About

Sixty Inches From Center is a worker-led organization and publishing platform that produces collaborative projects about artists, archival practice, art history, and culture in Chicago and the Midwest. We are a collective of arts workers, writers, editors, artists, curators, librarians, and archivists who promote and prioritize the preservation of culture within Indigenous, diasporic, queer, and disability communities of our region.

We believe that the stories of artists, cultural workers, archivists, organizers, memory workers, and writers within Indigenous, diasporic, queer, and disability communities are essential to understanding history and creating inclusive future canons that align with the more liberated and just worlds that reflect our dreams and realities. Our stories need to be preserved and promoted simultaneously, so we work with local and national archives while providing platforms and capsules for the cultural practices of our people.

Sixty Inches From Center officially launched on October 30, 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.


CONTACT

For general inquiries, event/project announcements, tips, or to send us love notes, contact us at info@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org.

TEAM

ADMIN + EDITORS

Ireashia M. Bennett
Visuals Editor, Writer
ireashia@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org
BIO | Website | Writings

Ryan Edmund Thiel
Graphic Design & Communications Lead, Photographer, Special Projects
ryan@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org
Website | Photography

Tempestt Hazel
Co-founder, Operations, Special Projects, Writer
tempestt.hazel@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org
Website | Writings

River Kerstetter
Social Media Lead
river@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org
Website

Christina Nafziger
Co-Managing Editor + Special Projects
christina@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org
BIO | Website | Writing

Kate Hadley Toftness
Chicago Archives + Artists Project Director
kate@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org
BIO | CA+AP Website

Persephone Van Ort
Co-Managing Editor, Writer
persephone@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org
BIO | Writings

Riley Yaxley
Revenue + Fundraising Coordinator, Editor
BIO | Writings

Luz Magdaleno-Flores
Bi-Lingual Editor, Translator
luz@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org
BIO | Writings | Website

Chenoa Baker
Editor, Writer
BIO | Writings

McKenzie Birmingham
Senior Editor
BIO

Tim Hoff
Senior Editor
BIO

Nadia John
Editor
BIO

S. Nicole Lane,
Senior Editor, Writer
BIO | Writing

Annette LePique
Editor, Writer
BIO | Writings

Nicky Ni
Editor, Writer
BIO | Writings

Livy Snyder
Editor, Writer
BIO | Writings

Jen Torwudzo-Stroh
Editor, Writer
BIO | Writings


ARCHIVISTS

Analú M. López
Librarian, Archivist, Writer
BIO | Website | Writings

Tracy Drake
Archivist, The Blackivists
BIO | Writings

Erin Glasco
Archivist, The Blackivists
BIO | Writings

Stacie Williams
Archivist, The Blackivists
BIO | Writings

Steven D. Booth
Archivist, The Blackivists
BIO | Writings

Raquel Flores-Clemons
Archivist, The Blackivists
BIO | Writings

Skyla Hearn
Archivist, The Blackivists
BIO | Writings


WRITERS

Marya Spont-Lemus
Writings

Noa Micaela Fields
Writings

Edvetté Wilson-Jones
Writings

Rachel L. Hausmann Schall
Website | Writings

Ally Fouts
Writings

Susan Musich
Writing

Alexander Martin
Website | Writings

Isra Rene
Writings

Kyra Horton
Writings

Kristie Kahns
Website | Photography

Courtney Graham
Writings

Amanda Dee
Website | Writings

Jessica Hammie
Writings

Jared Brown
Writings

Ariel Yisrael
Writings

carrie sarah kaufman
Writings

row särkelä
Writings

Del O’Brien
Writings

Tamara Becerra Valdez
Website | Writings

Michael Sullivan
Website | Writings

Morgan Green
Writings


PHOTOGRAPHERS + ILLUSTRATORS

Ireashia M. Bennett
Photographer
Website | Writings

Sarah Joyce
Photographer
Website | Photography

Hannah Siegfried
Photographer
Website

Michael Sullivan
Photographer
Website | Writings

Kiki Dupont
Illustrator
Website | Illustrations

Edvetté Wilson-Jones
Photographer
Writings

Mark Blanchard
Photographer+ Web Developer
Website | Photography

Kristie Kahns
Photographer
Website | Photography

Joshua Johnson
Photographer
Website | Photography

Teshika Silver
Illustrator
Website | Illustrations


TRANSLATORS + TRANSCRIBERS

Natalia Villanueva Linares
Translator
BIO | Website

Jazmine Street Kempin
Transcriber, The Blackivists

Noor Hassaballa
Transcriber, The Blackivists


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

We welcome and accept nominations to our Board of Directors on a rolling basis. If you’re interested in learning more, click here.

Tempestt Hazel
Curator, Writer, Co-Founder at Sixty Inches From Center

Analú M. López
Photographer, Ayer Indigenous Studies Librarian at Newberry Library

Dawn Rose
Director of Planning & Human Capital, Department of Neurosurgery at Northwestern Hospital

Lauren Williams
Arts Administrator at Sixty Inches From Center


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