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Chicago Archives + Artists Festival

As part of a residency with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Sixty Inches From Center presents a three-day festival around all things archiving as well as education and community autonomy in documentation. Artists, collectors, curators, gallery and project space heads, archivists, librarians, and all other lovers of ephemera, storytelling, and documentation are invited to discover or share their experience with the endless ways that anyone can learn from and contribute to Chicago’s various cultural histories and the repositories that hold them.

**Come with all of the ephemera that you would like to donate or digitize and have added to the Chicago Artist Files.**

Archive Lovers Night + Screening w/ On The Real Film and Media Burn
May 19, 2017 | 6pm - 8pm

All-day Panels, Projects + DIY Archiving
May 20 - 21, 2017 | 11am - 3pm each day

The weekend will feature installations by local archives, DIY archiving stations for artist file building, tutorials on free open-source tools, a workshop on getting your artist affairs in order for emergency purposes, a crowdsourced Chicago art timeline from 1980 to today, and a roll call that highlights archives, special collections, and libraries that have holdings specifically relevant to the communities often omitted from dominant cultural and historical narratives. 

Artist Gloria "Gloe" Talamantes will create a site-specific mural in response to the The Visualist's archival installation and we will have photographer Sara Pooley setting up shop to take portraits of everyone who walks into our space.

Then, throughout the weekend, we will be conducting public interviews and file building sessions with key contributors to Chicago’s art and culture. List of artists to be released in the weeks leading up to the event.

Our growing list of partners include the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special EventsDominican UniversityThat Belongs in a Museum,Read/Write Library ChicagoLATITUDEHarold Washington Library's Chicago Artist Files, Media Burn Independent Video ArchiveOn The Real FilmStockyard Institute and The Visualist.

Free and open to all publics.
Learn the basics of Sixty's archiving work and what it takes to create your own artist file:

If you're interested in collaborating with us on this event, contact Tempestt Hazel at

If you're interested in volunteering and learning the basics of community archiving practices, join us on May 13th for a Community Archiving Training Session:

Stay tuned for more details over the coming weeks.