THE PULLMAN PROJECT
THE PULLMAN PROJECT
What is The Pullman Project...
Since 2015, The Equus Projects team has been bringing multi-disciplinary performance projects and creative process, written word explorations, music and movement into the elementary schools, public spaces and private homes of the Pullman District.
The Equus Projects' Artistic Director JoAnna Mendl Shaw and actor and theater director Sarah Rose Graber first visited The Pullman District in 2015, when President Obama had just named Pullman a National Park. Intrigued by this historic neighborhood built by George Pullman to house factory workers at his Palace Sleeping Car Factory, they approached the Pullman National Monument with a proposal that would deploy the arts to bring visibility to this important National Monument. Since then Shaw and Graber have been regular guest artists at Poe Classical and Pullman Elementary.
In 2016 the team received an NEA grant to create an immersive theater piece staged in the drawing rooms and hallways of the historic Hotel Florence. The Hotel Florence: Drawing Room Stories would retell Pullman history through a multi-racial lens intertwining the voices of current residents with historic recounts. Audiences would move through the hotel in small groups, guided by fictional characters, encountering dramatic interludes, visual installations and cameo appearances by Pullman residents.
Best laid plans...
The Hotel Florence is owned by the State of Illinois
Currently the future of Hotel Florence is in limbo....
Shaw and Graber re-calibrate:
The Pullman Salons bring performance into intimate interior spaces in Pullman through 2020.
JoAnna Mendl Shaw
Choreographer, Dance Educator, Arts Advocate
Artistic Director, The Equus Projects
Sarah Rose Graber
Performer, Director, Teaching Artist
Guest Artist, Scottish National Theater
The Pullman Project
2016 - 2020
George M. Pullman Elementary School
Poe Classical Elementary School
Pullman Salon, Vol II ~ December 6-8, 2018
A celebration of the Quiroz family and their multi-cultural heritage through mementos, sound recordings and Tamales.
Horses Come To Pullman
June 10, 2017
Graber & Shaw
As of June 2018, this Project has been funded by:
National Endowment for the Arts
The Pullman National Monument
Chicago Public Schools
and the generous support of the Pullman community