Open Call

Grappling with and engaging the cultural implications of homelessness

Arts Letters & Numbers

No Funding
Free / No Costs


Live Streamed discussion with Rhoda Rosen & Lawrence Weschler

Number of Participants



No deadline


August 30, 2021 - August 31, 2021


No meals

Public Programs

Courses, Discussion, Online Exhibition, Publication, Workshops


Activists, Documentary, Entrepreneur , Journalism, Research, Thinkers



Program Description

In the brutal winter of 2013, curator Rhoda Rosen and artist Billy McGuiness, living at opposite ends of the 26-mile-long north-south Red Line of Chicago’s metro service, launched a practice of preparing home cooked meals every Saturday night and going out to the blustery platforms at one end of the line or the other to share them (with proper tablecloths, plates and silverware) with some of the people experiencing homelessness who had taken to living out their nights on the metro trains and were being forced to disembark between rides. From that initial action grew a widening community and the insight that on top of being houseless, people experiencing homelessness were living out a sort of exile from the city’s vital cultural life. The community themselves set out to remedy that situation, systematically challenging Chicago’s cultural institutions to make room and provision for them.

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