WHO: Flying Creatures/Elgin, led by Chicago Artist Erin Cramer, will involve the creation of up to 20 unique creatures that will be on public exhibit as part of the 2018 Elgin Fringe Festival in Sept. Flying Creatures is open to young artists aged *7 to 23, and is FREE. (*please note that any students below age 18 must be signed in and out.) No artistic experience necessary!

WHAT: Flying Creatures/Elgin will involve instruction in skills that will be new to many, if not most of the participants. Some of these skills include designing for 3-D, building a 3-D creature, preparing a work of art to be shown long term in the outdoors, and learning special considerations for the flying creature’s audience such as size, safety, and aesthetic focal points.

Each creature will be constructed using field tested methods, but the shape, color, and theme of each creature will be unique to the person or team who created it. This way each participant can take pride and have creative control over their creature, while ensuring no two creatures will be alike.

WHEN: The creative process will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-6:30pm from July 31 through August 30. Artists are welcome to attend one or all of the sessions, and can drop-in as their schedule permits. All flying creatures will be on display at Carleton Rogers Parkduring Family Fringe, Saturday, September 8 from 10am to 2pm. 

WHERE: Each session will be held at the Lab at Side Street Studio Arts, located at 11 & 13 S. Spring St., in downtown Elgin.

WHY: In late Oct the creatures will be submitted for jury to the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in Chicago. Our Elgin Flying Creatures will then have a chance to be included in the Flying Creatures on Wabash Initiative along with creatures from various schools and arts organizations across Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. These juried Flying Creatures will be hung on the street lamps near Millennium Park for up to a year. Each “creature” street lamp is slated to have a scanning square that will bring up the first name and home town and or/sponsoring organization for each creature. This will be a great way to represent the creativity of Elgin’s youth in the big city.

HOW: This project is made possible by support from the Elgin Cultural Arts CommissionElgin Fringe FestivalGifford Park AssociationErin Cramer ArtSide Street Studio Arts.