Ashley King, Art & Design Major, Class of 2019, Takes On Internship with 6018North


6018North is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, The Illinois Arts Council Summer Youth Employment grant, a City Arts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and individual donations.

6018North’s dilapidated mansion is located in Edgewater, one of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods. Located in Edgewater’s Kenmore-Winthrop dense corridor of apartment buildings home to CHA, Section 8, trans-gender residents, and international refuges, as well as single family homes and condos, this neighborhood is diverse on multiple levels – economics, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, and education. Yet diversity does not necessarily create a diverse community. Therefore 6018North asks how artistic encounters can connect neighbors and create a space to meet through art, food, architecture, and/or performance?  

6018North is also itinerant. We create exhibitions and events in storefronts,  on the beach, streets, gardens, and in classrooms. Wherever we are, we invite artists to transform spaces through art while drawing people together. 

Why Are We Called 6018North?

When the Chinese artist, designer and urbanologist Jiang Jun first visited the house, about its historic street numbers 6018, he said:
       6 is “lucky/fortunate” and represents flow.
       0 is “you.”
       1 is “are going to be.”
       8 is “prosperous.”
6018 extended to artists and neighbors alike, is a collective you that is fortunate, flowing, and prosperous.

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