3429 W Diversey Ave, 2nd Fl
Elastic Arts is a 501c(3) non-profit organization fostering artistic exploration from a versatile Chicago venue by programming and presenting multifaceted performance and exhibition.
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
This all began in 1998, when 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 whom 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, Pitchfork Music Festival
Dan Schwarzlose co-founder, Secretary, Northwestern University School of Law
Simrit Dhesi Treasurer, University of Chicago
Samuel Lewis co-founder, Trustee, CareerBuilder
Paul Giallorenzo co-founder, Trustee, Old Town School of Folk Music
Michael Zerang Trustee, musician
Trea Fotidzis Trustee, First Midwest Bank
Jason Guthartz Trustee, Attorney