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The All - Inclusive 008.

An ArtNight Buffet.
Welcome to The All-Inclusive! Each month, we'll be highlighting different projects and perspectives from our community! From photos to stories to poetry to video to audio, this newsletter is meant to be a place for ArtNight updates as well as a mini-ArtNight within itself. We hope you enjoy the eighth issue of The All-Inclusive! Happy scrolling <3

Updates from Rob

We're doing our first virtual collaboration with Old St. Patrick's Church in a few weeks! Our collaborations are an opportunity to tailor an ArtNight to your coworkers/youth group/friends, etc. If you or someone you know would be interested in having a virtual ArtNight for your community, please let Jared know at Jared@theartnightchicago.com. 

The team has decided to put our live event on pause. Zoom was only meant to be a temporary fix and with COVID continuing into the winter (and likely into the spring) we're exploring other options to bring people together to share what they love. 

As a part of the 77 Project, we're launching a music map of Chicago that will bring together artists (virtually) from all over Chicago to share their music on an interactive map. Are you a Chicago musician that wants to be featured? Email Jared at Jared@theartnightchicago.com

Art Cetera, the ArtNight podcast, releases new episodes weekly. We're adding more segments during the week so you can get your Art Cetera fix at any time. Our most recent episode was with G'Mario Charleston, a theater artist out of New York. Art Cetera is on Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts!

Know someone that would be a great sharer, Art Cetera guest, or All-Inclusive feature? Send them to our website and put them in touch with me (Rob) at Rob@theartnightchicago.com.

In this month’s All-Inclusive, we have:

  • Saheli Sheth on how cooking helped her break down gender norms
  • Landon Campbell on his podcast, In Their 20s (ArtNight is working on a partnership with Landon and Michael)
  • Taylor Schaub is our first featured writer, and every month she’ll be releasing a short piece exploring architecture and humanity. This is Taylor’s fourth piece in the series.


Enjoy,
Rob 

SOMETHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT

This is why it's called ArtNight in an email.

Cooking: a Form of Rebellion

Saheli Sheth

A woman’s place is in the kitchen.” These words had been implied to me time and time again. The dramatic gender norms I witnessed in my Indian culture foreshadowed my bleak future: cooking for my family every morning, afternoon, and evening—my kitchen becoming my cage, and “servitude” becoming my name. In an effort to fight this gender norm prescribed to me, I vowed to myself: The only way I can escape being forced to cook 24/7 is if I never learn how to cook. Thus, for the first 21 years of my life, I never stepped foot into our kitchen except to eat, all in the name of rebellion.

And then I heard someone say: “Cooking and cleaning are basic life skills, not a gender role.” I realized that by not learning how to cook, I was hindering my own progress in life. Without learning this skill, I would never be able to live independently—I would never be able to grow. Thus, quarantine provided me an outlet to step out of my comfort zone and step into the kitchen. A woman that had never known how to cook somehow learned recipes from her mother each night and started cooking Indian cuisines independently. I still consider this a rebellion; however, my rebellion this time is in molding myself into the best version of me I can be. Yes, my place is in the kitchen—not because society forces it upon me. But because it’s where I choose to be.

      
   
(clockwise from top left)
1. Idli Sambhar (lentils and rice cake)
2. Paneer Tikka Masala with Paratha (Paneer cheese in spicy gravy with flatbread)
3. Dal Dhokli (lentils with whole wheat noodles)
4. Dabeli (Buns with spicy potato filling)

Biography
Saheli lives in Peoria, IL and is currently in graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her first ArtNight was around December of 2017. In her free time, Saheli can be found dancing and talking to herself!

In Their 20s
Landon Campbell

Last June, I graduated from college during a global pandemic. In what is already an odd time in life, people in their 20s have less and less to look to for inspiration. Because of this, I developed a podcast called In Their 20s

My co-host Michael and I interview Business Leaders, Celebrities, and All-Star Athletes to discuss their best advice for people currently in their 20s. Our list of influential people includes: Poet Kevin Coval, NBA Legend Tim Hardaway, 2020 Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke. Our mission is to understand what influential people were doing at our age, in order to inspire people in their 20s and give them the advice they need to succeed. 

