Arts of Life is excited to partner with the new Buddy to feature some of our limited edition merch. Buddy is a shop, a hub for making connections between friends we have and those we have yet to meet. Buddy is committed to giving artists and small manufacturers in Chicago a place to showcase and sell their goods and artworks to a vast audience of Chicagoans and visitors at the Chicago Cultural Center. This collaboration between Public Media Institute and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) furthers both institutions’ goals of providing visibility and opportunities to artists across the Chicagoland area. Through exhibitions, talks, workshops, performances, readings, and product launches, Buddy will work to bring the creative output of our city’s neighborhoods to the city center for visitors and locals alike to consume. Buddy is a place that introduces the world to the people making it happen in Chicago, a place that helps them create a sustainable world we all want to work, play, and live in.
When health and safety conditions allow, the store will open to the public in our their new permanent location at Chicago Cultural Center’s Garland Gallery. A public grand opening event will be planned for a to be determined date and time pending the current health crisis.
Buddy will not be taking a commission through the end of the year so 100% of sales go to the participating artist.