Boombox could help startup dreams come true

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CHICAGO – Nestled into a plaza at Milwaukee and Ashland is a box which could help big dreams come true.

Katherine Darnstadt is one of the designers behind the Boombox, a refurbished shipping container built to give retail opportunities to creative entrepreneurs.

This week the product is Haman Cross III, or better yet his talents, and the Can Art Studio, a program designed to encourage creativity and collaboration in this neighborhood.

For $20 visitors get 90 minutes to create with Haman.

An artist who’s been working in other communities for several years using art to help people distress, center themselves and collaborate.

His weeklong stay in the Boombox is bringing that to another audience.

Launched in September - the Boombox is a first of its kind for Chicago.

Temporary tenants can use the space for a week, a month, several months, whatever they need to jump start their ideas.

The Boombox is just one component to a new program called Activate - between Katherine’s company – Latent Design – and the City of Chicago, aimed at boosting neighborhood economies.

In the next year, Katherine hopes to have two more of these micro retail kiosks up in other neighborhoods.

They will feature anything from art, furniture, books, mini museums, even musical performances – all which the Boombox has already hosted.

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