A collaboration between Honey Pot Performance, the Dance Music Archiving Foundation, and a team of local cultural historians and cultural producers, the Chicago Black Social Culture Map exists to preserve Chicago's black social cultural lineage - past, present, and future - through an experience that is both fun and informative. 2019 programming features a series of roving map and archiving days focused on the social scene across the city’s South, West, and North sides. Each day features public spaces, personalities, and cultural history connected to specific city geographies.
Our first event for 2019 features South Shore queer community as a key influence in the development of house culture in Chicago. The event includes refreshments, a cash bar, and DJ sets from Jo de Presser and Duane Powell.
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Honey Pot Performance performs as part of Elevate Chicago Dance 2018, a day of performances plus installations, workshops and discussions by 45 Chicago dancemakers.
The broadly defined theme of the day explores intersections between Dance, Space, Race, and Place. The Elevate Chicago Dance 2018 artists, through a diverse range of dance and interdisciplinary works, make connections with current ideas about the dynamics between race, social spaces, and personal and body histories. For artists as well as for public audiences, the cultural, political and architectural history of the Chicago Cultural Center building is a powerful setting for these relevant considerations. Dance performances will activate all the floors and multiple public areas of the landmark Chicago Cultural Center, including the Claudia Cassidy Theater, GAR Hall, the Dance Studio, and Preston Bradley Hall.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: RSVP HERE.
The Chicago Black Social Culture Map: Community Archiving Day & Web Launch will introduce the first phase of Honey Pot Performance's interactive digital project documenting Black social culture from the Great Migration through the early 21st century. The map features profiles for over 350 different venues, each of which includes basic information, first-person stories, and supplemental media, all collected through collaborative community research.
The Community Archiving Day & Web Launch launch features a daylong event where people are encouraged to bring and share flyers, posters, photos, tapes, and oral histories to be integrated into the growing map. Accompanying programming will include sessions on a range of Black social culture topics and themes found in the map including exploring the history of Chicago's Black recording industry from jazz to house, the evolution of Chicago Blues, the importance of Black social clubs and membership clubs, dance crews from the 1980s to the present, and a special session on Black sociality and spectacle through the intersection of fashion, music, and cultural politics. Attendees will also try out the digital map and begin to add their own stories.
A day of presentations, workshops, and performances that celebrate the contribution of art to social justice movements. This event is a unique way to build community and awaken our imaginations. Refreshments and dinner are provided! The event is FREE (registration appreciated), family-friendly, and open to all.
Based on their 2014 work Juke Cry Hand Clap: A People’s History of Chicago House & Black Social Culture, Honey Pot Performance is creating an interactive digital map documenting Black social culture from the Great Migration through the end of the 20th century. Check out the evolving map and fellowship with other Chicago community members who believe in the power of our collective social experiences as sites of pleasure, purpose, and politics. Add your memories and stories of house, disco, blues, jazz and other social music and dance forms. Food, drink, and music provided. Space is limited for these sessions. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.