What We Do:
Hot Wheelz Festival is a live work platform set out to burn rubber, speed up, slow down, dodge cones and redefine acceleration.


We host virtual week-long residencies for Chicago curators, spaces, and collectives to create live programming while loosely approaching the question, “How do we keep moving?”. Each residency will include a Hot Wheelz Festival website page takeover as well as engagements across our different platforms. Hot Wheelz believes live programming hinges on the idea of live experience for the audience, whether that’s watching a live stream, limited engagements with pre-recorded work, virtual reality, or an ever-changing web page. Through these varying responses a visual “road map” will be created that connects a coalition of diverse live work in Chicago.

One day when the world isn’t facing a pandemic we’d like to bring the results of these online residencies to the physical world, launching a festival of events across multiple locations in Chicago based off of the “road map” created during this time. Co-creators Lauren Steinberg and Jill Perez work within performance and public programming in Chicago and are always trying to expand relationships between different communities.


Who We Are:

Co-creators Jill Perez (Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago) and Lauren Steinberg (The School of the Art Institute) are young art professionals whose work focuses on performance, programming and community engagement. Lauren and Jill decided to launch this online platform to break out of institutional rigidity and provide space during a time of live arts crisis. They hope that Hot Wheelz Festival can be used by the Chicago art community to continue to connect with each other and show new work.

(Neither Jill nor Lauren own a car or particularly enjoy driving)


Contact Us: 

If you’re interested in participating in our next set of residencies or have any questions, please reach out to hotwheelzfestival@gmail.com!

Illustrated Hot Wheelz Festival logo, graphics, and text
by Haele Wolfe.