Apply for 2017 Arts Incubator

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016
Apply for 2017 Arts Incubator

Pivot Arts and Loyola University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts will support the development of innovative performance projects in our 2017 incubator program. Applications are due Monday, October 24, 2016. We look forward to hearing your ideas! The incubator program will provide artists and companies with time and space at Loyola University Chicago’s Mundelein […]

Chicago, Let’s Do This.

Posted by on May 25, 2016
Chicago, Let’s Do This.

A recent NYTimes poll shows that the majority of Chicagoans feel divided by class and race, fearful of the growing rate of crime, and that we’ve lost faith in police, our schools and in our leaders. Ouch. What can we do? Pivot Arts is an arts organization and while we don’t have the answers to […]

Get Your Festival On!

Posted by on May 11, 2016
Get Your Festival On!

The Pivot Arts Festival is a ten-day celebration of innovative performance that contributes to the vibrancy of the Edgewater and Uptown neighborhoods. 2016 marks our fourth year of the festival and we are pleased to present a range of established innovators such as the Neo-Futurists and the Hypocrites alongside up-and-coming groups like South Side Sailor […]

New Faces at Pivot Arts

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016
New Faces at Pivot Arts

Pivot Arts is growing rapidly and we are thrilled to have new additions to our company. John Burks of @properties recently joined our board, Jo Cattell is the newest member of our artistic council, and Danielle Gennaoui joins as Marketing Manager for the festival. Read more about all of them below and on our About […]

Marketing Manager Position

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016
Marketing Manager Position

We are hiring a Marketing Manager (MM) who will oversee the Pivot Arts Festival’s digital marketing strategy, distribution of print materials, and box office. This is a part-time, independent contractor position from March 21 – June 12. The MM should be skilled with social media platforms, able to make basic website updates in WordPress, and […]

Are You Listening or Waiting to Talk?

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016
Are You Listening or Waiting to Talk?

Yesterday I attended the funeral of my colleague, Jay Michael, who died from non-Hodgkin lymphoma at age 34. I was not a close friend of Jay’s and there was a part of me that felt uncertain whether to attend or not. Ultimately I decided it was important to go. Jay and his company, FLATSChicago, have […]

Pivot@63

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015
Pivot@63

We have a new monthly series beginning Nov. 4, Pivot@63, that’s part live talk show part performance. It’s kind of like the Daily Show but without Jon Stewart. So, in other words, it’s the Daily Show. But different. Tonight’s kick-off has an election theme and is hosted by Sharon Lanza, science-loving cheerleader with punk marching […]

American Values in Edgewater

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015
American Values in Edgewater

An article describing South Carolina residents anxious about the rise of Syrian refugees in their community appeared last week in the New York Times. How many Syrian migrants has the State Department resettled in this area? To date, none. I suppose this could read like a satirical Onion article if it wasn’t so disturbing. A […]

Dear Chicago, I love you.

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015
Dear Chicago, I love you.

About a month ago I was flying back to Chicago from Texas. Coming into O’Hare, the plane did one of those slow curves to the east before heading west and I could see the entire skyline stretched out in front of me. Something in me wanted to beat my fists on that little scratched, oval […]

Why We Do This

Posted by on May 27, 2015
Why We Do This

The Pivot Arts Festival is a celebration of innovative performance. But it’s also something bigger. It’s an opportunity to come together as a community. It’s chance to break out of our daily routine and do something different. After all, how often do you get to take a workshop with a performance poet named Toaster?? It’s […]