ArtFutura: Art in Motion

10 year anniversary Fundraiser connects the artworld to patients

ArtFutura: Art in Motion Fundraiser Party will be celebrating its 10th Year anniversary of supporting RIC (Rehabiliation Institute of Chicago) and its Art Therapy program. Patients who have sustained brain or spinal cord injuries or stroke benefit greatly from RIC’s one-of-a kind transformative art therapy program, and ArtFutura has been supporting this important work for 10 years. This year RIC Associate Board, hosts of the event, celebrate with a new logo and a dynamic theme, “art in motion.”

Art in Motion celebrates the efforts of artists, patient artists and Chicagoans who embrace art as a means to heal. This entertaining and prestigious event showcases the work of the 150 professional artists from across the country who submit their work, with finalists competing for prizes ranging from $300 to $1,000. The nation and citywide call to artists is open until April 2.

James Rondeau, curator of the Modern Art Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago presides over the selection of finalists for this competitive art exhibition.

The Opening Night Awards Party will be May 31 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm, and is just blocks from Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art at the Ryan Family Atrium of Northwestern’s Lurie Center, 303 East Superior Street. Advance tickets to ArtFutura: Art in Motion are $40 if purchased by May 1, and sponsorship opportunities are available.

Proceeds from this event make it possible for over 100 pediatric and adult patients to have access to a new creative outlet during their hospital stay, enabling them to experience the healing and life-enhancing benefits of making art.

The professional and patient artwork will be on display from May 31-June 7, and will be available for sale, with prices ranging from $200 to $750.

Ticket and sponsorship information about ArtFutura 2012 can be found at http://on.fb.me/ArtinMotion

“I feel strongly grateful to have an opportunity to participate in an event which benefits this vital and indispensable art therapy program that had so personally benefited me and my life. I feel as though I am a good example of how such programs can enrich the lives of those going through the arduous process of rehabilitation and recovery in a lasting and meaningful way. Now 14 years post injury, the craft that I learned in the art therapy program at RIC has not only become my means of financial independence, but also has led me to discover my passion and purpose in life, to be an artist.”

– Mariam, Professional Artist and Former RIC Patient

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