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Marwen is thrilled to share two exciting developments. The recently announced "Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative" is a national effort to address deep inequities in museum staff and leadership. Twenty museums were selected to participate, including The Art Institute of Chicago, who will use the funding to strengthen internship programs to advance equity and inclusion in the museum. The Art Institute selected Marwen's Teen Internship in Learning and Public Engagement as one of their pilot programs!

Not only does this mean that our existing program will become a paid opportunity for Marwen students -- allowing access to new career development opportunities -- but it also means that 100% of Marwen's career program internships are now paid. Read more about this initiative in the New York Times' article below.

 

A $6 Million Initiative Aims to Diversify Museum Leadership

 

By ANDREW R. CHOW 

 

Study after study has shown that the leadership at U.S. cultural institutions fails to reflect the demographics of the country. On Tuesday, the Ford Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation announced a $6 million campaign with the aim of diversifying the leadership at art museums.

The initiative will fund programs at 20 museums that are developing innovative strategies to hire and advance the careers of underrepresented minorities. Read more.

Marwen Teen Program to Benefit from National "Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative"
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Marwen is thrilled to share two exciting developments. The recently announced "Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative" is a national effort to address deep inequities in museum staff and leadership. Twenty museums were selected to participate, including The Art Institute of Chicago, who will use the funding to strengthen internship programs to advance equity and inclusion in the museum. The Art Institute selected Marwen's Teen Internship in Learning and Public Engagement as one of their pilot programs!

Not only does this mean that our existing program will become a paid opportunity for Marwen students -- allowing access to new career development opportunities -- but it also means that 100% of Marwen's career program internships are now paid. Read more about this initiative in the New York Times' article below.

 

A $6 Million Initiative Aims to Diversify Museum Leadership

 

By ANDREW R. CHOW 

 

Study after study has shown that the leadership at U.S. cultural institutions fails to reflect the demographics of the country. On Tuesday, the Ford Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation announced a $6 million campaign with the aim of diversifying the leadership at art museums.

The initiative will fund programs at 20 museums that are developing innovative strategies to hire and advance the careers of underrepresented minorities. Read more.

MARWEN ANNOUNCES 2018 PAINTBRUSH BALL

 

See 2017 event photos here.

 

(Chicago, IL – November 30, 2017) Paintbrush Ball 2018, Marwen's annual fundraising gala, will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 6 pm to midnight at Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market in Chicago. This is a new venue for the annual event, which attracts nearly 500 guests.

 

 

Marwen trustees Molly Morse Limmer (Founder of 2050 Art Services) and Rich Stoddart (Global President of Leo Burnett) will serve as co-chairs for Paintbrush Ball 2018.

The event raised $900,000 in 2017 in support of Marwen’s mission to educate and inspire young people from under-resourced communities and schools through the visual arts and college and career counseling. In addition to cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dinner, live music, and a brief program, Paintbrush Ball 2018 will have a Silent Auction and Paddle Raise.

Individual tickets, tables, and sponsorships will be announced in early 2018. For sponsorship information, contact Jessica Rodrigue at jrodrigue@marwen.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Kennon Reinard, Senior Manager of Communications
312.374.2941 | kreinard@marwen.org

 

Marwen Announces Paintbrush Ball 2018
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MARWEN ANNOUNCES 2018 PAINTBRUSH BALL

 

See 2017 event photos here.

 

(Chicago, IL – November 30, 2017) Paintbrush Ball 2018, Marwen's annual fundraising gala, will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 6 pm to midnight at Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market in Chicago. This is a new venue for the annual event, which attracts nearly 500 guests.

 

 

Marwen trustees Molly Morse Limmer (Founder of 2050 Art Services) and Rich Stoddart (Global President of Leo Burnett) will serve as co-chairs for Paintbrush Ball 2018.

The event raised $900,000 in 2017 in support of Marwen’s mission to educate and inspire young people from under-resourced communities and schools through the visual arts and college and career counseling. In addition to cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dinner, live music, and a brief program, Paintbrush Ball 2018 will have a Silent Auction and Paddle Raise.

Individual tickets, tables, and sponsorships will be announced in early 2018. For sponsorship information, contact Jessica Rodrigue at jrodrigue@marwen.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Kennon Reinard, Senior Manager of Communications
312.374.2941 | kreinard@marwen.org

 

MARWEN’S ANNUAL ART FAIR RAISES $44K

FOR ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Event photo gallery

 

(Chicago, IL – November 21, 2017) Marwen is thrilled to share the success of its 2017 Art Fair, which raised $44,000 for the organization’s free, visual arts-based youth development programs for Chicago students from under-resourced schools and communities. Art Fair is an annual exhibition and art sale which offers a once-a-year opportunity for the public to purchase work by Marwen students, teaching artists, alumni, and staff.

