When we set out, in November of 2006, the goal was to create a space where a multitude of arts can thrive, respond to one another, co-exist, and raise the bar of achievement in the Chicago creative community. We succeeded. We have played host to hundreds of performances, classes, workshops, art exhibitions, creatives-in-residence, new ideas, and creative foundations. At any moment during our past 4 years, one could enter The Galaxie and be struck by the sounds of clowns, the meditations of martial artists, the music of the swing era, a glimpse of painters and sculptors working, live African drum sounds emanating from a back room, actors rehearsing their lines, the whirl of a sewing machine, the voices of singers in perfect harmony, or kids swinging from aerial silks. Just about anything could happen at The Galaxie, and it did.
The Galaxie has been the result of the participation of artists, performers, devotees and students of the arts young and old. All of these creative factions coming together to support one another, and the creative process. Again- we succeeded.
Now, 4 years later, it is with a feeling of great accomplishment, and a great deal of sadness that we announce that The Galaxie will be closing as of September.
The business of art has always been challenging, and in the tough economic times that we are now experiencing, it has become more important then ever to support the arts. The loss of private and foundation based funding has struck the very core of arts organizations throughout the city and the country. School arts programming, theater companies, dance companies, private artists and educational institutions all need your support now more then ever. Through your support of visual and performing arts places that build a home for working artists, like The Galaxie, will thrive once more.
My sincerest thank you to everyone who has participated throughout the years; supported, imagined, dreamed, moved, believed.
Keep your eyes peeled to see what the Galaxie has in store for future classes, workshops and Galaxie hosted events at locations though-out the city.
With gratitude to all,
Where expression matters
To find out more about what's happening in the Chicago Creative community, and find places where you can make you dollars work, check out some of these fantastic Chicago creative companies and institutions:
Jump Rhythm Jazz Project
Mordine and Company Dance Theater
House Theater Chicago
Noble Fool Theater
Metropolis Performing Arts Center
Rumble Arts Center
Chicago Children's Museum
Old Town School of Folk Music
Lillstreet Art Center
Striding Lion Theater