Sixty Inches From Center is creating an inclusive archive of Chicago + Midwest artists and writers.
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Founded in 2010, Sixty Inches From Center is a non-profit online arts publication and archiving initiative that supports and promotes artists and writers who thrive primarily outside of mainstream historical narratives.

Funded almost entirely by the support of individuals within our communities, we forefront conversations that are by, about, and for cultural workers who are often omitted from art history’s most widely circulated tellings by promoting artists and writers across the spectrum of gender, race, ability, and being. Through arts writing, events, and collaborations 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 Artist Files at the Harold Washington Library--the largest repository of Chicago artists in the country. 

Since we started, we have had over 60 writers of all experience levels contribute regularly to our platform, have added to and created over 600 artist/space files for the archives, and have generated over 1,000 articles, essays, interviews, reviews, podcasts, and videos featuring local artists and spaces. Of those writers, about 70% are writers of color, LGBTQ+, and/or women.

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 need to be preserved and promoted simultaneously. Therefore, we created a platform and work with local archives to provide a platform and capsule for the voices that we feel deserve recognition and a dedicated space in history.

Since we’re a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, every monthly donation is a tax deductible charitable contribution.
Tiers
Dedication
$10 or more per month
Each month, Sixty sends out our Fresh Off The Press newsletter to our loyal readers, which includes thousands of art-lovers across the Midwest and country. We will dedicate every newsletter to you, featuring your name in each one. As an added bonus for artists, writers, curators, or any makers--we'll include a link to your website or a website of your choice (even if you choose to remain anonymous)!
For Your Eyes Only
$25 or more per month
When you have published and archived as much as we have, you end up with a collection of things that never see the light of day. At this amount, you will get a monthly treat from Sixty's 7 year-old archives--a short video featuring a Chicago artist or curator, behind-the-scenes photo from one of our events or studio visits, or piece of ephemera from a legendary, grassroots Chicago artist-run space or performance--all of which has yet to be published anywhere on Sixty or made public. And, of course, we will include you in our Dedication.
Love Letter Getter
$50 or more per month
In addition to us sharing our love for you with the world by featuring you or an artist of your choice in a mini-profile across our social media channels, will receive a special bi-monthly note from a member of the Sixty team with insider updates on what we've been up to, what unreleased news we've received, and a shortlist of upcoming events that we think you might enjoy, customized just for you. Along with that letter, you will receive our Dedication and For Your Eyes Only rewards.
Revise the Record
$100 or more per month
If you're like us, it's exciting to think that we all have the power to directly impact art history. At this amount we invite you to choose which artists, spaces, collectives, and curators should be part of Chicago's art historical record by submitting up to 5 names of artists you believe should be in the archives. You give us the name and we will do the research and work to create a new file or contribute to an existing one within the Chicago Artists Files at Harold Washington Library within the year.


And you will also receive all previous tier rewards.

Newsroom Crasher
$500 or more per month
At this tier you will be invited to crash our newsroom anytime you want and get a behind-the-scenes look at how Sixty works. We hold meetings with our editorial team once a week to share new ideas, discuss the hottest topics and concerns on the minds of our team, and plan our editorial calendar. Oh...and we have parties a few times a year. We want you there. You will also receive all other rewards, because you deserve it all.


And it gets better: Once we reach our goal of $5,000, you will receive a complimentary copy of any of the artist books we publish with Candor Arts. 

Goals
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Once we reach this goal, we will be able to publish and archive 8+ articles per month (that’s approx. 100 per year) that feature in-depth writing, interviews, and original photography focusing on Chicago and Midwest artists. At this goal we will also be able to expand our Sixty Regional initiative which is creating a network of Midwest writers who are covering artists, practices, and cultural concerns of our region, and seeding partnerships with artist-run spaces, galleries, and media platforms throughout Illinois.

This will also help us continue to develop the offerings and writing workshop style of our editorial processes and newsroom, which includes a team of 18 seasoned and developing arts writers, professional editors, editorial assistants (who are editors-in-training), photographers, transcribers, and a web developer. Our newsroom acts as a training ground for local arts writers, photographers, and content creators--some of which have gone on to have their work featured in The Atlantic, selected as essayists for The Studio Museum in Harlem, or become arts and culture editors for magazines.
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Founded in 2010, Sixty Inches From Center is a non-profit online arts publication and archiving initiative that supports and promotes artists and writers who thrive primarily outside of mainstream historical narratives.

Funded almost entirely by the support of individuals within our communities, we forefront conversations that are by, about, and for cultural workers who are often omitted from art history’s most widely circulated tellings by promoting artists and writers across the spectrum of gender, race, ability, and being. Through arts writing, events, and collaborations 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 Artist Files at the Harold Washington Library--the largest repository of Chicago artists in the country. 

Since we started, we have had over 60 writers of all experience levels contribute regularly to our platform, have added to and created over 600 artist/space files for the archives, and have generated over 1,000 articles, essays, interviews, reviews, podcasts, and videos featuring local artists and spaces. Of those writers, about 70% are writers of color, LGBTQ+, and/or women.

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 need to be preserved and promoted simultaneously. Therefore, we created a platform and work with local archives to provide a platform and capsule for the voices that we feel deserve recognition and a dedicated space in history.

Since we’re a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, every monthly donation is a tax deductible charitable contribution.

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Tiers
Dedication
$10 or more per month
Each month, Sixty sends out our Fresh Off The Press newsletter to our loyal readers, which includes thousands of art-lovers across the Midwest and country. We will dedicate every newsletter to you, featuring your name in each one. As an added bonus for artists, writers, curators, or any makers--we'll include a link to your website or a website of your choice (even if you choose to remain anonymous)!
For Your Eyes Only
$25 or more per month
When you have published and archived as much as we have, you end up with a collection of things that never see the light of day. At this amount, you will get a monthly treat from Sixty's 7 year-old archives--a short video featuring a Chicago artist or curator, behind-the-scenes photo from one of our events or studio visits, or piece of ephemera from a legendary, grassroots Chicago artist-run space or performance--all of which has yet to be published anywhere on Sixty or made public. And, of course, we will include you in our Dedication.
Love Letter Getter
$50 or more per month
In addition to us sharing our love for you with the world by featuring you or an artist of your choice in a mini-profile across our social media channels, will receive a special bi-monthly note from a member of the Sixty team with insider updates on what we've been up to, what unreleased news we've received, and a shortlist of upcoming events that we think you might enjoy, customized just for you. Along with that letter, you will receive our Dedication and For Your Eyes Only rewards.
Revise the Record
$100 or more per month
If you're like us, it's exciting to think that we all have the power to directly impact art history. At this amount we invite you to choose which artists, spaces, collectives, and curators should be part of Chicago's art historical record by submitting up to 5 names of artists you believe should be in the archives. You give us the name and we will do the research and work to create a new file or contribute to an existing one within the Chicago Artists Files at Harold Washington Library within the year.


And you will also receive all previous tier rewards.

Newsroom Crasher
$500 or more per month
At this tier you will be invited to crash our newsroom anytime you want and get a behind-the-scenes look at how Sixty works. We hold meetings with our editorial team once a week to share new ideas, discuss the hottest topics and concerns on the minds of our team, and plan our editorial calendar. Oh...and we have parties a few times a year. We want you there. You will also receive all other rewards, because you deserve it all.


And it gets better: Once we reach our goal of $5,000, you will receive a complimentary copy of any of the artist books we publish with Candor Arts.