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During this year’s Civic Season at CHM, the Museum will serve as a space to help Chicagoans connect with their community, build new skills, and provide a roadmap to future community participation so we may all be more informed and engaged citizens. Activities include hands-on arts and crafts with local teaching artists, facilitator-led exploration of Designing for Change, musical performances, and more family-friendly fun.

Included with admission, which is FREE for Illinois residents on this day!

Schedule

12:00–2:00 p.m.
– 10 Questions for Civic Love
Inspired by the National Public Housing Museum’s 36 Questions for Civic Love, our 10 Questions activity offers visitors the opportunity to respond to a roster of civics-themed questions and show support for responses from others.

– Button Making
Buttons are a stylish way to show your support for issues you care about! Busy Beaver Button Co. will show you how to design your own civics-focused buttons to wear home.

12:00–3:00 p.m.
Connect with Community Partners
– Explore the impact of urban segregation with the Folded Map Project
– Use design to Build Healthy Communities with Chicago Mobile Makers
– Learn how democracy is a verb with Mikva Challenge
– Register to vote with the League of Women Voters
– Explore civic action for a historic Chicago neighborhood with the Bronzeville-Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Commission
– Civic Superheroes at CHM: Go on a self-guided exploration of CHM’s galleries to locate and learn more about Chicago’s past civic superheroes. A digital geolocational map accompanies this activity. Pick up your guide at the Ticketing Desk!

12:30–1:00 p.m.
– Guided Exhibition Tour
Come along for a facilitator-led tour of our newest exhibition, Designing for Change: Chicago Protest Art of the 1960s-70s. Get a focused look at important Chicago examples of activist art in the exhibition.

12:30–1:30 p.m.
– Musical Performance
Enjoy music by Sones de México Ensemble, the country’s premier folk music organization specializing in Mexican “son.”

12:30–3:00 p.m.
– Printmaking with Purpose
Sit in on a printmaking session with teaching artist Jomo Cheatham and make your own to take home!

2:00–3:00 p.m.
– Chicago in Action – Solidarity through Symbols
Join us for a conversation with long-time LGBTQIA+ activist Gary Chichester, featured in the Designing for Change: Chicago Protest Art of the 1960s-70s, and Gerber/Hart Library and Archives operations director Erin Bell as they talk with CHM senior manager of public & community engagement Gregory Storms about queer history, activism, and the impact of art and archives to amplify them both.

Activity Type:

Social Activity, In Person, Indoor

Level:

beginner-friendly

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