I am humbled and excited to finally share what I’ve been working on:
The L’Louise (Elle-Louise) Arts Foundation and it’s programs was created after identifying a gap and need in resources, specifically designated for and created to support the growth of aspiring and early career artists and arts workers of color in Chicago. At the end of last year I received a word that instructed me to shift my commitment to the field to one which grants knowledge, access and community to those who are still figuring out what’s possible.
I was eager to leave Chicago because I thought I reached a ceiling on what was possible, but the reality is that I reached a ceiling in what I knew to be possible. Sometimes someone may just need an invitation to a conversation they don’t know is happening to find the missing piece to what they had all along.
It’s no secret that the financial and time commitment required to apply, register for or attend residencies, conferences, intensives and other professional development opportunities, wedges barriers between the drive to succeed and the practical realities that hinder the ability to make it happen. Sometimes someone may just need an extra $200 to get to a residency or conference so that they can show up as they are and make the connections needed to make their next leap.
I believe with all my being that a resource like the L’Louise Arts Foundation is both timely and necessary.
I invite you to support this endeavor by sharing, contributing (https://bit.ly/2LWX73j
), and following our page @llouisearts
. More info coming soon! @ Chicago, Illinois