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Catalyst Ranch’s Unique 2016 Calendar – June
Be inspired each month by creating a one-of-a-kind piece of art with our 2016 Adult Coloring Calendar. Each month’s drawing will be a collaboration between you and the artist, MJ Ernst.

Ignite Theatre
An on-going diverse series, Ignite Theatre features some classic, some bizarre, some hilarious plays, musicals or other fantastical productions.

SADHAUS – July 7-9, 2016

Two floors. Seven rooms. SADHAUS Drag and Performance Art Collective inhabits Catalyst Ranch. Three sticky summer nights, three hours of durational, sonically driven performance and time-based work. Wander the haus as its denizens partake in simultaneous ritual reclamations of space.

The Tiny Book Show – July 11, 2016
The Tiny Book Show features hundreds of handmade books, each measuring no more than 3 inches in dimension, and made by artists of all ages from all over the world.

Participation Techniques Workshop October 6 and 7, 2016
This workshop provides essential education and experience for meeting planners, facilitators, designers, and presenters who want to significantly improve the effectiveness of their sessions and meetings by incorporating participatory techniques that facilitate better learning, connection, engagement, and outcomes.

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The Tiny Book Show

July 11, 2016

 

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You are invited! Our friends at The Creativity Caravan are turning their vintage caravan named MAUDE (Mobile Art Unit Designed for Everyone) into a bookmobile of Lilliputian proportions, stopping in select locations around the country to display a collection of tiny books hand made by artists and writers from around the world. They’re starting out from their home in northern New Jersey and making just a one-day stop in Chicago. We are very excited that Maude will be parked out in front of Catalyst Ranch.

 

 

tiny booksThe Tiny Book Show features hundreds of handmade books, each measuring no more than 3 inches in dimension, and made by artists of all ages. This mobile exhibit is part of The Creative Caravan’s program of offerings, including art workshops, online classes, school programs, and special events focusing on creativity, collaboration, and community.

 

 

Poets and educators Maya Stein and Amy Tingle, founders of The Creativity Caravan, will be offering a unique, hands-on book-making workshop as part of the exhibit. Guests of all ages are encouraged to attend.

 

 

Monday, July 11

4:30 pm — 8:30 pm

Catalyst Ranch, 656 W Randolph St, Chicago

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Participation Techniques Workshop

October 6th and 7th, 2016

 

 

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The workshop format focuses on learning through direct experience of a multitude of participatory meeting techniques. We will use cycles of technique experiences followed by debriefs, interspersed with short “theory bites” that cover important background knowledge and concepts. Techniques will be introduced in approximately the order they might appear during a typical participation-rich event.

 

Adrian Segar will lead the workshop (with the help of participants from time to time). For over 35 years, Adrian Segar has been convening, designing, and facilitating conferences. He has concentrated on participant-driven and participation-rich event facilitation and design since 1992. Adrian is the author of two popular books on event design — Conferences That Work: Creating Events That People Love and The Power of Participation: Creating Conferences That Deliver Learning, Connection, Engagement, and Action — and has run multiple participation techniques workshops in the United States and Europe.

 

This course is accredited by the Convention Industry Council.

 

 

Thursday, October 6th and Friday, October 7th, 2016

8:00 am — 8:00 pm *

Catalyst Ranch, 656 W Randolph St, Chicago

Tuition:  $599

*Please note there are different start and end times for the different days.


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When you’re already the leader in creative space for innovative meetings and events and your venue is in the West Loop, the Chicago neighborhood known as Innovation Alley, how do you take things to the next level?

 

You do Theatre! You take theatre out of the theater and put it in a space designed to Ignite your Imagination. Catalyst Ranch introduces Ignite Theatre.

 

 

 

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SADHAUS is a drag and performance art collective founded by Gina Marie Hayes, Alex Benjamin, Quinn Hegarty, and Zachary Nicol. Join SADHAUS for a performance gallery featuring original pieces by all four founders, happening simultaneously over two floors. Your ticket allows you to come and go as you please from 7-10 PM, wandering between rooms and encountering the many inhabitants of SADHAUS. Be sure to stop by CH Distillery down the street before or after the show for a free drink when you show your paid ticket stub!

NOTE: You may enter any time between 7 PM-9:30 PM.

June 2016

June 2016 Calendar

 

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Be inspired each month by creating a one-of-a-kind piece of art with our 2016 Adult Coloring Calendar. Each month’s drawing will be a collaboration between you and the artist, MJ Ernst.

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