Night Out In the Parks (at home!)

We’re proud to be one the 120 arts partners selected to showcase their work as part of the 8th season of the Chicago Park District’s “Your Night Out at Home.” This year, we’ll be going virtual & performing for you on-demand in your living room, backyards & balconies. Check us out at www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/night-out-at-home 

#MyChiParks #YourNightOutAtHome

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Help support Chicago’s local artists by checking out our performance of “Weave Trees” at the Chicago Park District’s “Your Night Out At Home” website.

 Keep watching! New performances will be posted weekly at www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/night-out-at-home #MyChiParks #YourNightOutAtHome

photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis




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Kits for Kids

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Donate to Synapse Arts’ dance education program for kids ages 3 through 11 and receive an activity kit filled with fun toys, treats, games, and more!

As a thank you for donating to Synapse Arts’ educational programs you’ll receive a kit valued at either $25, $50, or $100. 

Kits include:

Find out more and get your kit at Kits for Kids.

Donate securely online at the Kits for Kids page, then pick up your goodies at Dizzy Cow Candy and Curiosity Shop (2155 W Irving Park Road, Chicago) on Saturday, July 11th anytime between 9am and 12pm. We will have curbside pickup - please call 773-706-6187 when you arrive at the store.

Can’t pick up your kit on July 11? No problem! Call Dizzy Cow at 773-706-6187 to arrange another time for pickup.

Thank you!


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Black Lives Matter.

We unequivocally condemn the racism that exists both overtly and covertly in modern society. We are at a crossroads where everyone needs to take a stand - therefore as an organization we are committed to examining the ways in which we have been complicit in perpetuating racism. We are addressing our own biases and are committed to making a plan for actionable change. We realize that the space to reflect on all of this is a privilege of its own. We intend to address this work with deep humility, compassion, and a recognition of the inalienable humanity of Black people. 

We recognize, more clearly than ever, that combating the racism, sexism, and heteronormativity of our industry and our region requires a regular practice, not just a response to the here and now. As an organization that serves all ages, including young children from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds, we strive to serve our community equitably. We recognize that we can do better. 

Synapse’s mission is to nurture individual identities and challenge social norms by engaging artists and audiences in the making of dance-theater. Racism is a social norm that inhibits the expression of individual identities, so maintaining constant anti-racist work must be a part of our everyday processes.

We are currently working on reforms to better fulfill our values as an organization. This includes continuing our anti-racism education, diversifying our board of directors, and expanding our programs and services to be more inclusive, equitable, and accessible. 

We commit to implementing the following changes in our organization:

Arts and culture has the power to lift the voices of marginalized peoples. We recognize the responsibility that comes with that power and choose to be an active part of this movement in pursuit of an equitable world. 


Influences on this statement:

Women of Color in the Arts: https://www.womenofcolorinthearts.org/

Seeing White podcast: https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/

Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/

Nonprofit AF blog: https://nonprofitaf.com/2020/06/have-nonprofit-and-philanthropy-become-the-white-moderate-that-dr-king-warned-us-about/

The BIPOC Project: https://www.thebipocproject.org/

The Body Is Not An Apology: https://thebodyisnotanapology.com/magazine/after-tamir-here-are-3-things-you-should-know-about-racial-justice-101/

Mapping Our Social Change Roles: https://medium.com/@dviyer/mapping-our-social-change-roles-in-times-of-crisis-8bbe71a8ab01



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Special donation campaign

Support vulnerable artists and provide hope to young dancers. Donations up to $1,500 will be matched by a generous anonymous individual. 

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The current COVID-19 pandemic has touched everyone, and at Synapse Arts it has most impacted our artists and teachers. Artists and teachers are the lifeblood of our community, but as contractors and gig workers, are often the first to lose work.

Find out more about how we’re supporting our artists, students, and teachers on the donation campaign page here: 

https://synapsearts.networkforgood.com/projects/97355-dance-will-keep-us-together


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Ballet From Home

We are missing our ballet students! Our teachers have put together some ways for you to practice ballet at home. 

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Ballet flyer (English)

https://www.keepandshare.com/doc17/23410/synapse-arts-ballet-from-home-flyer-english-pdf-1-4-meg?da=y


Ballet flyer (Spanish)

https://www.keepandshare.com/doc17/23411/synapse-arts-ballet-from-home-flyer-spanish-pdf-1-4-meg?da=y


Links to ballet videos with Ms. Laura and Ms. Katie:

https://vimeo.com/showcase/7042387


We hope you and your families will all stay safe and have some fun dancing at home. If you have questions or would like printed copies of the ballet flyer, please email megan@synapsearts.com. 



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