Conversations with CAR | Sam Lewis

A collaboration with StoryCorps Chicago
The Chicago Artists Resource has teamed up with StoryCorps Chicago to bring you "Conversations with CAR". Through this collaboration with StoryCorps, the Chicago Artists Resource interviews Chicago-based artists about their personal experiences and their impact on their creative practice.
This week's featured artist is Sam Lewis.
Born in rural Tennessee and raised in St. Louis, Sam moved to Chicago to attend Columbia College in 1995. In 1999 he became a founding member and Director of the Elastic Arts Foundation (EAF.) Since that time,
Sam has worked to enrich the tremendous arts scene in Chicago. His credits include AFTRA voice-work, acting in several theater productions, commercials, and films. He created and curates the Hip-Hop and Dark Matter Series at Elastic. He was a founder of the Logan Square Arts Festival and A Day In Avondale.
He’s performed in several puppetry festivals, held workshops for Chicago Public School students, and worked as a Teaching Resident with Elastic and Redmoon Theater Company. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Elastic Arts and I AM Logan Square and was a founder and board member of the Logan Square Chamber of Arts.
In addition, Sam is employed as a Sales Systems Trainer at CareerBuilder, where he’s worked for 11 years.
He’s been married for 12 years to Erin Maxen-Lewis and has three children: Sawyer (16,) Noah (11) and Parker (8.)
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Published by Brett Swinney on Tue, 09/06/2016 - 4:51pm
Updated on Wed, 09/28/2016 - 6:38am