the Franklin

24 3Arts supporters
$2,437 raised of $2,150 goal
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Funded on April 13, 2012
    • 113% contributed

Inspired by Chicago's alternative gallery scene, this project aims to give The Franklin a permanent home by relocating and installing this outdoor exhibition space in the backyard of our house located in the Garfield Park neighborhood. 

About This Project

My husband Dan Sullivan and I recently completed a project titled "the Franklin". It is an outdoor exhibition space currently installed at NEIU Gallery for a show we titled "Living By Example". The exhibition space was designed by us and fabricated by Navillus WoodWorks (, then transported and installed in the gallery. When the show finishes we will deconstruct the Franklin and move it to our backyard where it will be permanently installed.

The title of the NEIU show, "Living By Example", is in direct reference to Chicago's alternative galleries and domestic spaces. We hope to contribute to this vibrant scene in the same way that it has served us, fostering art in a non-commercial setting. We believe the Franklin's parameters--outdoors, semi-exposed to the elements--will be an inspiration for new site-specific work. Hosting shows in our backyard will allow us to exhibit work from our growing permanent collection inside our home which has been built mainly through trading and purchases at fund raising auctions.

NEIU generously provided funding which helped pay for materials, but in order to complete the project we need to purchase additional materials for the roof, deck, and footings. The roofing material is translucent corrugated fiberglass, the decking material is a composite material made from recycled materials, and the footings will be post cement poured in sonotubes with post brackets.

To achieve our goal, we need to raise $2,150 to cover these costs. Fortunately for us, 3Arts will match a third of our funding goal to ensure our success. So, with your help if we can raise at least two thirds of our goal 3Arts will cover the rest.

Please help us provide a permanent home for the Franklin. Thank you for your support!

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Contribute any amount or choose from the levels below.

  • $50
    An offset print ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $100
    A limited edition woodcut print ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $250
    An original tooling metal art ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $500
    A gouache painting ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $1000
    A furnisher (end table courtesy of Navillus Woodworks) ($0.00 is tax deductible.)

Edra Soto

Make a Wave Artist

Edra Soto is a Puerto-Rican born artist, curator, educator, and co-director of the outdoor project space, The Franklin. Soto instigates meaningful, relevant, and often difficult conversations surrounding socioeconomic and cultural oppression, erasure of history, and loss of cultural knowledge. Growing …

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  • Update 1: Site Prep Work
    Posted on March 14, 2012


    Prepping the home of The Franklin

    • Thank you to the following for contributing to 3Arts with the recommendation that we support this project.

    • Corinne Halbert

    • Candace Briceno

    • Holly Cahill

    • Bill T

    • Brandy Breaux Simkins

    • Karen Yarbrough

    • Ryan Richey

    • Jane Dickie

    • Norah Hooper

    • Carolyn Russ

    • Red and Louise Sullivan

    • Rafael E. Vera

    • Jonathan Hooper

    • Angela West

    • Deborah Boardman

    • Laura Paradis

    • Melissa Oresky

    • jeroen Nelemans

    • Sarah Mosk

    • marina kostina

    • Derek Chan

    • Dudley Colley

    • Irene Perez

    • Yaseen Payments

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