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Muña: A New Art Writing Program with Chuquimarca + Sixty

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Sixty is thrilled to announce a new art writing program
created by Chuquimarca: Muña!

Muña is a 3-month art writing program providing a cohort of six writers the opportunity to critically and creatively engage with art writing strategies, readings, exercises, and conversations. The program is structured for writers to develop and refine their practices through guided workshops and peer-review feedback.

Sixty Inches From Center will be working directly with Muña participants through a formal pitch process to publish their work on Sixty. It is free to apply and to attend the public programs.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2022

Schedule and Details

6 writers will be accepted
Program runs June – August
1 night a week for 11 weeks
6:15pm – 8:30pm CDT
1 break week
Online Zoom & Google Meet sessions with closed captioning
Sessions will be guided by Kerry Cardoza

Following the structure of Chuquimarca’s Tanda program, instead of waging topics, Muña solely focuses on writers and wages their texts for peer-review. Additionally, workshop sessions are guided to incubate and grow discussion, knowledge, and language around art writing.

Muña will be guided by art editor, writer, and journalist, Kerry Cardoza, who will help facilitate the cohort’s workshops and also conduct two public lectures/workshops, to be announced. Cardoza is a Chicago-based journalist who writes about art, culture, politics, and power. She is the art editor at Newcity, the punk columnist at Bandcamp Daily, and a member of Make Yourself Useful. She received her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

We hope this program supports and strengthens contemporary voices that are already covering pertinent artists, exhibitions, works, histories, and worlds through their writings. We also hope it seeds interests for more art writers and readers; pollinates new holistic equitable art language; and aids skewing conventions in the art writing field and ecosystem.


  • Open to writers that want to develop and refine their art writing practice through guided workshops and peer-review feedback
  • Including but not limited to: writers, curators, critics, researchers, art workers, journalists, artists with a writing practice.
  • Writers that want to engage through writing strategies and subjects about contemporary art, cultural criticism, visual culture, art history, curatorial texts, creative writing, and art writing conventions and language.
  • Writers within the areas of the Mississippi River Basin and the Great Lakes Basin are strongly encouraged to apply. Writers outside these areas also qualify.
  • English-as-second-language writers are strongly encouraged to apply. Program will be conducted in English.
  • Applicants should not be in any other art writing program, fellowship, residency, or academic program during the duration of the program.

Chuquimarca is an art library project tasked to gather and share resources related to Native, Caribbean, and Latin American contemporary art and art histories in Chicago.

For any questions or further info, please email or visit

Muña is funded by the Hyde Park Art Center’s Artists Run Chicago Fund 2021. The program’s structure was generously advised by art writers, critics, and curators: Camille Bacon, Iris Colburn, Noah Hanna, Natasha Mijares, Wil Ruggiero, Alex Santana, and Jen Torwudzo-Stroh. We are beyond grateful for their sensibilities, guidance, and expertise.