May 1, 2014
Unfinished Business: The Right to Play
When: May 1, 4 - 7 pm
Where: Jane Addams Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St.
Host: Jane Addams Hull House Museum
Celebrate May Day at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum! Join us for the opening of the museum’s newest exhibit, Unfinished Business: The Right to Play, which explores the history of the social movements that created the first playgrounds, fought for an eight-hour work day, and suggested that time off from work could create a more just world. On May 1, the museum and courtyard will be bustling with activity: field games, food trucks, DJs, live music, and performances by the Jesse White Tumbling Team and other youth ensembles. Rain or shine, we invite visitors to exercise their right to play!
- 4pm Food Trucks, DJ Sound Culture
- 4:30 Field games & races
- 6:00 Jesse White Tumbling Team
- 6:30 Queen Nzinga’s Brigade
Exhibit Highlights Include:
- “Eight Hour” songs: In partnership with the Hideout, the Studs Terkel Festival, and the Logan Center, JAHHM invites five local bands to reimagine labor songs composed by Progressive Era activists. Listen to records that feature new and old renditions of the songs.
- Prison Neighborhood Arts Project Collaboration, Freedom and Time: In collaboration with the Prison Neighborhood Arts Project, JAHHM showcases an animation by incarcerated artists at Stateville Prison. Drawing on PNAP’s distinctive model of teaching and artmaking, artists spent a semester exploring freedom, play, and time with teaching artist Damon Locks.
- Another World Is Possible: The eight-hour workday movement called for “eight hours work, eight hours for rest, and eight hours for what we will.” A century later, activists and thinkers continue to imagine ways to structure economies and work that allow all people to experience their full humanity. JAHHM presents four of these models as interactive infographics.
- Freedom Dreams: Activists and community members consider the questions, “What is freedom? When have you felt the most free?” Their responses will hang in the exhibit for visitors to read and contemplate.
- Jolly Romp: Take a swing on a kinetic sculpture by the Stockyard Institute’s Jim Duignan.
Right to Play Zine: Learn about why Hull-House reformers thought play was a crucial component of social change and try out some of their favorite games.
This exhibit, and the opening event, are free and open to the public. Learn more.