Every year, Connect-the-Dots chooses a topic; a social construct (i.e. “something that appears to be natural and obvious to people who accept it, but may not represent reality, and so it remains largely an invention or artifice of a given society”), and we dissect it. We look at the big picture and then break the construct down into the individual experiences that create it.

In the spirit of the elections and the intense political climate, in 2016 we presented DEMOCRITIQUE,

a two-day event that explored government and politics through a multitude of interactive experiences, all aimed at getting people to think outside of their personal paradigms and ask big questions like, why do we need a government? Is our government living up to its ideals? Why do we have a two-party system? Politics?! What other forms of government exist? What new vision for government can we imagine?

How has the government affected YOU? ETC.

SATURDAY, October 15th, 2016
6pm - midnight
We explore these big ideas through the lens of the arts,

with visual art, music, installation pieces, multi-media,

and more from local creators.

SUNDAY, October 16th, 2016
1 - 3:30pm
An exciting line-up of speakers helps us understand the nuances of government,

from how it works and why we have it, to what it's like to work with it and within it.

Speakers include...



*Amara Enyia*

Public policy advocate and former Mayoral candidate










*Troy LaRaviere*

President of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association,











*Allen Linton*

UChicago PhD Candidate in Political Science

4 - 5pm


Mingle with creative minds. Complimentary beer, coffee, and conversation.


*Governopoly has been postponed until a later date.

Please email info@connectthedots.community

if you would like to be updated with more information.

All Connect-the- Dots programming is free and open to the public.


Connect-the-Dots is an ongoing series intended to recognize popular constructs within American culture - Race, Sexuality, Love, Freedom, etc. - and to look deeply at the many experiences and interpretations that come with each of these ideas. What parts of these concepts are real for us because we are aware and intentional in our lives, and what parts come from stories told to us by others? Connect-the-Dots will ask people to take a second look at their preconceived notions and become active participants in their thinking. For, we are what we think. And if we want to create a beautiful world to live in, it is going to take some out-of-the-box creative and critical thinking.