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Elastic Arts fosters a community of music, art and performance in the Avondale/Logan Square neighborhoods of Chicago and beyond through developing, hosting, producing, and promoting creative, independent, and local music concerts, exhibitions, and multi-arts performances.
Ben Baker Billington
Paul Giallorenzo (co-founder)
Because we place the utmost value on a diversity of perspectives and experience, and because we believe that intolerance is antithetical to creativity, Elastic Arts Foundation is committed to creating and maintaining a community where people of all ethnicities, races, religions, varieties of sexual orientation or concepts of gender are included so that even those whose identities are not the majority, or who have been too often disempowered, should feel especially welcome at Elastic Arts as artists, performers or attendees of our programming.
To help guide us, Elastic has adopted the We Have Voice Code of Conduct to Promote Safe(r) Workplaces in the Performing Arts. Its full text, along with more information about We Have Voice, is available here:
In 1998, an extended group of friends, some of who were going to Northwestern University at the time, began working together as a collective of musicians, performers, and artists sharing rehearsal, recording, and performing space in Pilsen. In March 2002, after moving to their first venue location, a converted church in Humboldt Park called 3030, Elastic Arts was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization.
Elastic Arts began its programming mission during this time by responding to a need for performance space, production resources and artistic leadership. By creating and nurturing organic relationships with many musicians and artists throughout the West Town neighborhoods and beyond, and to provide a reliable and innovative performing environment for artists and audiences alike, regular performance series were established, led by artist/curators extending from Elastic Art’s growing network, many of which are still active today.
Since then, Elastic Arts has presented over 2000 events — live music shows, multi-disciplinary performances, theater pieces, literary readings, art exhibitions, and film/video screenings – establishing itself as a leader among grassroots organizations in Chicago and throughout the world.
With the development and presentation of innovative, non-conventional music, art, and performance, Elastic Arts provides the community the opportunity to participate in uncommon and stimulating programming in an intimate performance environment, free from commercial restraints.
Dave Rempis President
Dan Schwarzlose co-founder, Secretary
Trea Fotidzis Treasurer