Mission & History

Links Hall most effectively realizes its mission by serving as an artistic incubator and launch pad. Through its residency programs, artist-curated festivals, fiscal sponsorship program, co-presentations with self-producing artists, cabarets, performance series, workshops and low-cost studio rentals, Links provides a home for artists across all performance disciplines, at all stages of their careers. For 51 weeks each year, Links encourages artists and audiences to take an equal risk. Founded in 1978 by three experimental choreographers, Links Hall became a National Performance Network presenting partner in 1998. In April 2013, Links Hall and musician/presenter Mike Reed created a new collaborative arts venue as the shared home of the for-profit Constellation and the non-profit Links Hall. Links Hall’s Director, Roell Schmidt was appointed to the City of Chicago’s Cultural Advisory Council in 2012.

Links Hall encourages artistic innovation and public engagement by maintaining a facility and providing flexible programming for the research, development and presentation of new work in the performing arts.

Links Hall was founded as a non-profit 501(c)3 arts organization by three innovative dancers and choreographers, Bob Eisen, Carol Bobrow and Charlie Vernon. The space was initially run as an artists’ cooperative which provided space and community to hundreds of artists of multiple performance disciplines and cultures from Chicago and around the USA.