 

The event took place on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Marwen (833 N. Orleans Street). More than 300 guests attended, including Marwen students and their families and Marwen trustees Michael Fassnacht (CEO of FCB Chicago), Marcy Carlin (SVP of Essex Investment Management), Amy Bluhm, and Tom Shapiro. Additional guests included Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Maria Pinto, Steve Koch, and Ellen Alberding.

 

The evening featured the first ever online auction, allowing guests to bid on artwork from their phones. This new format increased overall art sales from past years. Fifty percent of every sale goes directly to the artist and the remaining half goes to Marwen programming.

 

Marwen’s 2017 Art Fair was generously supported by the following sponsors: FCB CHICAGO, Leo Burnett, GCM Grosvenor, Limelight, Half Acre, Amy & Andy Bluhm, Isa & Adam Pressman, Tom Shapiro & Madeleine Grynsztejn, Kirkland & Ellis, and Karen Zelden & Ralph Senst.

 

ABOUT MARWEN

Since 1987, Marwen has educated and inspired young people from Chicago’s under-resourced communities and schools through the visual arts. Now, in its 30th year and having served more than 10,000 students, Marwen continues to provide free art courses, college planning, and career development programs to 6-12th graders who have come from 55 of Chicago’s 57 zip codes. For more information visit http://marwen.org

MEDIA CONTACT

Kennon Reinard, Senior Manager of Communications

312.374.2941 | kreinard@marwen.org

(Hi-res photos available upon request)

 

Art Fair 2017 Raises $44K for Arts Education Programs
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MARWEN’S ANNUAL ART FAIR RAISES $44K

FOR ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Event photo gallery

 

(Chicago, IL – November 21, 2017) Marwen is thrilled to share the success of its 2017 Art Fair, which raised $44,000 for the organization’s free, visual arts-based youth development programs for Chicago students from under-resourced schools and communities. Art Fair is an annual exhibition and art sale which offers a once-a-year opportunity for the public to purchase work by Marwen students, teaching artists, alumni, and staff.

 

The event took place on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Marwen (833 N. Orleans Street). More than 300 guests attended, including Marwen students and their families and Marwen trustees Michael Fassnacht (CEO of FCB Chicago), Marcy Carlin (SVP of Essex Investment Management), Amy Bluhm, and Tom Shapiro. Additional guests included Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Maria Pinto, Steve Koch, and Ellen Alberding.

 

The evening featured the first ever online auction, allowing guests to bid on artwork from their phones. This new format increased overall art sales from past years. Fifty percent of every sale goes directly to the artist and the remaining half goes to Marwen programming.

 

Marwen’s 2017 Art Fair was generously supported by the following sponsors: FCB CHICAGO, Leo Burnett, GCM Grosvenor, Limelight, Half Acre, Amy & Andy Bluhm, Isa & Adam Pressman, Tom Shapiro & Madeleine Grynsztejn, Kirkland & Ellis, and Karen Zelden & Ralph Senst.

 

ABOUT MARWEN

Since 1987, Marwen has educated and inspired young people from Chicago’s under-resourced communities and schools through the visual arts. Now, in its 30th year and having served more than 10,000 students, Marwen continues to provide free art courses, college planning, and career development programs to 6-12th graders who have come from 55 of Chicago’s 57 zip codes. For more information visit http://marwen.org

MEDIA CONTACT

Kennon Reinard, Senior Manager of Communications

312.374.2941 | kreinard@marwen.org

(Hi-res photos available upon request)

 

MARWEN LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

www.marwen.org

 

(Chicago, IL – November 8, 2017) In celebration of its 30th anniversary and in collaboration with FCB Chicago, Marwen unveiled a redesigned, mobile-optimized website today.

 

The development and launch of the new site is in direct response to and in support of the organization’s mission to inspire and educate Chicago youth from under-resourced neighborhoods and schools through the visual arts.

