Innovating Through Artistry

Bite-Size Progress: June 2008

In The Bite-Size Arts Ensemble on June 8, 2008 at 2:48 am

The Bite-Size Arts Ensemble is beginning to come alive. Our board met last week and through the generous donation of board member Russ Rosenzweig, co-founder of The RoundTable Group, we will be hosting our first fundraiser, and performance as an ensemble, at his architecturally award winning home, known as The Florsheim Mansion in Chicago.

Designed in 1938 by its first owner, the architect Andrew Rebori, as two separate structures, this Chicago Gold Coast house is commonly known as the Florsheim Mansion, after Lillian Florsheim, the shoe heiress and sculptor who bought the place from Rebori in 1946. Ten years later, Florsheim commissioned her son-in-law, the architect Bertrand Goldberg (who designed the revolutionary Marina City in Chicago), to join the two buildings at their second floors. He linked them with a black-laminate and stainless-steel kitchen meant to mimic the sleek lines of the era’s streamlined railroad cars.

The kitchen of The Florsheim Mansion has been featured in too many architectecural magazines to list. The Bite-Size Arts Ensemble is thrilled to be able to have access to this very special residence for our first fundraiser the evening of Thursday August 21st, 2008. If you, or anyone else you know, is interested in coming to the event and seeing the interior of The Florsheim Mansion here in Chicago, please sign up as a fan of the Bite-Size Arts Ensemble on ReverbNation and we will send you an e-vite soon.

Additional good news to report, thanks to support from Columbia College staff member Lyn Pusztai, who was of great assistance in our search, we have just added film maker Kevin Kent, Stack City Productions, to our roster of artists for our productions starting this next fall.

We also have irons in the fire for a couple of communication, journalism graduates who will develop stories about the ensemble, pitch them to magazines and media and whom we will also help with their creative entrepreneurial development.

I know I have been saying this for awhile, if you have been following the twisty windy road of getting The Bite-Size Arts Ensemble, a 501C3 artistic entrepreneurial performance based vehicle, off the ground, (welcome to entrepreneurship 101) but I really am finally at the point where I can get our website up and running. So, when its done, you will be the first to know.

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