Our guest this week is Julieanne Ehre, founder and director of Pivot Arts and the Pivot Arts Festival. With a focus on creative producing, Pivot Arts bridges the gap between theatre, dance, and contemporary performances and has showcased in Andersonville several times, including a recent “Live Talk” engagement at Hopleaf (5148 N Clark). The organization is quickly approaching the 6th year of their festival celebrating contemporary performances and multi-disciplinary works. The festival returns to Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods this week, running June 1 – June 10, 2018.
“We are really trying to amplify the arts in these neighborhoods”
– Julieanne Ehre
Listen to Episode 11 with Juileanne Ehre!
Here are some of the references from Episode 11 that you may want to check out:
- Julieanne used to run a local theatre company called Greasy Joan & Co
- Some of the Pivot Arts community partners include: Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, Uptown United, Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, Alderman Harry Osterman and the 48th Ward, Loyola University, and local businesses like Lickity Split, Francesca’s Bryn Mawr, Uncommon Ground, and Hopleaf
- Pivot’s “Live Talk” Performances are curated around certain theme and are fashioned off of late night live talk shows at local businesses. View past performances here.
- Pivot also performed an interactive, site specific show with the Chinese Mutual Aid Association Show focusing on refugee experience entering the United States last fall. Learn more about Don’t Look Back/Must Look Back
- The Community Parade during Pivot Arts Fest is a big highlight for Julieanne in which several of the community partners are celebrated and come together. This year’s parade takes place on Saturday, June 2 at 3:30PM and will depart from Senn High School. Learn more.
- Another highlight for this year’s fest is Broad Night: Demystifying Women’s Health on June 4, and will feature “The Boat Plays” and “The Dula is In” – these works have been paired together to shine a bright light on “shame” and why there has been such a stigma around women’s bodies.
- If given the opportunity to switch places with an Andersonville business, Julieanne would change places with The Neo-Futurists (5153 N Ashland) for the day!
“The arts enable you to transcend reality”
– Julieanne Ehre