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Floating Museum is an arts collective that creates new models exploring relationships between art, community, architecture, and public institutions. Using site-responsive art, design, and programming we explore the potential in these relationships, considering the infrastructure, history, and aesthetics of a space.  Floating Museum is co-directed by Avery R Young, Andrew Schachman, Faheem Majeed and Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford.  



Avery R. Young
Andrew Schachman

Best known as a poet, songwriter, and performer, multi-disciplinary artist Avery R. Young is also an award-winning teaching artist who mentors youths in the crafts of creative writing and theater. He has been an Arts and Public Life Artist-In-Residence at the University of Chicago and has written curriculum for Columbia College Chicago, Young Leeds Authors, True Star Magazine, and Chicago Public Schools Art Integration Department. Young’s poems and essays on HIV awareness, misogyny, race records, and art integration have been published in The BreakBeat Poets, The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, AIMPrint, and other anthologies

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avery@floatingmuseum.org

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Andrew Schachman designs environments, infrastructures, and installations. He is the executive co-director of two organizations that are experimental spaces for delivering arts and culture within existing metropolitan networks: Floating Museum and Fieldwork Collaborative Projects. Trained as an architect, he designed and managed projects for the offices of Zaha Hadid, Perkins and Will, Carol Ross Barney, and Doug Garofalo. His projects have received numerous awards including the Distinguished Building Award from the American Institute of Architects and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design.  Principal of Studio Andrew Schachman, he recently completed the design for the Palais de Tokyo’s exhibition, “Singing Stones,” in the roundhouse of the DuSable Museum of African American History. Andrew is a Lecturer in Urban Design at the University of Chicago.

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andrew@floatingmuseum.org
Faheem Majeed is an artist, educator, curator, and community facilitator. He blends his unique experience as a non-profit administrator, curator, and artist to create works that focus on institutional critique and exhibitions that leverage collaboration to engage his immediate, and the broader community, in meaningful dialogue. Majeed received his BFA from Howard University and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

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Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford is a visual artist and Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Indiana University Northwest.  He is also a co-director and founder of the collective Floating Museum.  His work has been shown at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The UCSD Art Gallery, The Glass Curtain Gallery and The Hyde Park Art Center, among other spaces.  He has held fellowships at the Sculpture Space, the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, the Brown Foundation Program at the Dora Maar House, and the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting.  His work has been supported by grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Harpo Foundation, the Propeller Fund, the Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Foundation, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship in Sicily.   

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jeremiah@floatingmuseum.org




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Conversational Structures / Austin Town Hall Park / 2016



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In collaboration with Summer of 2015 Austin Town Hall Festival, the Floating Museum facilitated “Sticks and Tape.”  This collaborative building exercise invtes participants to collectively work to build a large three-dimensional structures referencing their interpretation of the Austin Town Hall Park Museum’s collection.

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City of Chicago Park District / Austin Town Hall Park

Conversational Exchange / West Pullman Park / 2016



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Floating Museum coordinated a day of exchange beween the West Pullman Adult Special Needs Art Class and Project Onward, an independent nonprofit organization for professional artists with mental and developmental disabilities.  West Pullman Park is home to Ms St George and a community of educators and resources dedicated to Adult Special Needs programs.  They provide classes which are integral to their overall mission as a home of the Special Olympics. 

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City of Chicago Park District / Austin Town Hall Park / DuSable Museum of African American History / West Pullman Adult Special Needs / Project Onward

Public Artists in Residence / Cultural Center / Chicago Illinois USA / 2015


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In 2015 the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Studio Artist in Residency Program provided the Floating Museum an artist studio in the Chicago Cultural Center), along with an honorarium and various opportunities to engage with the public.  We used this time to gain insight and feedback from city officials, civically engaged leaders, artists, and the public about the challenges and impact of our proposed initiative.

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City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (DCASE)