Voice of the City
Building community through making art and teaching art.

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The Alliance

When she moved into the Near-Northwest Chicago community of Logan Square in 1999, Dawn Marie found a community rich with resources, but one with only a few arts organizations.  

She came with a vision of what artists could contribute to community if they were connected to each other and to local residents. In service of that vision, Dawn Marie founded aurorARTS alliance, which later was re-named Voice of the City. Dawn Marie’s mission for the alliance was two-fold: to bring artists from all disciplines together to make art through collaboration; and to offer high-quality arts education to area children and young adults, regardless of their ability to pay.

Since its inception, the alliance has grown to include hundreds of artists, thirteen Associate Artists, four Resident Artists, and dozens of Contracted Artists. The organization now provides six making and teaching art programs, has secured a vibrant board of directors, and has doubled its operating budget since 2005 by gaining the support of public and private funding. 

Ms. Galtieri founded the Logan Square Chamber of Arts.  She co-wrote the arts strategies in the Quality of Life Plan for the New Communities Program for Logan Square.  In 2006 she was asked to lead an initiative to form a stronger body to implement these strategies.  Ms. Galtieri proposed a chamber of arts structure with a balance of arts organizations, individual artist reps and neighborhood organizations: the Logan Square Chamber of Arts was born.  Seed money from LISC/Chicago helped this foundational work for the Chamber, which was launched through Voice of the City until 2009, when the Chamber was incorporated.  Working closely with Brinshore Development, Ms. Galtieri was instrumental in securing the 30 year lease for the LS Chamber of Arts in the new Hairpin Lofts second floor.  Voice of the City helped the LS Chamber of Arts launch and operate the new arts center until 2013.

Voice of the City celebrated its 15 year anniversary in 2014 in its new studio at 3429 Diversey, 2nd FL back which houses most of its hub programming, while both making art and teaching art programs reach throughout the Logan Square/Avondale neighborhood.


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Voice of the City is a founding member of the
Logan Square Chamber of Arts