The Potluck: Chicago
How can art-making harness Chicago’s diversity for the common good? Leading a yearlong inquiry into the role that the performing arts play in fomenting social changes, motiroti will convene a series of community meetings at historic sites of radical intervention including Columbia College, Dorchester Project, Hull House, and En Las Tablas. Additionally, in the fall, they will host a discussion on the efficacy of their actions and share 4 strategies on running not–for–profit arts agencies. In the spring, they will return to run a series of workshops in which participants will address pressing community concerns and challenge thesegregation of our neighborhoods.
A ‘potluck’ is a meal to which different visitors each contributes a dish. Lifting each lid releases
aromas and tastes that trace the journeys of those who prepared it. Conceived by motiroti as a
menu of creative adventures – food exchanges, art workshops and public gatherings – that aim
to do the radical work of bridging cultural divides, building a toolkit for increasing social
connections, and fostering new communities.

motiroti is an award-winning arts organization based in London, UK. Its content is migration; its form is art. motiroti works across art forms and boundaries, online and in live spaces, putting participation at the heart of its practice. Please see more at

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This lecture is co-sponsored with Art + Design, Critical Encounters, The Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media and Multi-Cultural Student Affairs.

ARTIST: motiroti
Date: November 16, 2011
LOCATION: 1104 S. Wabash Avenue
TIME: 6:30 PM

Camera: E.Rose, M.Yu
Edited by: E.Rose

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