 

NEW FEATURES:

  • Navigation and design geared towards students -- easier access to the most frequently searched information like registering for courses and attending orientation

  • Mobile optimized -- for the first time, the site is mobile-friendly, allowing Marwen to reach even more prospective students and their families and creating a more user-friendly experience for supporters to make a donation to Marwen and to shop for student-designed greeting cards

  • 360 degree virtual tours of our studios -- allows teaching artists to better plan for courses and gives new students a sneak peek into Marwen’s facilities

  • Art and photo galleries -- a stunning visual showcase of the latest student artwork, work in progress, and exciting Marwen events

  • Spanish translated content -- better connecting with and reducing barriers for our Latinx communities across Chicago to discover more about Marwen

  • Enhanced Shop features -- new customization options allow visitors to create custom messages within student-designed holiday cards online; all proceeds from Marwen’s Shop go directly into programming

 

“I’m thrilled to round out 2017 with an exciting new website that is truly reflective of Marwen’s spirit and energy,” stated Antonia Contro, President & CEO of Marwen. “I’m immensely grateful to our esteemed trustee, Michael Fassnacht, for his partnership, vision, and dedication to seeing this large project through from start to finish. Michael and his team at FCB Chicago generously shared their extraordinary expertise, resources, and enthusiasm from day one. They’ve become part of Marwen’s extended family.”

 

“It’s always an exciting moment when you can give your time to such a venerable organization,” said Michael Fassnacht, Marwen trustee and CEO of FCB Chicago. “Our team at FCB worked in close collaboration with Marwen to envision how a new site would best complement and enhance the work they’re already doing. The goal is to attract new interest and investment in their mission to further engage with students and families from under-resourced communities and schools.”

 

ABOUT MARWEN

Since 1987, Marwen has educated and inspired young people from Chicago’s under-resourced communities and schools through the visual arts. Now, in its 30th year and having served more than 10,000 students, Marwen continues to provide free art courses, college planning, and career development programs to 6-12th graders who have come from 55 of Chicago’s 57 zip codes. For more information visit http://marwen.org

Marwen Launches New Website
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MARWEN LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

www.marwen.org

 

(Chicago, IL – November 8, 2017) In celebration of its 30th anniversary and in collaboration with FCB Chicago, Marwen unveiled a redesigned, mobile-optimized website today.

 

The development and launch of the new site is in direct response to and in support of the organization’s mission to inspire and educate Chicago youth from under-resourced neighborhoods and schools through the visual arts.

 

NEW FEATURES:

  • Navigation and design geared towards students -- easier access to the most frequently searched information like registering for courses and attending orientation

  • Mobile optimized -- for the first time, the site is mobile-friendly, allowing Marwen to reach even more prospective students and their families and creating a more user-friendly experience for supporters to make a donation to Marwen and to shop for student-designed greeting cards

  • 360 degree virtual tours of our studios -- allows teaching artists to better plan for courses and gives new students a sneak peek into Marwen’s facilities

  • Art and photo galleries -- a stunning visual showcase of the latest student artwork, work in progress, and exciting Marwen events

  • Spanish translated content -- better connecting with and reducing barriers for our Latinx communities across Chicago to discover more about Marwen

  • Enhanced Shop features -- new customization options allow visitors to create custom messages within student-designed holiday cards online; all proceeds from Marwen’s Shop go directly into programming

 

“I’m thrilled to round out 2017 with an exciting new website that is truly reflective of Marwen’s spirit and energy,” stated Antonia Contro, President & CEO of Marwen. “I’m immensely grateful to our esteemed trustee, Michael Fassnacht, for his partnership, vision, and dedication to seeing this large project through from start to finish. Michael and his team at FCB Chicago generously shared their extraordinary expertise, resources, and enthusiasm from day one. They’ve become part of Marwen’s extended family.”

 

“It’s always an exciting moment when you can give your time to such a venerable organization,” said Michael Fassnacht, Marwen trustee and CEO of FCB Chicago. “Our team at FCB worked in close collaboration with Marwen to envision how a new site would best complement and enhance the work they’re already doing. The goal is to attract new interest and investment in their mission to further engage with students and families from under-resourced communities and schools.”

 

ABOUT MARWEN

Since 1987, Marwen has educated and inspired young people from Chicago’s under-resourced communities and schools through the visual arts. Now, in its 30th year and having served more than 10,000 students, Marwen continues to provide free art courses, college planning, and career development programs to 6-12th graders who have come from 55 of Chicago’s 57 zip codes. For more information visit http://marwen.org

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Marwen’s annual fundraising event, Paintbrush Ball, breaks its fundraising records and sets the organization on an exciting path to providing 30 more years of free arts courses and college and career counseling.

