Arts Writing. Archiving. Advocacy.

Sixty Inches From Center is an arts publication and archiving initiative that supports and promotes art and writing that thrives primarily outside of mainstream historical narratives.

We forefront conversations that are by, about, and for communities that are often omitted from art history’s most widely circulated tellings by prioritizing and promoting artists, writers, and cultural workers across the spectrum of gender, race, ability, and discipline. Through publishing, collaborations with archivists and archives, and partnerships with arts organizations, artists, and media outlets, we uplift the work of our region’s artists while also archiving their words and ephemeral materials digitally through our website and physically through an ongoing partnership with the Chicago Artists Files at the Harold Washington Library and other local archives.

We believe that the stories of contemporary artists, curators, organizers, advocates and writers who do work along the margins are key components to understanding history and creating future canons that align with the more inclusive and equitable world that LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and disability communities are fighting for. Therefore, they need to be preserved and promoted simultaneously. We work to engage local archives and to provide a platform and capsule for the voices that we feel deserve recognition and a dedicated space in history.

Sixty Inches From Center is a 501(c)(3) organization that survives on the donations of our readers and loyal supporters.

Sixty Inches From Center officially launched on October 31, 2010. Check out photos from our day-long art ride from Hyde Park Art Center to Chicago Urban Arts Society, Elastic Arts Foundation, and South Side Community Art Center here.

To request Sixty’s records contact jennifer.patino@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org.

Past and Ongoing Collaborative Projects

Art Design Chicago Editorial Partnership
May 2018 – December 2018

Envisioning Justice Residency with Illinois Humanities
March 2018 – December 2018

Exhibitions on the Cusp with Tremaine Foundation
Fall 2017 – Fall 2018

Sixty Regional: Champaign-Urbana, Bloomington-Normal, Peoria, and Springfield
Ongoing, Launched Fall 2016

The Chicago Archives + Artists Project
Ongoing, Launched January 2018

Transition to Power: A Documentary Web Series with On The Real Film
November 2016 – Spring 2017

Wrote: Convenings of Writers and Media Makers
December 2016 – Fall 2017

Prom Night with Autotelic Studios, The Perch and Sixty
February 2015

Starwalker Gala with Threewalls
June 2014

Pay It Forward Fundraiser with Autotelic Studios at FLATS
November 2013

Get Archived! at WBEZ Neighborhood Bureaus, South Side Community Art Center and the University of Chicago’s Arts Incubator
Summer 2012 + Summer 2013

What’s Your Art: Celebrating The Art Centers of Chicago with Chicago Public Media and WBEZ
December 2011 + June 2012

Current and Past Partners and Collaborators