Introducing a two-year community archiving collaboration between Sixty and The Blackivists, a collective of trained Black archivists who prioritize Black cultural heritage preservation and memory work–a project supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Flowers for Ourselves are conversations that celebrate and show love to the writers, artists, and editors who work largely behind the scenes with Sixty.
We’re searching for writers to cover Chicago’s emerging art scenes–visual art, music, performance, dance, poetry and all other art forms.
All of us at Sixty can’t help but to think about the strain that is being put on our arts community in Chicago and across the Midwest. Exhibitions, performances, and fundraisers are being canceled or postponed indefinitely, contract opportunities are halting, schools and cultural institutions are being shut down, side-gigs at and income from bars, restaurants, and retail stores are dwindling. We are also seeing incredible examples of community organizing in and beyond the arts that are providing quick support locally, regionally, and nationally. And if you’re like us, you’re looking for ways to support those efforts or even start your own initiatives to help others who are in need. Knowledge is power, so in an effort to share information, we’ve compiled a growing list of suggestions, resources, and things you can do, models you can adapt, and small actions you can take now to do your part. And though we are sharing these resources with the best of intentions, we encourage you to also do your own research into the organizations, initiatives, and efforts …
Envisioning Justice is a 19-month initiative presented by Illinois Humanities that looks into how Chicagoans and Chicago artists respond to the the impact of incarceration in local communities and how the arts and humanities are used to devise strategies for lessening this impact. As part of Envisioning Justice, a selected group of writers, photographers, activists, artists, and organizers are working with Sixty as residents to publish writing and photo documentation of the work happening at the cross-section of art and the criminal justice system across Chicago. Meet the residents: Ally Almore Photographer at Let Us Breathe Collective Website | She/Her Ally Almore is an artist and photographer born and raised in Chicago, IL. She grew up in a low-income immigrant family household in Pilsen that was always full of personality. A documenter for creatives from all walks of life, Ally is not afraid to saturate her images, because they usually accompany saturated narratives. The people she photographs are anything but bland and she believes that it’s her responsibility as a photographer to do them justice. She has always naturally been drawn to photography and the idea …
A look at the complete lineup for the Chicago Archives + Artists Festival: Art Design Chicago Edition at Read/Write Library on July 13-14th.
A call for writers, photographers, and guest editors for 9-month, neighborhood residency around artists’ responses to and the impacts of incarceration and the criminal legal system in Chicago.
The top 10 articles that had you spending quality time with Sixty in 2017.
Two panel discussions that consider how space, architecture, and art are all used together as tools for decolonizing narratives and also for uplifting and sometimes displacing communities.
A three-day festival of all things archiving and community autonomy in documentation, storytelling, and arts writing.
Volunteer for the Chicago Archives + Artists Festival and learn some community archiving skills from Read/Write Library in the process.
Projects and events to keep an eye out for from Sixty this spring.
Download our list of 30+ local and national justice-focused organizations and host your own Transition to Power screening and Action Session.
Get a first look at the episodes of Transition To Power, the latest documentary film series by On The Real Film on artists in the election aftermath.
A series of gatherings that bring together arts and culture writers, platform-builders and media-makers in Chicago, launching in 2017.
Facing many great obstacles towards progress in our society, we look to artists to illuminate the path forward.
Treat yourself to a limited-edition print by a Chicago artist.
This limited edition print was commissioned by Sixty Inches From Center through a partnership with our friends at Tandem Felix Letterpress, located in Lacuna Artist Lofts. This print comes in an edition of 60, 40 of the prints are used to help raise funds for Sixty’s next issue and Sixty Offline events while the other 20 are given to Tandem Felix Letterpress to sell, alter and do what they’d like with. Each edition is hand-printed and unique–no two prints are the same. Prints are $15, all of which goes to help pay our writers, commission new artists and keep Sixty going strong. Prints are no longer available. Shipping is free and prints will ship within 5-7 business days of your purchase. Image: Liz, co-founder of Tandem Felix Letterpress.
We commissioned artist Caroline Walp to give form to our latest issue. Available for purchase!
On Aug 10th, artists share insight on ways they thoughtfully work across and within different communities.
Sixty creates a collaboration among friends at Mana Contemporary in Pilsen.
We at Sixty want to thank you all for coming out to “What’s Your Art?” Celebrating the Art Centers of Chicago. You could have been anywhere in the city and you chose to come celebrate with us and WBEZ!