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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We hope you have all had a wonderful July and have enjoyed your summer break so far. As we transition into August, we would just like to take a moment to recap all of the amazing content we covered in July.       Funds + Initiatives The 10k Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists is a new grant created  to draw "attention to an existing body...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The 10k Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists is a new grant created  to draw "attention to an existing body of work, sheds light on the under-recognized contributions of Black trans women visual artists and provides critical support to their continuing work."     Applications are open from July 8th to August 30th, with the grant being awarded November 2020. Check the link below if you...

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This week the IRL featured five talented student's from Devin Bell's Advanced Stop Motion Class! During the spring quarter we supplied kits with materials for animation and puppet building to students to support them during this period of remote learning.     Check out our social media pages  to see the incredible work students have been making - including some of their other work!       IRL Handles @irlspace - Twitter ...

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We have raised over $35,000 in crowdfunding and have received a $25,000 grant. So far we’ve made 30,000 face shields and plan on buying $60,000 in PET-G (plastic for the shields) which will make 68,000 shields.     Our maker community has made this possible, along with the help of the City of Chicago and the Department of Public Health. GetmePPE Chicago has helped us identify Hospitals...

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Jake Juracka, one of our lab specialists, has been hard at work making protective equipment as a part of the IRL's support initiative! Here's his update: "Starting on Thursday, March 26th I began work on 3D printing Personal Protective Masks to distribute to those in need. Using five 3D printers that are on loan to me from the IRL Lab, I’ve been able to set up...

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