Bringing Moving Music & Visual Art to the Streets

The 606 Block Party          



Walking shadow puppet parade at the 606 Illumination Procession

Walking shadow puppet parade at the 606 Illumination Procession

On June 4 opera-matic celebrated the one year anniversary of The 606.  Opera-Matic artists and musicians facilitated interactive music and art making workshops creating delightful moments that inspired neighborhood spirit!

Participants learned to write odes to their favorite people, places and  everyday objects at our serenade stations, and musicians Charly Barbera, Quincy Raggs, Nick Davio, Jyl Fehrenkamp and the Snail Band featuring Ronnie Kuller put them to music!  We enjoyed performances from the Chicago Cuatro Orchestra, the Lowell Elementary School Drum Line, and New Millennium Orchestra String Quartet.    Our bison and ash tree mutoscopes were also on view!  That evening, participants created illuminated paper head dresses, worn during the Illumination Hour Procession.   New friends became puppeteers in our shadow puppet parade, accompanied by performers from Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, and the wacky wheeled creations of West Town Bikes.   Let's continue to illuminate our neighborhoods with song, light, and laughter!

Chicago Cuatro Orchestra

Serenade stations

New Millennium Orchestra String Quartet

Mutoscope Station

Paper flower making

Shadow Puppet Parade

Shadow Puppet Parade

Through music and art-making, Opera-Matic celebrates the beauty in the everyday, recoginizing that relationship building within shared public spaces is a joyful, and necessary pursuit.

This program is partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and CityArts, a program of the Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events. Opera-Matic programs are also made possible through support from the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works program, Alphawood, the Chicago Community Trust, Night Out in the Parks, and more. Visit our "Support" page for more information. 

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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