Successful Failures

Celebrate the 30th birthday of Lumpen Magazine and the 20th Anniversary of Public Media Institute!

$18,585 raised of $50,000 goal
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Thu, December 09, 2021
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM CT

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

Successful Failures: Lumpen's 30th Birthday Party - Fundraiser and Auction

Join us for a once-in-30 years night of delicious food, drink, dancing, and the warm presence of cool buddies like you.

We’ll be toasting Lumpen Magazine's 30th birthday, Public Media Institute's 20th anniversary, Co-Prosperity Chicago’s quince, five continuous years of live, 24-hour FM broadcasting on Lumpen Radio, and the 1-year-old platforms Buddy, Community Kitchen, Lumpen TV, and Co-Prosperity Catskill. We’ll also be raising funds for another year of failures and successes building the communities of the future together.

Come explore three decades of Successful Failures, our new, sometimes-failing exhibition in the Michigan Avenue Galleries of the Chicago Cultural Center, drink Marz beers and Maria’s cocktails, all while listening to Lumpen Radio DJs and bidding on work from artist buddies who’ve graced the walls of Co-Prosperity.


New donations will be matched up to $50,000 by a generous grant from the Reva and David Logan Foundation!


Event Details

Thursday, December 9, 2021
The Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602


6:00-8:00 PM 
Lumpen's 30th Birthday Toast

Cocktails from Maria’s 
Lavish Buffet from Community Kitchen Chefs
+ Special Reception at Buddy Chicago
$130 Tickets

($65 for members)

8:00-10:00 PM
The Party Continues 

Marz Beers, Lumpen DJs, & ​Auction
$30 Ticket
(free for members)



Community Kitchen Chefs
Celebrating Serving Over 100,000 free meals to Chicagoans in Need 


Marz Brewing




Noodle Bird



Silent Auction
Bid online and at the event for artworks from our Buddies
Artists can elect to recieve up to 50% of the proceeds from the sale of their work- support them while supporting Public Media Institute!



The main way to support our fundraising efforts, and have your support matched, is to buy tickets to the event and join us December 9th at the Cultural Center!

If you can’t attend, we invite you to please bid on auction items online, help spread the word on social media, become a member, or make a year-end donation.

You can also attend the event for FREE as a volunteer! Join the team for half the night and join the party for the other half - please check out the times and roles available here, and sign up with a buddy if you can! 


Featured Artists:

Brandon Alvendia

Sir Charles (Almighty and Insane Books)

Mairead Case

Juan Angel Chavez

Danielle Chenette

Andreana Donahue

Joakim Drescher

Jim Duignan

Aron Gent

Lise Haller Baggesen Ross

Gabe Hoare

Cody Hudson

Cathy Hsaio

Zachary Hutchinson

David Krueger

Ben Marcus

Jesse Malmed

Nicole Marroquin

Sofia Moreno

Noel Morical

David Nasca

Paul Nudd

Nereida Patricia

Claire Pentecost

George Porteus

Charles Ryan Long 

Grant Reynolds

Josh Rios

Teshika Silver

Lauren Sudbrink

Vincent Uribe

Santana Villanueva Uribe

Latham Zearfoss

and more!


What you’re supporting:

The last thirty months have seen the Communities Amplified multilingual radio expansion on Lumpen Radio, the launch of the Co-Prosperity Programming Council, the advent of paying all exhibiting artists at Co-Pro, a three month festival of close creative collaboration with “Togetherism,” and then directly afterwards a lot of time apart... We shut down the radio studio and gallery, pouring our energies into pandemic aid projects- supporting an artist a day with $500 stipends via the Quarantine Times and distributing over 100,000 free fresh, chef-prepared meals through Community Kitchen Chicago.

Buddy, supposed to open at the Cultural Center in April 2020, went online instead, giving 100% of the proceeds to the artists for the first year before finally opening irl this past June. Co-Prosperity Catskill, a new space in upstate New York in the works for four years, finally opened as a second vaccine set in, and Lumpen TV streamed hundreds of hours of performances, panels, and gatherings into homes around the world.


As we continue this work, which will include the return of MDW Fair in 2022, your contributions will directly support  artists and independent community media in Chicago.



Questions? Email

Facemasks and proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Required.  (Image of vaccine cards accepted)


$130 Birthday Toast / Buffet Dinner

Access to dinner, silent auction, and party, a goody bag at the event!

This ticket includes access to the enitre event from 6-10PM. There is no need to buy a seprate ticket to the party and auction :) 

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$30 Birthday Party / Auction

Access to the party and auction beggining at 8pm!

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Free Virtual Auction Only

Can't come but still would like to support us? Click here to register to participate in our virutal silent auction!

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Giving Levels

$30 Donation Level 1- First Birthdays at PMI

Support all of PMI by welcoming its newest members: Buddy, Community Kitchen, Lumpen.TV, Co-Prosperity Catskill, and Communities Amplified Multilingual Radio. Join us to support people in need, artist communities, and local alternative radio.

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$130 Donation Level 2- WLPN turns 5

2021 is Lumpen Radio's 5th year on the FM airwaves! In 2022, we’ll expand our signal to reach and amplify even more community voices.

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$300 Donation Level 3- Co-Prosperity turns 15

Our teenager, Co-Prosperity Chicago, has welcomed tens of thousands of artists, radio makers, editors, bands, and weirdos over the years.Your support keeps the lights on and will increase building accessibility in 2022.

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$600 Donation Level 4- Lumpen Turns 30

Lumpen #1, the 1991 zine that started it all, turns 30 this year. Help support our future successes, and successful failures.

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$1,000 Donation Level 5- Next Year’s Birthdays

Help fuel not only the projects celebrating this year, but the ones to come. 2022 brings the return of MDW, including Midwest-wide artist networks and publications.

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