Meet Koda – Drag Variety Show June 17

June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, and at Catalyst Ranch we celebrate all our staff, colleagues, neighbors and clients who identify with any of the vibrant communities represented (including, but not limited to Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual individuals). On Saturday, June 17, our creative space will be graced with the [...]

By |2023-06-16T10:52:33-05:00June 15th, 2023|Categories: Art, Creativity, Employees, Meet, Variety Show|

A Destination for Creativity and Community

World Creativity and Innovation Day is this Friday, April 21. It’s a day that is close to our heart, as our venue exists to inspire exactly that. All this week, we’re posting thought-provoking quotes on our social media that relate to creativity. How do you foster the creativity of yourself and those around you? [...]

By |2023-04-21T12:59:49-05:00April 20th, 2023|Categories: Art, Creativity|

Chicago Women Who Tell Our Stories

We love witnessing new ideas and new stories. It’s here at Catalyst Ranch, in the midst of objects and décor rich in history, that your imagination is stoked and something new is created. We’ve treasured the communities that have come here to make new ideas, stories and art. In honor of this year’s Women’s [...]

By |2024-02-27T16:50:02-06:00March 17th, 2023|Categories: Art, Chicago, Events, Meet|

On Freshness and Elvis

In our previous Creative Juice Blog post, we explored a few mega-hit pieces of pop culture and how they reference works from our past. After mind mapping the nostalgia behind those works, we're left marveling at the creative process that goes on in writers’ rooms, or between collaborating music producers and other artists. Surely [...]

By |2024-04-17T23:42:27-05:00August 19th, 2022|Categories: Art, Creativity, Meeting Tip|Tags: , |

Client Spotlight: Echo Modern Dance Collective

As you know, we love artists interacting with our venue—Have you seen this clip?—so we were delighted when Zoë Goldstein, Founder and Director of Echo Modern Dance Collective, let us dig a little deeper. This Client Spotlight gives us a glimpse at the origins and collaboration process of this nonprofit organization, which supports its [...]

By |2022-02-03T14:27:16-06:00February 2nd, 2022|Categories: Art, Interviews, Meet|

Part of Our Art

Catalyst Ranch is famous for its menagerie of vintage furniture, décor, and toys as well as its oft less recognized body of artworks. This inspirational collection wasn’t crafted over-night. The gallery has been curated by Catalyst Ranch’s owner, Eva Niewiadomski, during each of our 19 years in business. So, to celebrate our 19th anniversary we wanted [...]

By |2021-11-03T14:55:24-05:00November 3rd, 2021|Categories: Art, Employees|

Storytelling & the 2016 Election

It was 4AM and the sun was far from up. But there I was. Awake and gulping down coffee with excitement and purpose. I grabbed my backpack, slipped into my uber, and prepared to spend the next sixteen hours working as an Election Coordinator. I was assigned outside of my ward, (which I was a little [...]

The Amazing Paper Sculptures of Chie Hitotsuyama

So you say you always wanted to see lifelike animals sculpted out of newspaper but never knew where to find them?  Well, look no further!  Paper artist Chie Hitotsuyama creates amazingly detailed three dimensional sculptures (the sleeping one above looks like Pogo's long-lost cousin!) out of everyday newspapers. By binding rolled and twisted wet newspaper, using the [...]

By |2018-04-26T16:54:22-05:00December 7th, 2016|Categories: Art, Create, December, Design, Innovation, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Jen Bosworth on Love, Cancer, & Jack White

Death is scary. There is no other way to put it. It is. Even thought it is going to happen to all of us. And even though we “know” everyone we love will proceed or follow us, still death is scary. I know this. I do.   When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in [...]

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