Floating Museum is designed to challenge traditional ideas of museums and blends creative place-making, activism and exhibition design. The intent is to provide a platform for dialogue, artist interventions, accessibility and community engagement. Architecture becomes the medium for exchange and a flexible site for programming by using a structural interpretation of the concept of the DuSable Museum of African American History that moves to various locations in Chicago, eventually floating down the Chicago River.Floating Museum is building its first physical structure in Calumet Park right now and will open for programming in September. We're applying for the Awesome Foundation Grant to help us fundraise for our 2nd project phase-- a Chicago river float in summer of 2017. We are excited to bring Chicago its first Floating Museum!
Our project is dedicated to bringing art, cultural programming, performances and more to untraditional art venues and a wide range of neighborhoods. This summer we've been working in three neighborhoods in partnership with the Chicago Park District-- Austin Town Hall, Calumet Park and West Pullman Park. We are prototyping our project ideas from programming to engineering so we can build on our outcomes this summer and expand. Our project team is made up of artists Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, Faheem Majeed and architect Andrew Schachman.
Funded by Chicago, IL (September 2016)