Past Exhibit

“Angel Wangari” by Christopher Bednash

Art: The Language of Community

September 10, 2017 - January 10, 2018

The third in a series of three multiarts shows exploring the incredible power of the Arts in Learning, Healing and Community

Opening Reception Sunday, September 10, 2017 4:30 – 8:30 PM. Exhibit runs September 10, 2017 – January 10, 2018. Free admission to exhibit and Opening Reception.

Explore the power of the arts to create community as Life Force Arts Center presents the art exhibit and multiarts show Art: The Language of Community, running September 10, 2017 – January 10, 2018 at Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W. Belmont, Chicago IL 60657. Opening Reception is Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 4:30 – 8:30 PM. Gallery Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30 – 6:30 PM, and by appointment. Admission is free to the exhibit and Opening Reception. Workshops, performances and other events related to the theme will be held as part of the show. For more information, please contact Joan Forest Mage, Artistic Director, 773-327-7224,

Art: The Language of Community is the third in Life Force Arts Center’s 2017 series of exhibits, Art: The Language of… exploring the power of the Arts in Learning, Healing and Community Building.

Art: The Language of Community explores how the arts bond a community and become its language. The culture of a community is often synonymous with the arts of that community. Music, dance, poetry, writing, storytelling, theater, visual art, fashion, customs, food, festivals, mythology, spiritual beliefs and practices interweave to distinguish a community. Artistic traditions are passed down within a community, and there is a development of the culture through the generations; the history of the community can be seen in the history of its art. The arts are often used for the purpose of creating community. For example, murals created by a neighborhood group; interfaith poetry writing; dance and music that bring elders and children together.

The exhibit features a wide variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media and installation. Life Force Arts Center Artistic Director Joan Forest Mage says, “It’s fascinating to see the interpretations that artists have about the theme. At LFAC, our art exhibits create sacred space in which events become healing rituals: performances, concerts, poetry readings, workshops, lectures are all infused with transformative power to heal and enlighten those present.”

Art: The Language of Community is the ninth exhibit in the three year Life Force Arts Manifesto series. Each year (2015, 2016, 2017) Life Force Arts Center will focus on one section of its core statement, the Life Force Arts Manifesto.

Exhibiting Artists for Art: the Language of Community

Steven Blaine Adams
Christopher Bednash
Mary Burton
Judy Demchuk
Kurt Fondriest
Dorothy Graden

John Henderson
Lynn Carol Henderson
Laurel Izard
Kat Kidwell
Colleen Koziara
Jessica Kronika

Mary Lahart
Thom Lausch
Lorraine Moretti
Lisa Nomikos
Diana Rudaitis
Sujata Tibrewala

Performances for Art: the Language of Community

The date is the date of the premiere performance. 

Guadalupe-Tonantzin 12/12/17
Snake, Fire, Spine & Passion 10/7/17