WNDR MUSEUM KICKS OFF PARTNERSHIP WITH CHICAGO NON-PROFIT SOCIALWORKS, BEGINNING WITH FALL EVENTS SERIES
CHICAGO – WNDR Museum, Chicago’s original immersive art and technology experience, is thrilled to kick off an ongoing partnership with SocialWorks, the Chicago-based non-profit founded by GRAMMY© -winning musician and humanitarian Chance the Rapper that aims to empower Chicago’s youth through arts, education and civic engagement. As part of the partnership, WNDR Museum will host a series of free community events and activations alongside SocialWorks to support the organization’s key cornerstone initiatives.
“I am so enheartened to see the growth of SocialWorks and its programming since its founding. The partnership with WNDR Museum allows SocialWorks to continue to blend art, imagination, and community impact,” said Chance the Rapper. “Together, we’re showing the world the beauty of art, education, and community working in tandem and how it can push the boundaries for civic engagement.”
“One of the things that make Chicago so special is the city’s ability to come together as a community to support and uplift those in need,” said Eric Sawitoski, Chief Marketing Officer at WNDR Museum. “Community partnerships and engagement are at the core of WNDR Museum’s identity, and we’re thrilled to have this opportunity to partner with SocialWorks to further our shared mission.”
Warmest Winter Donation Drive | October 9 – December 3
SocialWorks’ Warmest Winter aims to raise awareness and provide relief for individuals experiencing homelessness and extreme hardship through service, direct support and experiences. Beginning Monday, October 9, WNDR Museum will be one of 15 locations hosting a donation box to accept new or gently used coats, winter warming items, hygiene items and toys. Donations will be collected through December 3.
A WNDRful State of Mind | Tuesday, Oct. 10 from 5-9 p.m.
WNDR Museum and SocialWorks will host A WNDRful State of Mind, a free live event inspired by SocialWorks’ My State of Mind digital mental health resource tool. Taking place Tuesday, October 10 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in honor of World Mental Health Day, the event invites guests to participate in a variety of mental wellness activities, including pilates, yoga, nutritional food and beverage sampling and more. Advance registration is available at www.wndrmuseum.com. SocialWorks’ My State of Mind digital mental health resource tool offers users access to mental wellness professionals and programs year-round.
OpenMike | Oct. 28, Nov. 19 and Dec. 9
OpenMike will offer a monthly creative space to provide Chicago’s youth with a performance and learning platform at WNDR Museum. The event provides a safe space for youth to share and express ideas while networking amongst peers and professionals across the city to accomplish creative goals. Through OpenMike, SocialWorks teaches students that their craft is worthy of being pursued and their voice is worthy of being shared and heard. For event timing and advance registration, visit www.wndrmuseum.com.
About WNDR Museum
WNDR Museum is Chicago’s original immersive art and technology experience located in the city’s West Loop neighborhood at 1130 W. Monroe St. with additional locations now open in San Diego, Seattle and soon to open in Boston, and more to be announced. Filled with interactive artworks by cutting edge artists, collectives, technologists, designers and makers, WNDR disrupts and redefines the traditional museum experience. As guests travel through WNDR Museum, they are taken on a multi-dimensional journey in which they serve as an extension of each creator by interacting with various installations. Open seven days a week, WNDR Museum was voted one of the top ten immersive art experiences in the country by USA Today’s 2022 and 2023 Reader Polls. For more information, visit WNDRmuseum.com.
SocialWorks, founded by Grammy-award-winning musician and humanitarian Chance the Rapper, aims to empower the youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement. SocialWorks’ 5 initiatives allow youth to learn and act on their passions with programming that focuses on education, mental health, homelessness, and performing and literary arts. Since 2016, SocialWorks has contributed $10M to the Chicagoland community, impacting approximately 10k students annually. Through the initiatives, OpenMike, Warmest Winter, Kids of the Kingdom, The New Chance: Arts & Literature Fund, and My State of Mind, SocialWorks hopes to inspire creativity, build dreams, and advocate for youth success in all its forms. For more information, visit SocialWorksChi.org.