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Pay It Forward>>LATITUDE

Pay It Forward>>LATITUDE
Pay It Forward is a collaborative, experimental fundraiser devised by Autotelic {Studios} and Sixty Inches From Center. We are experimenting with the idea of paying it forward to other arts organizations who work to support artists and a thriving arts community in Chicago. Our Pay It Forward Series will highlight one of the eight projects that we have chosen to be part of our fundraiser each week,... 

Inside ChiArts: Chicago Artists in the Making – Madeline Finn

Inside ChiArts: Chicago Artists in the Making - Madeline Finn
Last spring, I attended the Senior Visual Arts Exhibit featuring projects by the first graduating class of The Chicago High School for the Arts. ChiArts, as the school is known, opened in 2009 and is the first public arts high school to serve the Chicago area, with the mission of diversifying the city’s landscape of professional artists. Students from all neighborhoods with a wide range of previous... 

Dialogic Communities: Informal Art Education Discussion Group and Research Project

Dialogic Communities:  Informal Art Education Discussion Group and Research Project
In my first month as director of education at the Evanston Art Center, I organized and moderated a panel discussion on the Chicago-based art magazine The New Art Examiner (1973-2002). I organized two panels, one for those who used to contribute to the NEA and another comprised of present-day art critics working in all corners of Chicago. Our audience was extremely vocal and highly opinionated, which... 

Inside Marwen Lab: The Voice and Vision of Young Artists

Inside Marwen Lab: The Voice and Vision of Young Artists
For the past month and a half the Marwen Lab students and teaching artists have been kind enough to let me attend their meetings and workshops as Sixty prepared to have our first article created by youth. We decided some time ago that we wanted to provide a unique platform for young artists in Chicago to discuss the work they are doing. The students of Marwen Lab immediately came to mind. I’ve... 

Layers of Seeing: Minouk Lim’s Fire Cliff 4

Layers of Seeing: Minouk Lim's Fire Cliff 4
In his famous speech from 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. professed his dissatisfaction with the status quo of equality in the great United States of America. Fifty years later, inspired by Dr. King, South Korean artist Minouk Lim inserted herself into the conversation of race and equal rights in the United States. In doing so, Lim guided the audience through a performance that freed fixed and multi-layered... 

Video Portrait: Project Onward

Video Portrait: Project Onward
Project Onward is an arts program for adults with mental and developmental disabilities. For the month of April, Project Onward presents Unstrange – Autism Revealed showcasing a group exhibition of works created by artists on the autism spectrum in observance of Autism Awareness Month. Located in the historic Chicago Cultural Center, Project Onward provides workspace, art materials, professional... 

Dig It Up, Dust It Off, and Donate It: Get Archived 2013

Dig It Up, Dust It Off, and Donate It: Get Archived 2013
South Side Community Art Center, 2012. Photo by Sixty Inches From Center. Pull out the old shoe boxes. Look into the cracks of books, sketchbooks and notepads. Dig into your hard drives and collect the images and files that have been created, rearranged, updated and buried through out your career.  Gather them all together and join us this summer to build up the archives with Chicago’s art-makers... 

Interrogating Monuments: Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford’s Hall of Khan

Interrogating Monuments: Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford’s Hall of Khan
Image on top: Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, background: Hall, foreground: Maid; Courtesy of Hyde Park Art Center This article was originally published on April 20, 2013 on ArtSlant by writer W. Keith Brown. This article is part of a series of article exchange partnerships between Sixty Inches From Center and other online blogs and journals that have missions similar to ours–to document and support... 

Art, Culture, and Popcorn at the MDW Fair

Art, Culture, and Popcorn at the MDW Fair
The MDW Fair, which began as a collaboration between the Public Media Institute, Document, Roots & Culture and threewalls, is a biannual showcase of independent art initiatives, spaces, galleries, and artist groups which highlights experimental culture locally, nationally, and internationally. This fun and vibrant gathering of creative souls took place Nov. 9-11 at the new Mana Contemporary Art... 

Ground Floor at the Hyde Park Art Center

Ground Floor at the Hyde Park Art Center
Image of the exhibition Ground Floor provided by the Hyde Park Art Center. Courtesy of Tom Van Eynde. Ground Floor, the biennial group exhibition which occupies the entire 10,000-square-foot first floor of the Hyde Park Art Center, showcases 11 recent MFA graduates from The School of the Art Institute, Columbia College, University of Chicago, Northwestern and UIC. The Center is refreshingly open to... 
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