On Thursday, April 21, 2016, select artists from Project Onward will show their work at the Illinois State Capitol rotunda in Springfield, Illinois.
In honor of National Autism Month, the Illinois House Republicans are welcoming the artists of Project Onward to exhibit all 22 pieces from the ComEd’s new training center at the Illinois Capitol on Thursday, April 21. The artwork will be displayed all day, but artists will be in the Rotunda from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to discuss their work in the exhibition.
About The Exhibition
On Feb. 19 of this year, ComEd opened a new training center in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood featuring 22 pieces of art made at the non-profit, Project Onward. Based in the Bridgeport Art Center, Project Onward supports the professional development of adult artists with exceptional talents and challenges, ranging from autism to mental illness. All of the artwork at the training center has a Bridgeport theme, ranging from an oil painting of the Chicago skyline as seen from the roof of the Bridgeport Art Center to a colored stencil drawing of Bubbly Creek.
Schedule of Activities
Wednesday, April 20
Evening: Project Onward artists and staff arrive in Springfield.
Thursday, April 21
9:00 Project Onward staff arrives at Capitol to set up artwork
9:30 Tour of Capitol
10:45 Arrive in Rotunda to prepare for meet & greet.
11:00-12:30 Meet & Greet in Rotunda
12:45 Depart Capitol
1:00 Tour of & Lunch at the Executive Mansion
2:30 Depart Executive Mansion
2:45 Tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
This will be an overnight trip for the artists, as they arrive on Wednesday evening to setup the exhibition. Your donations to the “Artists Fund” to help offset the expenses of the overnight trip are gratefully accepted.