On Oct. 21, Revolution Brewing (@RevBrewChicago, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.) hosted archi-treasures’ annual autumn fundraiser. Revolution’s upstairs area was packed with supporters of the local non-profit, including Board members and sponsors such as Space Architects + Planners and Bradford Systems.
archi-treasures is an arts-based organization that pairs creative professionals and community members to create spaces neighborhoods can be proud of—from colorful murals and community gardens to outdoor movie screenings. Guests dined on pulled pork mini sandwiches and applewood smoked chicken wings and the highly recognizable fists flowing with brews such as Eugene Porter and Anti-Hero IPA. While approximately 120 attendees ate and drank, musician Carolyn Marcotte entertained with original material and a slowed down soft vocal version of “Beat It,” which Michael Jackson would have been into even if 99 percent of the crowd seemed oblivious to the fact there was live music at this event.
Since 1996, archi-treasures has provided programs in four main categories; Garden, Public Art, Placemaking and Media Arts. In the 16 years since its inception, archi-treasures has completed more than 120 projects utilizing a five-stage circular process of Plan, Engage, Create, Celebrate and Sustain. Currently, 30 percent of Chicagoans live within one mile of an archi-treasures project.
Joel Mynsberge, Communications Coordinator for archi-treasures said “Our profit was 341 percent greater than last year’s and will help us to serve more communities.”