Each interview is different and unique in its own way. We have guests from all over the country and from all walks of life. Each of our guests appreciates our mission and want to contribute their unique advice to our podcast. These are important stories worth sharing. 

When it comes to our influential guests, diversity is very important to us. Look at this country, we live in a melting pot, which means it’s very important to share a diverse group of leaders, who have different backgrounds and are doing different things now. It’s really important that we share that because we understand we have a very diverse audience.

In a time of uncertainty, this podcast is our best attempt of sharing important content that can change your life. Michael and I believe that in order to be successful, you need to see success.

 

Landon Campbell (left) and Michael Holmes

 

Biography
Landon Campbell was born and raised in Oakland, and just graduated college from DePaul. To stay busy during the pandemic, he and his friend created a podcast called In Their 20s, where they interview influential people to talk about their 20s. One of their latest interviews was with Beto O’Rourke.

Foundational Revival 
Taylor C Schaub

The reemergence of eras past - classified as “neo” - serve as a recognition of a revival of what already was. It is a reconnection, a revitalizing remembrance of where we came from, where we are going, and where we will be once again. 

Within the allegory of this article, vernacular is synonymous with indigeneity. It references a dialect that exists without the prescription of syntax or orchestration. It is vocalized by intensity of the wind; articulated in sands of the earth; witnessed in cycles of flora and fauna. The vernacular renders itself vivid through our spatial experiences. When we connect deeply to our environments, we become the paintbrush of this universal language. 

How do the concepts of “neo” and “vernacular” translate through architecture and exist in relevancy? Simply, through the idea of Home. Home has been the stage of our intimate memories and the canvas our life colors. The sacredness in which we attend our physical and mental homes defines our qualitative moments. 

Notwithstanding frameworks that were given to us uniquely at birth, we largely harness agency to craft our own architectural form. The vernacular has served as the primordial foundation of this construction. Home is not new; it is always available for rediscovery. Underneath our feet lies a place to ground in during times of collective uncertainty and external tension. As stewards of the earth, we find this authentic grounding empowers us to carry new paradigms, to revive this patiently awaited vernacular, and to come home again.

Biography
Hey, I’m Taylor! Home has always been the Chicagoland area, I currently live downtown and work at a local architecture firm. I first attended ArtNight earlier this year in February. Find me on my bike somewhere in the city, or at home, curiously learning while hanging with my kitty.

       

(left to right)
1. A loose sketch of my interpretation of neo-vernacular. The earth as the foundation and the idea
of home manifesting on multiple scales. Us as the experiencers and architects of all types of
space. Sometimes we can experience an internal “homelessness of self.” Conversely, we can
experience heightened reactions to a specific physical space, coloring our overall sense of home.
At the end of the day, our earthly home gives us a sense of belonging within the universe. Neo-
vernacular is a return to this fundamental grounding point. A homecoming that can usher in a
greater sense of purpose and liberation.

2. This is a photo of my spiritual home! Home has always been an explorative and transforming
place for me. Each item on this altar holds specific meaning and use, and each ground me
differently in “home.” A relevant example is the sweetgrass braid and sweetgrass hydrosol.
Although sweetgrass has many origins, it is a prevalent sacred grass throughout the Midwest.
The scent and presence have helped me foster a connection to the lands that I am thankful to
live on today, ones that I have always called home. What are your various homes like for you
and how do you connect to it?

BULLETIN BOARD

Announcements from the ArtNight community.

- Maya Martin is creating a poetry project titled: Kaddish for Covid. She's collecting anonymous, short descriptions (1 word to 1 sentence) of small moments/things that people miss from life before COVID. Email your submissions to mmartin@oberlin.edu with the subject: Kaddish for Covid.  

The Scary Part (an alternative rock trio from ArtNight regulars Anna-Elise Smith, Yadid H. Licht, and Aitan H. Licht) released their first single. The song is a nostalgic reflection on the transcendence of young love. Feel free to follow them on streaming platforms, Facebook, and YouTube. 

Thank you for tuning into the eighth edition of The All-Inclusive; thank you for reading, and thank you to Saheli, Landon, and Taylor!

If you'd like to be featured in the future, please don't hesitate to reach out to Rob at rob@theartnightchicago.com - we'd love to learn more about what you're passionate about :)


Always,
- Rob and the ArtNight Team

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