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Would You Live in This Logan Square/Avondale Art Exhibit?

By Darryl Holliday | May 27, 2015 9:40am

LOGAN SQUARE — An art exhibit on the Avondale/Logan Square border wants to put everyday neighborhood folks in close contact for an entire month — and organizers are accepting applications now.

Corner Art Gallery, 2912 N. Milwaukee Ave., will host a monthlong exhibit from June 21 to July 19 that is sure to blur the line between art and community interaction as Logan Square and Avondale residents take turns living on display and hosting dinner discussions in the exhibition space.

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The ambitious exhibit is called 'thisPlace,' according to Logan Square area photographer Kimmy Noonen, and slots for the social experiment are filling up.

“More than anything, thisPlace is operating on the premise that observing, interacting with and knowing people is the surest way to abolish abstract fears that keep communities from embracing and desiring the richness of diversity,” Noonen said. “I hope it will build bridges between different people groups, and even be a place where hard topics can be turned over with respect for everyone involved.” 

Live-in guests will occupy Corner’s space for three days and two nights in addition to hosting “dinner companions” each night, Noonen said, noting that participants will be chosen from residents who have demonstrated an investment in the community, ranging from volunteers and pastors to developers and politicians.

Alongside that exhibit will be a series of walking tour guides, led by longtime Logan Square/Avondale residents each Sunday during the exhibit, and “community evenings" meant to engage the neighborhood in a variety of issues.

"I'm hoping that all the groups and subgroups that call these areas home will be represented,” Noonen said. “The space will also be open to community events of various kinds throughout the month to help people talk to one another and grow in community."

For more information, or to host a walking tour, apply for a three-day stint at the exhibit and/or become a dinner companion, contact Noonen at kimmynoonen@gmail.com or 419-706-5559.

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