create some chill time with artists from around the country in Theaster's backyard. Now, it is a platform where known, celebrated and emergent artists, and those who believe in and support black artists, can self convene and grow their knowledge of each other and the field.
When is The Retreat?
Friday evening, September 15th to Sunday afternoon, September 17th, 2017.
Where does The Retreat for Black Artists take place?
The Retreat will continue to take place within the Rebuild ecosystem, with Chicago as your playground. Consider the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood in the South Side of Chicago as your new home away from home during The Retreat. Over the three day period, we will move between The St. Laurence School, The Stony Island Arts Bank, and The Studio.
Where should I stay during the Retreat?
Chicago is beautiful in autumn and we are sure you will enjoy your time here no matter where you lay your head at night.
Follow this link to find a conveniently located and affordably priced hotel to stay in during your stay: https://www.turontravel.com/event/expo-chicago-expo17
We encourage you to book your stay soon, as hotel rooms and rates are limited.
Can I bring my partner/co-collaborator/best friend/favorite artist to this year’s Retreat?
Each year, our team works very diligently to develop a thoughtful list of artists, curators, scholars and cultural leaders. Although we would love to extend our reach even further and even wider, The Retreat is only able to accommodate a specific number of guests each year. And, unfortunately, your invitation is non-transferable. However, your request has been noted and will be shared with our planning committee for future projects.
Can I document this year’s Retreat?
We know that you are artists, and that a documentation of your life, work and process is necessary. Although we want you to share your experiences at The Retreat, please be mindful that any images you take during The Retreat can not be used for commercial purposes.