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  • CHANCES presents PLATFORMS: a ten-year retrospective

    CHANCES presents PLATFORMS: a ten-year retrospective

    Big big news y'all! This fall, please join Chances as we celebrate our ten-year anniversary with a multi-venue retrospective featuring the work of over 75 Chances community members, organizers, and allies. PLATFORMS celebrates the Chances community's role in Chicago's art and nightlife scenes, and in contemporary creative and political culture at large. 

    Stay tuned here as we announce art openings, performances, screenings and discussions during our two-month celebration, from September 3-October 24, 2015. 

    Hosted by: 
    DANNY’S + THE FRANKLIN + GALLERY 400 + GRAY CENTER + THE HIDEOUT + THE NIGHTINGALE + OPEN HOUSE + RAINBO CLUB + SECTOR 2337 + THE SUBTERRANEAN + TRUNK SHOW

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    Begun in 2005 as an inclusive, welcoming, and alternative queer dance party, Chances Dances is a collective of artists, activists, DJs, and educators who organize parties, build safer spaces, and support local art and activism through direct funding and other resources. 

    Since its founding, Chances has sought to bring together Chicago’s varied LGBTIQ communities by organizing dance parties that welcome people of all gender expressions and racial identities. For the last six years, Chances has channeled profits from its parties into a biannual microgrant for local artists. In 2008, Chances launched the Critical Fierceness Grant, which awards $500 to Chicago-based artists and collectives who identify themselves or their work as queer. In 2012, Chances expanded the Critical Fierceness Grant to include the Mark Aguhar Memorial Grant, which funds projects by queer, feminine spectrum artists of color with $1,000 grants. Through this grassroots funding in addition to our robust performance programming, Chances has established itself as hub of queer artistic activity in Chicago for ten years running. 

    In Fall 2015, the PLATFORMS retrospective will showcase the artworks, herstory, and community-building processes of the Chances community over the last 10 years at several sites across Chicago. PLATFORMS seeks to expand the reach of a long-standing and multifaceted queer collective practice, in which the group can foster meaningful experiences for multiple publics to engage with queer art and politics.