 

 

(Chicago, IL – June 5, 2017) Marwen announces the record-breaking success of its 2017 Paintbrush Ball, which raised $900,000 for Marwen’s free, arts-based youth development programs for under-served Chicago students. Paintbrush Ball, which celebrated Marwen’s 30th anniversary, took place on on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago. Included on the program were Marwen board chairman James Hill III, President & CEO Antonia Contro, new Deputy Director Akilah Halley, Marwen trustees and event co-chairs Marcy Carlin (SVP of Essex Investment Management) and Michael Fassnacht (CEO and President of FCB), and more than a dozen Marwen students and alumni. Other guests included Marwen founder Steven BerkowitzVirginia JamesMayor Rahm Emanuel, Marwen trustee Rich Stoddardt (CEO of Leo Burnett), Linda Johnson Rice, and Madeleine Grynsztejn.


The evening’s lively auctioneers were Gary Metzner (SVP of Sotheby’s) and Marwen trustee Molly Morse Limmer (Founder & Principal of 2050 Art Services). Event entertainment was provided by Marwen alumna DJ Sadie Woods, and catering was provided by Limelight with Half Acre as the exclusive beer sponsor.


The year’s theme “Let Your Art Out” celebrated Marwen’s 30 years of impact on Chicago youth through arts education. It also shined a spotlight on the 10,000 alumni who have benefited from Marwen since 1987 and have been making their marks on the world. The event theme was conceived by Creative Sponsor Leo Burnett, and the event was designed in collaboration with Event Creative.


“I am thrilled with the success of this year’s event,” said Marwen’s President & CEO Antonia Contro. “The deep support and passionate response of our event co-chairs, sponsors, partners, and guests is what makes Marwen so strong. We’re excited to continue growing and serving the next generation of students who need Marwen’s free programming most.”

 

“The event’s success would not have been possible without the partnership of Chicago's arts, education, youth development, and corporate communities,” shared the event’s co-chair Michael Fassnacht. “It’s more important now than ever to invest and commit to our city's young people,” added co-chair Marcy Carlin. “Marwen has shown its impact on Chicago through arts education for the last 30 years, and we’re ready to continue and grow our work.”



2017 PAINTBRUSH BALL SPONSORS
Marwen’s 2017 Paintbrush Ball was generously supported by the following sponsors: (Premier Sponsors) Boeing, FCB Chicago, Leo Burnett, Northern Trust, Blick Arts; (Inspiration Sponsors) Allstate, BMO Harris, DLA Piper, Gensler, Houlihan Lokey, McKinsey & Company, Merrill Lynch, Power Construction, William Blair & Company.

2017 HOST COMMITTEE
Marwen’s 2017 Paintbrush Ball was generously hosted by the following individuals, foundations, and companies: Jennifer Aubrey and Jonathan Harries, Wendy A. Berger, Karen and Steve Berkowitz, Dennis and Joyce Black, Heiji and Brian Black, Amy and Andy Bluhm. Bluhm Family Charitable Foundation. Robert Buchsbaum and Elyse Klein, Robert Buono and Liz Cicchelli, Greg C. Cameron and Greg Thompson, Marcy and Greg Carlin, Antonia Contro and George Marquisos, Anne and Tom Cox, Lois and Steve Eisen, Caryn Englander and Richard Bollow, Michael Fassnacht and Rhonda Duffaut, Allison and Brian Feltzin, Marilyn and Larry Fields, Tim and Paula Friedman, Regan and Philip Friedmann, Steve and Barbara Hearn, ICL, LLC / James and Mary Hill, Mary Ittelson, Andy and Karen Jacobs, Kaplan Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation, Susan and Tom Koltun, Carol and Larry Levy, Molly and Seth Limmer, Malkin Family Philanthropic Fund, Gail and Andrew Marks, Gary Metzner, Kenny and Heather Mitchell, Sally and Scott Pofcher, Isa and Adam Pressman, Quarles & Brady LLP, Radio Flyer, Inc., Mollie and David Rattner. Suellen and Philippe Ravanas, Burton X. and Sheli Rosenberg, Katherine Scott and James Jimenez, Tom Shapiro and Madeleine Grynsztejn, Shalini Sharma and Pradip Patiath, William S. Singer and JoAnne Cicchelli, Thorndyke Sheppard Group – Merrill Lynch, Dr. Bryan S. Traubert and Ms. Penny Pritzker/The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation, U.S. Cellular, Wheeler Kearns Architects, Robert and Susan Wislow, Karen Zelden and Ralph Senst.

Marwen’s Record-Breaking 2017 Paintbrush Ball Raises $900K for Arts Education Programs
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In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Marwen’s annual fundraising event, Paintbrush Ball, breaks its fundraising records and sets the organization on an exciting path to providing 30 more years of free arts courses and college and career counseling.

