The ART of Infertility, a national and traveling arts organization and winner of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association's 2018 Hope Award for Innovation, will be hosting a month-long exhibit, "Challenging Conception: The ART of Infertility in Chicago" at the Open Studio Project gallery in Evanston, IL. This exhibit will take place beginning October 2, 2018 and run through October 31, 2018, and seeks to raise awareness about infertility through art and storytelling during October's national Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.
The exhibit is free to the public and will feature artwork created by local Chicagoans. Over 286,000 people in Illinois are living with infertility. We plan on hosting a series of events to bring together the infertility community through the arts as well as educate the general public about the experiences of dealing with reproductive loss. To do this, on Sunday September 30th from 2-5pm we will host a HeArts for baby Carriage Art Workshop. This will be a free event open to the public. Pieces created from this event will be incorporated into the public exhibit.
On Tuesday, October 2nd the exhibit opens to the public. On Thursday, October 11th we are partnering with the local organization, Pulling Down the Moon, to hose a "Creative Wellness for Conception" event. This event will be free and open to the public and provide attendees experiences with professional massage therapists, acupuncturists, a make and take art experience, as well as nutritional information about fertility and brief yoga sessions.
Then on Saturday, October 13th from 6-9pm, we will host an artist reception open to the public. Local artists will discuss reasons behind creating art around their infertility experiences. The Inferile Mafia, a local podcast based in Chicago, will share some stories reflecting on infertility loss. Also, a showing of How to Buy a Baby will occur. During this time on the 13th, the curators will be on hand to answer questions. The exhibit will be taken down on November 2nd. This will be the first time the ART of Infertility has traveled and exhibited in the greater Chicago area. We are working with local patients and professionals to generate information and excitement about this awesome project!