Keeping Chicago beautiful by bringing local artists and commercial property owners together to fill their empty storefronts with art.
The idea and concepts behind "Out of the Loop"
"Out of the Loop" brings local artists together with commercial property owners to fill the empty storefronts around Chicago's neighborhoods.
Benefits of art are priceless. It has been studied for years that children who are encouraged to draw or pick up and learn an instrument or generally just be creative and express themselves thrive in school academically and socially. Chicago is at the front of the art movement in supporting local artists from Theater and Music to fashion and even Graffiti artists. "Out of the Loop" Wants to continue the tradition of support by bringing together two essential components of the community. The local artist and storefront owners.
By putting art in the windows of these storefronts we create full on art galleries that benefit not only the artist and the property but the surrounding area, the neighborhood and The City of Chicago.
WHOA WHOA WHOA...
That's not all. Art is so much more. Just like all those things listed above. Music, Fashion, Film, spoken word, installations and Public art. ALL THOSE FORMS OF ART can be part of "Out of the Loop" as well. We can have one night poetry readings or concerts or fashion shows that showcase local designers. And Installations would be one of the HUGEST and key components of this project. What are installations you ask??? Oh well let me explain... You ever go to an art museum or gallery and the exhibit is broken glass on the floor and somewhere there's a hidden speaker that is playing the sounds of rain and lightning and it's called "Crash..." That's an installation. It's not necessarily just about paintings but more about creations of art that encompass a space. Art that delights and questions and intrigues the senses. An "installation" is something that would be one of the fundamental aspects of my idea for this project and future non-profit company; "Out of the Loop."
And what about the real estate?
Everything "Out of the Loop" is about is positive. There will not be one negative aspect to the idea, the concept or the company.
That positive attitude transfers directly to the property and to the owner. It shows the functionality of the space. It brings art enthusiasts and potential clients/tenants/customers to the space. Being connected to "Out of the Loop" shows that the owners are open to exploring new and creative opportunities with their property. What better way to beautify a Chicago neighborhood than to brighten up one of it's dark spots with an innovative idea that is simply; "Out of the Loop."
All around Chicago there are store fronts that have been empty for weeks, months and some of them for years. Chicago is based on Neighborhoods. We pride ourselves on what neighborhood we live in. North, South, East, West, Bucktown, Beverly, Old town, Jefferson Park, when you ask someone where they live in Chicago they tell you what hood. They don't say the streets, they say "Lincoln Square" And in every one of these 'hoods there are empty storefronts. It brings down the value of everything around them. "Out of the Loop" wants to bring the value back. Having art shows will do that by bringing beauty to the Storefront and the Neighborhood. Chicago is just the start... Let's get involved so that we can all be "Out of the Loop."
- besides being eternally appreciated $$$ will go towards:
- The rewards, their conceptual creation and delivery.
- The creation and incorporation of the non profit; "Out of the Loop."
- "Out of the Loop" Website and design.
- Marketing, Marketing, Marketing... It's the most important aspect to anything.
- Supplies, supplies, supplies. Obviously. ;)
- Opening night launch party...
- Sometime in May I want to officially launch this company with an opening night party at one of the locations
So I hope I've garnered your attention. Intrigued you a little. And maybe even helped you to realize that this innovative idea will change the way we look at our cities landscapes. You're no longer going to just walk by that empty storefont everyday. You're going to be walking by and checking out something you may have never seen before...I hope you can help me out with this project and get involved. So that we can all be... "Out of the Loop"
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pledged of $6,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on April 9, 2012.
Feb 29, 2012 - Apr 9, 2012 (40 days)
Pledge $1 or more
Anyone pledging $1 or more will get a thank you email and be part of the “out of the loop” mailing list with contests and notifications of upcoming events.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $5 or more
Anyone pledging $5 or more will receive .jpg of painting of your choice by artist and "Out of the Loop" creator Nicholas ConlonEstimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $10 or more
Anyone pledging $10 or more will receive post card of the opening event, "Out of the Loop" sticker, an email thank you card and invite to opening night event.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $20 or more
Anyone pledging $20 or more will get "out of the Loop" t shirts with the names of all those that pledged money to the project on the back and "out of the Loop" logo on the front. Also we will send you an email invite and post card to opening night event. Most likely a sticker too...Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $35 or more
Anyone pledging $35 or more will receive "Out of the loop" Swag bag full of goodies...Opening night event poster, "Out of the Loop" T shirt, "Out of the Loop" sticker, Post cards and special invite to event and email thank you card.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $40 or more
NEW REWARD FOR PINK GUNS FANS!!! Anyone pledging $40 or more will receive all the rewards in the $35 tier. Plus as a bonus you will receive a Pink guns Tshirt of your choice... Please email me with any questions...Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $50 or more
Anyone pledging $50 or more will receive "Out of the Loop" swag bag full of goodies, a hand written thank you note by artist Nicholas Conlon welcoming them to the "Out of the Loop" team. And also as an added bonus a post card of their name (or anyone's name as decided by artist and donor) in Graffiti bubble letters as well as .jpeg of the same. Plus their name or such will be forever linked to "Out of the Loop." And will be a special sponsor of the opening night event.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $100 or more
4 backers Limited (96 of 100 left)
Anyone pledging $100-$299 will receive "Out of the Loop" Swag bag full of goodies. + as added bonus for donations < $100 an unframed signed limited edition silkscreen poster of "Chocolate Angel" by artist Nicholas Conlon.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $300 or more
Anyone pledging $300-$999 will receive "Out of the Loop" Swag bag full of goodies. Plus as a bonus artist Nicholas Conlon will paint and personalize (his rendition) any picture of your choice. Maybe a family portrait, favorite athlete or event or city skyline, anything to be decided on by donor and artist. You will also be considered (if wiling) to be a special sponsor of the entire "out of the Loop" project.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (3 of 3 left)
Anyone pledging $1000 or over will receive Nicholas Conlon painting of your choice from opening night, sponsor status, Advertisement of your business logo, special mention at event and you will also get to commission your own work by the artist and creator of "Out of the Loop" (To be decided on by donor and artist) + any donations that are <$1 over $1000 will receive "Out of the Loop" Swag bag full of goodies.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $6,000 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
Anyone pledging $6000 or more will receive everything mentioned above. (Where supplies are not out of stock) "Out of the Loop" swag bag full of goodies. PLUS as an extremely grateful BONUS. This special donor will receive a one of a kind artistic endeavor. The artist Nicholas Conlon will paint your name or that of your choosing(decided on by donor and artist) on a billboard/canvas. ANYWHERE in the world. (Special restrictions apply.)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012