Bringing Moving Music & Visual Art to the Streets

Opera-Matic has partnered with Latin United Community Housing Association, an organization whose mission is to advance housing as a human right by  empowering communities- particularly the Latino and Spanish-speaking populations- through advocacy, education, affordable housing development, and comprehensive housing services. In this partnership, Opera-Matic hosted sidewalk celebrations, with LUCHA residents as anchor hosts of playful musical obstacle courses that connected diverse neighborhood residents to each other in gentle shared problem solving efforts.


Opera-Matic has partnered with the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, an organization whose mission is to change lives through the power of nature. In this partnership, Opera-Matic composed and convened a Sing to the Plants sing-along, where song leaders stationed at spots throughout the conservatory, led visitors in song tours of plants and their unique botanic and cultural stories.


Opera-Matic has partnered with Friends of the Parks, an organization whose mission is to protect, improve, and promote the use of parks and open space in Chicago for the enjoyment of all residents and visitors. In this partnership, Opera-Matic led an Ode to Our Favorite Park effort, facilitating and performing Park Advisory Council members in writing odes and serenades to the parks they steward.


Opera-Matic has partnered with the Adler Planetarium, an organization whose mission is to inspire exploration and understanding of our Universe. In this partnership, Opera-matic composed a participatory re-enactment of the summer triangle star formation, guiding the public in re-enacting the three constellations, and engaging in a call and response sing-a-long of the three star formations, Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp, Deneb in the constellation Cygnus the Swan, and Altair in the constellation Aquila the Eagle.


Opera-Matic has partnered with the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, and organization whose mission is to advance diversity, leader development, and models for engagement as the catalyst for social justice. Opera-matic has worked with LSNA’s parent mentor program in trust building leadership exercises, as well as holding content development sessions that captured thoughts and memories of a local hero, Eva Calderon.


Opera-Matic has partnered with the Illinois Arborist Association, whose mission is to foster interest, establish standards, exchange professional ideas and pursue scientific research in Arboriculture. Opera-Matic worked with IAA to foster interest in childrens’ tree climbing by hosting an “obstacle station” at the Joyful Passage Obstacle Course events.


Opera-Matic has also partnered with-

  • The Chicago Park District

  • The Humboldt Park Advisory Council

  • Sabin Elementary

  • McAuliffe Elementary

  • Youth Services Project

  • Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

  • Center for Community Arts Partnership/ Columbia

This project is supported by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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