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When we founded Sixty Inches from Center in 2010, we were driven by a fascination with the art outside the mainstream, on the edge of the spotlight, along the fringe of the establishment. It’s right there in our name. And for the past four years, we’ve worked to give artists on the outside a place to call their own. Whether in our weekly articles that feature anything from interviews with student artists to explorations of public arts programs like Green Star Movement, or in our annual Get Archived events that invite artists of all stripes to catalog and preserve their ephemera, our mission has remained the same: to discover what’s outside the center, and expose it to a greater audience.

And we’ll keep doing it—but our methods are about to change in a big way. Sixty Inches from Center is making the transition from a weekly publication to a triannual arts magazine with a strong community presence. That means every four months we’ll release a new issue built around a particular theme, and in the four months following we will host workshops, panel discussions, and other events for artists and audiences alike. In June, we’ll release our very first issue, and the theme is something very dear to our hearts: Margins. What lives in the margins? Who is marginalized in our society, and what are they making? How do we navigate the margins on a daily basis? These aren’t just questions that artists must answer, they’re questions for the entire community. But to build a community, we need people, and that’s where you come in.

We need contributors. Writers, videographers, photojournalists. If you are interested in the arts in Chicago, and especially if you are interested in the arts no one else is, we want to hear from you. Maybe you want to interview your favorite creative weirdo. Maybe you want to explore how being on the outside has affected your own work. Maybe you’ve found art in an unusual space, and you can’t wait to tell the world. Whatever it is, let us know, and we can help you publish it on a city-wide level.

Here’s what you need to do. Come up with an idea for a piece about art in the margins—it can be an article, a video, a photo essay, or an interview—and let us know by Monday, April 21. Feel free to pitch before the deadline. By Friday, April 25, we will let you know if your pitch has been accepted. Then you’ve got until Monday, May 12 to send us the completed article, and the whole thing will be live on Monday, June 2. Contributors will be paid $50 for each article.

We have limited space in our issues, so we may not be able to accept every pitch. However, if you don’t get accepted this time, we’ll be sure to contact you next time.




Administrative Team
If you’re looking for a chance to work in a small and unconventional arts organization to gain experience in the field, we’d love to hear from you.  Contact Development Director and Editorial Manager Jennifer Patino at jennifer.patino@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org.

Sponsor, Partner or Collaborate
Sixty has worked with dozens of Chicago organizations through our archiving and online publication as well as our collective projects.  We are always open to hearing new ways we can help support what you’re doing.  Our current/past partners and collaborators include Art Nerd Chicago, Art Slant, Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE), Beverly Art Center, Chicago Art Department, Chicago Urban Art Society, Chicago Photography Center, Chicago Public Media (WBEZ), The Coat Check, Elastic Arts Foundation, Elephant Room Gallery, Evanston Art Center, Gapers Block, Gozamos, Harold Washington Library, Hyde Park Art Center, Johalla Projects, Lillstreet Art Center, Marwen, Rumble Arts Center, South Side Community Art Center, Spudnik Press Cooperative, among others.  Want to partner with us?  Contact Executive Director Tempestt Hazel at tempestt.hazel@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org.

Guest Writer
ARTIST AT LARGE: If you work in the arts and have previously lived or currently are a resident in Chicago, we want to hear your story! The “At Large” section of our website offers a glimpse in a travel-blog-esque sort of way. This is an opportunity to provide a bi-weekly personal narratives of your life in the arts.  You will have the opportunity to tell the world about your role in the arts and what that experience is like while living outside of Chicago.

STUDIO REFLECTIONS:  Have something to say about your time in the studio? We would like to hear about it.  Our Studio Reflection Series invites artists to share some of the thoughts and results of their time in the studio–the failures, the successes and contemplations.  These pieces are usually 300-500 words, relatively informal and accompanied by a few studio snapshots. Need an example? Check out this one from artist Collin Pressler.

ONE TIME SPECIAL FEATURE: Do you have a piece of writing or a video on Chicago art that you’re not sure what to do with or want to get it out to a wider audience?  Contact Sixty and tell us about it.  Part of Sixty’s mission is to be a hub for documentation of Chicago art, so we may have a place for your writing.  It doesn’t hurt to ask, and we would be happy to see if your work could potentially be published on our site or added to the Chicago Artists Archive.

If you are  a student looking to gain relevant experience, wanting to be engaged and play an integral part in the  continued development of SIFC, we would love to hear from you! Applications are on a rolling basis. Currently, we are looking to fill the following areas: Marketing Coordinator and Assistant to Directors. Please follow the application process above.

If the opportunity you’re interested in doesn’t fit into any of these categories, feel free to contact our Executive Director Tempestt Hazel at tempestt.hazel@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org with your ideas.  

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