Society for Arts was established in December of 1981, and was renamed
in 1993 due to its increasing number of statutory objectives. The
organization is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit institution focused on
promoting cultural communication between Europe and the United States.
Annually, we bring together film festivals exploring european cinema,
art exhibitions, and concerts. Our objective is not only to assist
in supporting the most ambitious cultural projects but also to provide
assistance to individual needs of art collectors and enthusiasts of
european art and culture. Given our dedication to stimulating the
exchange of ideas in all areas of art and culture, the educational
programming at the society for arts encompasses lectures and panel
discussions, workshops and meetings with leading artists and scholars.
The Society For Arts building is located in the lower Milaukee Avenue
corridor in the historical section of Chicago, now called East Village,
although names of Wicker Park and West Town are being used as well.
This area was within the original boundaries of Chicago in 1833
while Milwaukee Avenue, one of Chicago's few diagonal streets, originally
served as an indian trail which followed a buffalo path to the Chicago
river. The area has been always a vital part of the city adding
to an important role of Milwaukee Avenue as pathway in and out of
the inner city. The Society house was originally designed as a bank
by Whitney & Williams. It was built in 1920, and purchased along
with adjacent lots for the Society by Kamyszew family in December
of 1993. It was officially opened on November 3, 1994.
The Society's mission is conducted through the following activities:
a non-profit art galleries
Aside from numerous exhibition projects organized in the U.S. museums
and galleries, the society operates its two galleries in the chicago
eadquarters. The exhibits here range from painting, sculpture, graphics
and photography to three dimensional installations, and include
gallery talks, workshops and lectures by visiting artists and scholars.
visiting artists and scholars
The society dedicates a portion of its resources to a program which
brings artists, art critics and art professionals to the United
States. The scholarships are meant for a one to two month's stay
in the states. The grantees acquaint themselves with the rich cultural
resources of the United States and establish grounds for future
cultural exchange. The Society building has guest quarters that
can accommodate the visiting fellows.
The Society organizes nationwide film festivals and film projects
which show european cinema in the States. The most extensive, Polish
Film Festival in America, established in 1989, the world's largest
festival of Polish Cinema, is held in 12 u.s. centers including
Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and Seattle.
Chicago International Documentary Festival was established in 2002.
A mecca for the avantgarde, the Society's luxury 70-weat gallery
theatre showcases the best independent film and video productions
and works by promising new filmmakers from around the world.
The Society for Arts publisheds and supports publishing art books
and exhibition catalogues, particularly of emerging artists to promote
their work in the States.
A substantial part of the society's programming is dedicated to
enhancement of understanding art among young people through school
trips to the exhibitions, concerts, and film events. The Society
invites artists and curators to encourage students to their own
artistic undertakings on workshops and camps. Lectures and discussions
are organized as a continuing education programs for adults.