 

 

(Chicago, IL – June 5, 2017) Marwen announces the record-breaking success of its 2017 Paintbrush Ball, which raised $900,000 for Marwen’s free, arts-based youth development programs for under-served Chicago students. Paintbrush Ball, which celebrated Marwen’s 30th anniversary, took place on on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago. Included on the program were Marwen board chairman James Hill III, President & CEO Antonia Contro, new Deputy Director Akilah Halley, Marwen trustees and event co-chairs Marcy Carlin (SVP of Essex Investment Management) and Michael Fassnacht (CEO and President of FCB), and more than a dozen Marwen students and alumni. Other guests included Marwen founder Steven BerkowitzVirginia JamesMayor Rahm Emanuel, Marwen trustee Rich Stoddardt (CEO of Leo Burnett), Linda Johnson Rice, and Madeleine Grynsztejn.


The evening’s lively auctioneers were Gary Metzner (SVP of Sotheby’s) and Marwen trustee Molly Morse Limmer (Founder & Principal of 2050 Art Services). Event entertainment was provided by Marwen alumna DJ Sadie Woods, and catering was provided by Limelight with Half Acre as the exclusive beer sponsor.


The year’s theme “Let Your Art Out” celebrated Marwen’s 30 years of impact on Chicago youth through arts education. It also shined a spotlight on the 10,000 alumni who have benefited from Marwen since 1987 and have been making their marks on the world. The event theme was conceived by Creative Sponsor Leo Burnett, and the event was designed in collaboration with Event Creative.


“I am thrilled with the success of this year’s event,” said Marwen’s President & CEO Antonia Contro. “The deep support and passionate response of our event co-chairs, sponsors, partners, and guests is what makes Marwen so strong. We’re excited to continue growing and serving the next generation of students who need Marwen’s free programming most.”

 

“The event’s success would not have been possible without the partnership of Chicago's arts, education, youth development, and corporate communities,” shared the event’s co-chair Michael Fassnacht. “It’s more important now than ever to invest and commit to our city's young people,” added co-chair Marcy Carlin. “Marwen has shown its impact on Chicago through arts education for the last 30 years, and we’re ready to continue and grow our work.”



2017 PAINTBRUSH BALL SPONSORS
Marwen’s 2017 Paintbrush Ball was generously supported by the following sponsors: (Premier Sponsors) Boeing, FCB Chicago, Leo Burnett, Northern Trust, Blick Arts; (Inspiration Sponsors) Allstate, BMO Harris, DLA Piper, Gensler, Houlihan Lokey, McKinsey & Company, Merrill Lynch, Power Construction, William Blair & Company.

2017 HOST COMMITTEE
Marwen’s 2017 Paintbrush Ball was generously hosted by the following individuals, foundations, and companies: Jennifer Aubrey and Jonathan Harries, Wendy A. Berger, Karen and Steve Berkowitz, Dennis and Joyce Black, Heiji and Brian Black, Amy and Andy Bluhm. Bluhm Family Charitable Foundation. Robert Buchsbaum and Elyse Klein, Robert Buono and Liz Cicchelli, Greg C. Cameron and Greg Thompson, Marcy and Greg Carlin, Antonia Contro and George Marquisos, Anne and Tom Cox, Lois and Steve Eisen, Caryn Englander and Richard Bollow, Michael Fassnacht and Rhonda Duffaut, Allison and Brian Feltzin, Marilyn and Larry Fields, Tim and Paula Friedman, Regan and Philip Friedmann, Steve and Barbara Hearn, ICL, LLC / James and Mary Hill, Mary Ittelson, Andy and Karen Jacobs, Kaplan Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation, Susan and Tom Koltun, Carol and Larry Levy, Molly and Seth Limmer, Malkin Family Philanthropic Fund, Gail and Andrew Marks, Gary Metzner, Kenny and Heather Mitchell, Sally and Scott Pofcher, Isa and Adam Pressman, Quarles & Brady LLP, Radio Flyer, Inc., Mollie and David Rattner. Suellen and Philippe Ravanas, Burton X. and Sheli Rosenberg, Katherine Scott and James Jimenez, Tom Shapiro and Madeleine Grynsztejn, Shalini Sharma and Pradip Patiath, William S. Singer and JoAnne Cicchelli, Thorndyke Sheppard Group – Merrill Lynch, Dr. Bryan S. Traubert and Ms. Penny Pritzker/The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation, U.S. Cellular, Wheeler Kearns Architects, Robert and Susan Wislow, Karen Zelden and Ralph Senst.

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