Style Bias // Chicago Fashion Week shows

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Commonwealth is proud to announce our 3rd Annual Style.Bias // Chicago Fashion Week shows. Style Bias is a showcasing opportunity for our Curate|Supply Incubator Artist in Residence as well as highlight up-and-coming designers and professional partner to an audience that wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to the great work of these artist.

Thursday October 20th

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Ignite Excellence // Labor Day Maker Festival 

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This Labor Day weekend Commonwealth hosted the Ignite Excellence: Labor Day Maker Festival. Celebrating a safe Chicago. In August 2016, The Chicago Community Trust, the Joyce Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the Polk Bros. Foundation, the Woods Fund Chicago and other funders joined together in support of immediate intervention to deter violence and promote peace in Chicago neighborhoods.

And IE: Maker Festival is Commonwealth’s contribution to the initiative. We gathered youth from our program Curate|Supply and others from the neighborhoods of Pilsen and the south side of Chicago to create art/artifacts which reflect their love of the city of Chicago. The event was open to the public for others to do the same through creative workforce maker stations. Each station focused on a maker challenge which highlights creative workforce careers and a correlation between said challenge to an entry point into a creative career.

Here are a few visuals from the event.

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Commonwealth Fashion Fund Winner, Rashard Feggins

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The Commonwealth Fashion Fund is designed to be a catalyst platform for young designers to help them launch their brands. Outside of the financial reward, a Fashion Fund winner receives mentorship. The current Commonwealth Fashion Fund winner is Rashard Feggins and his brand is DXSTRXCT7. The video above gives you some insight into the Fashion Fund process and highlights its winner, Rashard Feggins.

Shine Your Light Fund Winner: Sherrion “Cliche” Video

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Commonwealth Foundation is proud to share with you the first products from one of our 2015 “Shine Your Light” Fund winners, Sherrion Jolly. The Shine Your Light Fund is designed to help promote emerging creatives to an audience and demographic wider than their own direct network.

Sherrion, a light hearted songstress, was a participant in our inaugural season of PROjectUS. Through her dedication to her craft and the program, she was name a 2015 Shine Your Light Fund recipient. This Cliche music video was produced by Commonwealth Foundation, directed by student turned Visual Media Coordinator – Brandon Towns.

Enjoy the visuals, there is plenty more to come from this young songstress. You can follow Sherrion on social media at:

Instagram: @iamsherrion
Twitter: @_NoMeGusta_
Snapchat: @sherrionj

2nd Annual Style Bias Fashion Week

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Oct 8th 2015, We held our second annual Style Bias Fashion Week shows at Block 37 in Chicago, IL. The featured designers for the event were current and alum designers of the (PRO)jectUS / Steam Studio program. This event serves as a professional incentive for participants of Season 1 of (PRO)jectUS. The video highlights the young designers and professional partners who showed their lines at the Fashion Week shows.

A look inside of our (PRO)jectUS initiative

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Starting in June 2015, Commonwealth begin the initiative (PRO)jectUS.(PRO)jectUS |prō ˈjekt əs|(meaning):
PRO – advance level programming and/or skill set.
Project – to illuminate or put in the forefront.
US – initiative participants(PRO)ject US is an initiative for young adults between the ages of 13 – 23 designed to build fashion design, music production, and new media journalism skills. Adding value to the skills learned by curating artifacts created & knowledge gained in a comprehensive portfolio. Making that portfolio actionable with industry-centered special opportunities.(PRO)jectUS is supported by the Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning at The Chicago Community Trust.

The video above is a look inside of the program.

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