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Support Making Space

Organized by museum@elginhistory.org
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Bella + Canvas Tri-Blend T-shirt

Support Making Space

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All funds raised will go directly to Elgin Area Historical Society
$300 raised
52 items sold of
50 goal
Thanks to our supporters!
$26
Bella + Canvas Tri-Blend T-shirt, Unisex - Black Heather Tri-Blend
Bella + Canvas Tri-Blend T-shirt
Unisex - Black Heather Tri-Blend
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  • Support Making Space Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - small
  • Support Making Space Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - small
  • Support Making Space Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - small
Organized by museum@elginhistory.org

About this campaign

https://elginhistory.org/making-space/

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What space can we make to allow for further artistic expression? How can we create a lasting reflection of the activities of the summer of 2020? What space can we make to allow for peaceful and impactful gatherings of community members to engage? How do we elevate equity in our community?

These questions arose in response to the historic summer of 2020 and the response that Elgin’s community had to the killing of George Floyd. Elgin’s residents came out and peacefully protested along with many others across the nation. Downtown businesses were largely boarded up in an abundance of caution based on the looting happening in other communities; happily, no looting or damage occurred in Elgin. Local artists and activists activated to express their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement artistically on the boards adorning the businesses.

An ad-hoc group of community individuals (now known as the Elgin Social Justice Collective) came together and worked to identify a project that would address those questions. The project consists of four parts: a mural, a documentary, a Juneteenth partnership, and a scholarship.

Using the board-ups as inspiration, a professional mural artist will be commissioned to design, develop, and install a mural permanently in the downtown working in collaboration with our community. The community will be encouraged to participate in the actual installation of the mural, during which opportunities to engage with other community members and begin building relationships will be plentiful. The entire process of this new mural will be documented, including interviews with the original board-up artists and community members participating in the project. The documentary, as well as ways to donate to the scholarship will be noted on the mural itself. The mural will be unveiled during the annual Juneteenth Celebration. Also, a part of the Juneteenth celebration will be an installation of ‘Art Cubes’ which will serve as a blank canvas for community members to use art to speak to their experiences with the Black Lives Matter movement and its impact on their lives. These ‘Art Cubes’ provide an artistic and spontaneous engagement opportunity annually.

Images of some of the artwork will be used to start a t-shirt campaign to raise funds for two purposes: a second scholarship for the existing Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship program, which is awarded annually to Elgin students who have demonstrated an active interest and meaningful involvement in the areas of human rights, civil rights, social justice and/or world peace. The second purpose is to raise funds and awareness for the permanent mural to be installed.

This t-shirt shows the work by artists Melissa Alvarez, Deiby Guzman, and Bernardo Nunez.

Supporters

Mary Ellen Flaks 1 item

It's part of the Elgin story that needs to be told.

Karin Jones 1 item

Great project.

Anne LoCascio 1 item + $10
Elizabeth Marston 1 item
Bill Briska 33 items
Lisa E Wiehle 1 item
Tish S. Powell 2 items

I support the mission.

Cynthia Harnew 2 items
Rebecca Miller 1 item
Andrew Bennett 1 item

I'm an Executive Producer on the project

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