CROWD OUT Community Gathering with Wicker Park Choral Singers

Wicker Park Choral Singers

As part of the City of Chicago\'s Year of Public Art 50x50, Illinois Humanities and Chicago Humanities Festival are working with renowned choir director Donald Nally; Grammy-winning musician Tim Munro; Chicago Public Library; Chicago Park District; and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to lay the foundation for a lasting network of community-based cultural infrastructure in Chicago through a summer series of citywide programs, culminating in the U.S. premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang’s crowd out in Millennium Park on October 1st, 2017. crowd out calls for a 1,000+-voice choir of trained and untrained voices to explore what it means for people to come together. Through whispers, shouts and song, Lang captures the exhilaration, hope and isolation of being one person in a crowd. The piece evokes a crowd’s potential to form a sum greater than its parts, and to "crowd out" one’s own individuality. Inspired by this work, we ask these questions of ourselves as residents of our wards and our city: What does it mean for us to join a movement larger than ourselves? What makes such a movement successful? How do we make our voices heard in such a movement? Illinois Humanities will make our 1,000 voices representative of the city of Chicago as a whole. To do so, IH will bring together singers, residents, and arts and culture workers from every ward in Chicago to participate in the choir. Each of Chicago’s 50 wards will convene for a rehearsal and discussion, collectively called a “Community Gathering”, in partnership with a singing group and a cultural organization from that ward. Each gathering will happen at a local cultural space – be it a public library, a theatre, a park field house, a school, or a church basement. After rehearsing crowd out as a neighborhood, A representative trained by IH in dialogue facilitation will lead a community discussion to assess the ward’s arts and culture resources, and reimagine our individual roles in advocating for a brighter future for arts and culture in the life of the individual, the neighborhood, and the city. This connects organizations, choirs, and residents in an active citywide community of stakeholders, represented at the final performance.



ILLINOIS HUMANITIES AND THE CHICAGO HUMANITIES FESTIVAL PRESENT CROWD OUT - A 1,000–VOICE EXPERIENCE BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE OF CHICAGO Join the crowd. On October 1, 2017 in Millennium Park, more than 1,000 people from all corners of Chicago will come together to perform the American premiere of David Lang’s monumental piece, crowd out. You can be one of them. Learn the piece, join the Chicago crowd out choir, and meet your neighbors to dream about the future of art by attending your community gathering. Wednesday August, 30, 7:00 p.m. Links Hall 3111 N. Western Ave. In partnership with: IPAINTMYMIND, Links Hall, & Wicker Park Choral Singers No experience necessary. All are welcome. Be part of a once-in-lifetime citywide experience. To learn more, visit, or email Bindu Poroori at

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