The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago
The traveling exhibition The House on Mango Street features a diverse range of artists exploring th...
The art world doesn’t quite know what to do with mothers. Or children. Or fathers actively raising their own kids. This has a profound impact on the ways we make, curate, review, and experience culture. If raising children who value and engage with art benefits not only families but also culture as a whole, then raising such children is a profound creative act in itself.
Cultural ReProducers is a web resource and community-based project for and about active cultural workers who are also working it out as parents of small children. Online and on paper, we publish interviews with a wide range of cultural workers and discuss relevant exhibitions, films, comics, residencies, events, and more. We organize and facilitate events that connect parents in the arts with the broader art community through childcare-supported workshops and artist lectures, panel discussions, gallery playgroups, Skype studio visits, and an Optimistic Architecture booth at the Terrain Biennial.
In 2014 Christa Donner and fellow artist Selina Trepp worked to curate and coordinate the Cultural ReProducers Childcare-Supported Event Series with galleries and museums throughout Chicago. The goal of this project was twofold: to give parents and their kids the chance to participate as critical members of the arts community, and to inspire cultural institutions to better serve artists and audiences, providing positive models for future programming. This project was made possible through support from the Propeller Fund as well as collaboration with the dedicated staff of four generous institutions: Gallery 400, the Art Institute of Chicago, the DePaul Museum of Art, and Glass Curtain Gallery.
For more information visit www.culturalreproducers.org