Have a seat and read all about
what ArtNight stands for.
Individuality and self-expression. People are invited to share whatever they love.
A supportive environment. EVERYONE has an opportunity to share - whether in the discussion or sharing. It's always a dialogue, never a debate.
Learning is caring. With a wide variety of sharing and meaningful discussions, our emphasis is on learning about and celebrating our differences.
Passion over perfection. Everyone gets the same amount of time to share, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re renowned or just starting out.
Okay, but what actually
happens at an ArtNight event?
When you walk into a room of 30 people. Where do you start? The ArtNight night starts off with a vibe. As people filter in, we hang out, talk to strangers who'll become our friends, and we settle down before we settle in for the next couple hours.
The ArtNight itself starts off with a welcome activity. Don't worry, it's not your classic, awkward high school ice breaker. We actually break the ice - whatever that means to you.
Now it's time for the main event. The people who volunteered to share do their thing. We watch and listen and experience and ask questions and fall in love with them loving their passions.
In between the sharing, we take a break for that meaningful discussion we keep mentioning. Every ArtNight has a specific discussion topic, and everyone is encouraged to share their experiences. It's always a dialogue, never a debate.
Back to sharing.
In a room of 30 people, how does it end? The ArtNight closes out with a vibe. We eat, and we reconnect with the people we met earlier. All of this was to get to know people for who they actually are - so we keep doing it. ArtNight ends when our monthly apartment host decides they need to sleep.
How it all started.
ArtNight began as a series of house-concerts that Jared organized in his bedroom while studying at the Oberlin Conservatory. There would be a hip-hop group followed by a string quartet followed by a solo trombonist with a loop-pedal. Conservatory-trained musicians would come together to share with people of all musical disciplines and backgrounds. Soon, people began to share on everything from science presentations to sign language demonstrations while bringing food and tea for everyone to enjoy.
After college, Jared returned home to Chicago and started planning ArtNights with Rob. As of today, 6 people help plan each and every ArtNight. The ArtNight takes place in peoples’ homes, dorm rooms, outdoors, and public spaces. Every month, there is an ArtNight geared toward 20 and 30-somethings along with spontaneous collaborations with public organizations for people of all ages. All of the ArtNights are alcohol-free, include food, and take place on a weekend night.
What we're trying to do.
Establish spaces where doing what you love is normal.
Promote passion instead of perfection. You don’t need to be famous, talented, attractive, virtuosic or wealthy - it's meaningful and important to do what you love no matter who you are and you should be supported.
Create genuine connections in substance-free environments.
Encourage curiosity and learning.
Be a place where you can have fun without shame or embarrassment.