PLATFORMS: Ten Years of Chances Dances

PLATFORMS: 10 Years of Chances Dances

September 3 - Oct 24, 2015

DANNY’S + THE FRANKLIN + GALLERY 400 + GRAY CENTER LAB  

THE HIDEOUT + THE NIGHTINGALE + OPEN HOUSE + RAINBO CLUB

SECTOR 2337 + THE SUBTERRANEAN + TRUNK SHOW

 

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. Drawing from over one hundred Critical Fierceness grantees and finalists, past and present Chances organizers, and members of the Chances community, Platforms will elevate and expand the reach of a long-standing and multifaceted queer collective practice.