Chicago Art Department’s Crystal Ball Honors Patric McCoy, Projects Future of Chicago Arts
Pilsen, Chicago, IL n April 9, Chicago Art Department (CAD) will present the inaugural Crystal Ball, the
organization’s new annual fundraising event. Crystal Ball is playfully themed around predicting and
projecting the future of CAD’s artists, community, and audience. At this year’s event, CAD will honor Patric
McCo, the founder and President of Diasporal Rhythms (DR).
“In working with Patric on the 2014 exhibition South by Near South,AD’s curating team was fortunate to
work with a selection of artists from Diasporal Rhythms,” says CAD Executive Director, Mike Nourse.
“Honoring Patric at Crystal Ball is an opportunity to tell the city how valuable his work is. While we nurture
artists, Patric is on the other side catalyzing a culture of collectors. ”
With a goal of raising $20,000 to support its residency, exhibitions, and learning programs, Crystal Ball will
host a silent art auction with over two dozen works by notable Chicago artists including John Preus, Rodrigo
Lara Zendejas, Amanda Williams, and Candace Hunter. Additional auction items include gift certificates and
packages for the Chicago Athletic Association, the Thompson Hotel, and Labrabbit Optics. A raffle will
include prizes by Chicago designers such as Cities in Dust, Leah Ball, Lisa Slodki, Dustin Yager, Maranda
Powers, and Pound Jewelry.
A sitespecific installation and Crystal Readings by artist Dana Major, tarot card readings by John Schwenk,
future reports by Documents Bureau, and prophetic poetry by Natalie Brie Unger will add to the mystical,
visionary vibes. Live music by acclaimed jazz musicians Nick Mazzarella and Jeremy Cunningham will set
the tone for the evening, with DJ sets by Ryan Searchl1te and LoKari during the second part of the night.
Custom Crystal Ball cocktails made by Scofflaw bar manager Meghan Konecny with Koval gin will be served
alongside beer from Chicago’s Penrose, Lagunitas and Revolution Breweries.
Crystal Ball cochair Chelsea Ross says, “Crystal Ball is an opportunity to celebrate and support Chicago’s
rich arts community. With CAD’s geographical proximity to both the far South and near Northsides, CAD
has long been a nexus of Chicago’s many artistic hubs. We are really excited to host an event that reflects
our city’s broad cultural landscape and projects a strong vision for its future.”
Individual tickets and packages are available here: http://www.chicagoartdepartment.org/crystalball2016/
About Chicago Art Department:
For over a decade, Chicago Art Department has been a cornerstone of the Pilsen Arts community,
committed to cultivating new and emerging artists through residencies, exhibitions, and learning
opportunities. With 7000 squarefeet of studio, gallery, and event space, CAD is a breeding ground of
creative collaboration and exploration, serving the realworld needs of young artists seeking to establish
their personal practice. With relationships and partnerships with community members and youth
organizations, CAD hosts partnership programs, workshops, and events. CAD works to bring artists from all
over Chicago to Pilsen, to engage with their practice while intersecting with fellow artists and organizations
from the neighborhood and the larger contemporary art community, cultivating new and exciting
conversations, and enriching Chicago’s cultural landscape.
About Patric McMoy:
Mr. McCoy has been collecting contemporary African American art for 41 years and has a collection of over
1000 pieces of fine art, 90% done by Chicago artists. In 2003 he cofounded Diasporal Rhythms a 501(c)3
arts organization comprised of informed and passionate art collectors from Chicago’s African American
communities. The organization promotes the collection of art works by living artists of African descent.