Barbara Koenen

Barbara Koenen

Barbara Koenen

Chicago, IL

Presenting as part of the session: City Dep(ART)ment - Friday, November 5 at 3:30 pm

Barbara Koenen  is an artist and a cultural planner for the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.  She has created innovative programs to support individual artists and art organizations, including the Chicago Artists Resource (CAR) website, the annual Creative Chicago Expo, At Work Forums, CAR E-News, and Studio Chicago, in addition to her work on creative industry and artist housing development and policy for the city.  Koenen is conducting a comprehensive study of Chicago's creative entrepreneurs as a component of the formation of a new creative industry district, which was recently awarded a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts / Mayor's Institute of City Design.  As a practicing artist, Koenen’s  spice war rug installations combine cultural traditions of Buddhist sand mandalas and Afghan war rugs and have been exhibited in the U.S. and in Europe.  Her current investigations into the cultural intersection of pomegranates and hand grenades appear in installations and upcoming in Gastronomica journal.


Description of Barbara Koenen's talk:

Inhale / Exhale ... A City that Works

Chicago is celebrated for visionary and successful large-scale projects like Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Museums in the Parks that use arts and culture as important tools for community and economic development.  But it also incubates a sense of creativity and possibility through more grass roots, DIY projects.  Learn about some of the initiatives that the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs has launched to provide tools, support and information for creative entrepreneurs and creatives in the making, including the Chicago Artists Resource website, Creative Chicago Expo, Fashion Incubator, Studio Theater, Summerdance, World Music Festival, Chicago Neighborhood Tours and more.

Barbara Koenen working on a war rug.

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