ADAPTIVE OPERATIONS SECOND BIRTHDAY! (observed)

WELCOME TO THE SECOND ANNUAL ADAPTIVE OPERATIONS NEWSLETTER! HERE IS A SELECTION OF ROUGHLY 10 THINGS THAT HAPPENED SINCE THE LAST ONE, AS PARTIALLY REPRESENTED IN THE INSPIRATIONAL PHOTO MONTAGE ABOVE :

I went to Thailand to get that giant sculpture built with Amber Ginsburg & Sara Black; that one restaurant in Avondale finally finished construction and opened; then on the same night, that restaurant in Logan Square also opened; an attic in South Shore was converted to accommodate a growing family; that house in Galien, MI was finally professionally photographed; a brew pub in Logan Square got some custom built seating; an old Pilsen social club/gymnasium is getting converted into artist live/work/exhibition space; a Bridgeport brewery is getting a Bucktown taproom; Baroda, MI is getting a new live/work artist’s home; and Adaptive Operations is carving out a South Side office/studio space shared with two of its favorite record labels in an old warehouse.

Adaptive Operations also got its first intern this week! However, Adaptive Operations is still a little uncomfortable with adopting the royal “we” in outward presentation, though Adaptive Operations is aware that this all a normal part of growth, if growth is the ultimate goal.

Special thanks to the Hyde Park Art Center, which has served as an amazing South Side creative hub over the past year - I still feel extremely lucky and grateful to have the support of an incredible community of friends, family, colleagues, and collaborators that want to work together to make better spaces, places, and things.

One thing I was hoping to report on this year was a big research project thanks to a grant from Creative Capital. Alas, I didn’t make it to the final round, but was told by peers that advancing in the first place was noteworthy enough. So far, noteworthiness has not helped raise any funds towards said research. Regardless, the next year has some similarly ambitious projects on the horizon that will hopefully make next year’s newsletter more exciting.

In the meantime, check out the AO website for occasional updates, or drop a note to charlie@adaptiveoperations.com, especially if you made it through all the hyperlinks, in which case you win a prize*. And of course if you don’t want to get an annual update, smash that unsubscribe button below.