Successful Failures: Lumpen’s 30th Birthday Party – Fundraiser and Auction
Join us for a once-in-30 years night of delicious food, drink, dancing, and the warm presence of cool buddies like you.
We’ll be toasting Lumpen Magazine‘s 30th birthday, Public Media Institute’s 20th anniversary, Co-Prosperity Chicago’s quince, five continuous years of live, 24-hour FM broadcasting on Lumpen Radio, and the 1-year-old platforms Buddy, Community Kitchen, Lumpen TV, and Co-Prosperity Catskill. We’ll also be raising funds for another year of failures and successes building the communities of the future together.
Come explore three decades of Successful Failures, our new, sometimes-failing exhibition in the Michigan Avenue Galleries of the Chicago Cultural Center, drink Marz beers and Maria’s cocktails, all while listening to Lumpen Radio DJs and bidding on work from artist buddies who’ve graced the walls of Co-Prosperity.
New donations will be matched up to $50,000 by a generous grant from the Reva and David Logan Foundation!
Thursday, December 9, 2021
The Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602
Lumpen’s 30th Birthday Toast
Cocktails from Maria’s
Lavish Buffet from Community Kitchen Chefs
+ Special Reception at Buddy Chicago
($65 for members)
The Party Continues
Marz Beers, Lumpen DJs, & Auction
(free for members)
Community Kitchen Chefs Celebrating Serving Over 100,000 free meals to Chicagoans in Need
Bid online and at the event for artworks from our Buddies
Artists can elect to recieve up to 50% of the proceeds from the sale of their work- support them while supporting Public Media Institute!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The main way to support our fundraising efforts, and have your support matched, is to buy tickets to the event and join us December 9th at the Cultural Center!
If you can’t attend, we invite you to please bid on auction items online, help spread the word on social media, become a member, or make a year-end donation.
You can also attend the event for FREE as a volunteer! Join the team for half the night and join the party for the other half – please check out the times and roles available here, and sign up with a buddy if you can!
Sir Charles (Almighty and Insane Books)
Juan Angel Chavez
Lise Haller Baggesen Ross
Charles Ryan Long
Santana Villanueva Uribe
What you’re supporting:
The last thirty months have seen the Communities Amplified multilingual radio expansion on Lumpen Radio, the launch of the Co-Prosperity Programming Council, the advent of paying all exhibiting artists at Co-Pro, a three month festival of close creative collaboration with “Togetherism,” and then directly afterwards a lot of time apart… We shut down the radio studio and gallery, pouring our energies into pandemic aid projects- supporting an artist a day with $500 stipends via the Quarantine Times and distributing over 100,000 free fresh, chef-prepared meals through Community Kitchen Chicago.
Buddy, supposed to open at the Cultural Center in April 2020, went online instead, giving 100% of the proceeds to the artists for the first year before finally opening irl this past June. Co-Prosperity Catskill, a new space in upstate New York in the works for four years, finally opened as a second vaccine set in, and Lumpen TV streamed hundreds of hours of performances, panels, and gatherings into homes around the world.
As we continue this work, which will include the return of MDW Fair in 2022, your contributions will directly support artists and independent community media in Chicago.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Facemasks and proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Required. (Image of vaccine cards accepted)