Night Out in the Parks Programming & Summer Soundwalks

For the second summer in a row, MSAE participates in the Chicago Park District’s “Night Out in the Parks” summer program that brings “cultural events to neighborhood parks throughout the city”. This summer we had an array of thematic soundwalks led by our wonderfully talented team of teaching artists. All soundwalks were supported by fellow NOITP interns and Program & Event Facilitator, Sean Heaney of Inferno Mobile Recording Studio.

Amanda Gutiérrez led a bilingual (English and Spanish) “Sonic Taste of Chinatown” soundwalk on May 6th, in the near south side neighborhood where the sense of taste and hearing were activated through the personal narrative of Amanda, a Mexican immigrant whose family history is linked to Chinese culture.

Eric Leonardson with the support of the Calling Frog Survey Chicago led the “Calling Frog Soundwalk” on June 17th and 24th at West Ridge Nature Preserve where he provided an introduction to frog calls and their presence within the West Ridge soundscape. Eric also led, a much anticipated, “Singing Insect Monitoring Soundwalk & Training” with Chicago’s Singing Insect Monitoring Program on July 28th at the North Park Village Nature Center. This event was part soundwalk and part citizen science training in an effort to collect data on Chicago’s singing insects.

Norman Long led “Many Sounds: Listening to Washington Park” at the DuSable Museum in commemoration of Gwendolyn Brooks and Margaret Burroughs’ centennial celebrations. Norman also recounted the significance this space once held for longtime Chicago jazz player, poet, and philosopher, Sun Ra.

Sara Zalek and Norman Long led “Between the Wind and the Ground” soundwalk at the newly opened Big Marsh park on July 29th. The soundwalk focused on movement that highlighted the space’s history as it has evolved from a former grey dump site to a natural area and recreational bike park. Each artist performed an improvisational piece that bore witness to the revitalization of the park’s natural areas.

Lindsey French led “Tangles and Flows” at Ping Tom Park on August 6th. Lindsey’s soundwalk focused on connective listening and plant communication.  As mostly sessile beings, plants nevertheless actively express themselves through growth and position.

Anthony Janas led “A Prairie in the Lake” at Northerly Island on August 13th with two handmade hydrophone listening stations, which gave listeners an opportunity to eavesdrop on the unheard sounds of Lake Michigan. Attendees were also given the opportunity to record what they heard to share with friends and family.

In addition to the NOITP summer soundwalks, MSAE led other soundwalks around the Chicagoland area including a night soundwalk at Wauconda Area Library and a private soundwalk for SoHo House Chicago members. Planning is underway for MSAE’s third 2018 summer soundwalk series. Contact us with any of your ideas and suggestions for future programming in the parks!

Night Out In The Parks 2017 Summer Soundwalk Series

LUNA walking

Discover Chicago’s SUMMER SOUNDSCAPES

Break away from your daily routine. Renew your sense of place through mindfulness walks & listening in the parks.

Join your neighbors in soundwalks led by faculty and alumni from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and fellow teaching artists for a unique outdoor experience for all ages.

 

Ping Tom Park

1700 S. Wentworth Ave. (at the Pagoda)

Saturday, May 6 5:00 – 6:30 PM

Sonic Taste of Chinatown

Amanda Gutierrez leads a soundwalk in English and Spanish linking family histories and immigrant neighborhoods

West Ridge Nature Preserve

5801 N.
Western Ave.

Saturday, June 24
7:30 – 9:30
PM

Calling Frog
Soundwalk

Decode the signals and undertones of plants, animals, and urban life with Eric Leonardson

North Park Village
Nature Center

5801 N.
Pulaski Road

Friday, July 28 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Singing Insect
Monitoring Soundwalk

Become a citizen scientist with Eric Leonardson and naturalist, Dr. Carl Strang

Big Marsh

11555 S.
Stony Island Ave.

Saturday, July 29 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Between the Wind and the Ground

Norman W. Long and Sara Zalek lead a soundwalk focusing on movement with nature

Washington Park

740 E. 56th Place

(DuSable Museum sculpture garden)

Saturday, August 5 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Many Sounds:
Listening to Washington Park

Norman W. Long leads a soundwalk in DuSable Museum Sculpture garden and Washington Park. Dedicated to Gwendolyn Brooks and Margaret Burroughs Centennial Celebrations

Ping Tom Park

1700 S. Wentworth Ave. (at the Pagoda)

Sunday, August 6

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Tangles and Flows

Connective Listening: Lindsey French leads a soundwalk about plant communications

Northerly Island Park

1521 S.
Linn White Drive

Sunday, August 13 8:00 – 10:00 PM

A Prairie In the Lake

Northerly By Night soundwalk with Anthony Janas reveals a world of unheard sounds below the visible surface of the everyday

Dates, times, artists and programs are subject to change. Please call 773-342-5012 for the most up-to-date information.

NOITP footer

Night Out In the Parks Chicago Soundwalk Series Continues in October & November

soundwalks with Chicago teaching artists
Join your neighbors in soundwalks with Chicago teaching artists for a unique outdoor experience in our sound environment as a listener and performer of your soundscape:

  • Saturday, October 29 3:30–5:00 pm Washington Park with Norman W. Long. Meet in the Sculpture Garden at DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Place. View map

  • Wednesday, November 2 from 6:00-7:00 join us to walk with the Community Procession, celebrating Dia de Muertos with ElevArte Community Studio. After the procession, Amanda Gutiérrez* leads a soundwalk from 7:00–8:00 pm. Meet at Fieldhouse at Dvorak Park, 1119 W. Cullerton St. This is part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks program.

Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks soundwalks series explores our relationship with all the sounds around us. Discover the sounds of the city’s life: people, birds, insects, mammals, amphibians, and fish. Become a citizen scientist. For all ages—admission free.

Continue reading “Night Out In the Parks Chicago Soundwalk Series Continues in October & November”