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Building Community Through the Arts, at Oggi Chicago

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This weekend I attended an extraordinary event at an amazing new place, Oggi Chicago, which just opened October 22, 2017.

Oggi is a blend of art studio, art gallery, art incubator and community arts and gathering place, founded by Margo Rush, who's been a leader on the Chicago art scene since the 1980s.

Friday night's event was billed as Oggi Chicago Holiday Delight. Margo Rush and Anna Soltys organized an evening of music and art. Four solo musicians performed: Ami Saraiya, Anna Soltys, Kevin Smith, Hope Arthur. Each of them were extraordinary.

Anna Soltys, Ami Saraiya,  Margo Rush, Hope Arthur and Kevin Smith at the end of the night at Oggi Chicago
Anna Soltys, Ami Saraiya, Margo Rush, Hope Arthur and Kevin Smith at the end of the night at Oggi Chicago
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Here are some youtube videos offering a sampling of Ami's Anna's, Hope's and Kevin's music.

Anna Soltys, Ami Saraiya, Margo Rush, Hope Arthur and Kevin Smith at the end of the night at Oggi Chicago
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Oggi is also currently showing the works of four artists: Gerardo Villareal, Scott Smith, Hector Duarte and Michael F Gallagher. Here's the composite image of their art, from the poster announcing the opening.

Oggi Chicago Illustration from Opening Night Announcement Poster
Oggi Chicago Illustration from Opening Night Announcement Poster
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Margo Rush spoke to the audience, inviting them to become a part of the Oggi community, saying, "We're trying to create magic here. So we invite you to join our adventure... to do it here. Come to us with art, photography, poetry, readings, music, event and workshop ideas." Rush also encourages anyone else, locally, nationally or internationally to contact her to explore ideas and proposals.

Oggi Chicago is in "Little Italy," also known as "The Heart of Chicago." Oggi means "today" in Italian.

2451 S. Oakley, Chicago, IL 60608 (312-880-7874)

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, (more...)

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